Varsity Boys Football

Terra Nova 49, Sacred Heart Prep 42

Date of competition: Friday, October 9, 2009

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The Sacred Heart Prep football team let a seven-point halftime lead slip away, and then was outscored by 14 points in the second half while dropping a 49-42 decision to visiting Terra Nova to open the PAL Bay Division season on Friday.

The Gators (0-1, 3-2) suffered their first loss in league play since 2007 with the tough defeat. SHP held a 21-14 lead at halftime, but gave up a touchdown to the Tigers with four seconds left before intermission. Terra Nova then outscored SHP in the third quarter, 21-0, to grab the momentum.

The setback ruined an otherwise superlative offensive day for Sacred Heart Prep, which rushed 56 times for 394 yards. Chris Gaertner carried 22 times for 153 yards and fellow senior Matt Walter had 17 carries for 148 yards. Both scored in the second half when the Gators rallied. SHP quarterback John Geary completed seven of 18 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns to Greg Hook, giving the Gators 494 total yards. Hook caught five passes for 94 yards.

Hunter Shaw had 15 tackles, 10 assisted, while Matt Hardy added 12 tackles, also 10 assisted. Sean Joy came up with two big sacks in the first half before the SHP defense fell to the Tigers' explosive offense in the second half.

PAL Bay Division
Terra Nova 7 7 21 14 – 49
Sacred Heart Prep 14 7 0 21 — 42
SHP — Ojeda 2 run (Odell kick)
TN — Cruz 2 run (Dineen kick)
SHP — Geary 1 run (Odell kick)
SHP — Hook 26 pass from Geary (Odell kick)
TN — Mariscal 24 pass from Cox (Dineen kick)
TN — Cox 71 run (Dineen kick)
TN — Connelly 1 run (Dineen kick)
TN — Cox 1 run (Dineen kick)
TN — Connelly 29 pass from Cox (Dineen kick)
TN — Mariscal 10 pass from Cox (Dineen kick)
SHP — Walter 66 run (Odell kick)
SHP — Gaertner 5 run (Odell kick)
SHP — Hook 5 pass from Geary (Odell kick)
RUSHING: TNova, Cox 24-180, Simpkins 10-38, Cruz 2-3, Connelly 1-1, Allen 1-4, Storey 1-(minus 6). Totals: 39-220. SHP, Gaertner 22-153, Walter 17-148, Ojeda 7-21, Geary 5-11, Pringle 3-57, Shaw 2-(minus 2). Totals: 56-388.
PASSING: TNova, Cox 18-25-0-234. Totals: 18-25-0-234.SHP, Geary 7-17-0-106, Shaw 0-1-0-0, Gaertner 0-1-1-1. Totals: 7-19-1-106.
RECEIVING: TNova, Mariscal 10-145, Simpkins 4-18, Connelly 2-53, McNamara 2-18. Totals: 18-234. SHP, Hook 5-94, Gaertner 1-7, Ojeda 1-5. Totals: 7-106.
Records: Terra Nova 1-0 (2-3); Sacred Heart Prep 0-1 (3-2)

posted by Palo Alto Online on Oct 9, 2009 at 8:39 pm

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