Menlo-Atherton’s football team ranked #21 in San Francisco Chronicle poll
We admit we haven’t followed M-A football much, but we’ve been around long enough to know the school doesn’t usually field a powerhouse team. So, we were surprised when we saw that prep sports reporter Mitch Stephens had ranked the Bears #21 in his pre-season list published in the San Francisco Chronicle. We were curious why. Mitch replied via email:
“First, yes, not a ton of success [over the years], though I did cover them when they had T.C. Ostrander and they were pretty good in the early 2000s.
“Second, [I] wasn’t planning on ranking them until Serra coach Patrick Walsh said they got pushed around by M-A in a scrimmage, and the Bears even got the better of them. Serra is ranked No. 8 in Bay Area. Just a scrimmage, but that got me thinking.
“Third, I like how M-A has been challenging themselves every year of late, playing top competition in nonleague games, such as Friday night, taking on Bellarmine? The Bears don’t have to do that. And scrimmage Serra? Just shows they are ambitious and fearless. Good sign.
“Other factors: They were PAL Bay co-champs last year and that division has proven to be one of the best in CCS. Walsh raved about their line, their coaching staff and of course, they have one of the best returning players in the CCS in Jordan Mims.
“All that said, even though I’ve been doing this a long time – 33 years covering high school sports in the Bay Area – I definitely don’t know all of it. I make a lot of mistakes. I like to take flyers early in the season and the 20-25 teams could be any of about 15-20 squads frankly.
“I just like their style, physicality, coaching and, of course Jordan Mims as a star piece.”
Tonight’s 7:00 pm game against Bellarmine will be played at San Jose City College. The Bears play a Saturday afternoon (2:00 pm) game on Sept. 3 at home on Coach Parks Field. On Friday, Sept. 9, they play a night game against Sacred Heart Cathedral at Kezar Stadium – kind of cool!
Photo of Coach Park Fields and a rainbow by Betsy Sergeant Snow