For years rivalries between Atherton schools in football didn't amount to much. Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton were on different wavelengths. Sacred Heart Prep didn't start playing football until the late 1990s.
Once SHP got its program going, a natural small-school rivalry came into being between the Gators and their neighbors, Menlo.
But then the SHP program accelerated beyond the furthest reaches of most anyone's imagination, winning two Central Coast Section Open Division championships and making two state final appearances.