Mater Day puts damper on fireworks with victory over St John Bosco – Press Enterprise
BELLFLOWER – Started by Mater Dei and St. John Bosco released their latest release of Armageddon just the way we’ve come to expect. Every possession with the touchdown was like holding the serve. Every possession without one was like sweating.
They hit halftime 21-21, and it would have been higher if not for some quick activity before the snap, a dropped pass here and time, and a hanging call called St John Bosco’s landing pass to Chiddon James.
We don’t want to shoot,” said Joshua Hunter, Matter Day safety. “We want to do what we have.”
The thing was accomplished in the second half, when the Kings brought it back to conventional warfare, with special squads working and a field position ruling the day.
Apparently the handwork of sophomore quarterback Elijah Brown was the catalyst for a 42-21 win. But Bosco had five possessions in the second half, stopped touching twice, kicked twice, and finished the game at home, aimlessly trying to make the score more stellar.
According to MaxPreps, this was the first team in America to beat Team No. 3, with Team No. 8, Servite, looming over both teams’ tables. Everyone expects the Monarchs and Braves to do it again at the end of the CIF Southern Division qualifiers. Unlike in years past, there is an obvious gap, and no obvious way to bridge it.
In fact, Mater D, 21-14, trailed late in the second quarter, but Brown tied him up within a minute and a half, hitting Conor Parket with an 18-yard touchdown.
The Braves got the ball after the break, and Katten Hauser imperfectly threw for fourth and eighth.
Brown reached out to Cooper Barkate at 31 yards to lift the Monarchs 28-21. Then came the account.
Houser tried to hand Jabari Bates in the first match of the melee, and both Braves were immediately hit in the backcourt by Malaki Te’o, a B-12 shot for the entire defense. The series didn’t go anywhere from there, and Brown set up an arched kick on the Bosco 32-yard line. That’s easy money for Brown, who hit Jack Ressler for 19 yards that took the Monarchs two times ahead.
“This was the biggest game sequence out there,” Mater Day coach Bruce Rawlinson said.
The brave crime was asked to climb the mountains all night long. The most convenient start to drive was 25 yards, and the Kings dropped one kick on the Braves’ 1 yard line. Much of that came from Chase Meyer’s supercharged leg.
“It’s far from me that he didn’t get a scholarship offer,” Rawlinson said. “This is the life of a kicker, I suppose, but it’s a real weapon.”
Mater Dei grabbed Bosco three times and doubled those chances to 21 points.
Matyo Uiagalelei, Bosco’s younger version of Rob Gronkowski, was not allowed to change the game. To make sure of this, the Kings had to dedicate the brilliant talent of linebacker David Bailey, which knocked him out with incredible opportunities.
“We tried different guys on him, and we were always trying to put someone up his nose and keep him from getting off the line of scrimmage,” Rawlinson said.
But it didn’t seem to matter as long as defensive tackle Jacob Kongaica and up to eight other D-linemen wore Braves up front, changing in flight like a particularly large hockey line.
Hunter said, “It really helps, especially on the D-line, it helps put pressure on the midfielder. And we have great confidence in all of them.”
That’s the strength of this team,” Rawlinson said. “We’re so far ahead and if you keep bringing new legs in there it’s going to cost you. Bosco really fought up front. They have a really good offensive line, but we’re bringing in new guys against them. They’re all technically savvy, and Steve Vivita, our coach in defence, is the deal. The real one, they are driven by it.
“We changed some stunts in the first half, and our guys executed them well. But we talked in the break about not giving up chances. We made them gamble once, and then slipped, incomplete and we didn’t take advantage. You can’t do that against teams like this.”
The crowd crowded Bellflower Street on the way to the Panish Family Stadium, and fans stood outside the walls of the end zone to take a look. Despite the relentless buildup, Kings generally acted as if they had been here before, which they did.
“As my senior year enters, I have to settle in and enjoy these moments,” Hunter said. “I was happy to see our guys, they had a great match. I was proud of them. They went up.”
Someone in Mater Dei’s section brought a sign that read, “Do you think you can beat us? Now, this is fantasy football.”
Overcoming the kings may not be too far fetched, but hallucinogens will definitely help.