That was honestly SM’s last best chance at a win this year. Vieselmeyer looks headed for a 3-8 start. Maybe they can pull a shocker in the D2 playoffs.
Big games for the OLu defense by Wes Uipi, Jonah Laban and RJ Regan.
That one will affect seeding in those D2 playoffs as well.
Servite was the most physical team MD played last year in my opinion. All 11 kids tackled the ball. All 11 kids played through the ball carrier. All 11 kids played to the whistle. If I remember correctly, there was crap in the handshake line as well involving coaches.
I fully expect MD will run the score up for a number of reasons...but I think Servite will play an extremely physical game on the edge with confidence considering the game with Bosco. Nothing like two football programs that don't like each other and both trying to send messages. One trying to say we are back. The other saying you're not even close or relevant.
Should be fun.
Everyone else in Div 1 are playing for 3rd and 4th.
dont be that guy
You’re right, I’m not sure why anybody would strive to do what they work for every day of the year at the highest level.
I’m sure that Jason Pressley will post “Lets Lose Enough To Be In D2” in the weight room up in Orange.
Last year’s 35-0 Mater Dei win, that could have been 49-0, was an indicator of things to come? That the rivalry is back? It’s definitely not on the scoreboard, you’re right about that.
Mater Dei also played this team called Bosco - twice - and IMG, and De La Salle, among others. Actually, its hard to justify putting a Servite team that lost in a 5 touchdown cakewalk among even the 7 or 8 most “physical teams” that MD played in 2018. But hey, the Friars were definitely at the top of the list of cheap shot teams MD played in 2018.
Many of those 11 kids continually pushed and cheap-shotted Mater Dei players after the whistle.
Yeah, crap like Troy Thomas refusing to talk to Rollo as he breezed past him with an ice cold handshake. All class.
Hard to send a message when you can’t even score. But Servite can probably at least accomplish that tonight, right?
Most of your post is dead on with a few exceptions. Servite was not even close to the most physical game MD played last year IMG was first and Bosco was second. Maybe from Servite's perspective that was a physical game but most of the current MD players don't even see this as a rivalry it's Bosco for them and always has been. I agree that last year Servite's mission was to say 'You're not going to push us around anymore., ect"
Last years MD team was not overly excited to play Servite and it looked like it, this year will be much different because of the effort Servite gave against Bosco last week. They have MD's attention now. I only hope #9 from Servite does not hit the QB late like he has in the last 2 games or that could be a problem for Servite's QB. It will be chippy tonight for sure but would hate to see it get all out violent that could be bad for the men in black. This is not St. Frances or St. Johns. TT does a great job of getting his boys to play hard but I know Rollo wants this one because of the disrespect last year. He does not ask for much but he has asked for that so we will see.....
See above, and put me down for both the Monarchs and Braves tonight, each by double figures.RedPillWonderland wrote: I think the conventional wisdom would say that after Bosco had a lot of things exposed against Servite, Bosco is going to struggle on the road this week against a good JSerra team, and Servite is going to push arch rival Mater Dei to the limit.
I gotta say though, I just don’t see it going down like that.
I think Negro is going to channel the blazing hatred he had for those Servite game refs at OCC, that got him a POSTGAME flag on the way to the handshake line (LOL), into getting after the a$$es of his players this week. Especially after JSerra had them on the ropes last year in Bellflower.
Negro knows this is a breaking point in the season, and they can’t be BSing around thinking about the MD game and national titles.
I think Bosco will come out ready to prove a point against the best team they’ve played to date, knowing that the Lions are gunning for them and have had this game circled since last October. I see Bosco winning this one by double digits. Although I hope JSerra either proves me wrong and it’s a thriller, or a late score by SJB makes it look worse than it was.
As far as MD/Servite, I expect this to be chippy all the way from pregame to the postgame interviews like it always is. It DEFINITELY was last fiesty last year before AND after the whistle:
But as much as we know TT will not have to do much to get the boys fired up, as much as they’ll (literally) come out swinging, and as many clever chants as the “Asylum” will put together, I just think this is a bad matchup for Servite.
The Friars attacked the Bosco secondary (a Bosco weak spot) with success (Bosco also has a suspect pass rush without sending blitzers). Mater Dei’s secondary is the strength of its defense, as is its pass rush with Raesjon Davis and Fuamatu and Leutele and Salazar/Narayan, among others. I don’t see Fifita/Centers/McMillan and company having nearly as much success this week as last. Even in 1 on 1 matchups.
Servite’s run game is suspect, so they lack balance and thats usually a death knell against an Eric Johnson defense. Ask St Frances. I’m not saying they can’t score, but I don’t see them consistently driving on MD, NOR do I see them consistently making chunk plays. Although given the tendencies of kids like Domani Jackson to be boom or bust, I can imagine the Friars will get behind MD a few times.
But overall, we KNOW Servite ALWAYS has the Monarchs attention. Urban Meyer’s rivalry dedication and still refusing to refer to Michigan by name even working TV has NOTHING on Rollo and how serious he takes this rivalry (even if he does call them by name). Every MD player understands the seriousness of this game, it’s bred into them, even the transfers lol. They will be ready (see the video above for reference).
I haven’t said much about the MD offense v the Servite defense because, well, that’s a mismatch. I honestly can’t see Servite holding MD under 40 in this game, probably 50, for various and obvious reasons. Not the least of which is the Monarchs having a likely future pro at QB.
I don’t see Servite scoring 24 points in this game, let alone 40. So I got the Monarchs, and I don’t think there will be that much suspense. Although there will be a lot of 2nd half personal fouls and long arm handshakes in the post game line.
Also put down some prop bets for me:
Negro/Bosco sideline unsportsmanlike conduct flags thrown by “Orange County refs” ... +/- 2
Length of Rollo/T-Bone postgame “handshake” ... +/- (.2 seconds) lol
The Servite Asylum just arrived off a bus, ran flag waving to the visitor side, warning up their chants, just put on their white button downs and black ties. Classy look, we’ll
see if they keep the chants classy tonight.
Moses Sepulona and Sefita Tupe just went through the senior family picture line, surrounded by about a combined 30 family members. So glad to see those kids got that senior moment.
Friars now doing their pregame Hut Drill. Not as crisp as usual (they are usually ON POINT). T-Bone looks a little nervous actually. No tie tonight, going with the black polo.
15 minutes to kick, sparse crowd. Must all be out at the alumni tailgate, which is massive on both sides.
Friars called for the field. Still in the locker room. Take an extra 3 minutes to begin their walkout. Then take 5 minutes to walk 26 yards with the pipe man and stare at MD the entire way. That might be ill advised. Let the games begin.
Bowl is about 80% full as teams walk/run out.
Tupe starts with Salazar and Narayan on the line. White at free safety, Moses is a sub tonight.
First play, Leutele stuffs a dive 2 yards in the backfield. 2nd play, Fifita chased and sacked by Tupe. Ugly start for Servite. Spending a ton of time huddling first a spread offense. Backed up to the 10 already. 3rd and 20, Fifita to Avinger on a back shoulder for literally 21 yards. First down Friars. very nice throw.
Servite then commits a blatant hold on Tupe, who has affected 2 plays early. Backs Servite up to 2nd and 23. Fifita forced out to the right by Salazar, incomplete on the sideline.
3rd and super long again (23), Fifita chard out of bounds by Davis and Davies after a 4 yard scramble. Servite will punt from the 24.
Booming punt out to Yetts at the MD 31. 45 yard punt no return. Nice kick. Here comes MD.
Then the 3rd and 4th consecutive completions, both to KWH. A random delay, for a chain issue, gotta get Bob and Jim situated over there.
BY then completes his 5th straight pass to Epps. Servite not even getting close to him. Quick read fake then another completion to Epps on a bubble screen. Then a quick out to KWH, TD Mater Dei. That was too easy. Bryce 6-6 and a TD.
The first Servite cheap shot of the night by #9 on Quincy Craig after the play, causes Craig to retaliate. Offsetting personal fouls. Looks like a repeat of 2018 so far: MD touchdown, Servite cheap shot.