The Serra football team has a new look this season.
Coach Patrick Walsh likes what he has seen of senior quarterback Zach Kazakoff, and as a result is opening up the offense to permit more frequent use of the passing game.
"We're still a running team," Walsh said. "But we want to throw 12 to 16 times a game this year."
Kazakoff, a protege of the late Tom Martinez, threw for 137 yards in Serra's season opener, a 30-6 win over Wilcox. Serra passed for 272 yards total in 13 games last season, but set a school record with 11 wins and 350 yards rushing per game.
"Zach has good mechanics," Walsh said. "And we have some guys who can catch. That gives us a new element we didn't have last year."
Serra, which rushed for 224 yards against Wilcox, has a bye this week before facing Encinal on Sept. 14 in its home opener in what has become a yearly matchup.
Defense, with eight starters returning, is the team's strength this season. That strength will be tested the following week when Serra travels to Atwater to play Central Valley power Buhach Colony, a team that went 12-1 last season and averaged 44.3 points per game.
"Both throw real well, both can run," Newton said. "There's a very fine line who is better.
Each quarterback attempted nine passes in a 66-14 win over Santa Cruz in Menlo's opener. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Heneghan completed five passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. Bradley (6-1, 175) had six completions for 39 yards. Heneghan also gained 68 yards rushing.
"Jack is like Andrew Luck," Newton said. "He's the kind of guy who doesn't look fast but then he breaks off a 60-yard run. Matt is shifty and quick. He had the fastest 20-yard shuttle time at the Dartmouth football camp last summer."
Menlo plays Mission of San Francisco on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Kezar Stadium. Mission, a 33-21 winner over Hercules in its opener, went 9-3 last season with a 16-12 loss at Menlo.
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