This game should be a barn burner, but defense will win this. Narbonne's non-league schedule has been tougher than MD's and the Gauchos have been blowing everyone out. But I think MD is better than the other teams NHS have played so far. I like MD, coach Rollins has been known to get his team to play big in the spot light.
I think if MD uses a Nickle Defense with a blitzing linebacker on every passing down, Narbonne's QB will have to hurry. Don't let him establish a rythmn. Slam the door on the corners, don't let Narbonne's RB's go up the sidelines. Force the Gauchos RB's to get "worked over" by MD's linebacking corp on the inside. MD's linebackers are good and fast. Attack, Attack, Attack!
We'll see just how good L.A.'s City Section football is. I'm picking the Monarchs in an upset.
MD 28 - NHS 24
My neighbor is a teacher at Narbonne and she mentioned there seems be an emotional letdown from the Gardena Serra game. The team was looking forward to playing against kids they grew up with and that made last week exciting. The campus isn't as electric as last week in her opinion. Let's hope is stays that way!pattywannamack wrote:I like your analysis and am pulling for MD for the win as well.
MD can win if they stay disciplined, play their game and avoid penalties. It will be close IMHO.
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They looked ridiculously good against Serra last week. This should be a great game.Ramon wrote:Narboone is crazy good...I'm pulling for my Monarchs...But those Gauchos will make it damn near impossible...We need a perfect game to win...Let's Roll Monarchs!!!
I have said before that MD has the athletes back but they are still young athletes. Narbonne by 12 points.
It will be a good game. Perhaps if they played at the end of the season it would be even better.
Narbonne is in a league of its own this year. This is going to big a big punch in the mouth for MD right before league. Hopefully, they can keep it respectable and not have the big injuries that can come in the tough games. With so many 2 way players this year, they can't afford to lose anybody.
Does anyone know how good Narbonne's defense is? You usually hear about their offensive weapons. If MD didn't score in the 2nd half against Edison (not the 1st time), will they get goose-egged by Narbonne? (I mean the Gauchos 1st team unit)
Narbonne's defense is tough this year. If anyone has seen these two teams play this year there is no way you would pick MD in this game.
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Same mediocre Edison team that shut out Servite?edac25 wrote:IMO the first REAL test for this Mater Dei Football team. The first 3 games on the Monarchs schedule this year were an absolute joke against horrible football teams. They might as well have scheduled to play against their own JV team. A close game against what I consider an extremely mediocre Edison team does not bode well for MD. Narbonne seems to be the real deal. A victory or a close defeat vs the Gauchos would IMO bring credibility to Rollo's squad. We shall see...wish I were there tonight to watch this one live. Let's go Narbonne!
However as big as their victories have been all the teams they have beaten, sans Serra have losing records.
Palo Verde 1-3
Poly 2-3 (their wins against a no win Carson and Compton who is mediocre at best)
Lakewood 2-2 (forget the forfeit SJB blew them off the field)
The Moore league is not good this year at all and with Poly way down, yikes!
Serra of course is 4-1 but except for some timely defensive scoring would or could have been a loss for Narbonne
MD opponents also similar but margin of victory not as great as Narbonne's.
Edge here has to go to Narbonne but not sure it is as great as it would appear in paper.
If MD defense will be the key and I believe their scheme will likely have them in the right position to stop or slow down the Narbonne offense. MD has its best overall team speed in many years and can likely do a good job of forcing it inside. If Narbonne can put pressure on the QB and slow the run they can shut down MD's offense.
Edge here is about even but likely in Narbonne's favor.
Where MD may be set up best is that Narbonne had a big game last week with Serra and back to back getting teams with coaching discipline and talent will be a hard nut to crack. If Narbonne takes this task they will run through the city and likley be the state bowl representative.
Of course I am pulling for MD but this will be a good game.