Football: McFarland eligible to play after transfer from Riordan to Mission

Riordan junior running back Armani McFarland has transferred from Riordan to Mission and is eligible to play for the Bears when the two teams meet next season. (Photo by Doug Ko)

By Jeremy Balan

The football game between Mission High School and Riordan scheduled for next season just got considerably more intriguing.

Running back Armani McFarland, who led the Crusaders in rushing yardage and touchdowns last year, and figured to be one of the West Catholic Athletic League’s top returning players next season, has transferred to Mission and has been cleared to play for the Bears.

The 6-foot, 190-pound junior was granted a “hardship” exception to the transfer rule that normally requires a student to sit out a full year of competition if the athlete transfers after his or her freshman year.

According to San Francisco Section Commissioner Don Collins, McFarland met the CIF’s conditions of an “unforeseeable, unavoidable and uncorrectable act, condition or event that causes the imposition of a severe and non-athletic burden upon the student or his/her family,” to be able to play immediately for Mission.

McFarland’s addition to the Mission football roster will undoubtedly help the Bears in their defense of the Academic Athletic Association title, but he could have an immediate impact on the basketball team. He will make his first appearance in a Mission uniform today against International Studies Academy.

“Armani will probably come off the bench and give us a hard-nosed presence,” said Mission head basketball coach Arnold Zelaya. “He will help defensively, he’s been working hard since he got here and I’m happy to give kids a fresh start.”

Mission head football coach Joe Albano and Riordan head football coach Richard Sweeney were unavailable for comment early Friday afternoon.

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  1. BigMikeDC says:

    bummer for Riordan, they had some promise this coming season

    • Big guy 24 says:

      Riordan has lost their best football player and I hear some good players are not going to play either. Its hard to believe they will have a good year without Armani and good athlete’s not playing. Well I hope the other kids decide to play or Riordan in for another long season. 1 to 3 good players won’t get job done, they need all players training hard to prepare for a good year. Good luck to the kids.

      • Chris says:

        Riordan needed this dude to be a better team next year. It is sad because this proves that Riordan is on the decline, and not on the incline as far as measuring athletic success.

  2. Eagle Eye says:

    all triple A teams r screwed.

  3. JJ says:

    Did Riordan’s AD and Mission’s AD sign the proper paperwork for this high-profile transfer to happen? We wouldn’t want to see Mission forfeit some games in the future. This acquisition will certainly help Mission be one of the powerhouses in the AAA next year. I saw Mr. McFarland last year in the WCAL and he was one of the most talented runners on the field. Unfortunately, Riordan’s O-line wasn’t that big so there was not too many holes to run through. I expect this guy to break alot of tackles for big gains, like what Valentino Miles did in the WCAL.

  4. GCJ 01 says:

    Welcome to the AAA Mr. McFarland. You are a great addition to our league.

  5. Just the facts says:

    Good luck to Armani. He is a great athlete and I wish him well at his new school. Although not lucking forward to playing against him, especially in football. Best wishes to Armani and his supportive family. He will be a great addition to an already great athletic program at Mission.

  6. G-house! says:

    Ronzel Fox>armani mcfarland

  7. young says:

    Taz > Armani

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