Kicking off high school football week in Orange County with notes, comments, and observations…
1. Mater Dei vs. Centenary: Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson was proud of the grit and determination the Monarchs showed in their 24-21 victory over Bishop Gorman last week in Las Vegas.
They will need more of that Friday when they play Centennial in Corona.
Centennial ranks third in the state in the CalPreps rankings, which the CIF Southern Section uses to place teams in playoff brackets at the end of the regular season. St. John Bosco ranks first with 110.8, Mater Dei second with 98, and Centennial third with 89.7. Mission Viejo is No. 4 at 71.5.
Centennial is 2-0 after wins over Corona Santiago 85-0 and Catedral de San Diego 42-7. The Huskies have a great veteran coach, Matt Logan, and great athletes all over the field. They rotate two senior quarterbacks, Izzy Carter, who is committed to Arizona State, and Carson Conklin, who has offers from Cincinnati, San Jose State and others. The defensive group includes two standout linebackers, Samarai Anderson and Owen Chambliss.
These teams have met several times in recent years, including in last season’s Division 1 playoffs. The Monarchs won that first round playoff game 21-16.
Friday’s game begins at 7:30 pm and will be televised live on Bally Sports West. The game is sold out.
2. Home sweet home. It has been fantasized that the Oct. 7 Trinity League game between St. John Bosco and Mater Dei will be played at Sofi Stadium, home of the Rams and Chargers. It would be an expensive rental and it would take a lot of work to have the game, Mater Dei’s home game, in Sofi.
Thirty years ago, maybe Monarchs coach Bruce Rollinson would be ready for a game at Sofi, but preparing to play Bosco is work enough, and if keeping the game at Santa Ana Stadium brings any level of advantage local, Rollinson leaves. want it
3. Public school vs. private school game. Orange Lutheran on Friday night will take on Edison at Huntington Beach High. Orange Lutheran is 2-0 after an impressive comeback over Serra two weeks ago and last week defeated Upland 24-7 in Upland.
Edison, 2-0 after wins over Venice and Leuzinger, historically plays well against Trinity League opponents.
4. Mission Viejo is very good. Mission Viejo dominated for the first three quarters of its 42-23 victory over Servite last week. Quarterback Kadin Semonza’s accuracy is very good, and receivers Jackson Holman and Mikey Matthews catch everything. The Devils are the best public school team in the county, again.
5. Los Alamitos East Coast Adventure: The Griffins were beaten 56-27 by Florida’s American Heritage in Fort Lauderdale. That’s a long road trip for high school athletes, so don’t conclude from that result that Los Alamitos is overrated.
6. Cypress could be better than ever. A friend who was also at Cypress’s 35-10 victory over San Juan Hills described Cypress as “deceptively physical.” Centurions have a lot of speed and tackle with ferocity. Cypress was a Division 4 semifinalist last season; the Centurions could improve this season.
7. Serve 2022 is not Serve 2021. Last year’s Friars played in the CIF-SS Division 1 championship game, a loss to Mater Dei. The 2022 Friars aren’t that big or that fast, but those guys didn’t give up in the fourth quarter against Mission Viejo.
The pride of the school and the program, always a strength of the Serfs, is intact and the future may be good; Servite’s freshman team beat Mission Viejo’s Frosh last week.
8. Villa Park is fine: The Spartans proved in their 24-12 win over Orange that they are still the best team in that section of the county.
9. La Habra is 0-2. The Highlanders went 0-5 in non-league games last year and finished 5-0 in the Freeway League. La Habra is off to an 0-2 start to the season, and it’s only a matter of time before they start racking up wins.
10. Team that has improved the most? Could be Cannon. The Comanches, 3-7 last season, are 2-0 after wins over Aliso Niguel and Irvine.