Football sails to season-opening win
8.27.2022 – From the opening kickoff, Menlo School football dominated in a 47-7 season–opening victory over visiting North Salinas on Saturday.
Senior quarterback Jake Bianchi finishes with six touchdowns - four passing, including three to senior tight end Cort Halsey - and two by run. Bianchi completed 11 of 12 passes for 206 yards.
To start of the game, Knights senior Ty Richardson, a senior, took the ball from the 4 and ran it back for a quick score. The Knights held the Vikings to three more plays, Richardson again put Menlo in a great position after a 30-yard punt return. After Chris Liao picked off a Vikings pass, Menlo scored again on a three-pay drive that culminated in a touchdown pass from Bianchi to Halsey, and Menlo led 19-0 in just over five minutes.
Starting in the first and finishing in the second quarter, Bianchi led a seven-play 55-yard drive - buoyed by his 35-yard pass to Charlie King and finishing with another 12-yard catch by Halsey. The Knights would add two more touchdowns in the half while the defense stopped the Vikings before midfield. By halftime, Menlo led 47-0. Ross Muchnick converted all five of his PAT opportunities.
North Salinas 0 0 0 7 - 7
Menlo School 26 21 0 0 - 47
M - Ty Richardson 86 kickoff return (pass failed) 11:48
M - Cort Halsey 2 pass from Jake Bianchi (pass failed) 8:06
M - Bianchi 2 run (Ross Muchnick kick)7:24
M - Charlie King 38 pass from Bianchi (Muchnick kick) 3:42
M - Halsey 12 pass from Bianchi (Muchnick kick) 11:52
M - Halsey 75 pass from Bianchi (Muchnick kick) 6:22
M - Bianchi 2 run (Muchnick kick) 2:19
NS: Daniel Macias from Jose Vega (Javier Moan kick) 7:42