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Jack Heneghan takes aim down field in Menlo's win over San Mateo.
It’s not a sight you’ll see often: Menlo School quarterback Jack Heneghan, on the sideline, with his arms tucked into a hand warmer, as the entire second half ticked off the scoreboard.
But that was the case Friday afternoon during the second half of the Knights’ matchup against San Mateo.
It’s just that in this case, let’s call it a well-earned breather.
It took two quarters of football for the senior quarterback to totally pick apart the Bearcats in what was a complete offensive clinic with the majority of the first half following a tune that read: Heneghan drops back, Heneghan looks, Heneghan completes.
By the time the second quarter horn went off, Menlo was up 48-0 and Heneghan’s line read 23 of 32 passing for 383 and six touchdown passes.
Menlo would not score in the second half but the final score was still 48-7 in favor of the Knights.
“It seems they had a coverage that we could exploit and my team was playing really well,” Heneghan said. “I had a ton of time and a lot of open guys so it wasn’t too difficult because of how well my teammates were playing.”
“Well, he can get better,” said Menlo head coach Mark Newton. “But, my expectations for Jack are really high as they are for himself which is why he executes at the level he does and why he works so hard in the off-season and prepares himself. He’s a great football player. He trains hard. The stats don’t surprise me because he’s such a good one.”
His play looked like it surprised San Mateo a bit and there was little Heneghan did wrong in those first 24 minutes.
Seven plays into the game, he hooked up with Graham Stratford for a 25-yard beauty of a touchdown. Then after a San Mateo fumble, Heneghan’s arm ate up 28 of the 29 yards needed for another Menlo score. That drive was followed by more Heneghan, this time on a drive where he went 5 of 7 for 59 yards and another touchdown, this one to Peter Bouret.
The second quarter was more of the same. On the fourth drive, Heneghan found Stratford again, this time from 35 yards out, and then he followed that with a little curl route to Jack Marren who turned it into a 69-yard touchdown with 3:41 left in the half.
But wait, there’s more. A 3-and-out gave Heneghan plenty of time to do more damage. He used eight plays to cover 53 yards for yet another touchdown. And following another San Mateo fumble, Heneghan used 17 seconds to travel 32 yards and hooked up with Stratford one more time.
The outcome of that all was 23 completions, for 383 yards and six touchdowns.
“It’s all a credit to them and their willingness to work and put in the time during the off-season,” Heneghan said of his chemistry with Menlo receivers. “Everyone comes in during the summer, works hard. It’s great to see when that pays off during the game.”
As for the Menlo defense, the only black spot was a 75-yard Line Latu touchdown in the fourth quarter of a running clock. Other than that, the Knights pretty much shut down the Bearcats.
“Our coaches did a great job preparing them,” Newton said. “What we’re trying to do is get them to see where to go, what their roles and responsibilities are on defense and makes sure that’s sound before we go into league. It showed today. San Mateo is better than what the scoreboard looked like in the first half.”