McKinley's 12-0 win over St. Joe's in high school football last weekend was the most significant city high school sports event in many years. It was some tangible and much-needed evidence that Dr. James Williams' campaign to upgrade the city program is having an effect.
Last year, local businessman Paul Snyder donated his steakhouse for the McKinley football team to have something rare in city sports -- a real banquet. Players, coaches, parents and cheerleaders were in attendance. It was a true celebration of a city team, and told these kids that their hard work and dedication on the field were worthy of reward.
Granted, St. Joe's is down this year. I'm told they have just two kids playing the same position as a year ago. But when a city team beats the local Catholic power -- and it was the first time since 1931 that a Harvard Cup team beat Joe's -- it's a powerful symbolic statement on behalf of city high school sports.