Jordan Mims • RB/DB • Menlo-Atherton
RB • Menlo-Atherton
Year: Senior | 2017
40 yard dash: 4.5
Signed w/ Fresno State
2016 Offensive Player of the Year – Mercury News
2016 1st Team All-League RB
Senior Season Stats:
2,388 Total Yards
29 Rushing Touchdowns
31 Total Touchdowns
– 2016 Peninsula Bay League Champions
– 2016 CCS Open Division I Champions
– 2016 CIF State Division III-AA NorCal Champions
– 2016 CIF State Division III-AA State Runner up
by: Kyle Moreton
Menlo-Atherton’s Jordan Mims is a special kind of fast. The senior has
started on varsity for the past three years, and is one of the only
running backs in Northern California to surpass the 30 touchdown mark
on the season.
At the beginning of the year, though, it didn’t look like his Bears
were bound for a state championship. Despite being one of the most
talented teams in the Central Coast Section, Menlo-Atherton dropped
their first game of the season to the Bellarmine Bells.
Their second matchup was the GetSportsFocus Week 2 Game of the Week.
In a demoralizing 25-31 loss to the Marin Catholic Wildcats that came
down to the very last play, the Bears found themselves in an 0 and 2
hole to start the 2016 season.
Following the bitter loss, Menlo-Atherton would go on to win their
next nine games, starting with a 49-0 rout of the WCAL’s Sacred Heart
Cathedral. The Bears outscored their opponents 396 to 146, and held an
average of 44 points per game.
Tensions were high on the seeding day of the Central Coast Section
Open Division I Football Playoffs. Wilcox, Salinas, Santa Teresa, and
Piedmont Hills were announced as seeds 8-5. Bellarmine was next,
taking the fourth seed. Milpitas was seeded third. San Benito was
given the second seed. And a public school in Menlo Park, led by a
second-year head coach, that had gotten off to an 0 and 2 start, was
the number one seed.
In the first round of the CCS gauntlet, Menlo-Atherton sent the Wilcox
Chargers packing for home in a 42-14 shootout. In the stands after the
victory, chants of: “We want Bellarmine” rang out amongst M-A
On the same side of the bracket, the Bells handled Piedmont Hills in
an almost-identical fashion, 42-12. With the victory, Bellarmine had
given Menlo-Atherton exactly what they had been clamoring for: a
In a complete reversal of roles, the Bears shut Bellarmine out 21-0.
Jordan Mims rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown.
He was explosive on the ground in the CCS Finals against the Milpitas
Trojans with 292 yards and two touchdowns, one in the opening minutes
of the first quarter and another to seal the game in a 17-0 title game
Weeks later, Menlo-Atherton would win their first ever NorCal football
title 49-21 against Manteca. Mims put in work with his legs, rushing
for 4 touchdowns.
The Bears would fall to Paraclete in the state game, but leave with
their heads held high. Jordan Mims wrapped up his senior season with
2,388 yards and 31 touchdowns. The team that had been counted out
since Week 1’s season stretched on into the winter, proving that
revenge is a dish best served cold.
Jordan Mims’s legacy will be left at Menlo-Atherton. He currently has
Division 1 offers from Fresno State, San Jose State, Idaho, and
Sacramento State. For updates on his career, both on and off the
field, follow @jmims23 on Twitter.