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Boys water polo standings: Surf, Wave, Golden West leagues

BOYS WATER POLO STANDINGS

Sunset Conference

Surf League

School, league record, overall record

Newport Harbor 4-0, 21-1

Laguna Beach 2-2, 12-9

Huntington Beach 1-3, 12-10

Corona del Mar 1-3, 10-10

Wave League

School, league record, overall record

Los Alamitos 4-0, 13-9

Edison 14-12, 3-1

Marina 5-21, 1-3

Fountain Valley 4-16, 0-4

Golden West League

School, league record, overall record

Ocean View 5-0, 18-3

Segerstrom 4-1, 18-5

Western 3-2, 17-5

Garden Grove 2-3, 9-17

Godinez 1-4, 3-11

Westminster 0-5, 0-11

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Boys water polo standings: Surf, Wave, Golden West leagues

BOYS WATER POLO STANDINGS

Sunset Conference

Surf League

School, league record, overall record

Newport Harbor 4-0, 21-1

Laguna Beach 2-2, 12-9

Huntington Beach 1-3, 12-10

Corona del Mar 1-3, 10-10

Wave League

School, league record, overall record

Los Alamitos 4-0, 13-9

Edison 14-12, 3-1

Marina 5-21, 1-3

Fountain Valley 4-16, 0-4

Golden West League

School, league record, overall record

Ocean View 5-0, 18-3

Segerstrom 4-1, 18-5

Western 3-2, 17-5

Garden Grove 2-3, 9-17

Godinez 1-4, 3-11

Westminster 0-5, 0-11

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San Clemente boys edge Dana Hills again, clinch share of South Coast water polo title

DANA POINT – San Clemente boys water polo coach Logan Powell and Dana Hills coach Matt Rosa joked Tuesday that their teams always seem to play dramatic, tightly-contested matches against each other.

“Again,” Powell said to Rosa before a chuckle. “I knew (it). No matter what, it’s always going to be one goal (deciding the outcome).”

The teams indeed played another back-and-forth match Tuesday, but the Tritons continued to find a way to win and prove they’ve returned to Orange County prominence under their third-year coach, Powell.

Junior Christian Hosea scored the only goal of the second half, firing a shot off a drive to center over the head of goalie Justin Edward with 4:47 left in the fourth period to lift No. 4 San Clemente to a 6-5 victory at No. 10 Dana Hills in the South Coast League.

The Tritons’ defense held from there as San Clemente (6-0 in league) clinched consecutive league titles for the first time since 1995-96.

“It’s a huge deal,” said Hosea, whose team-high third goal came off a pass from Billy Moore. “We’ve just been putting in so much work as a team. Everybody is just coming together so nicely. It’s a great thing to see.”

The Tritons almost took a 7-5 lead in the closing seconds but their direct shot from outside 5 meters skipped off the bottom of the crossbar and outside the goal. Edward, who made 14 saves, picked up the ball to his right and launched a desperation full-court shot that landed off target.

San Clemente collected a 10-9 victory in the teams’ first league match. The Tritons celebrated after Tuesday’s game and began to ponder qualifying for the Division 1 playoffs for the first time since 2013.

The Tritons are ranked seventh in Division 1 and appear to be a strong candidate to qualify for the Elite 8 bracket, which Powell believes would be a major accomplishment. His players feel the same way.

“We just see (Division 1) as our main goal … and obviously we want to get as far as we can,” said Hosea, who was supported by one goal apiece from Hayden Kahn, Luke Makshanoff and Spencer Herbert.

San Clemente showed a tough press against Dana Hills (4-2 in league), which created chances on the counterattack.

“That’s old-school water polo,” Powell said.

Powell said his team embraced the press after its recent trip to the North-South Challenge, where he felt other teams played stronger defense.

The Tritons also used multiple players setting 2 meters to get Dana Hills in foul trouble. Three starters fouled out for the Dolphins, but San Clemente struggled to capitalize by going 1 for 10 with the extra attacker.

Dana Hills went 3 for 7 on the man advantage and also had a penalty blocked junior Trevor Benge. Senior attacker Kaden Likins led the Dolphins with three goals while center Ian Diamond added two.

“(San Clemente) played really well,” Rosa said. “We just didn’t have the bodies, especially in the second half, to do our normal rotations.”

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/10/16/san-clemente-boys-edge-dana-hills-again-clinch-share-of-south-coast-water-polo-title/

Eight legendary O.C. coaches to be inducted into CIF-SS Hall of Fame on Wednesday

Eight legendary Orange County coaches highlight the CIF-Southern Section’s 35th Hall of Fame class that will be inducted Wednesday during a luncheon in Long Beach.

The group includes former Mission Viejo and El Toro football coach Bob Johnson, former Newport Harbor football coach Jeff Brinkley, former Brea Olinda girls basketball coach Jeff Sink, former El Toro water polo coach Don Stoll, former Laguna Hills wrestling coach Cliff Jarmie, former Edison and Corona del Mar tennis coach Tim Mang, former San Clemente girls basketball coach Mary Mulligan-Crapo and former Woodbridge girls basketball coach Eric Bangs.

Johnson is Orange County’s all-time leader in coaching victories in football and won a combined eight CIF titles at El Toro and Mission Viejo.

Mulligan has the most coaching victories for a female coach in O.C. girls basketball history.

Sink led the Ladycats to five state titles.

El Toro boys water polo won seven CIF titles and 684 matches under Stoll.

Former athletic director and coaches Mark Cunningham of University and Rich Schaaf of Santa Margarita will be honored for distinguished service. Both Cunningham and Schaaf served for more than 30 years.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/10/16/eight-legendary-o-c-coaches-to-be-inducted-into-cif-ss-hall-of-fame/

Girls tennis notes: Magnolia fights through Santa Ana winds, captures Orange League title

Magnolia’s CIF-SS-ranked girls tennis team breezed through a showdown Monday even as the Santa Ana winds gusted at Century High.

The undefeated Sentinels posted a 15-3 victory to capture their sixth consecutive Orange League title and extend their league winning streak to 61 consecutive matches.

Magnolia (16-0, 9-0) is ranked first in Division 4.

In late September, Magnolia edged Century, ranked second in Division 5, on games, 73-67, after the sets tied at 9. The Sentinels were led in that match by senior Tiffany Vo, who swept 6-1, 6-0, 6-1.

Vo again swept Monday, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.

Century is 15-2 overall and 7-2 in league. The Centurions are ranked second in Division 5 to Woodcrest Christian.

Magnolia closes out league play Thursday at Savanna.

TIED ONCE AGAIN

San Clemente and Dana Hills split their two South Coast League matches and are both 5-1 heading into the final week of league play. The teams could tie for the league title for the fifth consecutive year.

Please send tennis news to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/10/16/girls-tennis-notes-magnolia-fights-through-santa-ana-winds-captures-orange-league-title/

Boys water polo: Orange County top 10 rankings (10-16-18)

The latest O.C. boys water polo rankings:

Top 10

1.Newport Harbor

2. Mater Dei

3. Santa Margarita

4. San Clemente

5. Laguna Beach

6. Foothill

7. Woodbrige

8. Corona del Mar

9. Huntington Beach

10. Dana Hills

Please send comments to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/10/16/boys-water-polo-orange-county-top-10-rankings-10-16-18/

Football notes: Katella follows its heart to another fast start

Katella’s football program has won 44 of its past 48 games.

The Knights certainly know their X’s and O’s but that’s not all they focus on.

Coach Fred DiPalma’s team consistently devotes time to developing character and connections among its players.

Before each practice on Wednesdays, for example, the team meets with DiPalma for a few minutes to discuss topics such as being a good father or characteristics of a selfish person.

DiPalma, 60, sometimes uses an exercise that makes his players feel especially good.

The Knights’ 11th-year coach requests one player stand up. DiPalma then asks the other players to say something positive about that player.

“It’s uplifting,” he said. “There’s so much negativity out there. …. We just try to love them up.”

Infused with positive encouragement, Katella then goes to practice and the victories follow.

The Knights (8-0, 3-0) and Ocean View (8-0) are the only undefeated teams left in Orange County.

Katella’s fast start comes after its 14-2 season last season, which delivered a CIF-SS Division 11 title and a trip to the state final. DiPalma was the Register’s coach of the year.

The Knights were 11-1 in 2015 and 2016.

DiPalma credits the pre-practice chats, regular captains’ meetings and the seniors’ commitment in the offseason to reading the Winners Manuel by Jim Tressel for being “the difference makers” for his program.

But when Katella takes on Savanna (7-1, 3-0) in an Orange League showdown Thursday for first place, the Knights will also bring plenty of talent to Glover Stadium for the 7 p.m. kickoff.

First-year starting quarterback Riley Flenniken (6-6, 210) has passed for 1,983 yards and 24 touchdowns. He has been intercepted only twice.

Running back Andrew Pisani (5-9, 215) has rushed for 692 and 12 TDs.

And tight end/wide receiver Ed Williams (6-2, 215) leads team in receiving with 38 catches for 634 yards and 10 TDs.

Sophomore Donnovan Arrington (5-7, 145), the brother of former quarterback Nathan Arrington, is also starting to emerge for the Knights, who average 48.1 points.

Katella’s defense has opened the Orange League with consecutive shutouts. Linebackers Nate Lopez (5-7, 200) and Sam Rosario (6-2, 210) anchor the unit that allows an average of 6.8 points. Seth Randall (5-7, 162), a newcomer at safety, is another key player on defense.

Katella has played six games with running clocks. DiPalma calls his team, ranked No. 1 in Division 8, “solid”.

In early September, the Knights trailed Marina by two touchdowns before rallying for a 33-28 victory, their toughest of the season.

The Knights have won 25 consecutive league games and four straight league titles.

DiPalma, a strong Christian, calls the team’s success a blessing but doesn’t let it distract him from his purpose. “It’s all about reaching the hearts of the kids,” he said.

CANYON SURPRISES

Canyon (3-5) might be struggling but it surprised El Modena last week. Junior running back Jeff Holley rushed for 195 yards and a score on 33 carries in a 24-21 victory a Crestview League opener.

Canyon coach Mike Ogas said his team is young. The Comanches will return 15 starters next season.

INJURY WATCH

JSerra coach Pat Harlow said running back Chris Street suffered a “tweak” against in the Lions victory against Orange Lutheran but should be ready to play against Mater Dei on Friday.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/10/15/football-notes-katella-follows-its-heart-to-another-fast-start/

Football notes: Katella follows its heart to another fast start

Katella’s football program has won 44 of its past 48 games.

The Knights certainly know their X’s and O’s but that’s not all they focus on.

Coach Fred DiPalma’s team consistently devotes time to developing character and connections among its players.

Before each practice on Wednesdays, for example, the team meets with DiPalma for a few minutes to discuss topics such as being a good father or characteristics of a selfish person.

DiPalma, 60, sometimes uses an exercise that makes his players feel especially good.

The Knights’ 11th-year coach requests one player stand up. DiPalma then asks the other players to say something positive about that player.

“It’s uplifting,” he said. “There’s so much negativity out there. …. We just try to love them up.”

Infused with positive encouragement, Katella then goes to practice and the victories follow.

The Knights (8-0, 3-0), Ocean View (8-0) and Villa Park (8-0 with one forfeit win) are the only undefeated teams left in Orange County.

Katella’s fast start comes after it went 14-2 last season, won the CIF-SS Division 11 title and earned a trip to the state final. DiPalma was the Register’s coach of the year in 2017.

The Knights were 11-1 in 2015 and 2016.

DiPalma credits the pre-practice chats, regular captains’ meetings and the seniors’ commitment in the offseason to reading the Winners Manuel by Jim Tressel for being “the difference makers” for his program.

When Katella takes on Savanna (7-1, 3-0) Thursday for sole possession of first place in the Orange League, the Knights will also bring plenty of talent to Glover Stadium for the 7 p.m. kickoff.

First-year starting quarterback Riley Flenniken (6-6, 210) has passed for 1,983 yards and 24 touchdowns. He has been intercepted only twice.

Running back Andrew Pisani (5-9, 215) has rushed for 692 and 12 TDs.

Tight end/wide receiver Ed Williams (6-2, 215) leads team in receiving with 38 catches for 634 yards and 10 TDs.

Sophomore Donnovan Arrington (5-7, 145), the brother of former Katella quarterback Nathan Arrington, is also starting to emerge for the Knights, who average 48.1 points per game.

Katella’s defense has opened the Orange League with consecutive shutouts. Linebackers Nate Lopez (5-7, 200) and Sam Rosario (6-2, 210) anchor the unit that allows an average of 6.8 points. Seth Randall (5-7, 162), a newcomer at safety, is another key player on defense.

Katella has played six games with running clocks. DiPalma calls his team, ranked No. 1 in Division 8, “solid”.

In early September, the Knights trailed Marina by two touchdowns before they rallied for a 33-28 victory, their toughest of the season.

The Knights have won 25 consecutive league games and four straight league titles.

DiPalma, a strong Christian, calls the team’s success a blessing but doesn’t let it distract him from his purpose.

“It’s all about reaching the hearts of the kids,” he said.

CANYON SURPRISES

Canyon (3-5) has been struggling this season, but it surprised El Modena last week for a 24-21 victory in a Crestview League opener. Junior running back Jeff Holley rushed for 195 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries.

Canyon coach Mike Ogas said his team is young. The Comanches will return 15 starters next season.

INJURY WATCH

JSerra coach Pat Harlow said running back Chris Street suffered a “tweak” against in the Lions victory against Orange Lutheran but should be ready to play against Mater Dei on Friday.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/10/15/football-notes-katella-follows-its-heart-to-another-fast-start/

Orange County boys athlete of the week: Alexis Garcia, Newport Harbor

Orange County Boys Athlete of the Week:

Name: Alexis Garcia

School: Newport Harbor

Sport: Cross country

Year: Senior

Noteworthy: Garcia captured the boys varsity sweepstakes race at the Orange County Cross Country Championships with a time of 14 minutes, 53.6 seconds for the 3-mile course at Oak Canyon Park. Garcia earlier this season won the Division 2 title at the Laguna Hills Invitational and the Sunset League preview at Central Park in Huntington Beach.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/10/15/orange-county-boys-athlete-of-the-week-alexis-garcia-newport-harbor/

Orange County boys athlete of the week: Alexis Garcia, Newport Harbor

The Orange County Boys Athlete of the Week:

Name: Alexis Garcia

School: Newport Harbor

Sport: Cross country

Year: Senior

Noteworthy: Garcia captured the boys varsity sweepstakes race at the Orange County Cross Country Championships with a time of 14 minutes, 53.6 seconds on the 3-mile course at Oak Canyon Park. He became Newport Harbor’s first boys individual champion at the meet since 2000. “Garcia ran a really smart, controlled race, waiting for the final 400 meters to take the lead from Dana Hills’ Simon Fuller,” Sailors coach Nowell Kay said. Earlier this season, Garcia won the Division 2 title at the Laguna Hills Invitational and the Sunset League preview at Central Park in Huntington Beach.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/10/15/orange-county-boys-athlete-of-the-week-alexis-garcia-newport-harbor/

Orange County football offensive player of the week: Brendan Costello, San Clemente

The Orange County Register offensive player of the week for Oct. 15, 2018:

Name: Brendan Costello

School: San Clemente

Year: Senior

Noteworthy: The Oklahoma State commit completed 15 of 25 passes for a season-high 300 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a score to lead the No. 11 Tritons to a 35-26 victory against No. 8 Capistrano Valley. “Brendan did a great job distributing the ball around on Saturday and made some crucial throws to lead us to the victory,” San Clemente coach Jaime Ortiz said of Costello, who completed passes to five different teammates. “He continues the tradition of excellent quarterback play at San Clemente.” Costello has passed for 1,978 yards and 20 TDs and rushed for 577 yards and seven scores. The two-year starter has been intercepted only three times.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/10/15/orange-county-football-offensive-player-of-the-week-brendan-costello-san-clemente/

Albano’s Orange County Top 40 football rankings

 

It was a wild weekend for Orange County football in more ways than one. From the lightning storms Friday night and postponed games to the upsets, Week 8 certainly altered the gridiron landscape.

My latest rankings have Mater Dei at No. 1 but the Monarchs will have to rebound quickly to maintain their top spot. On Friday, they play at No. 2 JSerra, which played much better against St. John Bosco than Mater Dei did on Saturday.

Now, were the Braves saving some wrinkles just for Mater Dei? Absolutely.

The unfortunate Los Alamitos-Corona del Mar tie (the teams didn’t schedule a continuation after being postponed) provided a twist but San Clemente’s victory over Capo Valley actually helped the Sea Kings in my rankings. Don’t forget, CdM edged San Clemente.

And Servite received a promotion for upsetting Santa Margarita.

ALBANO’S TOP 40

1.Mater Dei

2. JSerra

3. Mission Viejo

4. Orange Lutheran

5. Villa Park

6. Servite

7. Santa Margarita

8. Los Alamitos

9. Corona del Mar

10. San Clemente

11. Capo Valley

12. La Habra

13. Edison

14. San Juan Hills

15. Tesoro

16. St. Margaret’s

17. Yorba Linda

18. Huntington Beach

19. Valencia

20. Western

21. Garden Grove

22. Katella

23. Aliso Niguel

24. Sunny Hills

25. Brea Olinda

26. Segerstrom

27. Orange

28. Santa Ana

29. Tustin

30. El Toro

31. Ocean View

32. Laguna Beach

33. Fountain Valley

34. Canyon

35. El Modena

36. Woodbridge

37. Pacifica

38. Cypress

39. Newport Harbor

40. Laguna Hillls

Please send comments to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/10/15/albanos-orange-county-top-40-football-rankings/

Mater Dei dominated by St. John Bosco in football showdown

  • Mater Dei’s Sean Dollars is tackled during a Trinity League showdown against St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • John Bosco QB DJ Uiagalelei passes the ball during a Trinity League showdown against Mater Dei in Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Mater Dei QB Bryce Young is under pressure J during a Trinity League showdown against St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei’s Sean Dollars is tackled during a Trinity League showdown against St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei’s Mike Martinez carries during a Trinity League showdown against St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Bosco fans celebrate during a Trinity League showdown against Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Bosco fans celebrate during a Trinity League showdown against Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • John Bosco QB DJ Uiagalelei carries the ball during a Trinity League showdown against Mater Dei in Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Bosco’s Jake Bailey scores a touchdown during a Trinity League showdown against Mater Dei in Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Bosco fans celebrate during a Trinity League showdown against Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei’s Sean Dollars is tackled during a Trinity League showdown against St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei’s Sean Dollars carries the ball during a Trinity League showdown against St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei QB Bryce Young is under pressure J during a Trinity League showdown against St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Bosco’s Jake Bailey scores a touchdown during a Trinity League showdown against Mater Dei in Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Bosco fans celebrate during a Trinity League showdown against Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • John Bosco QB DJ Uiagalelei passes the ball during a Trinity League showdown against Mater Dei in Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Bosco’s George Holani carries the ball during a Trinity League showdown against Mater Dei in Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei QB Bryce Young is under pressure J during a Trinity League showdown against St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei’s Sean Dollars carries the ball during a Trinity League showdown against St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei’s Sean Dollars carries the ball during a Trinity League showdown against St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei QB Bryce Young is under pressure J during a Trinity League showdown against St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Bosco’s George Holani carries the ball during a Trinity League showdown against Mater Dei in Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei QB Bryce Young is under pressure J during a Trinity League showdown against St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • John Bosco QB DJ Uiagalelei hands the ball to George Holani during a Trinity League showdown against Mater Dei in Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Bosco’s George Holani carries the ball during a Trinity League showdown against Mater Dei in Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei QB Bryce Young is under pressure J during a Trinity League showdown against St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

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SANTA ANA – Mater Dei’s grip on the Trinity League was broken Saturday night at the dominating hands of a quick-striking rival that refused to bend at the critical times.

St. John Bosco and quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei scored on a three 80-yard scoring drives in the first half and held on four fourth-down conversions en route to a 41-18 victory against the two-time defending league champion before an estimated 7,500 at Santa Ana Stadium.

Uiagalelei tossed four of his five touchdowns in the first half but it was his final one that provided the striking contrast of the night. The touted junior tossed a 30-yard TD to Jake Bailey – the duo’s third scoring connection – on fourth-and-10 with 2:03 left in the fourth quarter.

The Braves’ student section erupted into a chorus of “Overrated!” as St. John Bosco capped a sparkling performance the night after a lightning storm postponed a duel between the top-two ranked teams in the nation according to USA Today.

“In honesty, I can’t put my finger on (the reason) but we didn’t make plays when we were supposed to make plays and we were out of sync badly in the first half,” said Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson, whose team topped the USA Today poll among others. “We were off.”

And St. John Bosco (8-0, 3-0) was sharp as it took sole possession of first place in the Trinity League and the inside track toward the No. 1 seed for the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs. The Braves also might have pushed Mater Dei (6-2, 2-1) to the side of the playoff bracket with rugged Corona Centennial (8-0).

Uiagalelei completed 15 of 21 passes for 278 yards to outduel fellow junior Bryce Young of Mater Dei, who completed 23 of 40 attempts for 312 yards and two scores.

The Braves sacked Young four times in handling an opponent that beat them twice last season, including in the Division 1 final. Uiagalelei was only sacked once –  after a high snap.

“We knew in our head, with that mindset, that we were going to come out dominate,” Uiagalelei said. “We’re no joke. We’re the No. 1 team in the country.”

St. John Bosco also improved to 8-4 against Mater Dei under Coach Jason Negro.

“I’m really proud of that stat,” Negro said. “There’s a lot of respect that goes back and forth (in the rivalry). … and chances are we’re going to be play them down the road.”

The Braves rattled off three consecutive 80-yard scoring drives in the first half to take control.

They opened the game with a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive that Uiagalelei capped with a 10-yard TD pass to Bailey.

St. John Bosco ran the ball on the first six plays. The Braves used the trio of running backs George Holani and Keith Savage and Uiagalelei to establish the ground attack, which set up the pass.

Mater Dei nearly responded with its own touchdown but the Braves made a key defensive stand. Young opened with a quick screen to Bru McCoy for a 28-yard gain and then juked several defenders on a spectacular 42-yard run to the Braves 5. But the Monarchs didn’t reach the end zone and were held to a 38-yard field goal by Nick Lopez.

St. John Bosco dropped Shakobe Harper for a 3-yard loss on first-and-goal and had cornerback Chris Steele defend McCoy on second-and-goal. On third-and-goal, linebacker Kourt Williams recorded the Braves’ first sack.

Uiagalelei and St. John Bosco then went into quick-strike mode. The Braves drove 80 yards in three plays for a perfectly-placed 24-yard TD pass to Kris Hutson. Uiagalelei lofted the ball over the safety. St. John Bosco led 13-3 after the extra-point failed.

On the drive, the Braves featured a new-look formation with two receivers bunched on each side. Bailey sparked the possession with a 49-yard catch on first down.

“We had two blown coverages in the first half,” Rollinson said. “That’s not characteristic of us.’

Mater Dei answered with its best drive of the night, a nine-play, 80-yard march that Young capped with an 8-yard TD pass to McCoy on the final play of the first period.

The Monarchs hung tough in the first quarter, trailing 13-10.

But Uiagalelei kept the Braves’ offense roaring. He finished a five-play, 80-yard scoring drive early in the second quarter with a 25-yard TD pass to Bailey.

Uiagalelei placed the ball just over the defensive back to a leaping Bailey as the Braves used just 54 seconds in the drive to take a 20-10 lead.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Bailey finished six catches for 161 yards. Negro later called him one of the most under-rated recruits in the country.

St. John Bosco’s defense and special teams chipped for a dominant second quarter. The Braves stopped their first Mater Dei fourth-down conversion near midfield, forcing an incompletion on fourth-and-1.

Later in the second quarter, the Braves partially blocked a punt to take possession at their 47. About two minutes later, Uiagalelei tossed his fourth TD of the first half, a 27-yarder to Holani on a screen.

“It (was) a great team effort,” Uiagalelei said.

St. John Bosco led 27-10 at halftime and extended its advantage to 34-10 early in the fourth on a 75-yard TD run by Holani. The Boise State commit kept his feet after a low tackle attempt and sprinted down the middle of the field for a run that was reminiscent of one by IMG Academy against Mater Dei earlier in the season.

But just as important for the Braves were two more fourth-down stops in the third quarter by their defense.

“Huge,” Negro said of the fourth-down stands.

Young answered Holani’s long run by leading an 80-yard scoring drive punctuated with a 20-yard TD pass to tight end Mike Martinez, who also caught the 2-point conversion. The Monarchs trailed 34-18 with about seven minutes left but again couldn’t execute to make the score tighter.

The Braves surprisingly were going to attempt to go for a fourth-and-1 from their 29 but Mater Dei was called for offside with 7:19 left in the game. Rollinson turned away and walked along the sideline.

“(We) got to regroup them fast because of JSerra (next week),” Rollinson said. “That’s a good (St. John Bosco) football team. … It’s one of those nights. Get it dissected and then get it out of your system and we have to get back up and fight.”

Rollinson then added some perspective, “We’re still a pretty good football team.”

St. John Bosco 41, Mater Dei 18

St. John Bosco 13 14 0 14 – 41Mater Dei 10 0 0 8 – 18

Passing: Uiagalelei (SJB) 15-21-278, 5 TDs. Young (MD) 23-40, 312, 2 TDs.Rushing: SJB – Holani 12-118, 1 TD, Uiagalelei 9-54. MD, Harper, 12-77, Dollars, 6-31.Receiving: SJB – Bailey, 6-161, 3 TD. Hutson, 5-67, 1 TD. MD – McCoy, 9-115, 1 TD, Martinez, 4-63, 1 TD, Epps, 4-55.

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Wild scenarios follow wild weather at postponed Mater Dei-St. John Bosco football game

SANTA ANA – The wild weather arrived unexpectedly first Friday night. The wild playoff scenarios weren’t far behind.

Extended lightning surprisingly forced Friday night’s anticipated Mater Dei-St. John Bosco football showdown at Santa Ana Stadium to be postponed, but the flashes of white light across the black sky also stirred plenty of speculation and questions about the league playoff entries.

The Trinity League game has been rescheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. at Santa Ana Stadium, but what are the possible postseason implications if the game isn’t played again because of more surprising weather?

The top-two ranked teams in the nation according to USA Today are both 2-0 in the Trinity League and ranked first-second in the CIF-SS Division 1 poll. Mater Dei (6-1 including a forfeit) is first nationally and in the Division 1 while the Braves (7-0) are second in both polls.

The winner of the clash would take the inside track toward earning the No. 1 seed for the playoffs and push the loser to the opposite side of the bracket with  Centennial of Corona (7-0 entering Friday).

But if Mater Dei and St. John Bosco don’t play Saturday, the game would be skipped, said Tia Meza, Mater Dei’s athletic director.

High school football teams are allowed to play only one game a week and Mater Dei and St. John Bosco don’t have an open week before the playoffs.

“If we don’t play (Saturday), there will be no makeup,” Meza said.

If that happens, there could be more craziness. What if the Monarchs and Braves each win their next two league games and finish tied for first in the Trinity? How would the tie be broken to determine the league’s No. 1 entry for the playoffs and likely No. 1 seed in Division 1?

It wouldn’t be the often used coin-flip but its cousin; it would be a card draw for the league’s No. 1 entry, Meza said.

The wild scenarios are exactly why Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson was so hopeful that his Monarchs can play the Braves on Saturday.

“There’s a lot at stake,” the veteran coach said with a towel around his shoulders. “You got to earn the one seed. If you don’t play the game, you’re a victim. If both (teams) won out, then you got a coin flip. I don’t want to depend on a coin. … I’d rather let the kids battle.”

Lightning flashes and loud thunder at the stadium continued for more than an hour after the crowd left Friday. The forecast Saturday night calls for partly cloudy skies but after Friday night’s surprise, the teams won’t take anything for granted.

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Servite beats Santa Margarita to keep football playoff chances alive

MISSION VIEJO – Servite’s football team endured an upset loss and two lopsided defeats the last few weeks, but the Friars showed Thursday night that it takes more than that to keep them down.

Or out of the playoffs, for that matter.

Blaze McKibbin threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns and Noah Avinger and Zedakiah Centers each intercepted passes as No. 10 Servite kept its playoff hopes alive in CIF-SS Division 1 with a crucial 30-23 victory against No. 6 Santa Margarita at Trabuco Hills High.

McKibbin, a senior, capped a swift six-play, 85-yard drive by tossing a 5-yard touchdown to a leaping Cade Fuller with 4:15 left in the fourth quarter to give Servite (4-3, 1-2) a 30-20 lead. The extra-point failed.

Servite’s defense then held in the frantic closing minutes. After an Avinger interception at his 5 with 1:23, the Eagles (3-5, 0-3) kept the pressure on by forcing a punt. A good punt return by Chase Nenad led to a 30-yard field goal by Giacomo Boccuzzi with 5.4 seconds left to trim Servite’s lead to 30-23.

Boccuzzi then recovered the onside kick up the middle of the field. Quarterback Peter Costelli launched a long pass toward the end zone on the final play, but the Friars forced an incompletion to seal the victory.

“It gives us a chance (at the playoffs),” said Servite coach Troy Thomas, whose team could land an at-large berth to the playoffs. “Rough couple of weeks … and they just keep coming to practice, keep working hard. They’ve got great attitudes, these guys. They’ve come a long way. I’m proud of them.”

Running back Derek Fuentes helped spark the winning drive by breaking a 38-yard run to the Santa Margarita 8. Two plays later, McKibbin found Fuller.

Fuentes rushed for 100 of his 116 yards in the second half. McKibbin completed 21 of 26 passes, including a spectacular 30-yard TD to junior Zedakiah Centers in the middle of the second quarter. Centers made a slick grab on the run in the back of the end zone as Servite opened a 17-7 lead.

Centers closed the first half with a juggling interception at his 25 and made a long return on the final play.

“He’s special,” Thomas said of Centers.

Santa Margarita tied the score at 17 in the third quarter on a 5-yard TD run by Jake Ebach from the wildcat formation, but the Friars responded when they needed to Thursday.

A 48-yard kickoff return to midfield by Centers sparked a short scoring drive that Fuentes capped with a 1-yard TD run for a 24-17 lead with 4:15 left in the third.

Santa Margarita cut Servite’s lead to 24-20 on a 33-yard field goal on the second play of the fourth quarter by Boccuzzi but was hurt by not being able to capitalize after intercepting McKibbin with 9:52 left.

About three minutes later, Servite began its game-winning drive.

Santa Margarita, meanwhile, lost its fourth game by seven points or less.

“It’s like watching a scary movie over and over again,” Eagles coach Rich Fisher said. “It’s not for a lack of effort. It’s more about playing smart. … We’re a young team. We’re going to be talented. We’ll be fine. With youth comes lack of experience.”

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OCVarsity Game of the Week: No. 2 St. John Bosco vs. No. 1 Mater Dei

Mater Dei’s football team has defeated a national powerhouse from Florida and another from Nevada. And the Monarchs handled their traditional, local nemesis. But on Friday night, they will clash with their hottest rival for bragging rights and much more.

Yes, Mater Dei’s competition with St. John Bosco just feels different — all year long.

“Even when it was 7-on-7 (passing tournaments in the summer), there’s still a different intensity,” said junior Bryce Young, the Monarchs’ USC-committed quarterback. “A lot of people think (this) might be one of the biggest games SoCal-wise. It’s Mater Dei versus Bosco.”

Mater Dei (6-1 including a forfeit, 2-0) and St. John Bosco (7-0, 2-0) will clash Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Santa Ana Stadium for first place in the Trinity League, the origin of their gridiron struggle. The game will be shown live on Prime Ticket.

The Monarchs have unseated St. John Bosco as the league champion the past two seasons. And last December, Mater Dei also dethroned the Braves as the CIF-SS Division 1 champion, posting a 49-24 victory in the final at Cerritos College.

But before Mater Dei’s re-emergence the last few years, St. John Bosco owned the teams’ duels.

The Braves rebounded from a league loss in 2016 to beat the Monarchs in the Division 1 final, 42-28 at Angel Stadium.

From 2011 to 2015, St. John Bosco defeated Mater Dei six consecutive times, a stretch that mostly coincided with the Braves winning four straight undefeated league titles and beating the Monarchs in a CIF final.

“It’s been back and forth,” Young said of the rivalry. “This is a big game for us.”

National bragging rights also will be at stake Friday. Mater Dei is ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps and High School Football America after victories against Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, IMG Academy of Florida and traditional rival Servite, among others.

St John Bosco and star quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei didn’t play as challenging of a nonleague schedule as Mater Dei but remain highly respected at No. 2 in the nation, according to MaxPreps.

The winner Friday will take the inside track toward a national title.

Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson is focused on another potential byproduct of a victory: a No. 1 seed in the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs next month. The loser could land on the same side of the postseason bracket as Centennial (7-0), which is averaging 53 points a game.

“I don’t care about all the rankings,” Rollinson said this week. “I do care about one thing … Trying to get that one seed in the bracket because somebody is going to the other side (of the bracket) and there’s a big, old dog waiting down there named Corona Centennial. Now, that’s a real motivation (to win Friday).”

Mater Dei also has pondered St. John Bosco’s ground attack. The Braves feature Boise State-committed running back George Holani (575 yards) and a strong offensive line. IMG Academy rushed for 320 yards against the Monarchs a few weeks ago.

“What’s interesting to me is going to be the first-quarter chess match (between coaching staffs),” Rollinson said. “Are they (St. John Bosco) going to try to just bring a heavy package and just try to run the football down our throat and try to keep our offense off the field?”

Both offenses have been prolific. The Braves average 52.4 points while the Monarchs produce 43.1. The teams’ defensive numbers, however, favor Mater Dei. The Monarchs are holding teams to 5.1 points; St. John Bosco surrenders 14.5.

The teams also have about a combined 50 recruits with FBS scholarship offers.

“I’ve gone back and forth on this (game) and actually had Bosco winning following the IMG game (on Sept. 21),” said Greg Biggins, a national recruiting analysis for 247sports. “The Monarchs have looked sharper in recent weeks though, so I’m going with Mater Dei (to win) in what I feel will be the first of two titanic matchups this season.”

The second? That would be another showdown in the Division 1 final for the hottest rivalry in SoCal.

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JSerra football coach Pat Harlow aiming to resume game-day duties Friday

JSerra football coach Pat Harlow, who handed off his game-day control last week after a personal health issue, is optimistic that he will return to normal duties Friday night when the No. 2 Lions play host to No. 4 Orange Lutheran in a Trinity League showdown.

“I am OK,” Harlow, 49, said Thursday. “All things look well for me this week.”

Harlow said he observed from the sideline last week during JSerra’s 49-6 victory against visiting Servite. He said assistant head coach Scott McKnight assumed game-day control as the Lions improved to 6-1 overall.

“I have a great staff who handled the game (and) players very well,” said Harlow, in his second season as head coach.

Harlow, a former USC and NFL offensive lineman with the Raiders and Patriots, said he missed practice Monday and Tuesday this week but has been “very involved in game-planning and (the) message for the week.”

JSerra and Orange Lutheran are both 1-1 in the Trinity League. The Lions are ranked sixth in Division 1 while Orange Lutheran is eighth.

Please send football news to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

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Roundup: Newport Harbor clinches share of Surf League title, CdM earns first victory

NEWPORT BEACH Newport Harbor’s top-ranked boys water polo team felt a bit fatigued Wednesday night but still found the strength to accomplish two more impressive feats.

The Sailors blanked Laguna Beach’s aggressive counterattacking team in the second half and clinched at least a share of the first Surf League title with an 8-4 victory at Corona del Mar.

Goalie Blake Jackson made seven saves, including consecutive blocks against the man-advantage late in the fourth period, to help Newport Harbor (20-1, 4-0) notch its 12th consecutive victory.

Newport Harbor attacker Jack White snapped a 4-4 deadlock early in the third period with a near-side strike from about 5 meters.

The Sailors, coming off an important victory against Division 1 rival Harvard-Westlake on Saturday night, went on to outscore Laguna Beach 4-0 in the second half.

The Breakers (11-9, 2-2) fell to Newport Harbor for the second time in the double-round league but felt encouraged with the score tied 4-4 at half.

They also led 3-1 in the opening period. Freshman Logan McCarroll scored two of the goals in the first first seven minutes.

Attacker Makoto Kenney scored twice during about a 1 1/2 minute stretch of the second period to give Newport Harbor a 4-3 advantage but Laguna Beach’s James Nolan tied the score at 4-4 with a power-play strike with 39 seconds left in the half.

That was the last time Laguna Beach scored.

Also in the Surf League:

Corona del Mar 12, Huntington Beach 11: Tanner Pulice scored six goals, including the eventual winner, and added an assist and two steals to lead the Sea Kings (10-9, 1-3) to an important victory. Corona del Mar is contending for a playoff spot in Division 2.

In nonleague:

Loyola 7, Mater Dei 5: Warren Loth scored four goals for the Monarchs.

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Bryce Young starting to make his mark as next great Mater Dei quarterback

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, CA, on Monday, Oct 8, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, CA, on Monday, Oct 8, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, CA, on Monday, Oct 8, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, CA, on Monday, Oct 8, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, CA, on Monday, Oct 8, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young gets ready to fire a pass against Bishop Amat in Santa Ana on Friday, August 17, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young dives into the end zone for the touchdown to break the tie and put the Monarchs ahead with only minutes left in the game against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young, left, runs around Bishop Amat defenders on his way to score a touchdown in Santa Ana on Friday, August 17, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young fires a pass to wide receiver Kody Epps against Servite in Santa Ana on Friday, September 28, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young begins his celebration as the Monarchs upset IMG Academy 28-24 in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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SANTA ANA – Bryce Young’s backyard fantasy turned to real life just the way he often scripted the stories in his mind when practicing at home growing up.

A few weeks ago, before a huge crowd and with precious time ticking away in the game, he needed to lead his team down the football field to rally past a daunting opponent.

Two minutes left. Down by four. The stands are packed.

But just as the crescendo drew near against IMG Academy of Florida on Sept. 21, Young remained calm on the Santa Ana Stadium turf and displayed a trait that has powered his swift rise as Mater Dei’s next standout quarterback.

He leaned upon his improved decision-making and made IMG pay for its over-attention to Mater Dei’s running backs. He called his own number on a zone-read play at the end of a thrilling 75-yard drive.

On first-and-goal from the 6, Young faked a handoff out of a shotgun formation to running back Shakobe Harper, sprinted left past the defensive end who rushed toward Harper and dove past a block by Josiah Zamora and two defenders into the end zone for the winning score with 1:09 left.

“There’s no better feeling than that,” Young said this week of the drive. “That’s exactly what you work for, what you dream of. … We had been zone-reading them the whole game and (they) were biting more and biting more.

“I saw it and decided to pull it (the handoff away) on the last play.”

Young’s eyes sparkle as he recalls the conclusion of a 28-24 victory against the imposing East Coast power, ranked No. 1 in the nation at the time. With a composed tone, he calls his game-winning drive “monumental” for his development but tempers his outward expression. He knows another challenge pulls up to Santa Ana Stadium on Friday night.

Mater Dei (6-1 including a forfeit), now ranked No. 1 in the nation, meets No. 2 St. John Bosco (7-0) and quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei. The USC-committed Young and uncommitted Uiagalelei are the top two ranked quarterbacks in the class of 2020, but Young is focused on another duel.

“I wouldn’t say it’s (about) me and D.J.,” he said. “Him and I are really, really close, really cool off the field. … It’s a really big Trinity League rivalry. These guys are fired up. Just look at the history, it’s been back and forth.”

For Young, the game will mark his first Trinity League clash against the Braves. An offseason transfer from Cathedral of Los Angeles, he led the Monarchs to victories against St. John Bosco during summer 7-on-7 passing competition but this will be a much tougher challenge.

The Braves have two shutouts and were the last team to beat Mater Dei on the field.

But as his final drive against IMG showed, Young has made major strides with his recognition of defensive schemes, field vision and with balancing freelancing in the structure of the offense.

Young excelled against strong Division 2 competition at Cathedral but he has emerged as a savvy competitor against Division 1 teams this season. His quick-read, quick-throw style has helped him complete 77 percent of his passes for 1,738 yards and 21 TDs.

Young also has rushed for almost 200 yards and four scores to make the Monarchs’ run-pass option attack dangerous.

“As fast as we throw (the offense) at him, he’s absorbing it,” Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said. “He’s seeing where the mismatches are.”

Young credits his growth to Rollinson and offensive coordinator Dave Money, the duo that groomed quarterbacks such as JT Daniels, Matt Barkley and Matt Leinart.

“It was an adjustment when I first got here,” Young said of coming to Mater Dei. “I’ve grown so much mentally. Coach Money has taught me a lot and Coach Rollo has been great. … I’ve definitely evolved.”

Young also counts Mater Dei quarterback coach Taylor Kelly as an important teacher. The former Arizona State quarterback, who also works for 3DQB training, tutors Young privately.

Young even took tips last week from the record-setting Daniels, who attended the Monarchs’ game against Santa Margarita and now starts for USC.

“We were talking about some stuff,” Young said with a laugh. “We have a really good relationship. If I want to accomplish my goals, I’m going to have to be in a place where there are other successful people. I don’t think having big shoes to fill is something I ran from. It’s something I embraced.”

Holding on to Young on the field, however, is difficult. Elusiveness has been another asset for Young, and a source of excitement for the Monarchs.

In an early-season showdown at Bishop Gorman of Nevada, he escaped the blitz on fourth-and-3 and zigzagged to a victory-sparking, 34-yard touchdown run. He made a quick U-turn well behind the line of scrimmage.

“He has a sixth sense,” Rollinson said. “He feels pressure when it’s coming. He senses blitzes when they’re coming. His peripheral vision is almost like he’s got a set of eyes on the side of his head. … There’s times I don’t know what he’s going to do.”

Against IMG Academy, Young avoided a seemingly certain sack up by stepping up in the pocket between defenders. In going 6-for-6 passing on the winning drive, he scrambled in the pocket before tossing a first-down completion to Zamora.

“I heard people call him the magician,” Mater Dei tight end Mike Martinez said. “That’s a little Mike Vick. He doesn’t like it when you call him Mike Vick, though.”

Young is quick to smile when his nicknames surface. Like the pass rush, the humble player avoids the attention.

His calmness under pressure may trace to his father, Craig, a mental health therapist.

“He’s been most the instrumental (to me),” Young said. “All the sacrifices he made. Us moving. All the training. Helping me with school. … He always listens.”

Young’s familiarity with his Mater Dei teammates also smoothed his path.

As an eighth-grader, he played youth football for the Inland Empire Ducks with future Mater Dei teammates such as Darion Green-Warren, Elias Ricks, Myles Murao, Moses Sepulona, Ray Leutele, Handrick Kupu and George Miki-Han.

Even St. John Bosco wide receiver Kris Hutson played on that Ducks team, which finished as an undefeated national champion.

Young, who grew up in Pasadena, said he didn’t consider attending Mater Dei as a freshman but has found a home.

He attended his first Mater Dei dance last week with several teammates. The players traveled in a party bus to the homecoming event and for a few hours didn’t talk about pass routes or trick plays.

“It was a way to get our mind off football,” Young said. “It was a cool time.”

But Young’s focus switched back to the Braves this week. Another backyard fantasy could be brought to life again.

“When we need the big drive, he comes up with it,” Rollinson said. “This type of game is tailor-made for him … He’s starting to make his mark as one of the great quarterbacks in Mater Dei’s lineage.”

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Trinity League Football Podcast: Mater Dei-St. John Bosco preview, predictions

Dan Albano of OCVarsity and insider Scott Barajas dive deep into Trinity League football conversation in their latest podcast, which is highlighted by a preview of Friday’s Mater Dei-St. John Bosco showdown at Santa Ana Stadium.

The guys also review last week’s games, hand out players of the week and grades and update the freshmen levels.

Listen HERE and return each week to listen the podcast, which is usually available by Tuesday mornings on Albano’s Twitter handle:

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