A Lot Can Change in a Year

It is surprising to me how we can make the mistake of assuming that last year’s successes translate into current year victories. This is high school level football and a lot can change from one year to the next. Last year Menlo-Atherton had a record of 11 wins and 2 losses, and they won their league championship for the second straight year. They then went on to win the CCS large school division championship.

It seemed like a natural to play them on this year’s schedule. Two returning champions competing to retain their crowns. If you were at the game Friday night, you saw for yourself how much can change in a year. Menlo-Atherton is not the same team. Final score: Los Gatos 56 Menlo-Atherton 7.

From the moment Andy Heimer touched the ball for the first time as a varsity player and returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, and Nick Hirshman threw 4 TD passes in his first 6 attempts, you knew that this game was not going to be close. The score at the end of the first quarter was 42-7.

The important thing here is that we played well. Nick was 9 of 10 for 222 yards and 4 TDs, with one dropped pass, and he only played the first half. Alec Gletzer, Jake Hackman-Salazar, Andrew Berg and Cole Cusella all caught TD passes. Berg led the team with 4 receptions and had a 75 yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter.  Cole had a TD run in the second quarter, and Heimer had a touchdown run in the third quarter.

Junior QB’s Nick Lamson and Hayden Hibberd each completed their only pass, one to Dionte Cook, and the second to Trevor Williams. Andy Heimer kicked 6 extra points and Jon Impey kicked the last two. Sam Bowers also caught two passes from Hirschman, while on defense, seniors Alec Gletzer, Joey Vizussi, and Suhkrah Sohal led the way with 10 tackles each. Mike Sporck, Charlie Zweng and Cameron Hashemi also played extremely well.

Many players participated in this team victory. Harrison Tinsley and Preston Rind each recovered fumbles, but the highlight of the night might have been Rapheal Shin recovering a fumble and rambling ten yards with Menlo players on his back.

There was also a very special presentation by the NFL Alumni Association at half time to make a presention to both the school and the Halpin family in honor of Mikey Halpin.

Next week the game will be very different and very competitive as the Cats host St. Francis at our place on Friday night at 7:30. Hope to see you there and thanks for all the support.


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