Varsity Boys Football

Menlo School 19, Santa Cruz 18

Date of competition: Friday, September 2, 2011

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Menlo School rode the wave of a fourth-quarter rally for a thrilling 19-18 last-second nonleague football win over host Santa Cruz on Friday night. After Santa Cruz grabbed a 12-0 lead at halftime and improved it to 18-12 in the fourth quarter, Menlo began engineering its comeback.

With 42 seconds left, Menlo senior Chris Reed ran the kickoff to the Knights' 35. Junior Matt Bradley completed a pair of long passes to junior Connor Stastny and senior Tommy Ford to get down to the Santa Cruz 30.

Sophomore quarterback Jack Heneghan came in and connected down the middle with Reed, who got the Knights to the 2-yard line. With 5.7 seconds left, senior Dylan Mayer scored behind senior Spencer Buja and junior Wyatt Rouser. Junior Timmy Costa added the PAT, and the Knights walked away with the win.

Menlo School 0 0 6 13 -- 19
Santa Cruz 0 12 0 6 -- 18
SC -- Hodges 5 run (kick failed)
SC -- Hodges 1 run (kick failed)
M -- Stastny 8 pass from Heneghan (kick failed)
M -- Mayer 60 run (run failed)
SC -- Hodges 7 run (run failed)
M -- Mayer 2 run (Costa kick)
Menlo, Mayer 18-155, Stastny 3-39, Ford 1-24, Bradley 7-11, Heneghan 3-9, Peacock 1-2. SC -- Hodges 27-146, Locatelli 12-35, Halbleib 6-12, Williams 2-2, Broadnax 2-(minus-3), Rocha 4-(minus-14). Totals: Menlo 33-230; Santa Cruz 53-178.
PASSING: Menlo, Heneghan 3-10-0-42, Bradley 3-6-2-26. SC -- Rocha 5-9-9-1. Totals: Menlo 6-16-1-68; Santa Cruz 5-9-2-16 RECEIVING: Menlo, Sanford 3-37, Stastny 2-22, Osborne 1-9. SC, Broadnax 2-0, Hodges 1-6, Locatelli 1-2, Leonard 1-1. Totals: Menlo 6-68; Santa Cruz 5-9.
Records: Menlo School 1-0; Santa Cruz 0-1

posted by Palo Alto Online on Sep 3, 2011 at 9:25 am

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