Caden Bell then looks downfield, fires pass inside the 10 intended for Luckett into TRIPLE coverage, intercepted by Freshman Josh Hunter, returns to the 50 before being flipped in the air, but ... again ... flag on the field, holding on the coverage by MD. JSerra moved to the MD 25, seconds left in the half. One final heave into the endzone to Munir McClain, broken up by Elias Ricks in a competitive jump ball situation between 2 USC recruits.
End of half: MD 21-7. This one hasnt really been close, MD mostly dominating, would likely be up by at least another score if not for two bad interceptions by Bryce. JSerra squandered two opportunities to get within a TD late in half, poor playcalling and poor execution by Caden Bell.
Lions cannot run the ball, outside of one broken play on zone read option by Bell. Also struggling to get the ball downfield in the passing game: Luckett and Shimomura have been almost completely shut out by the MD secondary. Will be interesting to see how much MD offense is affected by loss of their best OL Murao in the 2nd half.
Lions punt to the opposite 40, MD gives to Harper for a good gain on 1st down, then Victor Clanton strikes Harper for a loss. Bad snap by new center Vince Jara (Miki Han to RG, Marks to LT, Gibson to LG, Levasa to RT) sends Bryce to the turf and MD will have to punt. JSerra gets 2 men through the line easily but they inexplicably do not attempt a blocked punt, which they could have had. Lions start at about the 30.
Shimomura breaks past double coverage wide open, Caden Bell badly overthrows him. Bell looks average tonight. Keyon Ware Hudson blows up the backfield on a Street run along with MD LB Raesjon Davis - Harlow's vaunted OL getting abused in the trenches all night by the MD DLine. Totally different story for the Monarch front 7 than last week against Bosco.On 3rd down, Bru McCoy misses a clear sack after sprinting past LT Jacob Angel, Bell deftly avoids the sack, fires to Luckett but great coverage by MD CB Green Warren, incomplete, JSerra punts.
JSerra offense looks lost and overmatched, getting choked out by MD tonight.
LITERALLY about 35 flags thrown between these teams in less than 3 quarters, including the ones declined. And every flag has brought a 3-5 minute delay for group meetings and some kind of prayer meeting. Trinity League refs have to be the worst in the United States. Its like the Pac 12 refs are doing Trinity games on Friday nights.
MD goes for it on 4th down, Sean Dollars breaks tackle at LOS of Genova, picks up 1st down on a nifty, shifty, weaving run to about the 20. First down Monarchs. Next play, Dollars takes handoff off tackle, takes it down MD sideline for BACKBREAKING TD. MD up 28-7. 3:01 left 3rdQ. This one could be cooked, glazed and sliced after that sequence.
UPDATE: Murao was taken via ambulance to hospital to treat lower right leg injury suffered at end of first half. Not a good sign. Feel terrible for the kid.
Last drive of 3rd quarter more of the same for JSerra: worthless play, worthless play, Bell chased out of the pocket, throws to Luckett, ball again broken up by Green Warren on sideline- he has been LOCKING UP and frustrating Colorado commit Luckett all night. No luck going that way. Punt Lions; Harlow has to be looking over at Rescigno like: "Didnt I hire you because you know MD? Didnt you recruit and coach all these kids to a 10-0 record when they were freshmen?"
Monarchs get ball at around their own 40; power run off left tackle, Shakobe Harper takes it yard on a 60 yard TD on easy run past the entire JSerra D ... but of course, its a big play, so these zebras have to call it back for holding. MD probably has 200 yards in "penalties" tonight. Would have to rewatch the tape of this (for both teams) but there are some SERIOUSLY questionable calls among the around 40 flags thrown tonight. That is as least 2 TDs taken off the board for MD. Backs them up to their own 35.
Bryce Young and Harper runs take MD inside the JSerra 30. Jaden Genova makes incredible hustle play to sack Young from across the field and behind him - kid is all hustle all grit. Genova has to have another 15 tackles tonight, much like against Bosco.
Young, on 3rd down, fires flat pass to soph. Cathedral transfer Josiah Zamora, he avoids MD transfer Zamajay Duncan, takes it down the numbers on the JSerra side for about a 30 yard TD.
MD up 35-7 with about 8m left. This is a straight up CURB STOMPING. So much for JSerra being a threat to MD for 2nd place. Last two years, MD has now outscored JSerra 76-10. Sheesh.
J Serra laid an egg on their own field, this was supposed to be the TIME to unseat MD for dominance is Orange county!!!
MD down after Bosco, home field, it was all set up for the Serra win ( NOT!!!!)
I truly don't think I've ever seen a game with so many penalties, and stoppage of play, I don't recognize football anymore.
Kids are bigger, stronger faster, but no discipline, talk to much and hold on every stinkin play.
Shame the MD kid got hurt in a garbage game like this.
JSerra crosses the 50 for only second time tonight without the aid of penalties or turnovers on Luckett's second catch. Bell then throws a punt down the sideline intended for Shimimora, looks to be actually intended for Elias Ricks, easy INT at the 10. Ricks catches ball, points at Shimimora, runs ball back to about the JSerra 40 ... and of course, ANOTHER FLAG THROWN.
Dead ball personal foul on a return block by MD. Does anyone know the Guinness record for penalties in a HS game? This ref crew is on a crusade to clean up the HS game, one penalty at a time. This is RIDICULOUS.
FINAL: MD 42 JSerra 7.
Outside of a few kids including and especially MD legacy and transfer Jaden Genova, JSerra quit. MD put them into a coma. So much for the crowning of a new #1 in OC.
Monarchs looked angry tonight. Probably too angry based on the penalties, but this is also the worst crew of refs comprised in CIF history. Defense smothered everything on the ground and in the air. Clearly this MD team was worn out last week after playing a taxing early schedule, playing against an angry, revenge-seeking, more motivated and well prepared SJB team that had waited 10 months to see them after getting murdered twice last season.
Dominating a legit, top 5 in the state, nationally ranked JSerra team - on their own home field. MD is clearly not going anywhere. Even with Murao injury looking very serious, its still looking like we'll see a rematch with Bosco, just not JSerra-Bosco. Would take Centennial figuring out how to run the ball again against good teams, or Oaks Christian/MV suddenly going from pretenders to contenders to prevent that.
Monarchs will be on a revenge path, much like SJB was against them in 2016. Thanksgiving weekend is right around the corner.
the JSerra/Bosco game close?
On a side note, - few HS teams (that I know of) use seven person officiating teams,
MD was one of the first to do so in the OC - when you get seven HS ref's that think
they are now college and/or pro type ref's, it's all downhill from there.
Amazing MD laid 42 on JSerra with a QB that it was apparent he was not 100%.
Officiating looked really bad when the stream was working. It would be interesting to hear from some folks at the game, but, it was like a laundromat all night.
Not sure what all the fuss was with #4? Fox guys said something about him getting ejected and he missed quite a few series.
Miles leg injury, man, I feel bad for the kid. I know he will bounce back, but, I assume he's out for the season.
MD defense looked stout.
It was an embarrassment to the game of football. Entire stadium was done with those clowns, regardless of team affiliation.
Bryce wasn’t 100% but he looked plenty mobile. If that was him playing through pain, that’s pretty freaking impressive. All but one of his 4 TD passes came after some nifty scrambling out of the pocket. No designed runs but that’s not his game anyway. Was rushed on most of his drop backs and still avoided all but 2 sacks, even without his LT in the 2nd half.
Luckett picked up several penalties including at least 2 personal fouls in the first half while barking back and forth with the MD secondary that clearly had him frustrated and ineffective (along with getting Mossed at CB by Bru McCoy). One came during JSerra’s only TD play. Harlow immediately jumped his stuff, he responded by ripping his helmet off, throwing it down, taking off his gloves and stomping to the locker room while crying and being chased by teammates and coaches/staff, with still 2-3m left in the 1st half.
Returned and played the entire 2nd half on offense only, not very well. Not a great look, show of maturity, or performance by Luckett. Tough night but he’ll bounce back. Great player and he is better than that.