Mater Dei's JC Genova / MICHAEL GOULDING, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
CIF-SS FOOTBALL SEMIFINALS:
MATER DEI (10-2) VS. ST. BONAVENTURE OF VENTURA (11-1)
Where, when: Ventura High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Outlook: It is a matchup of teams ranked in the state top 10. CalHiSports.com has St. Bonaventure at No. 5 in California, and Mater Dei at No. 6.
After missing the playoffs last season for the first time since the 1980s, Mater Dei has advanced to the Pac-5 semifinals which the Monarchs did in 2010 when they lost to Mission Viejo.
Mater Dei has scored 124 points over two playoff games, a 71-10 victory over Lakewood in the first round and a 53-42 triumph over Alemany of Mission Hills in last week's second round. The Monarchs trailed Alemany by 11 points in the fourth quarter. Mater Dei's fourth quarter featured a 49-yard touchdown pass from Chase Forrest to Brian Humphreys, a JC Genova-led drive that ended with his 3-yard scoring run and some clutch defensive stops to win it.
Forrest shared time at quarterback with Ryan McMahon for most of the season, and has emerged as the bona fide starter during the playoffs.
The Monarchs finished second in the Trinity League, behind St. John Bosco of Bellflower, and was seeded fourth in the division. Mater Dei has won four in a row since a Trinity League loss to St. John Bosco. The Monarchs' other loss was to Narbonne of Harbor City, by one point. Narbonne is No. 2 and Bosco is No. 4 in the state rankings.
St. Bonaventure defeated Santa Margarita, 27-21, in last week's second round to avenge the Seraphs' only loss of 2012. St. Bonaventure running back Zack Green rushed for 184 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries against Santa Margarita. Seraphs quarterback Ricky Town was limited to 63 passing yards, going 8 for 18.
St. Bonventure finished first in the Marmonte League-East, and was seeded No. 1 in the division. The Seraphs defeated state No. 7 Centennial of Corona in September.
The winner of this game plays the St. John Bosco-Long Beach Poly winner on Dec. 1 at Angel Stadium.