Bears run past Sacred Heart Prep in PAL Bay Division football


Menlo-Atherton seniors Aajon Johnson and Jordan Mims combined for 405 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bears to a 35-13 PAL Bay Division route over host Sacred Heart Prep on Friday evening.

The Bears improved to 3-0 (5-2 overall) while the Gators fell to 1-2 (1-6 overall). MA has now outscored its opponents 232-128 and is on a five-game winning streak.

“Sacred Heart Prep, they’re young this year but those guys are going to be a tough out,” said Menlo-Atherton head coach Adhir Ravipati. “I have no doubt they are going to make it into the playoffs. It’s league play, when you’re in the Bay Division, every game is a must win game. I thought we did a good job executing. There were some things they were doing defensively that we thought we could take advantage of. I’m glad we were able to execute in those situations and make some plays.”

On Menlo-Atherton’s fifth play of the game, Mims broke a couple tackles up the middle and ran in for a 28-yard touchdown putting the Bears up 7-0 early. Mims had a solid game and finished with 87 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The running back now has 964 total yards on the season.

The field was extremely wet in the first quarter due to heavy rain. Both teams combined for four fumbles. At one point, both teams turned the ball over three times in a row.

The Gators got on the board in the second quarter when senior Thomas Wine ran the ball two yards for the touchdown, tying the game at seven.

The Bears answered quickly after the Gator touchdown. Johnson kept the ball and dashed up the middle, untouched for a 51-yard touchdown and MA went up 14-7 going into halftime.

“At halftime our coaches do a really good job at making adjustments and getting our guys locked in,” said Ravipati. “Today, part of it, was just settling our guys down.”

MA started to increase its lead in the third quarter when Johnson connected with senior Mekhi Blackmon for a 23-yard touchdown and the Bears took the 21-7 lead.

On the Bears next drive of the third quarter, Johnson hooked up with Marquise Reid who sprinted across the field for a 50-yard touchdown and MA went up 28-7. Reid finished with 79 yards and a touchdown.

The Gator defense couldn’t stop the MA offense in the third quarter. The Bears scored on three out of four possessions for a total of 160 yards in the quarter.

“Our third quarters have been really good for us,” said Ravipati. “We felt really good about our game plan coming into the game. We’ll take the win any time we can get it.”

Mims scored his second touchdown of the day when he found a hole up the middle and ran in for a three-yard touchdown and MA took the commanding 35-7 lead.

MA takes on Aragon (0-1, 4-2) while Sacred Heart visits Hillsdale (0-1, 3-3) next Friday.

“Our game plan is the same thing as every week,” said Aajon Johnson. “We’re a run first team so we have to establish the run game. Run the ball first and hopefully open up the pass game.”

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