Menlo School Finally Wins Central Coast Section Division III Championship

After leading Menlo School to its first Central Coast Section Division III championship with a 42-6 victory against Hollister in Salinas on Saturday night, Coach Todd Smith couldn’t help but reflect on the program’s history of success.

According to Smith, the victory, which was Menlo’s first in six finals, marked the conclusion of a process that had begun in the year 2020.

“This championship is about the last three years and the guys who gave so much, like Carter Jung and Sergio Beltran,” said Smith, naming two stars who had graduated from the 2021 team that had lost to Wilcox in the Division II championship game.

“This Championship Is About The Guys Who Gave So Much, Says Smith”

“This championship is about the guys who gave so much,” said Smith. “This championship is about the guys who gave so much.”

“The men who made a lot of progress last year and the ones who went through the COVID year, when we went 4-1 and started rebuilding the culture..” “The guys who made a lot of progress last year and the guys who went through the COVID year.”

Jake Bianchi, a senior quarterback, succeeded Beltran as the starting quarterback after Beltran decided to leave the team at the end of the previous season.

On Saturday, he threw throws that resulted in three touchdowns. Cort Halsey, the Knights’ tight end, caught his first pass, which went for 43 yards and gave the Knights a 7-0 lead.

When Ty Richardson scored on a touchdown run with 10 minutes and 50 seconds left in the second quarter, the score was 14-0.

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After the break for halftime, Bianchi completed a pass to Robby Enright that resulted in a score covering 17 yards. Enright intercepted a ball that was being thrown by Hollister on the subsequent Hollister drive.

Smith continued by saying that “This triumph means everything to them.” It is really satisfying to look at the outcomes after everyone’s laborious efforts have been put into the project, which is now complete.

Bianchi, Halsey Lead Knights to Championship Victory

Richardson and Halsey both scored for Menlo in the third quarter to give their team a commanding 36-0 lead and turn the contest into a rout.

In the final period of the game, Bianchi connected with Brady Jung for a touchdown throw. Isaiah Molina scored the lone touchdown for Hollister by returning a kick 97 yards for the team.

During the fourth quarter, the clock continued to run continuously. “We didn’t start to realise we had won until the final whistle,” Smith recalled. “It didn’t start to set in until the last whistle.”

According to Smith, the fact that Menlo’s team was so healthy during the regular season contributed to the club’s 5-5 record.

According to Smith, the average record of the squad was unexpectedly disappointing because “we weren’t expecting to be a 5-5 team.” However, due to the high number of injuries that have occurred, the team has been unable to settle into a comfortable rhythm.

We’ve reached a turning point tonight, and the health of a significant number of our children is showing signs of improvement.

The subsequent match will take place somewhere in the northern part of California. On Sunday, we will learn who replaces who in each game.

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Smith stated that “Since we’ll be arriving late from Salinas and I want our children to enjoy this, we can stay up and watch it for perhaps 16 hours.” However, by tomorrow everything will be back to how it was before.


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