Menlo improves to 4-0 with a 40-0 victory over Mills


By Andrew Preimesberger

Palo Alto Online Sports

Quarterbacks Jack Heneghan and Matt Bradley combined for 229 yards and four touchdowns to lead Menlo School to a 40-0 nonleague football win over visiting Mills on Friday afternoon.

The Knights improved to 4-0 while the Vikings fell to 2-2-1. Menlo is now averaging 54.5 points per game and has outscored its opponents 218-52.

This is Menlo's best start since 2008, when the Knights won their first six games before suffering key injuries and losing their last five to finish a disappointing 6-5.

"I'm pleased with how we're doing and how focused we are so far," said Menlo coach Mark Newton. "The effort today was exceptional."

Mills started the game with a fumble recovery on the Menlo 26- yard line but failed to convert. Junior linebacker Travis Chambers intercepted a pass on the fourth play of the Vikings' drive, going 85 yards for the touchdown and putting the Knights up 7-0.

The Knights' defense was strong all game, allowing only 42 total yards in the first half. Menlo's Nick Schultz, Brock Burgess and Chambers each had an interception.

Heneghan, a junior, threw a quick two-yard pass to junior wide receiver Will King and put the Knights up 20-0 at halftime. Heneghan finished with two TD passes and 155 passing yards.

With 1:42 left in the third quarter, Bradley, a senior, ran for a nine-yard touchdown to put Menlo up 27-0 and dimming any chances of a comeback for Mills.

The Vikings had no answer for a solid Menlo defense as the offense totaled only 130 yards with five turnovers and five penalties.

With 7:02 left in regulation, Heneghan ran for a five-yard touchdown, capping off the victory.

"Nothing is going to be handed to us," said Heneghan. "We have to stay focused and keep improving like we have been."

The Knights are set to take on host Woodside next Friday in a PAL Ocean Division opener at 7 p.m.

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— Tom Jacoubowsky of contributed


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