By By Andrew Preimesberger
Palo Alto Online Sports
Senior quarterback Jack Heneghan had six offensive touchdowns, including 198 passing yards, to lead Menlo School to a 47-6 nonleague football victory over visiting Half Moon Bay on Friday.
The Knights improved to 3-1 overall while the Cougars fell to 1-3 on the season. Menlo is now averaging 50.6 points per game in four games.
"The offensive line played really well," said Heneghan. "When the line is playing as well as it did today, it's not too difficult for the receivers and quarterbacks."
The O-line was led by Sam Crowder, Colin Johnson, Chris Crouch and MacKlan Badger. The line helped a 243-yard rushing attack by the Knights.
Within the first minute of the game, Heneghan ran all the way down field for a 52-yard touchdown run giving his team the 7-0 early first-quarter lead.
On the Knights' next possession, Heneghan connected with senior wide receiver Graham Stratford for a 19-yard touchdown putting the hurt on Half Moon Bay early and increasing the lead to 14-0.
Menlo widened the lead in the second quarter when Heneghan found senior running back Travis Chambers for a 20-yard touchdown putting the Knights up 34-6 going into the half.
Chambers had a solid game for the Knights with three offensive touchdowns and 99 total yards. Senior receiver Peter Bouret caught seven passes for 101 yards.
The defense also was sturdy for Menlo in the first half, forcing three fumbles and allowing just one touchdown.
"Our defense was awesome today," said Menlo head coach Mark Newton. "That's a really good team (HMB) and John Bali is a great 'back. Our defensive line and linebackers did a great job."
Heneghan was huge again for the Knights in the third quarter. The quarterback ran in for a 14-yard touchdown marking his total touchdown count to six and giving his team a commanding 41-6 boost.
"He can run," said Newton. "He's worked a lot on his speed. He ran track last spring and he ran all summer. Most people think he's a pocket passer but he's not, he can do the dual-threat stuff."
The senior ran for 114 yards and three touchdowns after rushing for only 17 total yards on the season coming into the game.
The Knights will match up against McClymonds in Oakland next Friday.
"We really just need to fine tune everything," said Heneghan. "Just working on the little things this week in practice and those things will start to tighten up as the season goes on."
Gunn 21, Prospect 14
Junior running back Forest Larson rushed for 113 yards and 19 carries scored on runs of 15 and two yards, the second TD coming in the fourth quarter to give the Titans (1-3) their first win of the season. The triumph came, appropriately, on homecoming night for Gunn.
Sean Lydster, who had a season-high 220 yards rushing on 26 carries, gave the Titans a 7-0 lead with a 60-yard run in the first quarter, but the visitors tied it at 14 by halftime. Gunn's Guy Kasznik had an interception and fumble recovery in the defensive battle between two previously winless teams.
Sacred Heart Prep 48, King's Academy 7
While the Gators improved to 4-0 and improved their per-game scoring average to 42.2 while scoring 48 points for the third time this season, their most recent victory was all about defense.
The Gators, who are allowing only 4.2 points a game, limited the host Knights to a minus-10 yards rushing while registering four sacks. SHP, meanwhile, picked up 315 yards on the ground.
Matt Odell gained all of his 71 yards on a touchdown run in the fourth quarter for SHP while senior Ricky Grau added 66 yards rushing on eight carries. Fellow senior Andrew Segre finished with 58 yards on 14 hauls, including one rushing TD. He also caught four passes for 71 yards, including a 28-yard TD reception from Mason Randall.
Palma 23, Palo Alto 20
Senior quarterback Keller Chryst rallied the Vikings from a 17-point deficit with a TD run and touchdown pass in the second half, but it wasn't enough to prevent Paly (1-2) from dropping its second straight game.
Chryst finished with 17 completions in 27 attempts for 174 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. His longest completion was 23 yards while he averaged 10.2 yards per completion. He fumbled twice, losing one.
Marcus Brown led a Paly run game that totaled just 100 yards, with Brown contributing 37 yards on five carries. He also caught five passes for 39 yards. Keesean Johnson had four catches for a team-leading 47 receiving yards.
Connor Scheel led the defensive effort with 18 tackles, six solo, while Tully McCalister had 15 total (five solo) and Andrew Frick was in on 14 (six solo). Malcolm Davis had an interception.
Pinewood 40, Crystal Springs 19
Wilson Field caught two touchdown passes and Aidan Lucero ran for two more to pace the Panthers to their victory in the 8-man Mission Trail Athletic League game. Pinewood moved to 2-1 in league (2-1 overall).