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It hasn’t been since 2017 that the winner of the regular-season recreation between Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) additionally received the championship recreation between these two groups. During the last 5 years, the groups have rematched within the title recreation 3 times; the consequence was flipped all 3 times.

This 12 months, the sixth season since 2017, it regarded like there could possibly be a flip within the script. No. 5 Mater Dei was shut out within the regular-season contest, and if No. 3 Bosco had actually discovered the Monarchs, the regular-season winner would wrap up the title recreation.

It was to not be. Mater Dei rolled over St. John Bosco 35-7 on Friday night time, defeating them by the very same margin wherein the Monarchs misplaced to the Braves a month and a half in the past. The Monarchs are again on the prime of the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Part (CIF-SS) as champions for the second time within the final three years.

Mater Dei’s protection set the tone early with a first-quarter pick-six when three-star linebacker Abduall Sanders returned an interception 52 yards for the primary factors of the sport.

Abduall Sanders with the BIG PLAY for Mater dei#picksix #soccer #materdeifootball #rivalrygame

— Soccer US (@hungba789) November 25, 2023

St. John Bosco was unable to maneuver the ball effectively in that first half, recording negative-one dashing yards, based on the Los Angeles Occasions. Mater Dei held the Braves to only one landing, a reception by four-star linebacker Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa whereas tacking on a pair of scores from four-star RB Jordon Davison and WR Kayden Dixon-Wyatt to take a 21-7 lead into the break.

Protection and particular groups carried the Monarchs by the second half, as a muffed punt within the fourth quarter gave Mater Dei the chance for four-star defensive lineman Tomu Topui, lined up at tight finish, to attain a 14-yard landing. On the primary play of the subsequent drive, four-star cornerback Zabien Brown had a pick-six of his personal to place the sport away.

Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa & Tomu Topui the 2 greatest gamers on the sector tonight @MDFootball leads Bosco 35-7 with 8:47 left to play @On3USC

— Scott Schrader (@Scott_Schrader) November 25, 2023

The LA Occasions reported that first-year Mater Dei head coach Frank McManus took a extra energetic function in managing the protection throughout video games after the defeat in opposition to Bosco in October. He succeeded in serving to the unit put together for this recreation, and the gamers put away the Braves. McManus has gotten by the beast that’s Bosco, and Mater Dei is about to position its declare as the highest crew in California as soon as once more.


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