Menlo-Atherton (4-6) snagged the No. 8 seed in Division I Central Coast Section football playoffs thanks to a 34-27 victory over visiting Woodside on Saturday. The Bears will visit No. 1 seed Piedmont Hills (8-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. Woodside finished its season 1-9.
Woodside did its best to keep M-A from the postseason, but the Bears recovered an onside kick by the Wildcats and ran out the final 54 seconds to secure the victory.
Woodside got two touchdowns from Andrew Tamilau to grab a 14-0 lead, but the Bears responded to the challenge with a potent rushing attack that ground out 283 yards. Junior Sakalia led M-A with 12 carries for 108 yards with Taylor Mashack adding 104 yards. Both scored touchdowns.
Cameron Moody caught a touchdown pass, ran for a touchdown, and finished with 75 yards rushing and 25 receiving. He also had an 83-yard run called back by a penalty. Sam Falkenhagen booted field goals of 33 and 44 yards.
Woodside scored on a 99-yard kickoff return to get to within 27-21 with barely eight minutes left to play. The Bears responded with a final drive that resulted in a four-yard TD run by Moody for the eventual winning points.
No. 8 Menlo-Atherton (4-6) at No. 1 Piedmont Hills (8-2), 7 p.m.
No. 5 Salinas (6-3-1) at No. 4 Milpitas (6-3-1), 7 p.m.
No. 6 Independence (8-2) at No. 3 San Benito (6-4), 7 p.m.
No. 7 Homestead (6-4) at No. 2 Santa Teresa (7-3), 1 p.m.