Watch a replay of high school football: #1 nationally ranked Mater Dei (CA) vs. Centennial (AZ) high school football – Friday, September 6, 2019.
Number one ranked Santa Ana (Cal) Mater Dei knew what they were getting into. Call it a trap game before their big game next week against St. Francis Academy out of Baltimore, Maryland, the number two team in the country, according to MaxPreps. A road trip six and half hours away in Phoenix to face the Centennial Coyotes, winners of the Arizona 5A division state title three of the past four seasons, seven titles overall under head coach Richard Taylor, and a winner last season at home against national powerhouse Las Vegas Bishop Gorman and the prior year to another power, Fort Lauderdale (Fla) St. Thomas Aquinas. And, it was 107 degrees for the high temperature Friday to boot.
Somebody evidently forgot to tell Mater Dei QB Bryce Young, the number one ranked dual threat quarterback in the country who is headed to USC. Young put on a display that left veteran media people on the sidelines shaking their heads as the Monarchs raced to a 50-21 halftime lead and never looked back.
Young made it look easy against a normally rugged Coyote defense, especially in the first half. He constantly eluded the Centennial rush and found his blue chip wide outs for huge chunks and quick strike tosses as he piled up the yardage through the air. He was 22/27 for 357 yards and 5 TDs in the first half alone.
Mater Dei had scoring drives of 1:20, 3:07, 2:13, 2:52, :26, and :40 seconds in the half.
Centennial made a run at Mater Dei in the second quarter, closing it to 34-21 on quarterback Jonathan Morris’ one yard sneak after a big 56 yard connection between Morris and his 6’4” senior wideout Kaeden Miller.
Young quickly doused that momentum on a three play drive capped off by an 18 yard strike to Junior Kyron Ware-Hudson. Ware-Hudson finished the night with 11 receptions for 164 yards and 3 scores on the night.
Head Coach Bruce Rollinson finally pulled his star quarterback with the game in hand midway through the third quarter. Young finished 31 of 37 for 528 yards and 7 TDs. Kody Epps, who has offers from Oregon, Nevada, San Jose State, and Wyoming, among others, had 10 grabs for 197 yards and 3 scores while Christian Dixon, he of the 18 offers including ASU and Arizona, nabbed 3 balls from Young for 140 yards and 2 scores.
Mater Dei’s defense, led by 2021 top linebacker Raesjon Davis, shut out Centennial in the second half as the Monarchs trounced the Coyotes 71-21 in front of a national YurView audience.
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