Football breaks open a defensive duel with aerial show
10.27.2022 – After the defense held the line in the first half, the Menlo School football team relied on its D to do the same in the second half while demonstrating some offensive fireworks in the second en route to a 21-7 PAL-Bay Division victory at Burlingame on Thursday.
With the victory, the Knights (2-2 league) all but made it official that they will secure a CCS bid as the fourth team in the PAL-Bay with a game remaining - next Friday at Sacred Heart Prep (4-0).
Menlo scored the eventual winner at the end of the third. senior quarterback first hit Cort Halsey for a 20-yard gain and two plays later launched a 46-yard pass to senior Robby Enright for a 14-7 lead.
Bianchi had one of his most prolific performances of the season completing 21 of 36 passes for 352 yards and three TDs. Halsey finished with eight catches for 177 yards and a pair of TDs while Enright gained 70 yards on six receptions.
The special teams and defense got to work early. Ty Richardson recorded the first of two blocks of field-goal attempts, thwarting a nine-play drive that had the Panthers at the Knights’ 17. On Burlingame’s next possession, senior Alec Jabal had stops on every rushing play, also teaming with Ari Krane and Avery Romain to force 4th down. Burlingame got the ball back after recovering a fumble, but Robby Enright got his hands on the ball on a 26-yard FG attempt.
The Knights struck first coming out of a 0-0 tie at halftime. quarterback Jake Bianchi found fellow senior Cort Halsey for a 67-yard touchdown on the catch and run. Ross Muchnick secured the PAT with 7:32 left in the third. The Panthers countered with a 10-play, 62-yard drive on Lukas Habelt’s 1-yard run with 2:44 left in the third.
With four minutes left, Bianchi lofted one deep to Hasey again - this time for a 72-yard touchdown. Ralston Raphael , a senior, recorded a sack on Burlingame’s next possession, the Knights forced a fumble and Enright’s interception sealed the win.
Menlo School 0 0 14 7 -21
Burlingame 0 0 7 0 - 7
M: Cort Halsey 67 pass from Jake Bianchi (Ross Muchnick kick)
B: Lukas Habelt 1 run (Eddie Gill kick)
M: Robby Enright 46 pass from Bianchi (Muchnick kick)
M: Halsey 72 pass from Bianchi (Muchnick kick)