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Mater Dei's Forrest comfortable in bigger role
Friday night was Chase Forrest's time and the Mater Dei junior didn't waste the opportunity.
The quarterback, who split time with Ryan McMahon during the regular season and was the backup last season, got the start against Lakewood on Friday in the first round of the CIF-SS Pac-5 playoffs. He completed 12 of 14 passes for 167 yards and four touchdowns.
"Splitting time is hard ... it was hard for both of us to get into a rhythm, but we do what we have to do to win," Forrest said following Friday's victory over Lakewood, 71-10. "We're just out here to win.
"It was awesome to be out there with my teammates and to be part of this."
Forrest completed his first nine passes of the game. He didn't attempt a pass in the second half, in fact, he only played one drive.
"They (Lakewood) played man a lot and we knew how to go against that," Forrest said. "That's all film study."
Forrest and the Monarchs will be host to Alemany of Mission Hills in the second round Friday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net
As for the Monarchs' starting quarterback this week, it appears that it will be Forrest, but Coach Bruce Rollinson is confident in both players.
"We'll assess that," Rollinson said Friday. "But I think after this performance, I think Chase will get the start, but I guarantee you Ryan (McMahon) will be ready if we need him."
McMahon proved that when he filled in at kicker in the second half. McMahon converted a pair of extra points and a 39-yard field goal.
•In its past two games, the Mission Viejo defense has intercepted 10 passes. Hunter Remington has five of those. He had three interceptions against El Toro and he had two Friday, both of which he returned for touchdowns in a 42-10 victory over Westlake.
The Diablos had four interceptions this past Friday. Max Redfield and Ryan Pesak had the others.
•The Cox 3 Game of the Week is St. Bonaventure at Santa Margarita. The first showing is Friday at 11:30 p.m.
•All of these games will now start at 7 p.m. (Northwood-Laguna Beach; Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks- St. John Bosco of Bellflower; Newport Harbor-Villa Park and Tustin-Huntington Beach)
•Santa Margarita bounced back from its 42-15 loss to St. John Bosco in the final game of the regular season with a 38-13 victory over El Toro.
One key performance came from quarterback Kyle Sweet. Sweet, who missed some time in the game against St. John Bosco, completed 14 of 21 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns, and he rushed for 65 yards.
Sweet and the Eagles will be host to top-seeded St. Bonaventure of Ventura this week.
•Santa Margarita coach Harry Welch has won 27 of his past 28 playoff games, dating back to 2004.
•With a victory Friday against Northwood, Laguna Beach would set a school record for victories in a season (11). The Breakers are currently 10-0-1.