Menlo rolls to another impressive football victory


Quarterback Mackenzie Morehead and running back Charlie Ferguson combined for 350 yards passing and running, to lead Menlo School to a commanding 42-0 nonleague football win over visiting Carlmont at Woodside High on Friday night.

The Knights improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2012 while Carlmont fell to 1-3 on the season. Menlo has outscored its opponents, 140-51, this season despite a small roster that is only an injury or two away from having the season potentially go sideways.

Leading rusher Charlie Roth, for example, missed the game with an ankle injury.

"We need everybody healthy to make a run for CCS," said Menlo head coach Mark Newton. "We need Charlie Roth healthy and a few other guys on the sideline. Right now we're week to week to get the team ready for each team we're playing. We're not worrying about CCS right now."

Ferguson scored his first of two touchdowns in the first quarter when he ran in for the eight-yard touchdown and Menlo took the early 7-0 lead. Ferguson averaged 5.8 yards per carry on 19 carries and finished withe 111 yards.

In the second quarter, Morehead connected with senior Antonio Lopez II, who juked defenders and raced home for the 63-yard touchdown as Knights went up 21-0. Lopez II caught five balls for 115 yards and Morehead finished with 239 passing yards, despite completing fewer than 50 percent of his passes.

Ferguson scored again in the second quarter when the senior plowed in for the one-yard touchdown, the Knights went up 28-0 going into halftime.

"We had a couple guys out, and then we had a couple guys step up real big tonight," said Ferguson. "Jason Okoro did a good job, Andrew Yock is another kid that's getting more reps. John Guiragossian was holding it down and did his thing, Carson Gampell -- the whole O-line just did a great job tonight."

"People think we're such a pass-heavy team," said Newton. "Our run game this year has been really good with Roth and Ferguson and we have Lopez too. We've run for over 200 yards every game."

In the fourth quarter, backup quarterback sophomore J.H. Tevis threw his first pass of the season for a 35-yard touchdown to junior Jack McNally and the Knights went up 42-0.

"He's a really good player," said Newton. "He played Pop Warner for the M-A Vikings. He's a good leader and a good competitor -- he's going to be a good one."

The Knights is scheduled to host Woodside (4-0) on Oct. 9 for Menlo's homecoming game, if the Knights' new turf field is ready.

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