Varsity Boys Football

Menlo-Atherton 30, Saratoga 0

Date of competition: Saturday, September 6, 2008

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The Menlo-Atherton football team got a big boost from its defense, which forced six turnovers in a 30-0 nonleague victory over visiting Saratoga in a season-opening game Saturday in Atherton. Defensive back Abraham Simon, the smallest Bear at 5-5 and 120 pounds, recovered two fumbles in the first half -- the second of which he returned for a touchdown and a 14-0 M-A lead. Simon grabbed the ball after an errant pitch from the 38-yard line eluded the hands of two Saratoga players and was pushed by a couple of more Bears before Simon could secure the ball on a big hop at the three. Two steps later Simon had the first defensive touchdown of his young career. "I was trying to fall on it and it took a bounce in my favor," Simon said. "It was just good luck." M-A's offense struggled in the first half, gaining 48 yards of total offense, but Saratoga's propensity for turnovers kept the Falcons from threatening. The Bears began clicking in the second half, forcing two more turnovers and making seven tackles for losses. M-A quarterback Turner Baty took advantage of both turnovers, throwing a five-yard touchdown pass to Sam Knapp after a Knapp interception, and then hitting David McLaughlin for a 57-yard completion on an ensuing fumble recovery. That pass play set up a five-yard run by Vaughn Smith -- his second score of the game. Smith rushed for 72 yards on 14 carries.

posted by Tim Goode on Sep 6, 2008 at 8:30 pm

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posted by on Sep 21, 2008 at 6:21 pm
  It was ugly....
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posted by john hobbs on Sep 12, 2008 at 5:11 pm
  Nothing like last years team. They had so much talent.
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posted by jim smythe on Sep 12, 2008 at 5:12 pm
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