No. 3 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and No. 10 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) put on the matchup you would expect between Top 10 teams on Friday night.
While it lacked the high-scoring offensive fireworks that have been typical of Mater Dei games, the Monarchs earned a hard-fought 26-21 victory to remain unbeaten.
The victory broke Mater Dei’s six-game losing streak to St. John Bosco, its Trinity League rival.
Mater Dei (8-0) scored the game’s final points with 7:01 remaining on Shakobe Harper’s 1-yard run and the extra point. It was the first time the Monarchs led since 3-0.
Mater Dei had taken possession at the Bosco 43 as Jalen Cole picked off a pass.
After the teams traded punts, Bosco (6-2) took over at its own 8-yard line with 3:37 left after another fabulous punt by Mater Dei’s Ryan Stonehouse. The Braves got the ball to the Mater Dei 41 with just more than a minute left but a pair of incomplete passes urned the ball over on downs.
Mater Dei took over with 55 seconds left and was able to run out the clock for the win.
Mater Dei had cut the lead to 21-19 with 8:47 left in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard TD pass from Daniels to Osiris St. Brown, with St. Brown diving into the end zone for the score. It was Mater Dei’s first offensive touchdown of the night.
Bosco had extended its lead with 5:51 remaining in the third quarter on a 5-yard TD run from Demetrious Flowers. With the extra point, Bosco led 21-12.
Mater Dei had cut the lead to 14-12 on a 75-yard punt return from Amon-Ra St. Brown, but the two-point pass was incomplete.
The Braves had a 14-6 lead at halftime. Flowers scored on a 10-yard run and the PAT was good with 3:31 remaining in the second quarter.
Mater Dei’s Chase McGrath hit a pair of field goals in the first quarter while Bosco got a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback Re-al Mitchell for a 7-6 lead.
Mater Dei was called for nine penalties and nearly 100 yards in the first half and had a touchdown called back.
Bosco’s two losses have come to teams now ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in the Super 25. No. 1 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) earned a 35-20 win against the Braves on Sept. 9.