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No safety net for the Knights in nonleague football loss

 

Aidan Israelski caught 10 passes for 146 yards, scored a touchdown and two-point conversion but Palma came up big in the second half to beat host Menlo, 29-14, in a nonleague football contest Friday.

The Knights (1-2) have a bye before opening Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division play on Sept. 29 with a home game against The King's Academy at 3:15 p.m.

Menlo's defense was up to the task for most of the game. The Chieftains were limited to a pair of field goals in the first half.

Dillon Grady tied the game at 6-all with a 38-yard interception return for a score early in the second half but Palma reclaimed the momentum by blocking a Menlo punt out of the end zone for a safety.

That touched off a rally that produced two touchdowns and 16 unanswered points.

Palma was held under 100 yards rushing through the first three quarters before Anthony Villegas got loose for a 64-yard scoring run, the last of his three touchdowns.

Israelski caught a nine-yard scoring toss from Emilio Simbeck with just under three minutes to play to bring the Knights within 22-14 but Villegas' romp all but sealed it for the Chietains.

Grady, involved in nearly aspect of the game, recorded a team-high 11 tackles, though his lone PAT try was blocked. He'd been Mr. Automatic through the first two games.

Brody LaPorte collected 10 tackles while fellow senior JH Tevis recorded three sacks in addition to four tackles. Xavier Dickinson and David Schmaier each accounted for five tackles and Dickinson added an interception.

Simbeck completed 15 of 28 passes for 184 yards.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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