High school football roundup: Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo School among Saturday’s winners

SHP turns back Palo Alto and Menlo routs Watsonville. In the East Bay, Salesian, Kennedy-Richmond win.


On Saturday night, Sacred Heart Prep traveled to Palo Alto and returned home with a 28-14 victory and a 2-1 record. After scoring 14 points in the first quarter, the visitors never trailed. The Gators led 14-7 at the half and extended their lead to 21-7 in the third quarter.

Anthony Noto scored twice in the second half to help lead the way. Ravu Savali and Greg Gamitian also scored touchdowns for Sacred Heart Prep, which is ranked 19th in the Bay Area News Group.

Declan Packer threw a short touchdown pass in the second quarter to pull No. 25 Palo Alto within seven points, and a 49-yard touchdown pass to Jason Auzenne late in the third quarter cut the deficit to seven points again.

Palo Alto (2-1) travels to Los Gatos on Friday, while SHP hosts undefeated Hillsdale.

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Menlo School No. 51, Watsonville No. 6

Mikey McGrath rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two more as Menlo School defeated Watsonville in a non-league game on Saturday at home in Atherton. The Knights led 8-0 at the end of the first quarter and 21-0 at the half. McGrath’s second rushing touchdown increased the lead to 28-0, and Andre Gonzalez Lombera’s 27-yard field goal made it 31-0. Tyler Fernandez’s pick-six near the end of the third quarter put the score at 45-6. Menlo’s first touchdown came on a run by Willis Johnson, and its last came on a pass reception from Benjamin Salama. Menlo (2-0) will host Menlo-Atherton the following Saturday afternoon. Watsonville is now 1-1. Darren Sabedra’s

No. 9 Clayton Valley 28, Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills 0

Clayton Valley fell for the second time in three games this season, as host Oak Ridge jumped out to a 13-point halftime lead on its way to a convincing victory in the NorCal Honor Bowl. The Ugly Eagles were down 7-0 after one quarter and 13-0 at halftime. Oak Ridge put the game away with 15 points in the fourth quarter after a scoreless third period. Late in the first quarter, Erick Orme’s 22-yard run gave the home team the lead for good. The second touchdown came on a 22-yard pass from Joaquin Graves-Mercado to Joshua “Adam” Feuerbach. On Friday, Clayton Valley (1-2) travels to Turlock. Oak Ridge is now 4-0. Darren Sabedra’s

Patterson 24, Menlo-Atherton 23

In a back-and-forth game, the visiting Tigers (4-0) scored on a 48-yard run by Jeremiah Lugo midway through the fourth quarter. The teams traded lead changes three times in the second half before the Bears (1-2) drove into Patterson territory late in the fourth quarter but turned the ball over on downs. Quarterback Xander Eschelman connected for touchdowns with 6-foot-6 tight end Alek Marshall. The first came in the first quarter, when a 31-yard pass made it 7-0. The second was a 19-yard pass from Eschelman to Marshall, which gave the Bears a 21-17 lead early in the fourth quarter. Eschelman also scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, breaking a 7-7 tie at the half. Patterson has traveled from Stanislaus County to play a Central Coast Section opponent for the second week in a row. The Tigers defeated Sequoia 42-0 last week. M-A will try to even its record at 2-2 when it visits Menlo School next Saturday. – Michael Lefkow

St. Mary’s-Berkeley 14, Salesian 18

Ethan Alfonzo plowed into the end zone from the 2-yard line with 25 seconds remaining, lifting Salesian to its third straight victory to start the season. The final score was Salesian’s only lead of the game. With about four minutes remaining, the Pride got the ball back at their 20-yard line, trailing 14-12. The visitors marched 80 yards, with QB Marcus Burke connecting on a 45-yard pass to wideout Joe Tarin. In the first half, Burke and Tarin also connected for a 10-yard touchdown. Burke’s 1-yard run accounted for Salesian’s other touchdown. The Pride failed all three 2-point conversion attempts. After intermission, Alfonzo’s run in the final seconds was the only scoring. St. Mary’s suffered its first defeat after defeating Moreau Catholic and Hercules to begin the season. The Panthers also dropped their fifth consecutive game to Salesian, an old Catholic Athletic League rival. – Michael Lefkow

Monta Vista 8, Fremont-Sunnyvale 50

As the Firebirds won at home, Fremont had 13 tackles for loss and seven sacks, and Henry Buenrostro threw two touchdown passes to senior wide receiver Evan Eatock. Running back Alexander Solarez added 109 yards on five carries for Fremont, including an 87-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Jadon Smith returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown, and Jordan McKinney returned one 88 yards for another. Graham Ischo of Monta Vista scored on the game’s final play, a 60-yard kickoff return. Terra Nova visits Fremont on Friday. Monta Vista is off this week before traveling to Gunn on September 22. Darren Sabedra’s

Kennedy-Richmond has 48 points, while Ygnacio Valley has 26.

The Eagles outscored Ygnacio Valley 30-6 in the second half to erase a 20-18 deficit at the half. Kennedy (2-1) was led by senior running back Jerry Graham, who scored four touchdowns. Deondre Prim had a pick-6 and a touchdown reception. The defeat was Ygnacio Valley’s 27th in a row. The Wolves last won on October 25, 2019, when they defeated Berean Christian 40-6. – Michael Lefkow

Today is Friday

San Lorenzo 21, Concord 26

With four touchdowns and a 2-point conversion, star running back Monte Beam scored all 26 points for the Minutemen (1-2). Beam’s final six-pointer came on fourth down with 11 seconds remaining, putting the Minutemen up 21-18. He then rushed in the 2-point conversion for the final margin. With a long punt return, Isaac Schwartz set up the winning score. San Lorenzo (1-1) did not go down without a fight. The Grizzlies connected on a long pass inside the Concord 10 yard line, but Minutemen defenders stopped a touchdown. Nathaniel Bynum, a freshman from San Lorenzo, caught some attention after scoring on a kickoff return and a touchdown reception. – Michael Lefkow

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