Late score lifts Menlo College to first football win of season


DJ Jones scored three times, including the game-winning touchdown late in the game, and Menlo College beat host Simon Fraser, 31-24, in a nonconference football contest Saturday in Canada.

Three Oaks' quarterbacks combined to pass for 285 yards and three touchdowns to help Menlo win its first game of the season heading into a bye week.

The Oaks (1-2) travel to Sacramento State for a nonconference game in two weeks.

Menlo lost starting signal caller Wade Hawkins to an injury in the first quarter. Nate Dodson did most of the work in relief, throwing for 194 yards and two scores on 11-of-16 passing.

Freshman Josh Neal completed both of his passes, one of which went for a touchdown.

Dodson led an 11-play, 46-yard drive that consumed nearly five minutes, culminated by a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jones with 1:02 remaining in the game.

The fun didn't stop there, as Simon Fraser drove to Menlo's 17-yard line with 17 seconds left before throwing an incomplete pass in the end zone on a fourth down play.

Jones caught six passes for 136 yards, including a 72-yard scoring reception from Dodson. He also rushed for 18 yards and accumulated 26 return yards to finish the afternoon with a game-high 200 all-purpose yards.

Neal threw a 78-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Martey and Christian Daog added a 24-yard field goal.

Martey and Jake Fohn combined for 114 rushing yards for the Oaks.

Sophomore defensive back Gabe Deol paced the Oaks' defense with 11 tackles and an interception. Fellow defensive back Jake DuFault recorded six tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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