Extra Points: Prep Football Week in Review

Menlo comeback, Burlingame 'D' lead local highlights in 2011 season openers.

Cruising through some notable performances as most San Mateo County high schools opened the 2011 football season:

Best Comeback – Menlo: With his team trailing Santa Cruz 18-12 with less than 45 seconds left, first-year quarterback Matt Bradley led the visiting Knights on a game-winning 65-yard drive. Dylan Mayer’s 2-yard TD run as time expired tied the game, and Timmy Costa’s ensuing PAT won it 19-18 for Menlo, which climbed out of 12-0 halftime deficit. Mayer also had a 60-yard scoring run to knot the game at 12 midway through the fourth quarter.

All Out Dominance – Serra’s Erich Wilson: The Colorado-bound running back set a single-game program record with six rushing touchdowns, carrying 12 times for 175 yards in the Padres’ 52-6 home win over Wilcox. Wilson also tied DeLeon Eskridge’s 2006 Serra mark of six total TDs in a game.

Jack of All Trades – Terra Nova’s Nick Manessis: The senior hauled in six passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers’ wild 32-31 loss against Sacred Heart Cathedral at Kezar Stadium. Manessis also starred on defense, registering an interception and a tackle for a safety.

Biggest Defensive Statement – Burlingame: With little margin for error, the Panther defense delivered in a big way. Visiting Burlingame blanked Saratoga 10-0, collecting its first shutout in 25 games against a SCVAL De Anza team that averaged 26.6 points a year ago. The Panthers had their fewest points in a winning effort in nearly five years.

Most Encouraging Performance – Woodside: After enduring back-to-back 1-9 seasons, the Wildcats kicked off the 2011 slate with a 20-6 road victory over a Sacramento team that put up 30 points in winning at Woodside a year ago.

Best Balance – Sequoia: Four Cherokees accounted for the team’s five touchdowns in a 35-14 win over Branham. Sequoia overwhelmed the visitors with its rushing game – all its scores came on the ground, and only one was longer than 5 yards, a 13-yarder by Josh Lauese.

Alfonso Esqueda September 06, 2011 at 04:27 AM
How about our Local team? Mustangs? how did they do?
Scott Campbell September 06, 2011 at 04:58 AM
Hi Alfonso. Capuchino lost 29-15 to Valley Christian of Dublin. The Mustangs overcame a 15-0 halftime deficit to pull even midway through the final quarter, but then Valley Christian pulled away. Lucciano Molina scored both TDs for Cap -- one receiving and one rushing.
Alfonso Esqueda September 06, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Thanks Scott. I've become a big fan of that school since moving to San Bruno.
Alfonso Esqueda September 06, 2011 at 05:03 PM
Would love it more if the home games were on Friday nights.


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