Top-ranked Mater Dei rolls by No. 4 St. John Bosco with strong second half in SoCal

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After trading blows in a 21-21 first half, Mater Dei’s defense turned it up in the second half to beat No. 4 St. John Bosco 42-21 in the Trinity League opener for both.

On the offensive side, sophomore Elijah Brown is working hard to get his name into the mix of Mater Dei greats Matt Barkley, Matt Leinart, JT Daniels and Bryce Young. Friday night, Brown tossed five touchdown passes to improve to 9-0 in his young high school career. He completed 13 of 19 passes for 263 yards.

“The difference was is that we just did not execute in the second half,” said St. John Bosco head coach Jason Negro.

Up next for Mater Dei is JSerra. SJB plays Orange Lutheran, which was ranked No. 123 before its loss Thursday night to Servite.

For those of you that enjoy following the national championship chase, Friday’s win puts Mater Dei in control of its own destiny to try to win a third High School Football America national championship. The Monarchs won its in 2017 and 2018.

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