Jordan Mims and Aajon Johnson were at it again, running wild behind an offensive line that created opportunity after opportunity. At the end of the night, Menlo-Atherton put together a running attack that scored from just about everywhere on the field.
As a result, the Bears (12-2) are going to a state football bowl game next Saturday at 6 p.m. M-A beat visiting Manteca, 49-21, Friday night to claim the Northern California Division 3-AA title and will meet Paraclete-Lancaster at a site to be determined.
The Spirits (11-4) advanced with a 34-18 win over Mater Dei Christian (12-2) on Friday night at Antelope Valley College.
Mims rushed for 267 yards and scored four touchdowns. Johnson added scoring runs of 55 and 18 yards and Stavro Papadakis also scored on a 25-yard run.
Mims scored on runs of 13, 31, 72 and 3 yards. Johnson also caught a pass from brother Aaron Johnson to complete a two-point conversation.
The Bears' defense also forced three turnovers, including a fumble recovery that led to a touchdown. Spencer Corona intercepted a pass in the end zone to prevent a score late in the first half and Tate Tussing picked off a pass in the fourth quarter that sealed it.