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Mater Dei rallies back to defeat Bishop Gorman 24-21 in battle of Top 10-ranked teams

Photo Credit: Jann Hendry (ScoreBook Live)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA—Mater Dei showed why they are consistently one of the top high school football teams in the country year after year Friday night against Bishop Gorman. Not only did the talent meet the hype, but when adversity struck, they knew how to handle it.


The Monarchs trailed Bishop Gorman by two touchdowns within the first 10 minutes of the game. But they rallied back, and a field goal by Andre Medina gave Mater Dei their first lead of the game with about three and a half minutes left in the game.


From there the Mater Dei defense showed their elite skills, diminishing Bishop Gorman’s chances on tying the game with a field goal with a 13-yard sack on 3rd and 12.


Bishop Gorman certainly showed they will be a threat on the national stage. They limited Mater Dei quarterback, Elijah Brown, to minimal production early on. Although he threw a touchdown pass to Jordan Onovughe with just under six minutes in the first half to make the score 14-7, Bishop Gorman forced an interception from the junior quarterback just before halftime.


But Brown eventually got his tempo going. He delivered another touchdown pass to wide receiver, Marcus Harris, to tie the game at 21 at the start of the fourth quarter.


However, Mater Dei was their own worst enemy in the fourth quarter. The Monarchs committed several penalties that allowed Bishop Gorman to get free yardage. But the talented defense came away scratch free, and forced a missed field goal from Bishop Gorman with just under seven minutes left in the game.


Once Mater Dei made a field goal of their own to take the lead, they held it, and came out of the desert with a 24-21 win.

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