Menlo-Atherton is No. 1 seed in Division I football playoffs


Menlo-Atherton not only made the Central Coast Section Open Division I playoffs but received the No. 1 seed Sunday at the CCS seeding meeting.

Menlo-Atherton (8-2) will host No. 8 Wilcox (5-5) Friday at 7 p.m.

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"For the kids it's nice to be rewarded for having a good season,'' M-A coach Adhir Ravipati said. "But all those good feelings will last about an hour. Wilcox is a real good team. They beat Milpitas and gave Los Gatos a good game. They run the veer very well, are a little bit different than what we're used to seeing. We've got our work cut out for us in practice to be disciplined on our assignments.''

Menlo-Atherton got the No. 1 seed after a coin flip with San Benito. The Bears have won eight in a row since starting the season 0-2.

"We've come a long way,'' Ravipati said. "But we still haven't reached our potential as a program.''

Palo Alto (4-6) received the No. 7 seed in Open Division II and will play at No. 2 seed Los Gatos (7-3), Friday at 7 p.m. Palo Alto lost to Los Gatos 35-6 on Oct. 21.

Menlo School (9-1) received the No. 3 seed in Division V and will host The King's Academy (7-3) on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Menlo defeated TKA once already this season, 31-21 on Oct. 7.

Sacred Heart Prep (2-8) received the No. 8 seed in Division V and will play at No. 1 Carmel (10-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m.


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Posted by Clunge
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 7, 2016 at 8:18 am

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How exactly does a 2-8 team make the playoffs?

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Posted by greeves
a resident of another community
on Nov 7, 2016 at 11:49 am

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The Peninsula Athletic League gets six automatic qualifying berths into the CCS playoffs, four from the Bay Division, one from the Ocean and one from the Lake. Sacred Heart Prep got in by being the fourth-place finisher in the Bay.

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Posted by crazy
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 7, 2016 at 8:26 pm

The CCS playoff format never ceases to amaze. Private schools who recruit athletes play top divisions if they have a good recruiting class and if they don't play down to Division V? Stay in one division!

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Posted by scotty
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 7, 2016 at 9:17 pm

@ clunge --thank you, thank you, thank you.... The consolation trophy generation just keeps getting rewarded for mediocrity. 2-8 in the WCAL is one thing but 2-8 in the bay is not worthy of recognition... CCS needs to be revamped. It used to be an honor to make it to CCS.

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