Varsity Boys Football

Menlo 27, Sacred Heart Prep 21

Date of competition: Friday, November 13, 2009

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Getting a diving touchdown reception from Clay Robbins with less than five minutes to play and a huge interception from Jordan Williams a few minutes later, the Menlo School football team upended visiting Sacred Heart Prep, 27-21, to win the annual Valpo Bowl in Friday in Atherton. Both teams finished the regular season with 7-3 records and both are headed to the Central Coast Section playoffs.

"We were in the playoffs even if we lost this game," said Menlo coach Mark Newton, who now holds a 5-2 series edge in the Valpo Bowl.

With both teams already ticketed to the postseason no matter who won, the game appeared to have nothing at stake for either team -- except for pride and bragging rights. By winning, Menlo was able to avenge back-to-back losses to SHP last season in the Valpo Bowl and then in the CCS Small School Division playoffs.

In a game that matched the top two offensive teams in San Mateo County, it was defense that saved the day for Menlo. After allowing 208 rushing yards on 41 carries in the first half, the Knights held the Gators to 90 yards on 18 carries after halftime. And when the Gators threatened to win the game in the final moments with the ball on the Menlo 36, it was Williams who picked off a pass to end that threat with just over two minutes to play.

Sacred Heart Prep still rushed for 298 yards on 59 carries, but Menlo's balanced offense of 122 rushin yards and 256 passing yards by Danny Diekroeger made the difference. Diekroeger hooked up seven times with fellow senior Robbins, who finished with 176 receiving yards. His 49-yard TD reception in the third quarter tied the game at 21 and his nine-yard scoring reception with 4:11 to play proved to be the winner.

Beau Nichols led a surprising effective Menlo ground game with 80 yards on 18 carries while Diekroeger also was effective with the run. Chris Gaertner led SHP with 114 yards on 20 carries while fellow senior Matt Walter added 109 yards on 26 carries. Those two, however, were limited to a combined 62 yards in the second half.

Both teams could meet again in the postseason. They'll find out their first-round CCS matchups on Sunday.

Sacred Heart Prep 0 14 7 0 -- 21
Menlo School 7 7 7 6 – 27
Men – Diekroeger 1 run (Diekroeger kick)
Men – Diekroeger 1 run (Diekroeger kick)
SHP – Gaertner 2 run (Odell kick)
SHP – Walter 6 run (Odell kick)
SHP – Ojeda 4 run (Odell kick)
Men – Robbins 49 pass from Diekroeger (Diekroeger kick)
Men – Robbins 9 pass from Diekroeger (kick failed)
RUSHING: SHP, Gaertner 20-114, Walter 26-109, Ojeda 11-67, Terndrup 1-4, Geary 1-4. Menlo, Nichols 18-80, Diekroeger 13-34, Robbins 1-8. Totals: Sacred Heart Prep 59-298; Menlo 32-122.
PASSING: SHP, Geary 6-10-1-49. Menlo, Diekroeger 12-17-1-256.
RECEIVING: SHP, Lahlouh 2-24, Hook 2-16, Gaertner 1-11, McFarland 1-(minus 2). Menlo, Robbins 7-176, Benton 3-57, Boyce 1-15, Nichols 1-8. Totals: Sacred Heart Prep 6-49; Menlo 12-256.
Records: Sacred Heart Prep 7-3; Menlo 7-3

posted by Keith Peters on Nov 13, 2009 at 7:39 pm

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posted by Rick on Nov 13, 2009 at 9:34 pm
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