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Mater Dei starts 3-0 for first time since 2007
Albano’s football game.
SANTA ANA - Mater Dei's third-ranked football team continued its impressive start by defeating visiting Santa Monica, 51-0, at Santa Ana Stadium on Thursday.
The Monarchs blocked two punts, racked up 429 yards of offense and held Santa Monica to 28 yards to post their first 3-0 start since 2007.
"It's a great feeling but it's also a humbling experience," Mater Dei senior Thomas Duarte said of being 3-0. "We've got to keep working, keep our minds straight, keep focused and just come back every week and just put in work and show up Friday nights and play."
Santa Monica (2-1) is ranked fifth in the CIF-SS Western Division and features USC commit Sebastian LaRue at wide receiver/defensive back.
Mater Dei led, 7-0, with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, but scored 10 points before halftime and rolled in the second half. Running back Justin Allen highlighted the third quarter with a 50-yard TD run.
LaRue had 84 yards on four kickoff returns but was limited to one catch for 2 yards. Mater Dei's defense recorded four sacks, including two by Duarte from defensive end, and also got three tackles for losses from linebacker JC Genova.
Mater Dei cornerback Treavon Coley added an interception.
"We played our base defense most of the night," Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said. "I had challenged the defensive line. I felt there was a mismatch all week up front on both sides of the ball."
Mater Dei's Jameson Field blocked a punt to set up the Monarchs' first score, a 1-yard TD run by Genova 2:20 into the first quarter.
The Monarchs capped their scoring with 3:40 left in the fourth on a 9-yard return by Joe Yglesias on a punt blocked by Austin Lenzkes.
Mater Dei played Ryan McMahon and Chase Forrest at quarterback, and both shined. McMahon started and completed 8 of 12 passes for 102 yards and a score. Forrest completed his eight passes and went 9 for 10 for 104 yards and a TD.
"It's a competition and we're going to keep it going," Rollinson said of the quarterbacks.
Mater Dei plays Edison next week at Orange Coast College.