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Mater Dei back on top in rivalry with Servite
ANAHEIM - Usually, when Mater Dei and Servite lock horns, county rankings, playoff seedings and Trinity League championships are at stake.
That wasn't the case Friday with Servite out of the Orange County top 10 and eliminated from playoff contention, but bragging rights are always on the line when these two rivals meet.
After a tight first quarter, Chase Forrest came off the bench and threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter and Mater Dei pulled away for a comfortable 36-22 victory over the Friars in the regular-season finale Friday night at Angel Stadium.
The Monarchs snapped a three-game losing streak against Servite and lead the all-time series, 35-15-2. Mater Dei (8-2, 4-1), ranked No. 3 in the county, No. 4 in the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division and No. 6 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, clinched second place in the Trinity League.
Junior Jonathan Lockett had one of the biggest games of his career for the Monarchs.
He returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, scored on a 76-yard punt return, caught a 9-yard touchdown pass and had an interception.
Servite scored on its opening possession. Friars quarterback Travis Waller broke a 45-yard run to help set up a 30-yard field goal by Nicholas Mares to give Servite a 3-0 lead.
It was a short-lived lead, and Servite's only one of the game because Lockett took the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown. That gave Mater Dei a 7-3 lead with 6:14 left in the opening quarter.
The Friars (3-7, 1-4) answered with a 10-play drive but had to settle for a 35-yard field goal by Mares to cut Mater Dei's lead to 7-6.
Mater Dei starter Ryan McMahon was unable to generate any offense in the first quarter.
After a three-and-out, Servite put together another long drive. Mares had a chance to give the Friars the lead, but his 27-yard field goal try fell short early in the second quarter.
The Monarchs brought in Forrest to relieve McMahon in the second quarter and he threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Duarte and a 9-yarder to Lockett to give the Monarchs a 21-6 lead at halftime.
Mater Dei's Laupule Moaliitele recovered a Travis Waller fumble and that set up Justin Allen's 34-yard touchdown run, giving Mater Dei a 27-6 lead.
Forrest hit Duarte for the 2-point conversion to make it 29-6 with 7:55 left in the third quarter.
Lockett added his 76-yard punt return less than a minute later to make it 36-6.
Things got a little sloppy down the stretch, but Mater Dei was never in danger.
Justin Pacells returned a McMahon interception 37 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter. Waller had an 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, and the Friars picked up a late safety to finish off the scoring.
The CIF-SS football playoff pairings will be announced Sunday. Mater Dei was ranked No. 4 in this week's Pac-5 rankings but could move up after St. Bonaventure of Ventura's loss to Oaks Christian of Westlake Village.