HS Football: Monarchs win big ahead of Sept. 14 showdown
Mike Nelson Sept. 10, 2019
While Mater Dei and St. John Bosco continued their impressive (and overwhelming) winning ways, last weekend’s high school football games included several down-to-the-wire, and beyond, thrillers.
Those results included a 28-21 overtime win by St. Francis over Damien, a 26-20 double-overtime win by Serra (Gardena) over Calabasas, and a 31-25 overtime win by Cantwell Sacred Heart over Whittier Christian. La Salle avoided overtime and squeaked past Santa Paula 38-35.
Mater Dei, meanwhile, proved a most unwelcome guest in Peoria, Arizona, with a 71-21 clobbering of Centennial. St. John Bosco — ranked behind Mater Dei in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 poll — was equally unappreciative (during the game, at least) with a 49-7 stomping of Liberty in Las Vegas.
This week comes a highly-anticipated showdown between Mater Dei (ranked No. 1 by Maxpreps’ Xcellent 25 writers’ poll) and St. Frances Academy of Baltimore (No. 1 in Maxpreps’ Freeman computer poll). The Sept. 14 (7 p.m.) game at St. John Bosco’s Parish Family Stadium in Bellflower comes a day after the Braves host Our Lady of Good Counsel from Olney, Maryland, in a 7 p.m. clash.
The weekend’s results:
September 6: Mater Dei 71, Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.) 21; St. John Bosco 49 Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) 7; Cherry Creek (Colorado) 35, Santa Margarita 10; J.Serra 38, Bishop Amat 14; Cathedral 40, Carson 21; Alemany 34, Dorsey 8; St. Augustine (San Diego) 42, Loyola 5; Chaminade 41, Birmingham 14; Serra (Gardena) 26, Calabasas 20 (2 overtimes); St. Francis 28, Damien 21 (overtime); Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 42, Moorpark 0; Paraclete 20, Legacy (North Las Vegas) 16; Narbonne 56, St. Paul 19; Crespi 54, Harvard-Westlake 0; Palm Springs 35, St. Anthony 14; St. Pius X-St. Matthias 36, Bishop Montgomery 7; La Salle 38, Santa Paula 35; St. Genevieve 41, Salesian 0; Maranatha 34, Verbum Dei 0; Cantwell Sacred Heart 31, Whittier Christian 25 (overtime); St. Monica (Santa Monica) 52, Village Christian 14; St. Bonaventure 22, Highland 14; Lompoc 17, Bishop Diego 7; Westchester 28, St. Bernard 10; Southlands Christian 8, Don Bosco Tech 0.
September 7: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 42, Servite 21; Mary Star of the Sea 36, Fairmont Prep 7.
Eight-Man Football: St. Michael’s Prep 36, St. Joseph Academy 14; Santa Clara 27, Beacon Hill 12; Trona 78, Villanova 3.
Mike Nelson is the former editor of The Tidings (predecessor of Angelus News).
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