Menlo Defeats Sagehens In Final Non-Conference Game

Menlo Defeats Sagehens In Final Non-Conference Game

Menlo, Calif. - Wade Hawkins threw for three first-half touchdown passes as the Menlo Football team jumped out to an early lead and captured a 35-6 Homecoming win over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, the Sagehens conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule 0-2, after a narrow 28-26 loss to MIT last week. Menlo improves to 1-2 on the year with the win, earning a victory in its home opener.

Sophomore running back Brett Harper (pictured) accounted for the Pomona-Pitzer points, when he spoiled Menlo's shutout with a six-yard touchdown run with 2:09 left in the third quarter.

Hawkins started things off with a 46-yard touchdown to Matt Belardes, and after Menlo's Cooper Harris blocked a Pomona-Pitzer punt, Hawkins found Michael Alexander from 15 yards out at the 5:07 mark of the first quarter to make the score 14-0.

Daniel Jones then returned a Pomona-Pitzer punt 65 yards for a touchdown with 12:06 left in the second quarter to stretch the lead to 21-0, before Hawkins tacked on another touchdown pass, this time to Robert Gerhe, with 7:03 left in the second quarter.

Thomas Reynolds scored on an 18-yard touchdown run for Menlo on the first possession of the second half to push the lead to 35-0, before Harper capped off an eight-play, 58-yard drive with his first touchdown of the year, which was set up by a 32-yard pass from junior quarterback Peter Ianelli to senior wide receiver Duncan Hussey to put the ball on the Menlo 12-yard line.  

Harper finished with 31 yards on the ground, while sophomore Reese Gaines provided an offensive spark with 27 yards on four carries. Hussey had six catches for 83 yards, one game after breaking the school record with four touchdown receptions. Senior linebacker Kyle Roskamp (eight tackles) and sophomore linebacker Scott Tan (seven tackles) led the Sagehen defense, while Hawkins finished with 208 yards passing and his three touchdowns in the first half for Menlo.

Pomona-Pitzer will have three weeks off, before hosting Cal Lutheran on Oct. 5 at Merritt Field, beginning at 1 p.m.