The Sacred Heart Prep football team received key contribitions from an array of players in edging Berean Christian, 26-21 in a crucial Bay Football League matchup on Saturday in Atherton.
It was the Gators' sixth win in a row, setting the stage for the next two weeks that will have a huge impact on the Gators' postseason plans.
Senior flyback Joe Perry took Sacred Heart Prep's first snap 98 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead. Perry then took Sacred Heart's second snap from scrimmage and raced 80 yards for a score and a 12-0 advantage with 11:41 left in the second quarter.
The Gators (3-0, 7-1) led 12-7 at half, then Perry scored his third touchdown on a one-yard run and added the two-point conversion for a 20-7 lead early in the third quarter.
After Berean Christian (1-2, 4-4) tallied two unanswered scores for a 21-20 lead in the fourth quarter, SHP sophomore fullback Matt Walter danced down the right sideline for 38 yards and the eventual game-winning score for the Gators with 2:52 left in the game.
Berean was driving for a potential game-winning touchdown in the waning seconds until Sacred Heart Prep junior cornerback Chris Cummings' interception at the goal line sealed the win.
"That was pretty intense," said Sacred Heart coach Pete Lavorato after the game. "The kids wanted to make it happen. Now, the next two weeks will decide things and will be very emotional."
The Gators play at Salesian (3-0 in league) next Saturday with the winner owning first-place in the BFL. The following week, Sacred Heart Prep hosts rival King's Academy in what could decided the league championship and North Coast Section playoff berth.