Mater Dei Rolls, Claims Huge Win in Week 1

Monarchs Win 44-13 vs Upland

The Mater Dei Monarchs took care of business Friday night at the Santa Ana Bowl with an impressive 44-13 victory over Upland. Mater Dei quarterback Chase Forrest set the tone early with a long completion that he capped off with a sweet 19-yard touchdown run to give the Monarchs a 7-0 lead.

Mater Dei extended the lead to 14-0 on an 8-yard touchdown run from bulldozing fullback Malik McMorris. Shifty running back Justin Allen followed that up with a 19-yard scamper for six.

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Leading 21-0, the Mater Dei defense continued to stifle the Upland offense. Quarterback Tyler Hilinski was constantly pressured and forced out of the pocket. The Monarchs defensive line owned the line of scrimmage and imposed their will. Standout cornerback and Washington commit Jonathan Lockett shut down his side of the field and made an impact in the return game to boot.

2014 ATH Matthew Rockett

Senior wide receiver Matthew Rockett delivered the knockout punch with a ridiculous catch and run up the sideline to give the Monarchs a commanding 28-0 lead in the second quarter. A big punt return from Lockett had Mater Dei knocking on the doorstep again before the half. Allen's second rushing touchdown of the game extended the lead to 34-0. Upland mounted a drive deep into Mater Dei territory but were unable to cap it off with a score as time expired in the first half.

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Upland got on the board with a 8-yard touchdown run from Hilinski. Trailing 44-7, freshman sensation Nathan Tilford added a late touchdown on a short run to make the final score 44-13.

Upland must shake off the loss as they face another tough opponent in Oaks Christian next Saturday in Oceanside. Mater Dei hosts overmatched St. Paul next Thursday before hitting the road for games at Carson and at Santa Monica.

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