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Mater Dei powers past De La Salle to repeat as CIF State football champions – Daily News

Mater Dei powers past De La Salle to repeat as CIF State football champions – Daily News
  • A proud coach Bruce Rollinson stands together with his gamers and the CIF State Open Division championship trophy in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson holds the CIF State Open Division championship trophy excessive as he celebrates together with his gamers in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei gamers together with quarterback Bryce Younger, middle, yell out a cheer after they gained the CIF State Open Division football championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei offensive lineman Tautai Marks provides the victory signal after the Monarchs gained the CIF State Open Division championship over De La Salle in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson and operating again Shakobe Harper give one another a hug as they rejoice profitable the CIF State Open Division championship over De La Salle in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei linebacker Bru McCoy makes a one-handed catch over De La Salle cornerback Amir Wallace within the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • De La Salle vast receiver Grant Daley, left, can’t attain a cross deep in Mater Dei territory as Mater Dei defensive again Jaylin Davies covers within the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei operating again Sean Dollars, left, beats De La Salle operating again James Coby to make the catch within the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei linebacker Bru McCoy holds the ball excessive after making a catch deep in De La Salle territory late within the fourth quarter within the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • De La Salle quarterback Dorian Hale, middle, fumbles the ball towards Mater Dei within the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei offensive lineman Tautai Marks, middle, holds a rose as the Alma Mater is performed after the Monarchs gained the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei operating again Shakobe Harper, proper, avoids a deal with by De La Salle tight finish Jhasi Wilson as he runs into the top zone for the rating within the fourth quarter within the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei linebacker Bru McCoy, left, makes the catch over De La Salle cornerback Amir Wallace however is known as for offensive cross interference within the second quarter of the CIF State Open Division championship recreation in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei linebacker Steele Dubar, proper, takes down De La Salle quarterback Dorian Hale within the second quarter of the CIF State Open Division championship recreation in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei linebacker Jacobah Fuamatu, proper, comes up with the ball after De La Salle quarterback Dorian Hale fumbles within the fourth quarter of the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei operating again Shakobe Harper, proper, and tight finish Michael Martinez rejoice Harper’s landing late within the fourth quarter towards De La Salle within the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Younger, proper, fires a move underneath strain from De La Salle deal with Chad Tasi within the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei tight finish Michael Martinez, proper, will get a hug as he celebrates the Monarchs profitable the CIF State Open Division championship over De La Salle in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei tight finish Michael Martinez, left, runs round De La Salle’s Richard Fahiua after catching a cross within the second quarter of the CIF State Open Division championship recreation in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei operating again Shakobe Harper celebrates his landing late within the fourth quarter towards De La Salle within the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei operating again Shakobe Harper, proper, high-steps it past De La Salle’s Erich Storti within the CIF State Open Division championship recreation in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Mater Dei football group face the flag for the enjoying of the Nationwide Anthem earlier than the beginning of the CIF State Open Division championship recreation towards De La Salle in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Mater Dei workforce runs onto the sector as they prepare to face De La Salle within the CIF State Open Division championship recreation in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Mater Dei workforce runs onto the sector as they prepare to face De La Salle within the CIF State Open Division championship recreation in Norwalk on Saturday, December eight, 2018. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

NORWALK – Mater Dei’s football workforce pushed apart one other dose of adversity Saturday to stake its declare for a second consecutive nationwide title and reward its veteran coach with a milestone victory.

The Monarchs additionally may need set in movement plans for a good longer reign.

With a number of juniors and sophomores and even freshmen contributing, Mater Dei defeated De La Salle for the second consecutive yr within the CIF State Open Division championship by posting a 35-21 victory earlier than four,823 at Cerritos School.

Junior quarterback Bryce Younger threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns and senior operating again Shakobe Harper rushed for 3 scores as Mater Dei (13-2) defended its No. 1 nationwide rankings by MaxPreps and Excessive Faculty Football America towards the Spartans (12-1), a consensus top-10 staff within the nation with a stellar protection.

The Monarchs additionally delivered Coach Bruce Rollinson his 300th profession victory regardless of enjoying with out star cornerback Elias Ricks. The junior missed the sport for a cause Rollinson declined to talk about due to scholar confidentially.

The absence loomed vital as the Spartans, recognized for his or her floor assault, made massive performs within the passing recreation and pushed the Monarchs more durable than in final season’s 52-21 end result within the championship recreation. Mater Dei additionally misplaced rising defensive again Josh Hunter — a starter as a freshman — after an enormous hit late within the recreation.

However pushing apart adversity was the Monarchs’ lasting signature this season. They overcame an early-season forfeit for utilizing an ineligible participant. They discovered redemption within the CIF-SS Division 1 last towards rival St. John Bosco after a lopsided loss to the Braves in mid-October.

They usually had to battle yet one more time Saturday, which Rollinson thought was becoming.

“I’m in it for the kids and I’m really, really happy and gratified that I got to get my 300th win with this team because there were times when it was looking shaky and how they did overcome adversity,” stated Rollinson, who raised his arms to the Mater Dei trustworthy with a few minute left within the recreation.

“It makes it that much more special.”

Harper agreed.

“With the group that we had to do it with this year makes it even more special because of all the stuff we’ve been through all year,” Harper stated. “We had some highs and we some lows. Lots of lows. …(We) stayed positive. We never got down on ourselves.”

De La Salle trimmed Mater Dei’s lead to 28-21 with 6:09 left within the fourth quarter on a 1-yard TD run by James Coby on fourth-and-goal. The rating got here after the Spartans blocked a punt, one other impediment for the Monarchs to overcome.

However the USC-committed Younger led Mater Dei on a seven-play, 85-yard scoring drive that Harper punctuated with a 15-yard TD run with three:55 remaining. Harper completed with 122 yards on 22 carries.

Senior broad receiver Bru McCoy positioned the Monarchs for the rating with a spectacular one-handed reception. McCoy had seven catches for 116 yards.

Mater Dei led 14-7 at halftime however marched the second-half kickoff 67 yards on seven performs to take a 21-7 lead. Harper capped the drive a 15-yard landing run highlighted by a spin between two defenders on the 5.

Younger arrange the rating by standing his floor towards a heavy rush to full a third-and-9 cross to McCoy for a 24-yard achieve to the Spartans 40.

Mater Dei opened a 28-7 lead with four:52 left within the third quarter with a 1-yard TD by Harper after junior linebacker Jacobah Fuamatu recovered a fumble. It was the Monarchs’ sixth fumble restoration towards De La Salle the past two years they usually later added a seventh.

Mater Dei capitalized on a excessive snap on a De La Salle punt to open a 7-Zero lead with 5 minutes left within the first quarter.

Younger zipped a 27-yard landing move to large receiver Cameron Gardner shortly after the Spartans sailed a snap over their punter.

Mater Dei pressured the punt after a sack by sophomore linebacker Raesjon Davis.

The Monarchs’ protection created one other scoring probability late within the first quarter. With the Spartans driving deep into Mater Dei territory, lineman Evan Bennett recovered a fumble at his 26 with three:28 left within the opening interval.

Mater Dei turned the fumble right into a 37-yard landing cross from Younger to a streaking McCoy simply seconds into the second quarter.

Tight finish Mike Martinez helped spark the seven-play, 74-yard scoring drive with a key reception over the center.

De La Salle responded with its personal cross assault. Sophomore quarterback Dorian Hale threaded a 9-yard landing cross to Grant Daley with 9:08 left within the second quarter.

Hale helped arrange the rating by narrowly avoiding a sack and lofting a display cross over the Mater Dei protection to Coby, who dashed for an 83-yard achieve to the Monarchs eight.

Mater Dei’s protection held the remainder of the half. Darion Warren-Inexperienced, a junior, and Fuamatu recorded tackles for losses whereas Steele Dubar collected a sack.