June 15, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

Mater Dei captures fourth CIF state title with decisive victory over Serra

Mater Dei quarterback Elijah Brown drops back to pass in the first half Saturday night vs. Serra. (Photos: Fernando M. Donado, For OC Sports Zone).

Mater Dei High School’s football team captured its fourth CIF state crown Saturday night, defeating previously undefeated Serra 35-0 in front of a big crowd at Saddleback College.

Senior quarterback Elijah Brown had a big game, throwing for four touchdown passes for the Monarchs (13-1).

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Brown threw two TD passes in first quarter and another in the second quarter to help the Monarchs build a 21-0 halftime lead.

The Monarchs offense and a stifling effort from the defense helped Mater Dei dominate the game.

The Monarchs moved ahead 28-0 in the third quarter on an 8-yard TD run by Jordon Davison. Mater Dei moved ahead 35-0 when Brown threw his fourth TD pass in the fourth quarter.

A running clock was utilized after that. Serra finished the season 12-1.

Mater Dei is 4-0 in state championship games.


—Tom Connolly, For OC Sports Zone