The Menlo College football team will attempt to bounce back from a pair of losses to open its season when it plays host to Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday at noon. Not only will it be the Oaks' home opener, but the game will serve as homecoming, as well.
Menlo fell to NCAA Division II Colorado Mesa on Saturday evening in Grand Junction, Colo. The Oaks were held to 204 yards of total offense by the stingy defense while the Mavericks rolled to 409 yards of total offense, 243 on the ground and 166 through the air.
Cameron Grad and Camyar Meshkaty each had double-digit tackles for the Menlo defense with 11 and 10, respectively. Dylan Bunfill and Lee Roy Richardson each forced a fumble with Meshkaty on the recovery for one of the two.
The Menlo offense struggled to sustain any significant drives due to a stifling defense. The Oaks averaged just 1.6 per carry for 62 yards on 28 attempts. Senior running back Thomas Reynolds was the Oaks' leading rusher with 39 yards on 13 attempts.
The passing game saw improvement from a week ago with 142 total yards and a lone interception. Erik Peterson got the start and threw for 86 yards and an interception on a 10-for-20 performance. Wade Hawkins also saw action and went 5-of-13 for 56 yards. Robert Gehre was the Oaks' leading receiver with five receptions for 39 yards.
After rolling to an impressive season in 2012, the Oaks are off to a 4-3 start under new head coach Atlee Hubbard, the former Menlo School girls' coach.
Menlo College and Wayland Baptist University concluded play in the 2013 Menlo College Volleyball Tournament on Saturday with a four-set match that saw the Pioneers get the better of Menlo, 25-18, 23-25, 25-17, 25-22. Menlo was 2-2 in the tournament with wins over No. 9 The Master's College and No. 20 CSU San Marcos.
Against Wayland Baptist (9-3), Menlo was led offensively by Courtney Calicdan's match-leading 15 kills with Nicole Yap close behind with 14 kills.
Menlo will open a three-match homestand starting Friday against Mills at 7 p.m.