SHP, M-A roll to winning tuneups for the CCS playoffs


Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton made successful tuneups for next week's Central Coast Section football playoffs, but Palo Alto and Menlo School did not following losses on the final night of the regular season.

The Gators (7-3) rallied for a 27-15 nonleague victory over Menlo School (6-4) in the 13th annual Valparaiso Bowl while the Bears (6-4) topped host Woodside, 59-34.

Menlo School grabbed a 15-14 lead when Charlie Ferguson scored on a three-yard run in the third quarter before Sacred Heart Prep rallied in the final period.

Following an interception by Thomas Wine, the Gators took the lead at 20-15 when Isoa Moimoi had his second 10-yard scoring run.

SHP came up with another big defensive play when Andrew Dashbach intercepted a ball and the Gators were back in business. Quarterback Mason Randall connected with Nick O'Donnell on a 21-yard touchdown pass to put the finishing touches on the Gators' third straight triumph.

Randall completed 12 of 20 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. O'Donnell caught seven passes for 148 yards. The SHP running game, however, generated just 108 yards.

Zane Elsafy had 11 tackles for the Gators, including 1.5 sacks, with David Peterson and Charlie Ackley each adding seven tackles.

Ferguson led Menlo with 88 yards on 18 carries as the Knights finished with just 107 rushing yards.

Menlo-Atherton 59, Woodside 34

The Bears tuned up for next week's CCS playoffs with its romp over host Woodside to close the regular season on Friday night.

The Bears (6-4) rolled to 439 total yards as sophomore quarterback Miles Conrad completed nine of 14 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Aajon Johnson connected on both his attempts for 67 yards and one TD as the Bears had their best passing game of the season with 231 yards.

The M-A rushing game wasn't as spectacular individually, but the work was spread out among nine backs who combined for 208 yards overall. Junior Marquise Reid led the way with 57 yards on three carries with juniors Stavro Papadakis and Josh Lepulu each adding 50.

Papadakis also had 77 receiving yards on two receptions, both going for touchdowns. Junior Jordan Mims caught two passes for 65 yards, including one score.

Senior Ben Stanley paced the defense with 10 tackles and junior Christian Wiseman finished with eight. M-A will discover its first CCS opponent on Sunday when the seeding meeting is held.

Wilcox 59, Palo Alto 43

The Vikings allowed their highest point total of the season, despite a big offensive game of their own while falling to the host Chargers to close the SCVAL De Anza Division season.

Palo Alto tied the game at 43 with time running out in the final period when Riley Schoeben threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Justin Hull.

Wilcox, however, charged back and got a 21-yard TD pass and added a two-point conversion for a 51-43 lead. Wilcox then picked off Hull on Paly's final series and returned it 29 yards a final TD to end the Vikings' upset hopes.

The Cupertino at Gunn game was not reported.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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