Mater Dei overwhelms over-matched Mayfair
SANTA ANA – Top-ranked Mater Dei swept away the Mayfair Monsoons with a 63-0 victory Friday night at Santa Ana Stadium.
Sophomore quarterback J.T. Daniels had 371 passing yards and six touchdowns in the first half. He completed 13 of 15 pass attempts.
The Monarchs rushed the ball once in the first half: a 12-yard scramble by Daniels for a touchdown.
After the game, Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said the coaching staff gives Daniels “carte blanche“ over play-calling.
“We didn't call one play other than get them in a formation,” Rollinson said. “He's calling the offense from what the defense is giving us.”
The second half, with the running clock in effect and the second team in, was exactly the opposite – the Monarchs only ran the ball. Rollinson said that this was to show respect for the Mayfair players. They ran it well though: 23 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown in the half.
The Monarchs ruled even more dominantly on the defensive side of the ball. The Monsoons netted minus-20 yards from scrimmage, including minus-26 rushing yards on 26 attempts. Mayfair’s only first down was due to a Monarchs personal foul. Four of the Monsoons’ 39 plays from scrimmage resulted in positive yardage and none gained more than 4 yards.
Junior wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and sophomore running back Shakobe Harper each caught two touchdown from Daniels. St. Brown totalled 113 yards on three catches. Harper had 70 yards on three catches.
Mater Dei's last score of the first half, to go up 56-0, came when the long snap on a Mayfair punt deflected off of an upback, allowing junior Jacob Avalos to pick up the fumble and take it in 10 yards for the score.