There is always a lot at stake when Menlo-Atherton and Sacred Heart Prep meet on the football field, but there was a laundry list of reasons the Bears were especially amped-up to play their cross-town rivals this season.
After all, both teams entered the contest with unblemished records in the PAL Bay Division, the favored Gators entered with a three-game win streak against the Bears, and on top of all of that, it was Senior Day for Menlo-Atherton.
So with the possibility that his team could come out with too much of an edge, first-year Bears head coach Adhir Ravipati gave his team some sound advice.
"Coach told us not to talk any smack to them before," senior cornerback Jack Gray said. "He really pushed for us not to say anything and we held it in and let it out on the field. It felt really good."
Menlo-Atherton definitely let its play do the talking -- running the ball effectively on offense, forcing turnovers on defense and converting kicks on special teams, in order to stun Sacred Heart Prep, 17-14.