May 27, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

PHOTOS: Mater Dei gains revenge and captures league title with 34-17 win over St. John Bosco

Mater Dei players charge out onto the field for Saturday’s game with St. John Bosco. (Photos courtesy Mark Bausman, For OC Sports Zone)

Mater Dei’s football team brought back the Trinity League crown Saturday night in a classic battle of two of the top high school football teams in the state.

The Monarchs captured a 34-17 victory over St. John Bosco at the Santa Ana Bowl behind freshman quarterback Elijah Brown, who threw four touchdown passes.

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Mater Dei winds up the abbreviated spring season 5-0 while St. John Bosco finished 5-1. Mater Dei, coached by Bruce Rollinson, was able to avenge last year’s 39-34 loss to St. John Bosco in the CIF Division 1 finals.

Since there are no CIF playoffs this year, the game took on added importance as the last one of the abbreviated spring season.

The Monarchs sealed the victory on a 42-yard field goal by Chase Meyer with 3:31 remaining in the game which put them ahead 34-17. Meyer also had a 38-yard field goal earlier in the game.

Brown connected with Josiah Zamora on a touchdown pass to put Mater Dei ahead 31-17 lead. Brown hit Kyron Ware- Hudson on a 64-yard touchdown pass to give Mater Dei a 21-17 lead.

St. John Bosco gave Mater Dei all it could handle from the start.

The Braves took a 14-7 lead when sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson connected with Matayo Uiagalelei on a touchdown before Mater Dei began its comeback.

Source: Mater Dei football