I had to give myself a night before I came here and posted my in depth opinions about the game.
First off, there are few people in the student body who are as passionate about Mater Dei football as I am. For me to part of the class that lost to Servite is going to be very tough for me to swallow. With that being said, I walked away from last night's game feeling not as heart broken as I should have felt.
Sure it was a painful game to watch. Fajardo steamrolled us, while we just didn't have an answer on offense or defense. Servite was clearly the better team, they played their hearts out, and they executed their plan flawlessly. Does this mean Mater Dei with all of its young players couldn't have won? Absolutely not, this team is a lot better than everyone thinks, and we easily had the potential to win the game. So why didn't we?
The Mater Dei spirit just wasn't there last night. All this season throughout campus I've constantly heard remarks like "I hope we don't lose to Servite this year" or "Ugh, I think we're going to lose to Servite this year". With an attitude like that it's no wonder that we lost. In my opinion the "streak" is all mental. Servite teams that were vastly superior to Mater Dei teams lost because they let themselves get psyched out. Last night a Mater Dei team with every potential to win lost because they lost the mental portion of the game. In terms of overall student and fans support, as well as spirit in general, Mater Dei just wasn't there last night and it made a big difference. I am not even going to try to suggest that if we just "believed" we could have beat Servite. They proved that they were a hell of a team, and even if we showed up as a school body, they still could have won. Still, that is no excuse for Mater Dei and its fans to show up believing that we already lost the game before it even began.
So why am I not as devastated as I should be? As I remarked in my previous post, a ton of fair weather fans showed up last night. After that first touchdown by Servite, they all reverted to "deer in headlights" mode, and showed absolutely no spirit, support, or passion. While everyone sat there letting Servite pummel us without saying a word to encourage the Monarchs, me and a group of about fifteen or so of my friends cheered our hearts out all game long. Sure it was hard to cheer as we made more and more mistakes, and defeat came ever closer, but by God as fans of Mater Dei football, we sure as hell gave it our all. I know it all sounds incredibly corny, but I take great pride in the fact that we cheered and stuck with our team until the very end, while everyone else sat there with that stupid "deer in headlights" look on their face.
My brother and I also had the unique privilege of going on the field for the second half of the game. As a long time fan of Mater Dei football it has been a bit of a dream to be on the field for a Mater Dei game, and to be on the field for a Mater Dei-Servite game was just icing on the cake. Of course I couldn't help but relish in the irony that the one time I finally get to go on the field, I had to watch Servite beat Mater Dei. But it was an awesome experience nonetheless, and a very fond memory of my time at Mater Dei.
I have nothing but respect for Servite, they fought honorably, and won with integrity. I was expecting their fans to go insane and start giving us all this crap, but they didn't, and for that they went up a few notches in my book. Once again it was a tough loss, and one which I would have much rather not have had to go through, but my friends and I showed up with passion, spirit, and pride in our school, something few other Mater Dei fans, (at least on the student side) had. I have absolutely no regrets about that.
There is nothing uglier in this world than a parent riding on the success of their child.