No. 1 Mater Dei (CA) uses strong defensive effort to beat No. 2 Bishop Gorman (NV)

Mater Dei Monarchs

Mater Dei (California) snapped Bishop Gorman’s (Nevada) 55-game win streak by using a physical, punishing defense that keep Gorman QB and UCLA-recruit Dorian Thompson-Robinson and his offense off-balance most of the night in the Monarchs’ 35-21 victory Friday night before near sellout in Santa Ana, California. The two teams entered the contest ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the High School Football America Top 100 that is created with our proprietary algorithm.

Mater Dei vs. Bishop Gorman Highlights & Post-Game

It was no surprise that Mater Dei’s offense played extremely well against Gorman even though it was missing star receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, who is still nursing a finger injury, and fellow receiver CJ Parks’ ankle is far from 100-percent. However, it was the Monachs’ rebuilt defense that chased the very talented dual-threat Thompson-Robinson around Eddie West Field, sacking him three times and intercepting him twice in front of his head coach next year, Jim Mora of UCLA. USC head coach Todd Helton was also on the sidelines to watch his future QB J.T. Daniels operate the Monarchs’ offense that opened a 14-0 lead that could have been 21-0 if it hadn’t been for a fumble by the junior QB on Mater Dei’s opening drive near the goal line.

Daniels completed 19 of 32 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns to move Mater Dei to 2-0 and solidify its No. 1 national ranking.  Mater Dei senior receiver Nikko Remegio caught two touchdown passes, finished with 114 yards on six receptions. Bru McCoy had six receptions for 144 yards.

Shakobe Harper led a solid ground game with 18 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

With a 14-7 halftime lead, the Monarchs quickly pushed it to 28-7 on a Daniels TD pass to Remegio and then a Pick-6 by sophomore defensive back Darion Green-Warren.  Bishop Gorman was able to close to within 28-21 in the fourth quarter, but Harper’s second TD iced the victory.

 

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