Varsity Boys Football

Woodside 35, Menlo 2

Date of competition: Friday, October 24, 2008

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Menlo fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Friday nights after starting off the season with sixth straight wins. The Knights got absolutely dominated by Woodside 35-2, as they fell to 6-1 on the year. "We didn't execute our base offense," said Menlo head coach Mark Newton. "And defensively we lost containment on the outside, which we worked on all week, and there were times when we simply didn't tackle…[Woodside] played a great game and we played a really poor one." "We've shown we're human, so we'll show our real character and bounce back," said quarterback Jerry Rice Jr. For Menlo very little went right after they stopped Woodside in the first quarter. With the game still tied 0-0, Woodside quarterback Cory McDonald opened the scoring with a 41-yard touchdown as he juked three defenders on his way to the end zone. McDonald then scored again on a six-yard run that put Woodside up 14-0 at halftime. Any morale Menlo may have gained during the halftime break was immediately crushed when Sekope Kaufusi returned the opening kickoff of the second half 80 yards for a touchdown, increasing the Woodside lead to 21-0. However, Menlo finally got on the board when Nick Maruyama brought down McDonald in the end zone for a safety, Menlo's only two points of the game. Menlo, with a new enthusiasm after the safety, clicked offensively on the ensuing possession and drove to the Woodside six-yard. However, faced with a fourth-and-goal from the six, the Knights went for it and came up empty. Woodside promptly jumped on their regained momentum and drove 94 yards, capped up by a touchdown run from Nigel Lewis. The Wildcats then put the final nail in the Knights coffin when Jason Simpson scored on a one-yard touchdown run to bring the score to 35-2. Simpson's touchdown run added to his league lead in point scored. That was his 13th rushing touchdown of the year to go along with two receiving touchdowns for a total of 84 points. For Menlo, who came into the game riding one of their best ever starts to a season, the loss provides a time of self-evaluation. "We tend to be up all the time and we usually just bounce with that, but when we…start losing, that's when we kind of panic. I think now that learned how we deal with our lose, I think we're going to learn and we're going to be able to handle that situation more effectively and come out from behind with a win," said Rice Jr. "We're going to focus on going back to basics and executing offense and defense. There are basic things that we need to be addressing," said Newton. However, as much as Menlo can address their basic problems over the next week, the biggest factor in the team's performance for the rest of the season is the status of Rice Jr., who suffered a hip pointer in the game that forced him to miss a significant portion of the game. "It hurts a lot. I was trying to stick to it, but sometimes it would give out, sometimes it wouldn't," said Rice Jr. He said he would fine for next week's game against Menlo-Atherton. With Menlo falling and Menlo-Atherton beating Aragon earlier Friday, M-A now moves into first place in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division as the only undefeated team in league play. Woodside, Aragon, and now Menlo all trail M-A with records of 2-1. Menlo's game versus M-A next could potentially decide first place in the Bay Division.

posted by Colin Becht, other on Oct 25, 2008 at 12:16 am

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