We’re heading into Week 3 of the Peninsula Athletic League football season and that means the big turning point is here. A lot the league’s best stars keep popping up in the Daily Journal Honor Roll and they’re moving their teams to the top of the standings.
We told you the Terra Nova-Menlo School football game would be a barn-burner and we were right. The teams combined for over 1,100 yards of offense.
John Wallace of Terra Nova had the game of his life in that showdown. Wallace rushed for 273 yards on 27 carries with touchdown runs of 4, 70, 5, 19 and 62 yards in the Tigers’ 44-25 win over the Knights.
Menlo quarterback Jack Heneghan and his receiver Will King put up huge numbers in that game, too. The duo was definitely in synch. Heneghan completed 34 of 62 passes for a whopping 498 yards while King made eight catches for 143 yard and a 30-yard score.
The Sacred Heart Prep Gators are keeping pace with Terra Nova atop the PAL Bay Division standings. Ben Burr-Kirven had a 5-yard scoring run and a 90-interception return for a touchdown in the Gators’ 45-10 win over South City. Andrew Segre had a big overall game as well. Pulling the trigger was a near flawless Mason Randall, who completed 12 of 14 passes for 215 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Menlo-Atherton isn’t lurking too far behind. The Bears are fresh off a 28-10 win over Sequoia in what was a solid bounce-back victory. Quarterback Brian Keare shined. He threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns. Brian Jaggers complemented him on the ground with 71 yards rushing and two scores of his own.
Over in the Ocean Division, Aragon downed Woodside behind four rushing touchdowns. Jasish Folauo’o scored two of them. San Mateo’s Watson Filikitonga had a breakout game for the Bearcats. No. 22 scored two tremendous 60-yard touchdowns in a win over Capuchino. He finished with 180 of San Mateo’s 256 yards rushing.
Burlingame is also 2-0 in the division and continues to impress throughout the section. The Panthers are fresh off a thumping of Half Moon Bay and Manase Palu had a lot to do with that. Palu scored three touchdowns to help Burlingame improve to 7-0. He finished the night with 82 yards rushing on just six carries. Sam Buckingham tallied 10 tackles to lead the Panther defense. He also forced two fumbles.
Another big game was had by Hillsdale Giancarlo Boscacci. The Knights running back finished with 124 yards rushing and 141 total from scrimmage in a tide-turning win over Mills. The Lake Division title is looking like a two-team race to the finish thanks for No. 21’s efforts.
And to finish in the Lake Division, El Camino outscored The King’s Academy 28-8 in the second half behind five turnovers. Josh Turner recorded a pick for the third straight game. The win sets up a huge matchup with the division title on the line next week against the aforementioned Knights of Hillsdale.
Serra begins the week knowing they’re ranked No. 3 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports for Division I. The rankings appears adequate considering the Padres are marching right along thanks in large part to a vertical passing game that continues to make strides. Matt Fa’aita threw for 139 yards and two touchdowns (48 and 65 yards) in Serra’s win over St. Ignatius. Kava Cassidy pitched in with 129 yards rushing on 20 carries. He also found the end zone once. The Padres are still undefeated in West Catholic Athletic League play with a trip to the always tough St. Francis-Mountain View campus pending.
Over in cross country, the Padres competed at the second of three WCAL meets. Running in Golden Gate Park, the varsity squad was paced by senior Gabe Flynn to a fourth place finish. Sophomore Matthew Herrera proved himself worthy of his move up to the varsity ranks crossing the finish line as the second fastest Padre.
Elsewhere in the Honor Roll, Joy Robinson of Sequoia volleyball recorded 12 kills in a mid-week win. ... Charlotte Jackman of Carlmont volleyball finished with 18 kills in big a win over Burlingame. ... That was part of a 22 kills week for Jackman. ... Her teammate, Ella McDonough, racked up 10 kills and hit .429 in a win over San Mateo. ... Lauren Tierney had a career-best 24 assists in the same win. ... Katie Smoot notched 13 kills in what was a four-set loss to Sacred Heart Cathedral. ... Andreas Katsis scored five goals for Menlo School boys’ water polo in a win over Aragon.