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M-A defense puts up a zero in Honor Bowl win

Mone Ngalu stood out for the Bears on the defensive line. Photo taken Aug. 27, 2021 by Noah Eisner.

Menlo-Atherton's defense has turned in some pretty extreme performances so far this season.

After allowing 100 points in two losses to start the season, M-A pitched a shutout Saturday, beating Pleasant Valley of Chico 34-0 in an Honor Bowl football matchup at Liberty High in Brentwood.

M-A's Andrew Buck. Photo taken Aug. 27, 2021 by Noah Eisner.

"This was what the doctor ordered for us,'' M-A coach Chris Saunders said."We put a lot of time and preparation into stopping the run.''

Mone Ngalu stood out for the Bears on the defensive line.

"He's our anchor up front, our most experienced defensive lineman,'' Saunders said. "He played great, splitting double-teams.''

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The linebacking corps of Andrew Buck, Sione Vaka and Sosaia Pongi was in on many tackles.

On offense, Matt MacLeod threw three touchdown passes to Jalen Moss, giving the duo seven TD connections over the last two weeks.

Jalen Moss caught three touchdown passes on Saturday. Photo taken Aug. 27, 2021 by Noah Eisner.

"A special talent,'' Saunders said of Moss. "He made plays after the catch, running with the ball.''

Dane Fifita and Sherrod Smith added rushing touchdowns.

M-A hosts Placer of Auburn next Saturday at 1 p.m.

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M-A defense puts up a zero in Honor Bowl win

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Uploaded: Mon, Sep 13, 2021, 11:25 am

Menlo-Atherton's defense has turned in some pretty extreme performances so far this season.

After allowing 100 points in two losses to start the season, M-A pitched a shutout Saturday, beating Pleasant Valley of Chico 34-0 in an Honor Bowl football matchup at Liberty High in Brentwood.

"This was what the doctor ordered for us,'' M-A coach Chris Saunders said."We put a lot of time and preparation into stopping the run.''

Mone Ngalu stood out for the Bears on the defensive line.

"He's our anchor up front, our most experienced defensive lineman,'' Saunders said. "He played great, splitting double-teams.''

The linebacking corps of Andrew Buck, Sione Vaka and Sosaia Pongi was in on many tackles.

On offense, Matt MacLeod threw three touchdown passes to Jalen Moss, giving the duo seven TD connections over the last two weeks.

"A special talent,'' Saunders said of Moss. "He made plays after the catch, running with the ball.''

Dane Fifita and Sherrod Smith added rushing touchdowns.

M-A hosts Placer of Auburn next Saturday at 1 p.m.

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