Mater Dei drags Duncanville, Texas, who is injured

DALLAS: First there was silence. Santa Ana Mater Dei players sat quietly in the shade under a tree adjacent to the 10,000-seat Panther Stadium waiting to be called up to the field. Their never-discreet coach, Bruce Rollinson, led them to warm up the routine where he shouted, “Are you ready?” The primal screams of 64 teenagers making their first trip to Texas began their “Friday Night Lights” experience.

“Yes sir!” they responded in unison.

Mater Dei, ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps, left little doubt of his superiority over Texas power 6A Duncanville in a 45-3 victory. Second-year quarterback Elijah Brown completed 18 of 22 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Joshua Hunter and Domani Jackson had interceptions to lead a stifling defensive effort.

“It was a business trip,” Hunter said. “We took it seriously.”

A line stretched around the school for nearly 45 minutes after the 7:30 p.m. start, while Duncanville fans tried to get a seat next to home. They are fortunate to have lost the absolute dominance that Mater Dei caused from the outset, starting with the fact that Jackson, linked with USC, returned a 38-yard interception for a touchdown on the Panthers’ opening possession . The Monarchs finished the first half with a 31-3 lead after Quincy Craig grabbed a seven-yard touchdown pass from Brown with 20 seconds left.

Mater Dei’s first offensive play didn’t arrive until 5:20 of the first quarter, and that was when runner Raleek Brown, running in Oklahoma, ran 75 yards down the left side line to make a touchdown. Mater Dei receivers were routinely open when Brown played with the Panthers, completing 10 of 11 passes for 151 yards in the first half.

“Have I seen this coming? No, but it was preparation, ”Rollinson said.

A strong breeze helped lower the humidity which caused both teams to pull out portable fans to spray the players with fog. Duncanville’s larger electric fans were really spraying water. Those at Mater Dei were more like those a college student takes to a dormitory to sit next to the bed in hopes of a little relief. The monarchs could have used some soda.

Earlier in the day, Mater Dei toured the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

“You watch games on TV and you don’t understand how great it is until you feel there,” Rollinson said. “It’s amazing, but I still like the Colosseum.”

Rollinson said the trip that began with a plane ride Thursday from John Wayne Airport and that included Smokey Dee’s barbecue Thursday night couldn’t have been smoother.

“The children did a great job. We have no problems. They are ready “, he said before the match.

Duncanville striker Malachi Medlock is attacked by a loss by Mater Dei defenders.

Duncanville defender Malachi Medlock is under attack for a loss by Mater Dei defenders on Friday night in Texas.

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Sitting in the stands was John Rivers, the uncle of the Mater Dei hunter. He lives in Dallas and brought his 13-year-old son to the game. The teenager was wearing a Mater Dei T-shirt. But to demonstrate the sensitivity of Texas fans about football, he declined to say which school his son attended. He said he was proud of Hunter, who heads to San Diego State.

Mater Dei has yet to find any opponents for next week (no one in California wants to play) and this performance will probably not encourage other schools to move forward.

“Yeah, I woke up a few times,‘ What do I think about going to Texas? ’” Rollinson said. “Everyone knows that De La Salle went down in 2015 and lost. I wanted to challenge this football team. I can’t get games and I admire Duncanville. It was, “Let’s have fun.”

CJ Williams caught six passes for 101 yards and one touchdown. Jack Ressler had a 37-yard touchdown reception from Brown. Duncanville received 122 running yards from Malachi Medlock.

“Our good players did great things,” Rollinson said. “But who cares? It was about the defense. “

The monarchs returned to their hotel on Friday night to have pizza.

Elijah Brown said, “It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.”

Mater Dei quarterback Elijah Brown is running for a first down.

Mater Dei quarterback Elijah Brown runs for the first time against Duncanville on Friday night in Texas.

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