Varsity Boys Football

Menlo 29, Justin Siena 17

Date of competition: Saturday, September 20, 2008

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Though often overlooked, Menlo proved why special teams can be the most important aspect of the game. Menlo traveled to Napa to defeat Justin Siena on Saturday night, winning 29-17. The Knights' win was bolstered by its kick return team, which put up two touchdowns for Menlo. Jerry Rice Jr. returned one kick 99 yards for a touchdown, while Chris Ryan returned another 88 yards to the end zone. After leading a tight game 19-17 at halftime, Menlo shut down Justin Siena in the second half to take home the victory, the Knights' third of the season in as many games. Rice Jr. finished the game with 159 all-purpose yards, including 55 receiving yards. He also had a triple crown of touchdowns, with one touchdown rushing, receiving, and kick returning. Quarterback Danny Diekroeger threw for 188 yards on 15 completions in 21 attempts with one 24-yard touchdown pass to Rice Jr. While Ryan O'Holleran did not have his usual offensive production, and, for the first time this season, was shut out of the end zone, he did lead Menlo defensively with nine tackles. O'Holleran also had 26 receiving yards. In addition to the two kick return touchdowns, Menlo also got three more points from its special teams when Charles LeMoullac drilled a 40-yard field goal. Next up for Menlo is Lowell, as the Knights return home next Saturday night. That game will be at Woodside High School at seven o'clock.

posted by Colin Becht, other on Sep 20, 2008 at 11:22 pm

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