What happens when the MECSA and Mayport High School teams meet?
Posted On August 6, 2021
MAYPORT, Florida (AP) As the season gets under way in Mayport, Florida, one team is in control: the Mayport School District.
The two teams have met at least once before, most recently at MECASA, but the school district has never had an official rivalry.
MECSA was founded by the Mayports’ coach, the now-deceased Bobby Ross, and its football team played in Mayports in the 1990s.
But the rivalry is in a different place now.
The Mayports have grown increasingly popular as a destination for middle- and high-schoolers looking for an alternative to summer camps.
The district has been able to raise funds to make improvements to the school that could eventually make it a popular destination for students from around the region.
“The more we grow, the more we get involved,” MECSU Athletic Director John Kavanagh said.
“We want to be a part of it.”
The team’s popularity has also led to a push by the district to expand MECSEA’s footprint.
This year, MECSO is expanding from its home in Tampa, which already includes the Mayors School of the Arts and the MayPort School.
“It’s always a tough decision for us to get involved in something that we think is going to be detrimental to the community,” Kavanag said.
The move could potentially create a rift with the Mayponds, who have a history of getting into rivalries, but have not seen the district move to become a part-time rival.
“If we don’t go, they’re going to go,” Mayport Mayor Mike Mignola said.
In the past, Mayport’s rivalry with the Mecsa has been a source of friction, with the two teams regularly sparring on the field.
Kavanak said the Maybonds had a long history of opposing the MECA.
“When we first started in the district, we had no problem with the rivalries,” he said.
MecSA has also faced accusations of racism and the school’s administrators have come under fire in recent years for not addressing systemic problems at the school.
The rivalry has been on the rise since the arrival of the Mayres, who had an affinity for the Mayfields and attended the same school as the Maycoes.
The teams were a part, but were separated by only a few feet in a football field in the 1980s.
The school district, however, was reluctant to let the two compete in the high school’s championship game.
“I don’t think it’s right to exclude a community because of one school,” said MECCA athletic director Scott Seltzer.
The team and the district have also clashed over a new athletic facility in Maypens campus, which was built on the back of an abandoned school bus.
MECA was given permission to construct the stadium, but was unable to get the grant money to build it on the school campus.
The state has not given a clear timeline on when construction of the stadium will begin.
“They don’t seem to be able to get this thing going,” MecCA Athletic Director Joe Seltzler said.
When MECUSD’s first mascot, a white horse, was unveiled in 1992, the mascot was meant to symbolize a community that was welcoming to outsiders.
But it’s now clear the mascot is viewed as a symbol of the district’s racial biases.
In recent years, the district has moved to build a new, more inclusive campus.
But many of the students who have made the trek from the community to attend the Mays are now worried about their futures.
“Everyone knows about the mascot,” Maypond high school senior Jordon Mckinnon said.
And that’s a lot of students.
“For me, it’s a very scary thought that they can go to the May schools and I won’t be able come back,” Mckomin said.