By Andrew Preimesberger
Palo Alto Online Sports
Palo Alto's two-year reign as the SCVAL De Anza Division football champion likely came to an end following a 17-14 last-minute loss to host Los Gatos on Friday night.
Logan Chapman kicked a 24-yard field goal with 15 seconds left to give the Wildcats their hard-fought victory. Los Gatos quarterback Bryan Rose fired a clutch 39-yard pass to Jake Bevans at the Viking 14-yard line with 49 seconds left to set up the winning kick.
Palo Alto fell to 2-1 in league (4-2 overall) while Los Gatos moved into first place a 2-0-1 (5-0-1).
"This is where you win the championship, right here, you have to got to go out and beat these guys," Los Gatos coach Butch Cattolico said. "Now all we have to do is win four more."
Palo Alto had tied the game at 14 with 9:59 left in the game on an eight-yard pass from quarterback Keller Chryst to B.J. Boyd. The Vikings would have had the final shot at winning the game but a Paly defender ran into the Los Gatos punter, giving the Wildcats the ball and setting up the final winning field goal.
The Vikings' first touchdown was on a two-yard run by Morris Gates-Mouton in the first quarter to open the scoring. That was set up by an interception.
Los Gatos running back Garret Zeiter scored both Wildcat touchdowns on runs of 45 and 19 yards and carried 28 times for 196 yards. When the Vikings beat the Wildcats 42-0 last season, Zeiter was held to 70 yards.
Paly hurt itself with two lost fumbles in the second half in addition to seven penalties, the last one coming on the punt attempt.
Paly sophomore quarterback Keller Chryst completed 10 of 20 passes for 140 yards and senior running back Dre Hill rushed for 89 yards.
Half Moon Bay 26, Menlo School 21
The Knights saw their homecoming game ruined and now find themselves sitting in last place in the PAL Ocean Division after falling behind in the second half and falling to visiting Half Moon Bay. Menlo is 0-2 in league (4-2 overall).
Trailing 26-14 in the fourth quarter, Menlo senior Chris Reed picked off HMB quarterback Nate Seaton in the end zone. The Knights took over and sophomore quarterback Jack Heneghan found Reed tearing down the right side and completed a 52-yard pass to put the Knights in scoring position. Heneghan then connected with junior receiver Max Parker for a 28-yard touchdown. Timmy Costa hit the PAT before Menlo's defense would come on to stop the Cougars.
Half Moon Bay made it down to the Menlo 27, but could get no further when Connor Paterson stopped the Cougars on third down. On Menlo's last drive with a couple minutes left, Heneghan found Parker on three consecutive passes, but Half Moon Bay held on for the win. Heneghan finished with eight completions in 15 attempts for 150 yards with senior Matt Bradley adding 114 passing yards on 12-of-15 completions.
The teams were tied at 14 at the half, but the Cougars took over the lead about four minutes into the third quarter. Wesley Walters picked up his second touchdown of the day, this time on a 4-yard run. The conversion failed, but Half Moon Bay took the 20-14 lead into the final period.
Half Moon Bay came out of the blocks, scoring on a Walters' 7-yard run three minutes into the game. He gained 179 yards.
Menlo-Atherton 56, King's Academy 21
The Bears (2-0, 4-2) scored the first three times they touched the ball and tallied 28 points in the first quarter while registering their most impressive victory of the season.
Senior quarterback Willy Fonua threw for 230 yards on only five completions (in nine attempts). He connected with Taylor Mashack on a 79-yard scoring play and threw a 73-yard TD pass to Cameron Moody. Evan Perkins also caught a 23-yard scoring pass.
Moody rushed seven times for 110 yards with Mashack adding 91 yards on six carries, 80 yards coming on the opening TD of the game.
Pinewood 54, Anzar 6
With Michael Naumann and John Bennet each scoring twice, the Pinewood football won it's second in a row with a 54-6 romp over visiting Anzar High (San Jaun Batista) in eight-man action on Friday in Los Altos Hills.
Pinewood's offense got rolling quickly as the Panthers scored on their first possession -- a 16-yard run by Naumann. Pinewood's second possession saw Bennet scored on a quarterback sneak from two yards out. Pinewood opened the second quarter with Dante Fraioli breaking free for a 42-yard touchdown run. Pinewood added another TD, a 23-yard pass from Bennet to Max Darrow, before Bennet finished the quarter with a 38-yard scoring run as the Panthers took a 40-0 lead into halftime.
After Anzar escaped a shutout with a third-quarter score, Pinewood got back at it with Naumann scoring on a 42-yard run. Greg Naumann put the finishing touches on the scoring outburst by returning an interception 17 yards for the final TD.
Michael Naumann rushed 18 times for 98 yards while Fraioli added 74 yards on three carries. Daniel Branski had 13 tackles to lead the Panthers.
Sacred Heart Prep 18, Burlingame 15
The Gators rallied to remain in the PAL Bay Division race, driving 84 yards in the final moments of the game to score the winning touchdown on Tyler McCool's eight-yard run with 36 seconds to play.
Daver Refioglu and McCool each had key runs to keep the drive alive as the Gators improved to 1-1 in league (5-1 overall). A roughing-the-passer penalty on Burlingame gave SHP a first down on the Panthers' 33 to set up the decisive TD just five plays later.
McCool rushed 11 times for 120 yards with Refioglu adding 91 yards on nine carries, including a 50-yard scoring run in the second quarter that put SHP on top at 10-7.
Leo Koloamatangi had 11 tackles for the Gators, including a sack, while Mark Hardy added eight tackles.
Santa Clara 27, Gunn 6
The Titans (1-1, 1-4) fell behind early to the SCVAL El Camino Division-leading Bruins and trailed 27-0 before scoring in the fourth quarter on a one-yard pass from Andre Guzman to Mike Jorgensen.