It was brief, but it happened.
For a fleeting moment, Mater Dei trailed. Sure, the score was just 7-0, and it was the first quarter, but a deficit is a deficit, and the Monarchs temporarily faced one against Orange Lutheran in a Southern California face off on Friday night.
That 7-0 scoreline was the good new for Orange Lutheran. The bad news? It didn’t last very long.
In fact, the USA TODAY Super 25 No. 3-ranked Monarchs bounced back to knot the game 7-7 with 2:38 left in the opening period, then take the lead on the first play of the second. From there it was smooth sailing as the Monarchs led 27-14 at halftime and expanded from there en route to a 56-14 victory. Both of the St. Brown brothers got involved with quarterback J.T. Daniels offensively as the Monarchs controlled the pace despite relatively strong resistance from the Lancers. Mater Dei scored on its second drive of the third quarter to push it’s advantage to 41-14, at which point the game was all but officially over. That was something Osiris St. Brown made sure of himself:
If there was any question about the security of that lead, the Mater Dei defense made sure it would last.
The 56-14 blowout win kept Mater Dei undefeated and set up one of the matchups of the season next Friday, when the Monarchs will face off against No. 10 St. John Bosco, in one of the biggest games of the year.