M-A (1-0, 2-3) at Aragon (0-2, 2-3), Friday, 3 p.m. | October 15, 2010 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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Sports - October 15, 2010

M-A (1-0, 2-3) at Aragon (0-2, 2-3), Friday, 3 p.m.

The Bears are coming off a big 35-14 victory over King's Academy to open the PAL Bay Division and are averaging 34.5 points in their past two wins after an 0-3 start. The Bears' latest effort came in their Homecoming game, which had to be played at Sequoia High when a court injunction blocked the use of temporary lights at M-A. No matter, the Bears made the best of it with a huge win, battling back from a 14-0 deficit in the second quarter and scoring 35 unanswered points. M-A now has outscored the opposition by 69-20 in its past two games. The Menlo-Atherton offensive line had a lot to do with the comeback as the Bears rushed for a remarkable 320 yards on 39 carries. M-A head coach Sione Taufoou singled out Noah Stid, Taylor Karis, Ricky Vea, Ausia Mataele, Tiulipe Lolohea and Semisi Mataele for opening holes for running backs Cameron Moody (15 carries, 112 yards) and Junior Sakalia (nine carries, 83 yards), who accounted for four touchdowns. Moody scored on runs of 12, two and seven yards after Sakalia had run one in from 25 yards in the second quarter to make it a 14-7 game at halftime. The Bears' defense also was outstanding as it picked off two passes and recovered four fumbles, turning three of the recoveries into TDs. Menlo-Atherton did give up 166 rushing yards to Stanford-bound Amir Carlisle, but limited the rest of the Knights to just 157 yards.

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