Priory football wins in overtime to maintain perfect season

With Priory's perfect season at stake, running back James McDaniel scored from five yards out in overtime to lift the Panthers to a 58-52 victory over host Trinity Christian in Mission Trail Athletic League eight-man football action Saturday.

In a showdown for first place in the MTAL, Priory (4-0, 6-0) scored 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter -- the last points coming on Will Latta's five-yard scoring run to tie the game at 52 with just 30 seconds left to play.

Trinity Christian (4-1, 6-1) had grabbed a 28-20 halftime lead and stretched it to 46-28 after three quarters, before Priory put up 24 points in the final period to force overtime.

McDaniel, who missed the two previous games due to undisclosed reasons, carried 24 times for 303 yards and scored on runs of 65, 65 and five yards. Latta added 77 yards on 19 carries with TD runs of 25, six and five yards in addition to adding two conversions.

Brandon Zarringhalam returned a kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown in addition to intercepting two passes for Priory. Tom Matta had a 15-yard TD reception and Garrett Weber gained 29 yards, six coming on a TD run.

In SCVAL El Camino Division action, Gunn grabbed an early 7-0 lead but that disappeared in a 41-27 loss to host Los Altos as the Titans fell to 0-2 in league (1-5 overall).

Sean Lydster led Gunn with 13 carries for 95 yards and one touchdown. He also had three catches for 26 yards as quarterback Noah Riley completed nine of 17 passes for 134 yards. Forest Larson added 81 yards on the ground on 10 carries as Gunn ground out 233 yards.

On defense, Dietrich Sweat had 12 total tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble. Guy Kasznik recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass.

Gunn, however, suffered three interceptions and lost two fumbles. Los Altos threw for 336 yards and finished with 433 yards of offense.

Girls volleyball

Menlo School had a solid 3-1 showing and fifth-place finish out of 59 teams at the Stockton Classic at Edison High.

The Knights (22-5), ranked 39th nationally by, opened with a 25-18, 25-17 win over Vista del Lago. Menlo then saw its 14-match win streak end in a 20-25, 25-16, 15-12 loss to Gregori of Modesto.

The Knights bounced back with a 32-30, 25-15 marathon win over Bishop O'Dowd and finished the day with a 25-20, 25-15 victory over Pitman.

Lida Vandermeer recorded 27 kills while Maddy Frappier and Maddie Stewart finished with 20 kills apiece. Elisa Merten had 97 assists while Melissa Cairo and Jessica Houghton posted 30 and 12 digs, respectively.

Granite Bay defeated Mitty in the final of the Elite Division bracket. Menlo-Atherton also was scheduled to compete, but no results were reported.

Girls water polo

Getting four goals each from freshman Maddy Johnston and senior Morgan McCracken, host Sacred Heart Prep posted a 12-4 nonleague win over Castilleja. SHP (14-4) grabbed a 7-2 halftime lead after blanking Castilleja (9-7) in the second period.

SHP will take on host St. Francis on Wednesday (4:30 p.m.) in a battle for first place in the West Catholic Athletic League.

At the Davis Classic, Menlo-Atherton (12-5) dropped a 6-5 decision to St. Francis-Sacramento -- a day after defeating St. Mary's, 10-7.

Boys water polo

Menlo-Atherton (9-6) dropped a pair of matches (10-7, 13-9) on the final day of the Rio Americano Capital Classic in Sacramento.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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