Varsity Boys Football

Menlo-Atherton 39, Wilcox 33

Date of competition: Friday, December 5, 2008

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Senior Vaughn Smith returned two kickoffs for long touchdowns to spark the Menlo-Atherton football team to a 39-33 victory over Wilcox in the Central Coast Section Large School Division championship game Friday night at Foothill College.
The top-seeded Bears (10-2-1) needed a defensive stand at the end of the game to hold off a last-ditch scoring effort by the No. 6-seeded Chargers (8-5).
The section title was only the second for Menlo-Atherton, which last won in 2002. The Bears lost last year's Large School Division crown to Palo Alto, 14-7, also at Foothill and vowed to not only return to the finals but win it.
Menlo-Atherton won its final seven games of the season by a total of 24 points.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Dec 5, 2008 at 9:52 pm

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CCS Large School Championship
At Foothill College
Wilcox 12 6 8 7 – 33
M-A 13 0 20 6 – 39
W – Pohahu 1 run (kick failed)
MA – Baty 1 run (kick failed)
W – Pohahu 6 run (kick failed)
MA – Smith 88 kick return (Stanske kick)
W – Murphy 2 run (pass failed)
MA – Smith 76 kick return (Stanski kick)
MA – Knapp 8 pass from Baty (kick failed)
W – Sagote 19 pass from Murphy (Chapman pass from Murphy)
MA – Preston 2 run (Stanske kick)
W – Herrera 6 run (Duenas kick)
MA – Nash 5 run (kick failed)
RUSHING: W – Herrera 20-134, Murphy 16-121, Pohahu 16-70, Zendejas 3-10, Lucas 1-0. MA – Preston 15-105, Smith 9-62, Nash 12-96, Baty 4-(-4). Totals: Wilcox 56-345; MA 40-259.
PASSING: W – Murphy 7-17-0-111. MA – Baty 1-1-0-8.
RECEIVING: W – Chapman 2-39, Ryans 2-32, Sagote 1-19, Lucas 1-12, Johnson 1-9. MA – Knapp 1-8. Totals: Wilcox 7-111; MA 1-8.
Records: MA 10-2-1; Wilcox 8-5

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posted by Kyle Terada on Dec 5, 2008 at 11:15 pm

Menlo-Atherton's Mike Newsome (54) recovers a fumble to end a Wilcox threat and help set up a TD for the Bears on Friday night. Photo by Kyle Terada.

Menlo-Atherton's Rod Nash dives over the goal line for the winning touchdown in the Bears' 39-33 victory in the CCS Large School Division final on Friday. Photo by Kyle Terada.

Menlo-Atherton's Vaughn Smith (5) celebrates his first kickoff return for a touchdown during the Bears' 39-33 win over Wilcox in a CCS Large School Division final on Friday. Photo by Kyle Terada.
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