The challenges for Mater Dei’s crime aren’t over yet.
The device that did just sufficient to assist the Monarchs turn the trend against its opponent on Nov. 23 will certainly deal with an additional superior protection Saturday when it takes on De La Salle in the CIF State Open Division football champion at Cerritos College. Kickoff is established for 8 p.m.
. The Spartans (12-0) are holding challengers to 9.5 points per video game as well as published among the most impressive shutouts in the state this season: a 14-0 victory versus high-scoring Folsom, their North The golden state rival.
“De La Salle, they play together and also they play difficult and also they’re never ever mosting likely to pull back,” Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper stated Tuesday. “It’s mosting likely to be a challenging job yet I assume me and also the violation will certainly be great.”
Harper as well as the Monarchs’ system did sufficient versus rival St. John Bosco’s defense to help the Queens collect a 17-13 victory in the CIF-SS Division 1 last on Nov. 23.
Against the then top-ranked group on the nation, Mater Dei tape-recorded 256 backyards crime on 62 plays, approximately 4.1 lawns. The Monarchs masqueraded 177 lawns, rushed for 79 as well as dedicated just one turnover.
Mater Dei defeated De La Salle 52-21 in the CIF State Open Department final in 2015 but the Spartans’ season-opening victory versus Folsom signaled a major improvement.
De La Salle intercepted Boise State-bound quarterback Kaiden Bennett twice. Those were the elderly’s just interceptions of the period and also Folsom balanced virtually 56 factors in its final 12 games. Bennett threw 56 goals.
Mark Tennis of CalHiSports.com claimed De La Salle’s protection ranks in the top-five in the school’s fabled history.
“If they win (Saturday), that’s mosting likely to be the reason,” Tennis said of De La Salle’ defense. “That’s their trick.”
Tennis calls proclaimed De La Salle linebacker Henry To’oto’o “pretty unique” however stated cornerbacks Taveis Marshall and Amir Wallace are the unrecognized celebrities of the protection.
Against Folsom, Tennis said Marshall and Wallace played tight male coverage and also To’oto’o watched Bennett, a dual-threat quarterback.
Tennis believes De La Salle will certainly take a similar strategy Saturday against large receiver Bru McCoy as well as quarterback Bryce Youthful.
“I still assume (Mater Dei) is much better,” Tennis claimed. “Mater Dei has primarily whatever.”
While Harper appreciates the Spartans, he has an opinion on the best defense the Monarchs have actually seen this season.
“The best protection in the CIF is right here,” Harper stated with a smile.