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Today: M-A, SHP open football seasons

 

See football schedules for M-A, SHP and Menlo School below.

On Saturday, Menlo-Atherton will open its season at home against Wilcox while Sacred Heart Prep travels to San Lorenzo Valley in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Sacred Heart Prep went 8-4 last season (4-1 in the PAL Bay Division) but lost running backs Matt Walter (1,738 yards) and Chris Gaertner to Stanford. The Gators will attempt to be more balanced this season with senior QB John Geary likely to throw more.

Colin Terndrup, Robert Ojeda and newcomer Pedro Robinson (from the tennis team) will run the ball, two-way lineman Brian Moran (6-7, 305) will open holes and plug them, and Hunter Shaw appears to a solid contributor at linebacker.

At Menlo-Atherton, Sione Ta'ufo'ou takes over as head coach following four years as an assistant at Menlo School. He inherits a team that went 1-9 last season, but returns nine players on offense and 10 on defense.

The offense will revolve around QBs Michael Culhane and Willy Fonua, junior running back Cameron Moody and senior RB Junior Sakalia, plus senior receivers Stas Della Morte and Davante Piper plus junior Austin Clarence. On defense, senior nose tackle Semisi Mataele leads the way with senior linebackers Dan Mohr and Semisi Tuitupou playing key roles.

Priory was scheduled to open its eight-man season on Saturday at Crystal Springs, but the game was cancelled following a mutual decision between the schools' athletic directors.

MENLO SCHOOL SCHEDULE

Friday at Hillsdale 7 p.m.

Sept. 11 vs. Carmel (at Woodside High) 7 p.m.

Sept. 17 at Justin Siena (Napa) 7 p.m.

Sept. 25 vs. St. Elizabeth's (at Woodside) 7 p.m.

Oct. 8 at Half Moon Bay* 6 p.m.

Oct. 15 vs. San Mateo* 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 22 vs. Jefferson* 3 p.m.

Oct. 29 at Woodside* 7 p.m.

Nov. 5 vs. South San Francisco* :45 p.m.

Nov. 13 vs. Sacred Heart Prep (at Sequoia) 7 p.m.

• PAL Ocean Division

MENLO-ATHERTON SCHEDULE

Saturday vs. Wilcox 2 p.m.

Sept. 11 vs. Los Gatos 2 p.m.

Sept. 17 at Jefferson 7 p.m.

Oct. 1 at San Mateo 3 p.m.

Oct. 9 vs. King's Academy* 2 p.m.

Oct. 15 at Aragon* 3 p.m.

Oct. 23 at Sacred Heart Prep* 3 p.m.

Oct. 29 vs. Terra Nova* 7 p.m.

Nov. 5 vs. Burlingame* 7 p.m.

Nov. 13 vs. Woodside 2 p.m.

• PAL Bay Division

SACRED HEART PREP SCHEDULE

Saturday at San Lorenzo Valley 2 p.m.

Sept. 11 vs. Riordan 3 p.m.

Sept. 17 vs. VC-Dublin (at Chabot College, Oakland) 7 p.m.

Sept. 25 at Scotts Valley 2 p.m.

Oct. 8 vs. Burlingame* 3 p.m.

Oct. 16 vs. King's Academy* 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 23 vs. Menlo-Atherton* 3 p.m.

Oct. 30 at Aragon* 2 p.m.

Nov. 5 at Terra Nova* 7 p.m.

Nov. 13 vs. Menlo School (at Sequoia) 7 p.m.

* PAL Bay Division

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