Earlier this week, Mater Dei head coach Bruce Rollinson told me on the High School Football America Radio Show that he was interested to see how his team would respond to adversity after seven straight victories without being challenged. Friday night, Rollinson got his answer as his Monarchs, ranked #3 in the High School Football America national rankings and #1 in our California and Southern California Top 25’s, came-from-behind to beat #6 St. John Bosco 26-21 in a showdown for first place in the ultra-tough Trinity League.
After getting-out to an early 3-0 lead, Mater Dei fell behind 14-6 to the Bosco, which brought a 23-game Trinity League win streak into the contest to go along with its four straight league titles. Demetrious Flowers‘ second touchdown run of the night gave Bosco a 21-12 lead, which it took into the fourth quarter.
It was in that fourth quarter that Rollinson got his answer as sophomore quarterback J.T Daniels led the Monarchs to their first offensive touchdown of the night when he connected with Osiris St. Brown to cut the lead to 21-18. Then after Mater Dei picked-off Bosco junior quarterback Re-al Mitchell for the second of three times on the night, running back Shakobe Harper completed the comeback with a one-yard touchdown run.
We’ll have highlights of the game Saturday morning.