Dominant wins (again) by Mater Dei and St. John Bosco were among the highlights of last weekend’s high school football action involving local Catholic teams.

Mater Dei’s 63-7 win over Villa Park brought the Monarchs to 2-0 going into their game this Friday night in Arizona against Centennial of Peoria, while DJ Uiagalelei’s five touchdown passes led the Braves (2-0) in a 56-21 romp over Don Bosco Prep of Ramsey, New Jersey. St. John Bosco travels to Las Vegas Sept. 6 for a contest with Liberty of Henderson, Nevada.

Serra of Gardena, tenth in last week’s combined CIF-Southern Section Divisions 1 & 2 poll, rolled over Garfield of East L.A., 41-14, but No. 4 J.Serra was beaten by St. Joseph Regional of Montvale, N.J., 24-13. Cathedral, eighth in D-3, was beaten by Cajon, 26-14.

Loyola, seventh in D-4, downed St. Bernard, ninth in D-13, 38-0. St. Paul, sixth in D-5, toppled Banning 40-7; St. Bonaventure, eighth in D-5, lost 13-3 to Bishop Diego; and Mary Star of the Sea, seventh in D-14, blanked Whittier Christian 45-0.

Among the down-to-the-wire games, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) edged Desert Vista 37-35; Bishop Amat slipped by Paramount 28-27 in overtime; and St. Francis nipped Mira Costa 23-21. Last week’s other results:

August 29: Calvary Chapel (Santa Ana) 28, Cantwell Sacred Heart 20; Mendez 27, Don Bosco Tech 14.

August 30: Warren 44, St. Anthony 27; Paraclete 34, Chaminade 13; Mission Viejo 21, Santa Margarita 10; Servite 48, J.W. North 7; (OT); South Torrance 40, Bishop Montgomery 8; Damien 26, Claremont 14; Crespi 55, Birmingham 14; La Salle 46, Salesian 6.

August 31: St. Monica (Santa Monica) 25, Verbum Dei 0; St. Genevieve 51, Arleta 0.

Eight-Man Football: Cate 50, Santa Clara 12; Villanova Prep 34, Malibu 18; St. Michael’s Prep 46, Cal Lutheran 16.

Mike Nelson is the former editor of The Tidings (predecessor of Angelus News).

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