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Five things to watch this week in the Super 25

Legendary Mater Dei football coach Bruce Rollinson (Mater Dei High School)

Legendary Mater Dei football coach Bruce Rollinson (Mater Dei High School)

Monarchs get their toughest test so far: No. 3 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) has outscored opponents 236-21 this season, but Edison (Huntington Beach) is also 4-0 and could pose a challenge for the Monarchs. This is Edison coach Dave White’s last season and he would love to upset Mater Dei. The Monarchs have a sophomore quarterback, JT Daniels, who has already thrown for 23 touchdowns and 1,508 yards. His main targets are Osiris St. Brown and Amon-Ra St. Brown. Edison signal-caller Griffin O’Connor has throw for 853 yards, more then half of them to wide receiver Shaun Colamonico, who may not play because of a leg injury.

“This will probably be our stiffest test, the way it has come out,” Rollinson said. “All of our kids know each other. I’ve played against Dave’s teams for 28 years and it’s always a battle. Dave’s retiring this year, but this is extra motivation for the kids. We’re excited about this. The kids are getting cranked up.”

Tough game in Texas: When No. 6 DeSoto faces Cedar Hill on Friday, it’s more than just a district opener for these teams. The schools are only 6.3 miles apart and it’s a strong rivalry. Cedar Hill won the last two meetings, including 26-2 last season. DeSoto won three in a row before that. A win by Cedar Hill would likely bring the Longhorns back into the Super 25 as their only loss was to No. 1 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas). A win for the Eagles would solidify their standing as the best team in the state.

Old power versus new power in the WCAC: St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.) has come a long way in two seasons but the No. 22 Cadets (3-1) will again have to get past 3-0 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) on Saturday to become a power in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. The Cadets beat the the Falcons 29-23 in three overtimes last season, but in their past 12 meetings, Good Counsel holds an 9-3 edge. St. John’s has played the tougher schedule as Good Counsel’s biggest win was 23-17 last week against a depleted Gilman (Baltimore) team.

King of the city in Miami: Friday’s game is a battle of perennial state champions with each winning four titles in a row in different classifications, 4A for Booker T. Washington (Miami) and 6A for Miami Central. Whoever wins gets the bragging rights as the best team in the city. This is a chance for  Booker T. Washington’s to show its loss two weeks ago to Jackson (Miami) was a fluke. No. 23 Miami Central hasn’t been tested this season, but the Tornadoes will likely do that.

An A for effort at Zephyr Field: This is the first high school football game ever at the New Orleans Zephyr’s baseball stadium in Metairie, La., and the two teams playing Friday provide a good opener for the New Orleans’ Catholic League. No. 16 John Curtis (River Ridge) is 4-0 but far from dominant while Brother Martin (New Orleans) is 2-1 after a 55-46 loss to Edna Karr (New Orleans) last week. The Crusaders beat John Curtis 40-37 last season in two overtimes. The game, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET), will be carried live on ESPNU. Brother Martin is led by two sons of former NFL player Pat Swilling: running back Bruce Jordan-Swilling and defensive back Tre Swilling. Patriots running back Marquese Albert ran for four touchdowns in a 34-31 defeat of Parkview Baptist (Baton Rouge) last week.

 

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