Behind Jack Heneghan’s seven touchdowns – four passing – and Menlo School’s 500-plus total yards, the high-octane Menlo School football team eclipsed Sequoia in a 56-21 victory in league play Friday at home.
The teams entered the Peninsula Athletic League-Ocean Division showdown with identical records, but the Knights emerged with a 3-1 league mark and is 7-1 overall.
Leading the way, Heneghan, a junior, completed 31 of 41 passes for 393 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions. He would add three more touchdown, rolling up 74 rushing yards.
Connor Stastny made it a trifecta, catching three of Heneghan’s throws for TDs in the first quarter alone. He finished with eight catches for 112 yards. Will King had four receptions for 100 yards and Connor Paterson reeled in six catches for 82 yards.
Four plays into the game, Menlo got on the board, fueled by King’s 20-yard catch. Heneghan hit Stastny for a 23-yard score. On their next possession, the Knights used an 11-play, 51-yard drive that culminated in another Heneghan-Stastny TD.
Sequoia quarterback Mike Taylor followed with a 47-yard breakaway then took advantage of a fumble recovery to score on the ensuing drive with 1:44 left in the quarter.
The Knights wasted no time: Heneghan completed 5 of his next six passes, moving the ball 75 yards with passes to four receivers and finding Stastny again for a TD.
Menlo never looked back. Defensive back and backup quarterback Matt Bradley stopped Sequoia’s drive at Menlo’s 16 with an interception, which led to Heneghan's first rushing score. After the Knights scored, the teams traded fumbles. Menlo junior Travis Chambers had a tremendous play – blocking a punt which he then curled around and caught, setting up another Menlo score and a 35-14 lead. Christian Pluchar's second fumble recovery led to another score and the Knights with a commanding 41-14 lead. The Knights got the ball back once more before the half - Heneghan found Will King for a 58-yard pass to set up a 20-yard scoring strike to Peter Bouret for a 34-point halftime lead.
Team 1 2 3 4 Tot. Sequoia 14 0 7 0 21 Menlo 21 27 8 0 56
M -- Stastny 23 pass from Heneghan (Costa kick)
M – Stastny 5 pass from Heneghan (Costa kick)
S – Taylor 47 run (Sehl kick)
S – Taylor 15 run (Sehl kick)
M – Stastny 16 pass from Heneghan (Costa kick)
M -- Heneghan 26 run (Costa kick)
M – Chambers 2 run (Costa kick)
M – Heneghan 17 run ( kick failed)
M – Bouret 20 pass from Heneghan (Costa kick)
S – Taylor 36 run (Sehl kick)
M – Heneghan 5 run (Paterson pass from Heneghan)
PAL-Ocean Menlo 56, Sequoia 21
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