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Menlo 28, South San Francisco 7

Date of competition: Saturday, October 18, 2008

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For Menlo, the streak rolls on for another week. The Knights rolled over South San Francisco for their Homecoming game on Saturday afternoon, winning 28-7 and improving their record on the season to 6-0. Jerry Rice Jr., Menlo's new quarterback, said the biggest factor in Menlo's success was "staying composed." For the second consecutive week, Jerry Rice Jr. was the star as he filled in for starting quarterback Danny Diekroeger who is out with a shoulder injury. Rice Jr. combined for 249 yards both on the ground and through the air, and led the scoring for Menlo with three touchdowns. This week, Rice Jr. demonstrated more comfort throwing the ball, passing for 165 yards and two touchdowns. He had one interception, but that came on a hail mary on the last play of the first half. "Trusting our linemen was key because I thought that last week I kind of panicked and started running. I did less of that today. I was able to spread the ball and get two pass touchdowns, which was one of my goals," said Rice Jr. Head coach Mark Newton agreed that Rice Jr. improved his passing game. "He did so much on his own last week, and we tried to talk this week about keeping in the system within the framework of what we're trying to do. I think that things are starting to slow down for him, and he'll be able to mix the run and the pass, so teams won't be able to be so overly concerned with him running the ball." "You can't be just a running quarterback, you got to be a complete quarterback, so I'm hoping that as time continues, I keep stepping up in the pocket and making throws," he said. Rice Jr.'s favorite target was Ryan O'Holleran, who caught four passes for 43 yards with one touchdown. O'Holleran also rushed for nine yards and a touchdown. Morgan Schwanke led Menlo in receiving yards with two catches for 76 yards. He also had a touchdown. Rice Jr. was also able to move the ball effectively on the ground, carrying the ball 13 times for 84 yards with one touchdown. He started off the scoring for Menlo with a one-yard touchdown run, as he dove successfully for the left pylon. Menlo was able to increase its lead to 14-0, when O'Holleran rushed for a one-yard touchdown. After the half, Menlo further extended its lead to 21-0 when Rice Jr. threw a shovel pass to O'Holleran, and O'Holleran plowed his way for an eight-yard touchdown. Menlo concluded its scoring when Rice Jr. hooked up with Morgan Schwanke for a 31-yard touchdown pass. With Menlo's lead comfortably secured, South San Francisco finally got on the board when Kevin McGovern intercepted Paul Schemel's pass for a defensive touchdown. For Menlo, the biggest performance was not anyone on offense, but rather the collective play of the defense. Menlo forced seven turnovers, with three interceptions and four fumble recoveries, and also blocked a field goal. "It was the defense that was the key to this win," said Rice Jr. "Our DB's were able to make turnovers and get the ball back for our offense, and our linebackers were able to read the game." Brig Badger had two interceptions, while O'Holleran led the team with twelve tackles and also recovered a fumble. "Ryan O'Holleran was outstanding," said Newton. "Our D-line played really well…and when they did throw the ball, our defensive backs were in position. Morgan Schwanke has just turned into a lock down corner." The defense also posted a shutout, with South San Francisco's only points coming from their defense. Menlo continued to alternate quarterbacks, with Rice Jr. splitting time with Schemel. Rice Jr. spent the majority of the time at quarterback, passing 14 times, while Schemel came in late in the game and completed three passes for fifty yards. Newton said he hoped to continue splitting time between Rice Jr. and Schemel. The Knights will look to keep their undefeated streak alive and improve to 3-0 in Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division play next week when they go on the road to play Woodside.

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South San Francisco
Rushing: (last name, carries-yard) Rice Jr., 13-84 Maruyama, 11-34 David Miracchi, 8--1 O'Holleran, 5-9 Ryan, 1-11 Schemel, 1-0
Passing: (last name, attempts-completions-interceptions-total yards) Rice Jr., 14-9-1-165 Schemel, 6-3-0-50
Receiving: (last name, catches-yard) O'Holleran, 4-43 Ryan, 4-72 Schwanke, 2-76 Robbins, 1-24 Badger, 1-0
Notes on game: 1-yard rush by Rice Jr. (extra point by Desai is good) 1-yard rush by O'Holleran (extra point by Desai is good) 8-yard pass from Rice Jr. to O'Holleran (extra point by Desai is good) 30-yard pass from Rice Jr. to Schwanke (extra point by Desai is good) 20-yard interception return by McGovern (extra point by Sanchez is good)

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