WOODSIDE -- Sacred Heart Prep scored two touchdowns in the final 5:04 to come from behind and defeat Menlo School 31-28 in a regular-season-ending game between next-door Atherton rivals at Woodside High on Friday night.
Menlo (8-2) led 28-16 after Jack Heneghan connected with Max Parker on an 11-yard touchdown pass to end the third quarter.
Sacred Heart Prep (9-1) came up with two turnovers to set up the come-from-behind touchdowns.
Mike Covell's interception with seven minutes left set up a 49-yard drive that culminated in a 3-yard run by Andrew Segre that brought the Gators within 28-23 with 5:04 left. Then a fumble recovery by Patrick Tinsley on Menlo's next play from scrimmage gave SHP the ball at the Menlo 25.
Six plays later, sophomore Ben Burr-Kirven scored his second touchdown of the game, this time on a 3-yard run, to give the Gators the lead.
There was still 3:05 left, plenty of time for the Menlo run and shoot to move down field. But Sacred Heart came up with a stop. Menlo advanced to the SHP 29, where a fourth-and-10 play gained 3 yards, and it was all over.
"It was amazing," said Burr-Kirven, who also was in on four sacks on defense. "I never dreamed we would be able to play this well. We lost to them 26-0 last year. We've been waiting for this game all year. I couldn't feel better."
Menlo entered the game as the top scoring team in the Central Coast Section at 52 points per game. Sacred Heart Prep came in with the top defense, allowing 6.0 points per game.
Menlo took a 14-0 lead and made it look easy. But Sacred Heart Prep came back and took a 16-14 lead at halftime, getting a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown from Derek Hunter in the final seconds of the second quarter.
Menlo got two touchdowns in the third quarter to go back up 28-16. Then it was Sacred Heart's turn again to come back with an offense that took advantage of the turnovers the defense created.
"We didn't quit, didn't panic," Sacred Heart coach Pete Lavorato said. "They hit us with some body punches, but we hung in there."
Heneghan completed 19 of 37 passes for 219 yards and carried 17 times for 68 yards. He threw three touchdown passes and ran for one, but he also had two passes intercepted and lost a fumble.
After a three-and-out on its first possession, Menlo drove for consecutive touchdowns. Heneghan hit Connor Stastny on a 2-yard touchdown pass to cap an 81-yard, 12-play drive, then connected with Peter Bouret on a 29-yard scoring pass as the Knights went 72 yards in six plays to make it 14-0.
That's when Sacred Heart Prep managed to get momentum back on its side with a time-consuming, 15-play drive that culminated with a 32-yard field goal by Brendan Spillane.
Menlo wound up with a fourth-and-53, and a high snap resulted in a 3-yard shanked punt and an SHP first down at the Menlo 15. Burr-Kirven scored on a 7-yard run to make the score 14-10 with 54 seconds left in the half.
Menlo tried for another score before halftime, but Heneghan was hit as he threw, and Hunter intercepted for Sacred Heart Prep and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown and a 16-14 lead at halftime.