Saturday, October 18, 2014
No. 1 Mater Dei Wins Battle With No. 2 Servite

Last week, Mater Dei lost three turnovers and lost to St. John Bosco.

This week, three more lost turnovers but a different outcome against Servite.

Mater Dei, thanks in large part to a vigorous running game, survived its mistakes to beat Servite, 20-17, Friday in a Trinity League game - and for the third consecutive year - before a large and boisterous crowd at Cerritos College that watched Orange County’s top-ranked teams square off.

Brandon LaMarche rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns, including the winning score with 1:29 left, and senior running back Noah Delgadillo added 117 yards for top-ranked Mater Dei (6-1, 1-1)...

Full Story... By STEVE FRYER |
Photos... By FRANK LOSOYA | MD Photo Coordinator/Game Film Sales
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Jack Lowary Leads Mater Dei Past Servite, 20-17

Being overlooked is nothing new to Jack Lowary. The spotlight rarely, if ever, is focused on the senior quarterback from Santa Ana Mater Dei High.

Such was the case Friday night, considering he was up against Oregon commit Travis Waller from Anaheim Servite.

But it was Lowary who led his team to victory, 20-17, in a key Trinity League showdown at Cerritos College...

Full Story... By SEAN CEGLINSKY |


Friday, October 10, 2014
Mater Dei Lets St. John Bosco Slip Away

Mater Dei’s defense slowed Josh Rosen and Sean McGrew in the second half. The Monarchs moved the ball after losing wide receiver Andre Collins to an injury and they gave Jack Lowary time to throw.

But there was one hurdle Orange County’s top-ranked team couldn’t overcome in its Trinity League opener at St. John Bosco on Friday night:

Drive-killing fumbles.

The two-time defending league champion Braves forced three fumbles, leading to 14 points, en route to a dramatic 28-25 victory in a showdown of the top two ranked teams in Southern California...

Full Story... By DAN ALBANO |
Photos... By FRANK LOSOYA | MD Photo Coordinator/Game Film Sales
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Mater Dei’s Malik McMorris named SI’s High School Athlete of the Month

The alarm on his phone sounded at 6:50AM, for the fourth time that morning. No more delaying. It was time to drag himself off the living room couch that had become his bed for the past few months, microwave a frozen breakfast sandwich, throw on his dress code-approved collared shirt and hurry out the door to catch his lift to school and watch football film before class.

The house was quiet—no one else but the dog, Duchess, who had to be fed and let out in the backyard. The triplets awoke nearly an hour ago to take a city bus to middle school. His brother Hakim was some 3,000 miles away at the Tennessee boarding school he had enrolled in on scholarship earlier this fall. His father wouldn’t clock out from his midnight to 8AM shift as a customs agent for Homeland Security at Los Angeles International Airport for another half hour, and wouldn’t be home until he battled freeway traffic for another 90 minutes beyond that. Malik McMorris was alone in his family’s one-story stucco ranch home.

But he wasn’t. Not really.

As the Mater Dei High senior walked out of the dining room filled with trophies and ribbons, through the living room, past the television set and toward the front door and the honking horn of his teammate’s car, he glanced at her picture. His pair of sparkling, jewel-encrusted state track championship rings laid on the table beneath the photograph couldn’t compare to the brilliance of her smile—caught mid-laugh—and the mischievous twinkle in her eye...

Full Story... By ALI FENWICK |


Thursday, October 2, 2014
No. 1 Mater Dei Prevails On Blocked Kick

The celebration mirrored that of a CIF championship final.

The way Mater Dei and Westlake of Westlake Village battled on Thursday night, there’s no reason to think these two Southern California powers can’t see one another again in a situation where a trophy is on the line.

For now, an epic round one goes to the Monarchs.

Top-ranked Mater Dei blocked the potential 33-yard game-winning field goal attempt, allowing the Monarchs to escape with a 28-27 victory Thursday in front of a jammed crowd at Westlake High...

Full Story... By KENNY CONNOLLY |
Photos... By FRANK LOSOYA | MD Photo Coordinator/Game Film Sales
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kyle Penniston Helps Mater Dei Overcome Westlake, 28-27

Kyle Penniston is one of the premier players in the Southland — arguably, one of the nation's best at his position. And if there were any doubters out there, the senior tight end from Santa Ana Mater Dei did a good job of silencing them Thursday night.

The 6-foot-5, 232-pound Penniston caused problems for Westlake Village Westlake in a nonleague game. Despite a scare from the underdogs and a missed 33-yard field-goal attempt by the Warriors' Kevin Robledo as time expired, Penniston delivered in a 28-27 victory for the visitors.

Penniston had 72 yards on four catches, each seemingly bigger than the one before for the Monarchs (5-0), who were troubled by turnovers against the Warriors (3-2). His effort should not come as a surprise, given the high-profile national status of the Wisconsin commit...

Full Story... By SEAN CEGLINSKY |


Saturday, September 27, 2014
Mater Dei Lights Up Edison

The annual battle between Mater Dei and Edison was decidedly one-sided.

The Monarchs’ defense controlled the game throughout and scored a 34-12 nonleague victory over the host Chargers at Orange Coast College.

Mater Dei (4-0) went into the contest ranked No. 2 in the OC Sidelines Top 20. Edison (3-2) was No. 11.

It was another typical performance for the Monarchs, who in four games this season have surrendered only 44 points...

Photos... By FRANK LOSOYA | MD Photo Coordinator/Game Film Sales
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Saturday, September 20, 2014
Mater Dei LaMarches to Victory Over Upland

When Mater Dei needed a pick-me-up, Brandon LaMarche was there. First on offense, then on special teams.

LaMarche scored twice, and Mater Dei overcame a sluggish start to beat Upland, 28-14, on Friday at the Santa Ana Bowl.

Ranked No. 2 in the OC Sidelines Top 20, the Monarchs (3-0)—whose defense has been spectacular through the first two games in victories over Corona Centennial and Villa Park—were burned for a couple of touchdowns early by Upland (2-2) and its Washington State-bound quarterback, Tyler Hilinski...

Photos... By FRANK LOSOYA | MD Photo Coordinator/Game Film Sales
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Mater Dei Turns It Around In Second Half

The Mater Dei faithful might have needed a little time Friday night to warm up to the Monarchs’ new dark gray jerseys and pants.

The Monarchs’ offensive and defensive units also needed some time before they looked like themselves against Upland. But once each found their strides in the second half, Mater Dei played like the No. 1-ranked team in Orange County.

Running back Brandon LaMarche returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and also scored on a run, and the defense racked up seven sacks as Mater Dei improved to 3-0 with a 28-14 victory against Upland (2-2) at Santa Ana Stadium...

Full Story... By DAN ALBANO |


Saturday, September 6, 2014
No. 1 Mater Dei Too Much for Villa Park

Mater Dei didn’t just put on a defensive clinic Friday night, the Monarchs played like surgeons against Villa Park, forcing eight turnovers and returning three for touchdowns in the 63-0 nonleague romp at Santa Ana Stadium.

“We’re going to come in behind our defense and make sure (quarterback) Jack (Lowary) and that crew keep it under control,” Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said. “Race the car, but let our defense do their thing.”

Mater Dei, ranked No. 1 in Orange County, finished with six interceptions – one shy of the school record, according to defensive backs coach Michaelangelo Barragan, who was part of the 1992 team that posted seven interceptions in a game...

Full Story... By DAN ARRITT |
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Saturday, August 30, 2014
Monarchs Rule Centennial With Collective Effort

Bruce Rollinson had an entire summer to think about his team’s opener Saturday against the power from the Inland Empire, Corona Centennial. He had thought it all through, what could happen, what might happen, what would never happen. And when the game finally ended at nearly 11 p.m., the Mater Dei coach shook his head.

“Man, I didn’t see that coming,” he said.

Rollinson had just witnessed his Monarchs lay down a 38-18 victory over Corona Centennial. Ranked No. 3 in the Sidelines Preseason Top 20, Mater Dei scored the first 28 points against an opponent ranked No. 9 in the state. Mater Dei came into the game ranked No. 4 in the state.

But it wasn’t perfect. Rollinson, in his 26th season as coach of the Monarchs, said he wasn’t pleased. But don’t get him wrong. “It was a good first game,” he said. “I don’t want this to sound like sour grapes.”

There was no whine in Rollinson’s voice, although he thought his team became complacent after getting the big early lead. He said that with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter, “we went south and got sloppy...”

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mater Dei Spreads Fun Around In Victory

If Mater Dei’s season opener Saturday night was a preview, the sum of the Monarchs’ parts will be their strength.

The numbers added up nicely for No.2 Mater Dei as it handled Southern California rival Centennial of Corona, 38-18, at the Mission Viejo Classic at Mission Viejo High.

Instead of relying on a standout player or duo, the Monarchs showed impressive depth.

Four players rushed for touchdowns and quarterback Jack Lowary completed passes to 10 players. Nine Monarchs carried the ball...

Full Story... By DAN ALBANO |


Monday, August 25, 2014

Mater Dei Lineman Malik McMorris Is Driven In Wake Of Personal Loss

It's 6:30 a.m., and Santa Ana Mater Dei players preparing for a weight lifting session are mostly yawning or napping. Not Malik McMorris, a senior defensive tackle who shows up with a smile. It's as if he's hiding an ulterior motive that makes him fresh, pleasant and inspired. And he does have one.

Last January, his mother, Lucy, 38, died of cancer. She was a teacher who would tear up when discussing her dreams and hopes for her son.

"In the classroom, I think about her," McMorris said. "In football, I think about her. When I'm walking home, I think about her. Everything is for her and to make her proud. We had a lot of goals in life, and now I'm going to try to achieve them one at a time."

If you think McMorris is driven, he is.

As a junior, he had nine sacks, 50 tackles, was first-team all-Trinity League and got all As on his report card.

His philosophy is simple: "Height doesn't matter; it's all in the heart."

Now, if only he can convince college recruiters...

Full Story... By ERIC SONDHEIMER |

Sunday, August 10, 2014

OC Kickoff ’14 Grading the Schedules: Mater Dei

Here’s our early preseason grade for the schedule for Mater Dei of the Trinity League. The schedule is culled from

Aug. 30: Corona Centennial vs. Mater Dei at Mission Viejo, 8
Sept. 5: Villa Park vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium, 7
Sept. 12: Idle
Sept. 19: Upland vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium, 7
Sept. 26: Mater Dei vs. Edison at OCC, 7
Oct. 2: Mater Dei at Westlake Village Westlake,
Oct. 10: Mater Dei at St. John Bosco, 7
Oct. 17: Servite vs. Mater Dei at Angel Stadium, 7
Oct. 24: JSerra vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium, 7
Oct. 31: Santa Margarita vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium, 7
Nov. 7: Orange Lutheran vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium, 7

Analysis: The Monarchs have added Centennial, Westlake and Villa Park to the schedule in lieu of St. Paul, Carson and Santa Monica. That’s a big step up, but the kind of sked a program of Mater Dei’s caliber should have. Centennial, now in the Pac-5 Division, is the defending Inland champion and Upland was a semifinalist. A Thursday road game at Westlake could be challenging.

Grade: A+



To All Former Monarch Football Players:

Camp Monarch is underway and the men are preparing diligently for the 2014 Monarch Football Season. The team will be working hard for the next two weeks and will be fired up and ready to go on Saturday, August 16th for the end of camp scrimmage. We need you on the sidelines to show your support for your Monarch brothers as they begin the 2014 RED PURSUIT!

Saturday, August 16
MD Scrimmage kicks off at 3:00PM — Monarch Football Field
MD Football Alumni BBQ will begin about 4:45PM — Alumni Plaza

Rock and Roll Baby,


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Humphreys, Lowary Lead Mater Dei to Gunslinger Passing Title

Should they meet in December, you can probably expect Mater Dei and Westlake Village Oaks Christian to be just as entertaining as they were on Saturday.

The stakes were less than anything December may hold, but a championship was in the balance as Ben Humphreys made two plays in the final moments that led Mater Dei to a 36-30 overtime victory at the Gunslinger Passing Tournament.

Hosted by San Juan Hills, the tournament featured eight teams that put on a very competitive show, for the most part.

In the end, it was Jack Lowary passing to 27 yards to Jacob Welch before hitting Humphreys on the second offensive play in overtime, and then Humphreys defending a pass against Oaks Christian receiver Michael Pittman that gave the Monarchs the victory.

“I was very impressed with that Oaks Christian receiver,” Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said of Pittman.

He might have also been impressed with Humphreys, who helped even the mismatch Pittman had on Mater Dei sophomore Jalen Cole on the game’s final play. Overtime provided both teams the opportunity to score from 40 yards with the winner being whoever advanced the ball farther, or whoever scored in fewer plays.

There were not many instances in the final where Lowary or Oaks quarterback Holden Thomas—who is fighting for a spot with Brandon Purdue—didn’t get their team into the end zone...


Saturday, May 10, 2014

2014 Mater Dei Football Summer Camp

Varsity Camp Begins: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Junior Varsity
Junior Varsity Camp Begins: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Frosh Player Orientation: Monday, June 16, 2014
Parent Athletic Training Meeting
: Monday, June 16, 2014
Frosh Parent Kick-off Night
: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Frosh Camp Begins
: Monday, June 23, 2014

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
2014 College Commitment

• Jonathan Lockett – USC
• Chase Forrest – Cal
• Johnnie Johnson – South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
• Alex McCutheon – Colorado Mesa University
• Sam Bush – Notre Dame
• Addison Ooms – Cal

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