Varsity Boys Football

Sacred Heart Prep 49, Menlo 21

Date of competition: Saturday, November 22, 2008

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In a season of significant firsts for Sacred Heart Prep, the Gators may have earned their most significant one on Saturday with a 49-21 victory over Menlo School in the opening round of the Central Coast Section Small School Division playoffs.
In its first year of football in the CCS, the Gators have a league title and a playoff victory. Sacred Heart Prep scored four consecutive touchdowns in a nine-minute span over the third and fourth quarters to break away from the Knights and earn its second victory over Menlo (6-5) in as many weeks. Last week the Gators edged Menlo, 28-20, in the Valparaiso Bowl. This time there was more at stake than bragging rights. Sacred Heart (10-0-1) advanced to the semifinals and extended its unbeaten streak by gaining 529 yards on offense. Equally important, Prep avoided any turnovers while Menlo lost four.
The No. 4-seeded Gators will next meet top-seeded Scotts Valley, a 56-0 winner over Pacific Grove.
Sacred Heart and Menlo exchanged touchdowns until midway through the third quarter when the Gators eventually broke open the game. Neither offense was stopped by either team's defense as Menlo threw with impunity and Sacred Heart's running game tore off big chunks of yardage.
The Gators ran for 390 yards, led by Victor Ojeda's 142 yards on 14 carries and Matt Bocci's 122 yards on 10 carries. Both scored a pair of touchdowns. Prep's passing was efficient. Quarterback Ryan Sakowski completed six of 13 passes for 139 and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, Menlo quarterback Danny Diekroeger used six different receivers to throw for 359 yards and a touchdown -- a 20-yarder to Jerry Rice, Jr. Rice finished with eight catches for 109 yards. Menlo finished with 455 yards of offense.

posted by Tim Goode on Nov 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm

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