Bellflowers – Mater Dei and St. John Bosco begin their latest edition of Armageddon just the way we’ve come to expect. Every possession with a touchdown was like a serve. Every property without one was like adoption.
They got to halftime 21-21, and it would have been more if not for some jumpy pre-snap activity, dropped here and time, and a holding call that hit St. John Bosco’s touchdown pass back to Chadden James. calls.
“We don’t want firing,” said Mater dei security Joshua Hunter. “We want to do our job.”
Talk took place in the second half, when the emperors changed it to traditional warfare, with the work of special teams and the state of the field ruling the day.
The handiwork of sophomore quarterback Elijah Brown was apparently a trigger for this 42-21 victory. But Bosco, who had five possessions in the second half, was held down twice, punted twice, and ended the game in his own zone, aimlessly trying to make the score more presentable. Had been.
According to Maxpreps, it was the No. 3 team to beat the No. 1 team in the US, with the No. 8 team, Servite, running on both teams’ schedules. At the end of the CIF Southern Division playoffs everyone expects the Emperor and the Braves to do it again. Unlike in previous years, there is a clear gap, and no clear way to close it.
Mater Dei actually went 21-14 late in the second quarter, but the Browns tied it within a minute and a half, hitting Conor Barkett with an 18-yard touchdown.
After halftime the Braves got the ball and Katin Houser made an incomplete throw at fourth and eight.
Brown combined with Cooper Burkett on a 31-yard touchdown to top the Monarchs 28-21. Then came the account.
Houser tried to hand Jabari Bates on the play before the scrimmage, and both Braves were quickly hit in the backfield by Malachi Teo, B-12 shots for full defense. The series went nowhere from there, and a leggy punt set up Brown on the Bosco 32-yard-line. It’s easy money for Brown, who hit Jack Wrestler with a 19-yard score that put the Monarchs above two touchdowns.
“It was the biggest order of the game,” said Mater Dei coach Bruce Rawlinson.
The crime of the brave was told to climb the mountains all night. His most favorable drive started at the 25-yard-line, and the Monarchs dropped a punt at the Braves 1-yard line. Much of it came from Chase Meyer’s supercharged leg.
“How he doesn’t have a scholarship offer is beyond me,” Rawlinson said. “He’s the life of the kicker, I suppose, but he’s quite the weapon.”
Mater Dei captured the Bosco area three times and converted those chances to 21 points.
Matteo Uigalelli, the junior version of Rob Gronkowski’s Bosco, was not allowed to change the game. To be sure, the Monarchs had to devote themselves to the impressive talents of linebacker David Bailey, which knocked them out of blazing opportunities.
“We tried different guys on him, and we were always trying to put someone on his nose and try to keep him off the line of scuffle,” Rawlinson said.
But that didn’t matter as long as Jacob Kongica and eight other D-linemen fought defensively, turning up on the fly like a particularly big hockey line, pushing the Braves.
“It really helps, especially on the D-line,” Hunter said, “it helps with our pressure on the quarterback. And we have a lot of confidence in all of them.”
“That’s the strength of this team,” Rawlinson said. “We’re such a deep front, and if you keep bringing fresh legs in there, it’s going to cost you. Bosco was really struggling from the front. They have a really good offensive line, but we’re bringing in new players against them. They’re all tech-savvy, and our defensive line coach Steve Fifita is the real deal. They’re inspired by him.
“We changed some stunts at halftime, and our men executed them well. But we talked at halftime that we wouldn’t give chances. We asked him to punt once, and then we were left incomplete and we took advantage of it. Didn’t pick it up. You can’t do that against teams like this.”
Crowds jammed Bellflower Boulevard on their way to Panish Family Stadium, and fans stood outside the end zone fence to take a look. Despite tireless construction, emperors generally behaved as if they had been here before, which they have.
“Coming into my senior year, I have to settle down and enjoy these moments,” Hunter said. “I was happy to see our young players experiencing a big game. I was proud of them. He stepped up. “
Someone in the Mater Dei section came up with a sign that read, “You think you can be beat us? Now, that’s fantasy football.”
Beating up emperors may not be beyond imagination, but hallucinations will certainly help.