M-A needs more than Boettcher to Brown
Publication Date: Wednesday Sep 20, 1995

M-A needs more than Boettcher to Brown

Duo provides offensive spark, but Bears need others to step up

by Alex Valdes

It isn't a bad idea to make Terence Brown the focal point of a passing offense. It gets troublesome, however, when there's too much of him and not enough of anything else. That was the problem for Menlo-Atherton High in Friday's 28-13 loss to visiting Capuchino in the Peninsula Athetic League opener for both schools. Brown did his part, catching five balls for 135 yards and touchdowns of 47 and 40 yards.

But few others picked up the slack for M-A (1-1). The defense allowed Capuchino to score touchdowns its first three possessions of the second half, erasing M-A's 13-6 halftime lead.

In addition, M-A's offensive line struggled to keep Cap pass rushers away from quarterback Matt Boettcher, who was sacked five times for a loss of 40 yards. The line also didn't open lanes for Bear runners Alvin Hill and John Aitken, who combined for 57 yards on 15 carries.

It all didn't figure nicely for M-A, which will try to bounce back at Mills--a 28-21 loser to Hillsdale--Friday at 3:15 p.m.

The Bears hope to do a better job at dictating matters on the line of scrimmage, while still maintaining a potent passing attack.

Against Cap, Boettcher completed 13 of 24 passes for 175 yards and one interception and is now 18 for 33 with 263 yards on the season. His main target has been Brown, who also caught a TD pass in the 20-7 win over Menlo School the previous week.

Boettcher-to-Brown was money in the first half on Friday. On M-A's second possession, Boettcher hit Brown with a 30-yarder to the Mustang 39, a prelude to the big bomb four plays later.

On fourth-and-11, Boettcher threw to Brown on a quick out, and Brown turned upfield, broke a tackle and raced down the left sideline for a 40-yard touchdown to make it 6-6 with 3:15 remaining in the first quarter.

On M-A's next possession, with third-and-three from the Cap 47, Brown ran a streak pattern down the right sideline and snared Boettcher's pass on his fingertips for another score that made it 13-6.

Brown was much quieter in the second half, however, catching two passes for 18 yards.

M-A's defense could not make Brown's and Boettcher's good work stand up, however. Shaun Paga, Tuupo Tupo and Dan Kitchen were consistently in on tackles, but Capuchino used a strong running game (145 yards) and M-A mistakes for touchdown drives of 69, 60 and 13 yards.

The biggest Bear boo-boo occurred in the fourth quarter, as Cap was driving for the go-ahead score. On fourth-and-5 from the M-A 25, the Bears were too anxious and were called for offsides, giving Cap the first down. The Mustangs scored several plays later when quarterback Kevin Sommerfield sneaked behind left guard for a 1-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal with 8:05 left.

M-A's next drive died when Boettcher fumbled the snap, Cap recovering on the 13. Three minutes and five plays later, Capuchino scored. 

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