By Andrew Preimesberger
Palo Alto Online Sports
Senior running back Isiah Nash had a combined 137 rushing and receiving yards to lead Menlo-Atherton to a 21-16 football upset of defending Central Coast Section Open Division champion St. Ignatius in nonleague Friday night in Atherton.
The Bears improved to 2-1 overall while the Wildcats dropped to 0-3 on the season.
Nash started the Bears' second drive of the game with a 79-yard touchdown catch to put MA up 7-3 early in the first quarter.
"We caught them off guard," said Nash. "I felt someone come off my leg so I just took off and didn't look back; I did it for my family out there."
The Wildcats answered in the second quarter with a six-yard leaping touchdown grab in the back of the end zone by junior Nick Stinn to give his team the lead, 10-7.
The Bears responded with a 15-yard touchdown catch by Nash from senior quarterback Brian Keare. The quarterback was an efficient 8-for-9 with 133 yards in the first half alone. He finished 16-of-20 for a career-high 307 yards.
Nash is coming off of an outstanding game against Los Gatos in which he ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns. The running back had 94 receiving yards and two touchdowns on Friday, but St. Ignatius held him to 43 yards rushing.
"Their defensive line played very well," said Menlo-Atherton head coach Sione Taufoou. "Our offensive line will get to work and fix some things and get better."
In the fourth quarter, Nash ran in for a two-yard touchdown to put the Bears up 21-10 with 11 minutes left in the game. The senior, who also starts at safety, had three offensive touchdowns total.
The Wildcats ran down the field and scored on a one-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Ryan Hagfeldt with 1:29 left in the fourth as SI trimmed the lead to five points, giving the visitors hope for victory.
St. Ignatius kicker Andrew Ferrero made a perfect onsides kick and was recovered by Stinn with 1:20 left in regulation. The Wildcats committed two costly false-start penalties that brought them back to the 50-yard line.
Senior cornerback Randy Lopez made a huge play for the Bears and broke up a pass that would've been a first down for the Wildcats, but instead turned into a turnover on downs.
Both teams committed several penalties in the game -- the Bears totaled 11 while St. Ignatius had 12.
"SI is a very good opponent," said Taufoou. "We fought through a ton of mistakes but we found a way to win."
Menlo School 48, San Mateo 7
Jack Heneghan threw six touchdown passes and 386 yards, all in the first half, as the Knights (2-1) rolled to an easy nonleague win over the host Bearcats on Friday.
Heneghan connected with Graham Stratford on three of those TDs and with Jack Marren on two more. The Knights rolled up 469 yards in total offense.
Peter Bouret caught 11 passes for 159 yards and Marren hauled in five passes for 102 yards. Stratford pulled in five catches for 100 yards.
Meanwhile, Menlo's defense held the Bearcats to three first downs. Macklan Badger finished with a team-high eight tackles and Colin Johnson had seven more. Kevin Walker had an interception.
Sacred Heart Prep 25, Salinas 10
With Ricky Grau carrying 19 times for 150 yards and scoring on runs of six, 33 and four yards, the Gators (3-0) remained unbeaten with an impressive win on the road against the Cowboys (2-1). Andre Segre added 56 yards on 18 carries, adding a two-yard touchdown run.
The Gators rushed 55 times for 284 yards while co-quarterbacks Mason Randall and Cole March combined for 6-of-9 passing for 76 yards.
Sacred Heart Prep recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pair of passes, by Andrew Robinson and Riley Tinsley. Ben Burr-Kirven had 13 tackles, including 10 solo, with Paul Westcott getting 12 tackles. Nic Collazo and Robinson combined for another 17.
Trinity Christian 58, Pinewood 36
The Panthers were led by Aidan Lucero, who rushed for 140 yards on 20 carries during a setback in an eight-man game. Matt Murphy scored twice for Pinewood.
Priory 42, Anzar 12
James McDaniel carried 13 times for 72 yards and scored twice to help the Panthers improve to 3-0 following their victory in Mission Trail Athletic League eight-man action.
Brandon Zarringhalam ran the opening kickoff back 65 yards for a TD to get the game rolling for Priory. Will Latt rushed for one touchdown and passed for another, to Tom Latta.