Menlo College: Castillo throws pair of TD passes to lead Oaks

Oaks' women's volleyball team wins two matches at Warriors Classic

Cruz Castillo threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes and the Menlo College football team won its home opener, beating Chapman, 21-10, Saturday.

Freshman wide receiver Michael Alexander caught an 18-yard scoring toss early in the final period and sophomore receiver Kenny Cavness caught a 30-yard touchdown pass late as the Oaks improved to 2-0 for the first time in seven years.

Menlo plays at Humboldt State on Saturday with a scheduled 6 p.m. kickoff.

Castillo, who threw for 119 of his 209 yards in the second half, methodically drove the Oaks downfield for the go-ahead touchdown. Menlo went 73 yards in 11 plays. He completed all six passes for 59 yards and rushed once for four yards.

Sophomore Andrew Welch returned a punt 23 yards to give Menlo some breathing room in setting up the clinching touchdown. The Oaks went 71 yards in 12 plays, with Payton Bell and Castillo each picking up critical first downs along the way. Castillo found Cavness on a fourth-down play.

Menlo converted three of its five fourth-down situations, including 2-of-3 in the second half.

Castillo was 23 of 36 passing and did not throw an interception. Senior Andrew Stevens caught six passes for 36 yards while Alexander had four receptions for 48 yards. Bell rushed for 89 yards on 24 carries and senior Jaronimo Wright added 88 yards on seven carries.

Junior linebacker Shawn Winters recorded three tackles for a loss, including a sack. Junior defensive back Beau Bussani led the Oaks with eight solo tackles and also had a 17-yard interception return.

Women's volleyball

Menlo broke an eight-match losing streak with a 25-19, 23-25, 18-25, 29-27, 15-12 victory over host William Jessup in the Warrior Classic on Saturday.

The Oaks also beat Dominican, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20 later in the day after losing to Bethany in four sets.

Mia Ortiz recorded 16 kills and 17 digs in the victory over William Jessup. Jessica Atthowe had 49 assists and Shelby Goldman added 3 digs.

Menlo (2-9) hosts UC Merced next Saturday at 2 p.m.

Men's soccer

Menlo dropped a 7-0 decision to host Oregon Tech on Saturday in a nonconference match.

The Oaks (0-4-1) were outshot 30-5, including 15-2 on goal.

Menlo travels to Fresno Pacific for a game on Sept. 21.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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