Carlmont has no answers for Menlo

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Carlmont has no answers for Menlo

Carlmont Scots huddle together before they charge onto the field.

Carlmont Scots huddle together before they charge onto the field.

Bijan Khalili

Carlmont Scots huddle together before they charge onto the field.

Bijan Khalili

Bijan Khalili

Carlmont Scots huddle together before they charge onto the field.

Bijan Khalili, ScotCenter Sports/Columnist

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As soon as the whistle was blown for the opening kick off, it was a one-sided affair. Carlmont High School took on Menlo, Friday night Sept. 26, at Woodside High with a final score of 42-0 in the Knights’ favor improving their record to 4-0.

The Scots weren’t able to get going in the game at all, and had no offensive or defensive flow.

“We started out slow. It took us awhile to really start getting are heads right and stick to our game plan and what we are supposed to do,” said the Scot’s senior running back Jake Kumamoto.

With both teams missing catches early on, neither Menlo or Carlmont could get a good grasp of the game in the first quarter, with a score of 7-0 to Menlo.

That soon changed in the second half when the Knights piled on another three touchdowns, including a 63-yard receiving touchdown to number 22, Antonio Lopez II.

A lot went well for Menlo in the first half, including their strong defense and rushing game.

“Are defense was excellent, we allowed only 129 yards, that’s what our stats show. It started with our defense and shutting them down. Also our [offensive] line did a good job, they were stunning in moving guys around the middle so that the running game on the edge was really effective,” said Knight’s head coach Mark Newton.

The Scots looked to turn things around in the third quarter with a goal line interception from number 80, Steven Paulthe, which led to a scoreless quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Menlo got right back to business with another two touchdowns, one off a 35-yard pass to Jack McNally with six minutes left in the game.

With a couple of key injuries for Menlo, a lot of people had to step up including sophomore halfback Robert Lopez.

“The great thing about tonight is we had a lot of young guys play. A lot of the young guys stepped up and did some great things like Robert Lopez, who is a great halfback,” said Newton.

With Carlmont heading into their bye week, they look to change their game plan up a bit and get everyone healthy going further.

“There was a combination of missing a few starters and not capitalizing on crucial opportunities, as well as making key mistakes. We need to get everyone healthy in the bye week and make adjustments on both sides of the ball,” said corner and receiver Theo Chatman.

The Scots look to improve their 1-3 record at El Camino on Friday, Oct 9 at 7 p.m.

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