DUNCANVILLE, Texas -- Mater Dei put the rest of the country on notice in their 45-3 rout of Duncanville on Friday night. A game that was supposed to be tight featuring two of the top teams in the country was remarkably one sided.
Since 2000, teams from California have faced off against teams from Texas 34 times with Texas winning 20 games. The Monarchs gave the Golden State their 14th win in emphatic fashion showing not only how far they - as well as arch rival St. John Bosco - have widened the gap from the rest of the pack in California, but also how far they’ve widened the gap nationally.
Duncanville came into this game as a consensus top 25 team in the country — and Mater Dei won by so many points, the clock would have run in the fourth quarter had it been played in California. The Monarchs are 59-3 in the last five years. They’re actively setting the standard for what the best high school football program in America looks like.
“We came out here and made a statement,” Mater Dei senior receiver CJ Williams said postgame. He caught one of the Monarchs’ seven TDs in the game - and he’s right. His team certainly did make a statement.
“They came here because they thought that they were going to get a good, competitive game,” Duncanville head coach Reginald Samples said. “I had to apologize because I’m sorry that we played so poorly. They wasted a trip. They could have stayed home and scrimmaged the JVs.”
Samples is using hyperbole there, but he’s right to compare the game to a varsity team taking on a JV group. For many stretches of the game, that’s what it looked like.
What stood out the most about Mater Dei was their team speed.
When Duncanville quarterback Solomon James dropped back to throw his first pass of the night, Mater Dei cornerback Domani Jackson jumped the route for a pick-six.