Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - October 22, 2010

Jefferson (2-0, 5-1) at Menlo (2-0, 5-1), Friday, 3 p.m.

It will be a game with championship ramifications when the PAL Ocean Division's two undefeated teams meet. Jefferson is a legitimate contender following a 42-12 romp over Woodside last week, while Menlo kept pace with a 34-0 win over San Mateo. The Knights, however, could be at a disadvantage because standout running back/linebacker Beau Nichols has a broken bone in his right hand and could miss the game. Nichols suffered the injury late in last week's win over San Mateo, a game that was over at halftime after Menlo QB Robert Wickers had thrown for five touchdowns and 215 yards by intermission. Wickers has completed 90 of 142 passes for 1,441 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. Menlo finished with 394 yards of total offense, enough to get the job done. Jordan Williams caught five passes for 156 yards and two TDs while Tim Benton had five catches for 113 yards and two scores. Menlo scored on all five of its possessions in the first half. The second half went quickly with a running clock as San Mateo had only 18 offensive plays (with no passing) while Menlo ran just 16. San Mateo finished with just 125 yards of total offense, 82 coming in the first half.

Crystal Springs (3-1, 4-1) at Pinewood (4-0, 4-1), Friday, 3:30 p.m.

Pinewood still has a shot at winning the Coastal Athletic League title following a 46-0 blasting of Cornerstone Christian last weekend. The Panthers, however, must win this one and upset unbeaten Anchorpoint Christian at Gilroy next week. Depite its record, Crystal Springs is averaging just 65 passing yards and 44 rushing yards per game, while scoring at a 36.8 clip. Pinewood is averaging 165.2 rushing and 19.4 passing while scoring 30 points a game. Dante Fraioli, who rushed for 117 yards on seven carries and scored five touchdowns overall last weekend, is Pinewood's key offensive threat.

Gunn (0-2, 3-3) at Homestead (1-1, 5-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

The Titans need to get back on the winning track after dropping a 35-16 decision to visiting Saratoga in a SCVAL De Anza Division game last weekend. Gunn is facing four tough games in a row to end the season — Homestead, Milpitas (home), Wilcox (away) and Los Gatos (home). Coming away with a split in those four would make for a successful season in the tough division. In the loss to Saratoga, Gunn didn't take advantage of its opportunities and fell behind 21-0 with four minutes to go in the third quarter. Josh Jackson returned a kickoff 93 yards for one Gunn score and Anthony Cannon threw 41 yards to Jackson for the other. Cannon finished with 16 completions for 219 yards.

Menlo-Atherton (1-1, 2-4) at SHP (1-1, 5-1), Saturday, 3 p.m.

This is a must-win game for both teams to keep their possible PAL Bay Division title hopes alive. The Bears are coming off a 28-14 loss to Aragon while the Gators are coming off a big 42-20 triumph over King's Academy in a game that saw SHP rush for 276 yards while giving up 251 on the ground. Colin Terndrup led SHP with a142 yards rushing on 21 carries. Terndrup's three-yard TD run gave the Gators a 28-20 lead. SHP then tacked on two more scores. Sacred Heart fell behind 14-0 after one quarter before senior quarterback John Geary hooked up with Tyler McCool on an 11-yard scoring play. After SHP linebacker Matt Hardy picked off a pass with 28 seconds to play and returned it to the Knights' 15, Geary and McCool connected again — this time for a 15-yard TD that gave the Gators the lead for good at 21-20. Menlo-Atherton, meanwhile, had a season-low 23 yard rushing in the loss to Aragon, which had 400 yards of total offense. The Dons also forced three M-A turnovers.

Anderson Valley (3-2) at Priory (3-3), Saturday, 1 p.m.

Both teams are coming off forfeits, Anderson Valley winning one while Priory was losing one. The visitors are averaging 45.4 points a game while the Panthers are scoring at 35.8 ppg. Both teams rely on their running game, with Anderson Valley averaging 192 yards and the Panthers 167.

-- compiled by Keith Peters

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