Forget the hype, the predictions, the ramifications of the game. The biggest question before Friday night’s soccer game between No.1 Santa Ana Mater Dei and No.2 Bellflower St. John Bosco was the quality of the tailgate food. ?
Based on the aroma of the grilled carne asada, no one would go home hungry. The gates opened at 4 pm for those who wanted to relax in the parking lot of St. John Bosco High School. Then the tents were erected, the lawn chairs were removed and the gates were lit.
For those with patience, the highly acclaimed St. John Bosco snack stand prepared their own carne asada recipe with a grill master known for his skills as a chicken cook.
“It’s good. It’s really good,” said one of the grill masters.
A hatchback family was defending their bacon hot dogs. Art Allen, the father of a former St. John Bosco player, is known to cook his burgers with eggs.
First year triumph: Mater Dei defeated St. John Bosco 51-21 Thursday in an undefeated first-year team showdown. Running back Jordon Davison, who played with Mater Dei University, played for the Monarchs. You are allowed to play simultaneously for the freshman and college teams as long as it is not on the same day.
Learn Lessons: Can other teams emulate the dominance of Mater Dei and St. John Bosco? Remember Mater Dei and coach Bruce Rollinson went 17 straight years from 2000 to 2016 without winning a Division 1 championship until he started copying some of the things Braves coach Jason Negro had. do, like creating a youth program and reaching out to youth programs. outside Orange County to expand the list demographics.
This is the strategy for private schools hoping to make a dent. For public schools, it is much more difficult because of the attendance limits. Either way, Corona Centennial remains competitive year after year under coach Matt Logan.
Grandfather Rollinson: The Monarchs coach now has seven grandchildren after his eldest daughter Caroline gave birth to twins Jack and James Flanagan. One weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces. The other 7 pounds, 9 ounces. “They’re both going to be linebackers,” Rollinson said.
McMillan is unique: Another week, another single take from catcher Servite Tetairoa McMillan. Except this time it came in defense. He made a one-handed interception in a 56-12 win over Orange Lutheran.
“It was great,” Servites coach Troy Thomas said of the interception.
“Consistent,” commented quarterback Noah Fifita, who sees McMillan working on one-handed catches every day in practice.
Thomas, who played the defensive back to Crespi and Cal State Northridge, said, “He’s actually becoming a really good defensive player. I couldn’t do this game. There are a few guys who can do this. He’s one of them.
The stars of both sports: There are some awesome football-baseball players this fall.
In Trabuco Hills, quarterback-shortstop Will Burns and center-back Drew Barrett were influential players. Wide receiver Travis Anderson and linebacker Jack Matranga are football players in Mission Viejo who play baseball. Cypress wide receiver-pitcher Matthew Morrell is one of the best performers in either direction.
Imminent confrontation: Huntington Beach Edison and Los Alamitos each won their Sunset League opener on Thursday night, setting up a league title showdown next Thursday night in Westminster.
Decision time: The Granada Hills school administration has refused to allow fans on campus for sporting events dating back to last season due to COVID-19 concerns. But it’s decision time for the Highlanders.
The team are set to host Birmingham in a key West Valley League football game next Friday. Birmingham have told Granada Hills they will not be playing Granada Hills unless fans are allowed. Otherwise, the Highlanders will have to play Birmingham.
Birmingham sporting director Rick Prizant said he expected to hear a response from Granada Hills early next week. The City section have previously told Granada Hills that they will not be allowed to host playoff games without fans being allowed.