Mater Dei football defeats Centennial again with dominating effort – San Bernardino Sun


CORONA – Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco is Oct. 7.

Until then, it appears that Mater Dei will not be challenged this season.

The Monarchs’ dominating brand of football was on display again before a packed crowd and a TV audience Friday in their 43-20 win over Centennial at Centennial High School.

Mater Dei is 3-0. The Monarchs were No. 2 in this week’s CalPreps.com ratings that will be used to place teams in CIF Southern Section football playoff divisions. Centennial was No. 3 in the ratings and St. John Bosco is No. 1.

The Huskies (2-1) opened the season by beating Santiago and San Diego Cathedral in one-sided games.

Junior Elijah Brown is 20-0 in his three seasons as Mater Dei’s starting quarterback. Brown was terrific again Friday, completing 16 of 21 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns. Marcus Brown caught the three touchdown passes and had 186 receiving yards..

Mater Dei sophomore linebacker Nasir Wyatt had two sacks including one on which he caused a fumble he recovered.

The Monarchs had a 29-7 lead at halftime.

Mater Dei scored first, in the first quarter, on Brown’s 3-yard keeper around left end. Centennial scored on its first offensive play after that on an 83-yard run by Izzy Carter to tie it 7-7 late in the first quarter.

The Monarchs took the lead for good on a safety early in the second quarter. Mater Dei linebacker Leviticus Su’a tackled Centennial running back Cornell Hatcher in the end zone for the two points and a 9-7 lead.

Mater Dei pushed the lead to 16-7 halfway through the second quarter on a 16-yard touchdown run by Nathaniel Frazier. A fourth-down pass covering 25 yards from Brown to Marcus Harris kept that scoring drive going.

A 16-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Marcus Brown spread the points differential to 15 points later in the quarter (the extra-point kick attempt was blocked). The Brown-to-Brown connection was good for another touchdown pass, this one for 55 yards, to make it 29-7 with 49 seconds left in the first half.

In the second half Elijah Brown completed a 63-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Brown, Jordon Davison scored for the Monarchs on a 1-yard leap over the offensive and defensive lines, and Huskies quarterback Carson Conklin scored on a 4-yard run and threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Cory Butler Jr.



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