[Santa Ana, CA] The Monarchs wasted zero time displaying their dominance against the Centennial Huskies.
The rematch from last season's CIF playoffs had similar results, with the Monarchs walking away with a 41-12 victory.
"I was worried with the hype, they would forget this is Corona Centennial," head coach Bruce Rollinson said about the extra media attention surrounding the game.
Sophomore, Quincy Craig's 57-yard rush put the first six points on the board for Mater Dei. On the ensuing drive, he recovered a botched punt, setting up a Cameron Leupa rushing touchdown.
Centennial started the game with a solid opening drive but couldn't finish in the red zone, going four & out in their first three trips in the red zone. Two red zone opportunities in the fourth quarter concluded in rushing touchdowns.
In the postseason matchup, Mater Dei returned three interceptions, tonight they only returned one of their three interceptions.
Joshua Sagaio put heavy pressure on Centennial quarterback, Ala Mikaele, which lead to a free pass snatched by Ray Leutele, who returned it for a touchdown, putting the Monarchs up 28-0 in the first half.
Mater Dei defense held Centennial's blue-chip receiver, Gary Bryant, to one catch in the first half. Bryant eventually found a grove and a couple big plays in the late minutes of the game against the Monarchs second unit.
The Monarch's five-star quarterback, Bryce Young, put on a passing clinic completing his first seven passes. He finished with three touchdowns.
"Its definitely a process," Young said about his passing technique. "I don't think I model one specific person but its definitely people I look up too. I try to find my own throwing motions my own mechanics. It's been journey but I still have a lot to learn."
Young's accuracy was the highlight of the day. All three of his touchdowns were placed in perfect spots only the reciever could catch them despite great coverage by the defenders.
"Probably five of those throws, he [audibled] the whole thing, and that's the difference between junior year and senior year," Rollinson said about his quarterback.
Kody Epps led the Monarchs in receiving with 5 catches 59 yards and a touchdown.
The Monarchs are fresh off a "Mystic" National Championship, currently ranked #3 in the USA Today's Super 25. They have a strong national schedule that includes three teams in Super 25. Next they will take on Villa Park at home under the lights.
Centennial will host Orange Lutheran next Friday.
Centennial 0 0 0 12
Mater Dei 14 21 7 0