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Sports - September 27, 2013

Heneghan gives Menlo more than a passing chance

Knights' senior quarterback is among the state leaders heading into another busy weekend for local teams

by Andrew Preimesberger

Menlo School senior quarterback Jack Heneghan certainly has been tearing it up recently during the Knights' 2-1 football start in 2013.

Heneghan has completed 69 of 105 passes for 1,050 yards and 15 touchdowns with just two interceptions. That's eye-popping by anyone's standards. Yet, Heneghan still has a long way to go to catch state leader Jake Browning of Folsom.

Browning, who has played one more game than Heneghan, has completed 115 of 151 passes for 1,625 yards, 24 touchdowns and with four interceptions. Browning is averaging 405 yards a game while Heneghan is at 350 yards per contest.

While Heneghan ranks No. 16 overall in the state in passing yards, he is No. 2 in California for those QBs having played only three times. And, he ranks No. 1 in the Central Coast Section.

Heneghan could have been much higher on the state list, but Menlo coach Mark Newton wisely sat him the entire second half of last Friday's 48-7 nonleague win at San Mateo. Heneghan completed 23 of 32 passes for 383 yards and six touchdowns — all in the first half. Heneghan likely would have surpassed 500 yards had he continued at his first-half pace.

The state record for single-game passing yards, according to the CalHiSports.com record book, is 764 by David Koral of Pacific Palisades in 2000.

Against San Mateo, Heneghan connected with Graham Stratford on three TDs and with Jack Marren on two more. The Knights rolled up 469 yards in total offense. Peter Bouret caught 11 passes for 161 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.

Menlo will play its only day game of the regular season by hosting Half Moon Bay on Friday at 3:15 p.m. The game serves as the Knights' home opener, as well. Menlo romped past the Cougars last season, 56-14.

In other games Friday:

Sacred Heart Prep (3-0) will seek its 11th straight victory, dating to last season, when the Gators take their high-powered running game to Sunnyvale to face King's Academy at 7 p.m.

Palo Alto (1-1) will attempt to bounce back from last week's loss to Mitty by taking on host Palma in Salinas at 7:30 p.m.

Gunn (0-3) will play a rare nonleague game for homecoming when the Titans seek their first win of the year against winless Prospect at 7:30 p.m.

Pinewood (1-1) will play host to Crystal Springs in eight-man football at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, Menlo-Atherton (2-1) will seek its third straight victory when the Bears host Silver Creek at 2 p.m. It will be M-A's lone day game of the regular season.

Priory, which is off to a 3-0 start in eight-man action, has a bye this week.

In games played last week:

M-A 21, St. Ignatius 16

Senior running back Isiah Nash had a combined 137 rushing and receiving yards to lead the Bears past defending CCS Open Division champion St. Ignatius in nonleague last Friday night in Atherton.

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.

The Wildcats answered in the second quarter, but 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 and no interceptions.

Nash was coming off 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.

SI had a chance to retake the lead late in the game but M-A 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.

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 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.

Mitty 34, Palo Alto 14

The third time was not the charm for senior Palo Alto quarterback Keller Chryst and his fellow Vikings on Saturday night. Chryst fell to Mitty for the third time in his career, as the Monarchs (3-0) cruised to a nonleague victory over the Vikings (1-1) at Foothill College.

Mitty was without senior starting quarterback Trent Scharrenberg due to a right ankle sprain, and was forced to start a novice at the position, junior Brett Foley, a converted outside linebacker.

Foley took advantage of the opportunity by rushing for 141 yards and two touchdowns against an overmatched Paly defense.

"He's (Foley) a good player, he's an athlete," said Paly head coach Earl Hansen. "It's hard to emulate Mitty's (speed) in practice. Our scout team can't run that fast."

Foley ended up throwing the ball only twice, as Mitty relied on a relentless running attack that gained over 450 yards on the ground.

Paly jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead to open the ballgame, as Chryst found senior wide receiver Keesean Johnson in the end zone from 21 yards out to cap off an 80-yard drive. Mitty responded immediately, as Foley raced 60 yards down the field for the first of his two touchdown runs.

Mitty took a 14-7 lead on a 77-yard punt return and made it 21-7 on a 65-yard TD run.

Paly answered back as Chryst connected with senior wide receiver Malcolm Davis for a 43-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 21-14. Chryst completed 13 of 23 passes for 218 yards.

Mitty's Tanner Haas made a 26-yard field goal with 12 seconds to go in the half, but Paly fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Monarchs recovered. Haas promptly drained a 42-yard field goal on the next play, giving Mitty a 27-14 lead at the half.

"We have got to get some consistency on both sides of the ball," said Hansen, whose rushing attack netted just 27 yards on 16 carries.

Capuchino 35, Gunn 7

The Titans continued to struggle offensively during its disappointing nonleague loss to the host Mustangs. Running back Sean Lydster was moved to quarterback, where he three for 58 yards while sharing time with Noah Riley. Gunn has scored just 20 points in three games.

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 Latta rushed for one touchdown and passed for another, to Tom Latta.