Steuber Field – Stanford, Ca.
Stanford continued their strong form in the Pacific Western Conference, downing San Jose State 50-5. On Parents’ Weekend and Senior Day, Stanford put in another solid performance leading to the comprehensive victory.
Stanford got on the board twice early, when Alejandro Sanchez and Jeremy Kim both touched down in the first six minutes. Sam Falkenhagen converted and Stanford quickly led 12-0. Stanford continued to pressure the Spartan line for long periods of time, but handling errors and Stanford penalties defused multiple scoring opportunities. Finally in the 21st minute, continued Stanford pressure led to an Alex Barron try. Stanford continued to poor on the pressure, but small miscues halted their ability to cross the line until late in the half when Chris Herries touched down. Falkenhagen converted and Stanford led 26-0 with minutes remaining in the half. San Jose State would strike next, gaining possession in Stanford’s end from an error on the kickoff. The hard running Spartans made inroads on some porous Stanford tackling toward the Stanford line. Stanford eventually halted the attack, but multiple Stanford penalties in a row led to a San Jose State score to end the half with Stanford up 26-5.
Despite the letdown to end the half, the second half belonged almost entirely to Stanford. The Cardinal enjoyed a majority of the possession, and most of the second stanza was played in Spartan territory. Stanford crossed over four additional times in this period, with Sanchez scoring again from defensive pressure, and Mitch Hokanson, Austin Carey, and Nick Perkins all adding scores of their own. Falkenhagen converted two of the four tries, and Stanford finished out the game 50-5 victors. The victory was comprehensive and complete on many fronts, leading to a huge Stanford advantage in territory and possession. However, Stanford’s dominance was often halted by self inflicted mistakes, including penalties, ball handling errors, and momentary lapses in physicality at the tackle and with ball in hand. Stanford will look to build on and improve from this performance next week when they take on conference powerhouse Chico State on the road.
In the reserve team match, Stanford put in a strong performance to win 34-5. Stanford were led by very good performances from Patrick Crowley, Jay Reader, Nick Perkins, and Dahlton Brown.
Next Up: Stanford (7-3 / 4-1) travel to take on Pacific Western Conference rival Chico State (4-1 in Pacific Western Conference) on Saturday March 7th at 2pm at Chico State. Both teams only losses this season in the Conference were to Conference leader UC Davis. Last year, Stanford defeated Chico State 28-0 during Conference play, then defeated the Wildcats again 24-18 in the Conference Championship.
Stanford Team vs. San Jose State: 1: Mitch Hokanson (Nathan Mix) 2: Jeremy Kim *Captain 3: Chris Herries (Dahlton Brown) 4: Alex Barron (Jay Reader) 5:Sean Means (Nick Perkins) 6: Ian McColl (Austin Carey) 7: Jovi Ripert 8: Rory Houghton-Berry 9: Alejandro Sanchez 10: Nico Sanchez 11: Jack Chabolla 12: Chris Fernandes 13: Wesley Greiner (Oscar Sandoval) 14: Dean Patrick (Jamieson O’Marr) 15: Sam Falkenhagen
Scoring Summary: 3: Stanford A. Sanchez Try (Falkenhagen Conversion) 6: Stanford Kim Try 21: Stanford Barron Try (Falkenhagen Conversion) 34: Stanford Herries Try (Falkenhagen Conversion) 37: San Jose State Try (Halftime Stanford 26 – San Jose State 5) 54: Stanford A. Sanchez Try 64: Stanford Carey Try (Falkenhagen Conversion) 68: Stanford Hokanson Try 74: Stanford Perkins Try (Falkenhagen Conversion) (Full Time Stanford 50 – San Jose State 5)