By Andrew Preimesberger
Palo Alto Online Sports
Senior running back Taylor Mashack ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns to lead Menlo-Atherton to a 21-7 PAL Bay Division win over visiting Jefferson Friday night.
Menlo-Atherton (5-2 overall) remained tied with Terra Nova for first place in the league at 3-0, while Jefferson fell to 0-2 (1-5 overall).
Jefferson junior quarterback Marcel Evans threw for 248 yards, but the Indians couldn't move the ball on the ground against a tough M-A defense. Jefferson rushed for a total of seven yards on 21 carries in the game.
Cameron Moody set the table early for the Bears with a 54-yard touchdown run at the end of the first quarter to put M-A up 7-0. In the second half, M-A's run game started to come alive as Mashack ran for his two touchdowns to seal the win.
M-A defensive back Charles Washington had an interception while teammate Richard Cornew had a pair of sacks to help spark the defensive effort.
Bears' quarterback Uilifeleti (Willy) Fonua was ineffective in the air as he completed just 4 of 16 passes for 91 yards. However, the Bears totaled 252 yards on the ground to power their way to the win.
Jefferson's Jesse Gilson caught four passes for 72 yards to lead all receivers.
M-A is set to play host to Sacred Heart Prep in a league matchup next week.
"We're going into Sacred Heart," said Mashack. "It's a big rivalry you know, we're trying to sustain that No. 1 spot."
"For us, we don't worry about CCS," said Menlo-Atherton coach Sione Ta'ufo'ou. "It's one day at a time, just get better every day."
Sacred Heart Prep 21, King's Academy 20
Sacred Heart Prep remained in the thick of the PAL Bay Division football race with a closer-than-expected victory over host King's Academy on Friday night in Sunnyvale as the Gators stopped a two-point conversion try with 1:59 left in the game.
Tyler McCool gave the Gators a 7-0 lead on a 54-yard run and Pat Bruni made it 14-0 on a five-yard TD reception from Jack Larson. Duke Moran caught a six-yard scoring pass from Larson in the fourth quarter and Brendan Spilane converted the deciding PAT.
McCool finished with a game-high 156 rushing yards on 17 carries for the Gators, who improved to 2-1 in league and 6-1 overall heading into next Friday's showdown at Menlo-Atherton.
Menlo School 48, at Sequoia 28
Sophomore quarterback Jack Heneghan came up with a career-high game as he completed 19 of 37 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns, with no interception, to pace the Knights past Sequoia in PAL Ocean Division action Friday night.
Menlo (1-2, 5-2) kept its Central Coast Section playoff hopes alive with the victory.
Dylan Mayer caught six passes for 119 yards, including a 57-yard scoring reception. He also scored on a three-yard run. Chris Reed caught five passes for 68 yards and Tommy Ford latched onto three for 85, including a 78-yard TD.
Priory 48, Trinity Christian 40
James McDaniel produced 380 all-purpose yards and ran for five touchdowns to pace the Panthers (3-4) to a big victory in eight-man action on Friday in Portola Valley.
McDaniel carried 33 times for 339 yards, scored 36 points (including three two-point runs) and had 61 yards in kick returns. His TD runs measured 15, 37, 25, 45 and nine yards.
Will Latta added a 120 yards in kick-return yardage, including a 70-yarder for a TD. Priory's Malik Reid carried 12 times for 70 yards and scored one TD on a 38-yard run. He also had an interception at the goal line to end the first half.
Matt Schwab had 10 tackles to spark a defensive effort that stopped Trinity on its final drive in the final three minutes of the game. Tom Latta, a defensive end, batted a pass attempt and intercepted it to preserve the victory.
Priory will host Cornerstone Christian next Friday at 3:30 p.m.