Uploaded: Monday, September 10, 2012, 1:23 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 8:51 AM
Menlo School, Priory football teams win big
|Rolling up another dominating victory with some big plays, the Menlo School football team cruised past Mission-San Francisco, 56-24, at Kezar Stadium on Saturday in nonleague action.
The Knights (2-0), with two big wins under their belt, have the week off before they head into Peninsula Athletic League action at Half Moon Bay on Sept. 21.
Menlo junior Travis Chambers rushed for 112 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown as the Knights rolled up 462 total yards. Senior quarterback Matt Bradley completed 8 of 12 passes for 170 yards and three TDs, and junior Jack Heneghan added another 78 passing yards and the game's first touchdown pass -- a 27-yard strike to senior Connor Stastny.
"Our guys did great," Menlo coach Mark Newton said. "The linemen did a really good job today. It was unfortunate that a few of their best players were out today, but we saw a lot of good things."
Wiley Osborne finished with seven catches for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Stastny had four receptions for 67 yards. Senior lineman Wyatt Rouser had another standout performance on both sides of the ball. He blocked an extra-point attempt, had two tackles, and he ran the ball in from the 1 for a third-quarter touchdown.
Cornerback Peter Bouret (four tackles) and junior lineman Adam Yecies also had strong outings. In another repeat play of last week's 66-14 win, senior Max Parker ran back another kickoff for a touchdown -- this time for 85 yards in the second period. By the half against the short-handed Bears, the Knights had built a 42-12 lead.
After Stastny's touchdown, Chambers ran into the end zone from seven yards out. Then Bradley connected with Connor Paterson for a 55-yard score and Osborne for a 13-yard TD.
In Portola Valley, James McDaniel rushed 18 times for 246 yards and scored four touchdowns to help Priory open its eight-man season with a 44-36 nonleague victory over visiting Rincon Valley Christian on Saturday.
Will Latta added 60 rushing yards on seven carries with one touchdown, had 35 receiving yards plus another TD and intercepted two passes. Malik Reid rushed six times for 32 yards for the Panthers (1-0) and added two running conversions following touchdowns.
Menlo School finished fourth in the tough California Classic on Friday and Saturday, compiling a 2-2 record against some of the top teams in the state while playing in 100-degree heat in the Fresno area.
The Knights (4-2) opened with a 4-3 win over San Ramon and followed that with a 4-3 triumph over Corona del Mar in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals, Menlo dropped a 5-2 decision to top-seeded Dana Hills. Playing for third place, the Knights fell to Santa Barbara, 4-3. Monta Vista (Cupertino) won the title by beating Dana Hills.
Senior Giannina Ong and junior Christine Eliazo won all four of their singles matches, Ong at No. 3 and Eliazo at No. 4, while sophomore teammate Liz Yao won three times at No. 2.
The Menlo doubles teams, however, showed a weak spot while failing to win a single match.
At the Palo Alto Invitational, the host Vikings fashioned a 3-1 record and finished second to unbeaten Lynbrook on Saturday. Aragon was 2-2, Homestead went 1-3 and Salinas was 0-4.
Two-time defending state Division I champ Palo Alto went 3-2 and finished fifth at the Deer Valley Tournament on Saturday in Antioch.
The Vikings (5-2) topped Northgate, 22-25, 25-18, 17-15; beat Liberty, 25-12, 25-21 and downed Foothill (Pleasanton), 26-24, 25-17. Paly fell to Amador Valley in its opener, 21-15, 25-16, 15-13, and to Sacred Heart Cathedral, 25-20, 26-24.
"I was very impressed how hard everyone fought in the Amador loss, even though we passed poorly," said Paly coach Dave Winn. "The Northgate win was our first signature win of the season, trailing 14-12 in the third we came back to win, 17-15.
Senior Shelby Knowles set a school record with 17 kills in a two-set match against Liberty and finished the five matches with 50 kills and 34 digs.
Junior Becca Raffel added 51 kills while Keri Gee had 46 assists in four matches and Sophie Bono finished with 97 assists in just four matches, while Lauren Kerr also played well.
Palo Alto will visit Castilleja on Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) for a nonleague match.
At the Central California Classic in the Central Valley, Gunn finished 5-2 -- after winning its pool on Friday -- and settled for ninth place in the 32-team tournament.
This weekend, Gunn will travel to Santa Cruz for its first-ever appearance in the Harbor Invitational tournament, where the Titans will face some stiff competition from the best teams in the area -- including Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep.
Boys' water polo
Using its signature movement-style team defense with seven players recording steals, Menlo School opened its season with a 20-4 nonleague victory over visiting Soquel on Saturday.
Andreas Katsis led the defense with six steals while sophomore Spencer Witte and junior John Wilson were solid in the cage with a combined 15 saves. The Knights used their new counter attack well with eight players scoring. Nick Bisconti, Micah Rosales and Katsis all scored four goals while Alexander Carlisle led the team with four assists.
Menlo now prepares to defend its championship performance at last season's Scott Roche Invitational, where the Knights beat De La Salle in the semifinals and then Menlo-Atherton in the finals. The tournament features some of the top teams in Northern California, Los Angeles, and San Diego, and runs from Friday at noon through Saturday at 5 p.m., at Menlo School and Palo Alto.
Elsewhere Saturday, Menlo-Atherton finished off a 3-1 performance at the annual Schmitt Invitational at Bellarmine Prep with a 12-6 win over Marin Catholic and a 10-9 triumph over Serra.
Harrison Holland-McCowan had four goals in each victory for the Bears while Morgan Olsen-Fabbro added seven.
— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo School Athletics
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