With the crowd already in a good mood thanks to homecoming festivities and Hall of Fame inductions, the Menlo football team added to the fun with a 35-14 victory over visiting Arizona Christian in a nonconference game Saturday.
The Oaks (2-4) hope to continue their glad tidings next week when NCAA Division III No. 4 Wesley College comes to town for a noon kickoff next Saturday.
Daniel Jones sparked an early celebration when he returned the opening kickoff 100 yards to put Menlo on the board before a play from scrimmage was run.
The Oaks added to their lead early in the second quarter. Starting a drive on the Arizona Christian 36, Wade Hawkins, playing his first game in over a month, connected with Grant Faylor for a 27-yard completion on fourth and eight to set Jones for a nine-yard scoring romp.
The Firestorm tied the game at 14, with seven minutes remaining in the first half.
Menlo responded with a 17-play, 88-yard drive that took 6:37 off the clock and was capped by a Hawkins touchdown pass to Brandoon Soohoo from seven yards out to send Menlo into the break leading, 21-14.
Cam Grad led the Oaks defensively, with 10 tackles, including three for a loss, and a sack. Gabe Deol and Jake DuFault each followed with nine tackles and LeeRoy Richardson had eight.
Jake Fohn scored twice in the final quarter to put the game out of reach. He rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Amjed Aboul-Hosn carried 18 times for 68 yards.