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Mater Dei defeats Serra in a thrilling Open Division final: Mater Dei, the top-ranked high school football team in the country, capped off a perfect season with a 35–28 victory over Serra (San Mateo) in the Open Division CIF State Championship Bowl Game on Saturday night at Saddleback College.
The Monarchs (13–0) overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:12 left in the game on a 10-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Elijah Brown to senior receiver CJ Williams.
Serra (12–1), the №8 team in the state, had a chance to tie the game or take the lead, but Mater Dei’s defense came up with a crucial stop on fourth-and-10 at the Monarchs’ 40-yard line with 18 seconds remaining.
Brown, who completed 18 of 25 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns, was named the game’s MVP. Williams, who had seven catches for 103 yards and two scores, was the offensive player of the game. Senior linebacker Tanner Williams, who had 10 tackles and a sack, was the defensive player of the game.
Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson praised his team’s resilience and character after the game.
“I’m so proud of these kids. They never gave up. They never quit. They fought back from a tough situation and showed what they’re made of,” Rollinson said. “This is a special group of young men. They’ve worked hard all year and they deserve this championship.”
Serra coach Patrick Walsh also expressed his admiration for his team, which won its first Northern California title and reached its first state final.
“I’m so proud of our guys. They played their hearts out. They gave everything they had. They represented our school and our community with class and dignity,” Walsh said. “We came up short, but we have nothing to hang our heads about. We played a great team and we gave them a great game.”
Serra took a 21–14 lead into halftime, thanks to two touchdown passes from senior quarterback Maealiuaki Smith to senior receiver Braden Agosta and a 1-yard run by senior running back Nano Latu.
Mater Dei tied the game at 21–21 in the third quarter on a 4-yard run by senior running back Jordon Davison and a 15-yard pass from Brown to Williams.
Serra regained the lead at 28–21 early in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard run by Smith, who finished with 167 yards passing and 28 yards rushing.
Mater Dei responded with a 14-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard sneak by Brown to tie the game at 28–28 with 5:34 left.
Serra went three-and-out on its next possession, giving Mater Dei the ball back at its own 45-yard line with 4:11 left.
Brown then led the Monarchs on the game-winning drive, completing five of six passes for 55 yards, including the decisive strike to Williams on third-and-goal.
Mater Dei won its fifth state title and its third in the last five years. The Monarchs also avenged their loss to Serra in the 2015 Division II-AA state final, which was the last time they lost to a California team.
Serra, which won its 12th straight game after losing its season opener to De La Salle, fell to 0–2 in state finals. The Padres also lost to Folsom in the 2010 Division II final.
The game was part of the 2023 CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games, which featured 13 games in seven divisions. The Open Division game was the highest level of competition and matched the top teams from the North and South regions