Mater Dei turns to the Browns, Elijah and Marcus, in rout of Corona Centennial

In this new era of name, image, and like deals for high school athletes, it might be about time UPS signed quarterback Elijah Brown and receiver Marcus Brown from Santa Ana Mater Dei to spin their 2002 commercial entitled “What can Brown do for you ?”

Unrelated but good friends since elementary school, the Browns staged a passing-and-fang clinic to lead the No. 1-ranked Monarchs to a 43-20 win over No. 3 Corona Centennial on a warm night at the Inland Empire help. The Browns connected three times for touchdowns on passing plays from 16, 55, and 63 yards.

Marcus Brown, a junior, has emerged as a top target for Elijah Brown. The two lived in the same neighborhood growing up and used to carpool to school. “He’s finally getting a chance to show what he can do,” Elijah said.

It was complete dominance for one half of high school football in a game meant to be competitive. Mater Dei has sent a strong message that she has no intention of relinquishing her No. 1 position anytime soon.

With quarterback Elijah Brown throwing his usual accurate passes, second running back Jordon Davison accelerating like he was Raleek Brown, now at USC, and the Monarchs’ defense allowing only two first downs, Centennial proved itself in the unbeatable in the first 24 minutes and fell back 29-7 at halftime. After going 7-7 in the first quarter, the Monarchs scored 29 points in a row and opened up a 36-7 lead in the third quarter.

Centennial tried to pass, but quarterbacks Izzy Carter and Carson Conklin were a combined three for 13 for nine yards in the first half. The Huskies attempted to run, but there was no running game aside from an 83-yard touchdown run by Carter on a quarterback draw.

Meanwhile, Elijah Brown improved to 20-0 as a starting quarterback in three seasons. He completed 15 of 21 passes for 290 yards and also scored a touchdown. Marcus Brown had six catches for 178 yards. Davison rushed for 153 yards in 24 carries and scored a touchdown. Conklin had a touchdown run and a touchdown pass for Centennial in the second half.

Another impressive player was Mater Dei second receiver Marcus Harris. He made a jump catch and added another in fourth to keep a Mater Dei drive alive in the first half. Mater Dei beat the Huskies 22-0 in the second quarter.

There are few football games in an entire season that truly evoke the kind of excitement and excitement from different parts of California like the clash of No. 1 Mater Dei on a 19-game winning streak against the Centennial and veteran coach Matt Logan.

“That’s what worries me… my kids better be mentally ready,” Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said ahead of the game.

Centennial, its allocation of 1,900 tickets sold out online in 35 minutes. It took several days for Mater Dei’s share of 2,000 to sell out. Coming from Orange County via the 91 Freeway on a Friday night takes a little more strength and sacrifice, especially on Labor Day weekend, and there’s always an option to stay home and watch the game on Bally Sports West in an air-conditioned living room see.

Logan realized that the Mater Dei coaching staff had done a good job of figuring out Centennial formations and keeping the normally high-scoring Huskies at 16, 12 and 14 over the past few years, and Logan should try to bring out some new formations and passing routes that Force monarchs to slightly adjust their defense plans.

Lost passes and failure to execute caused the Huskies to stumble. They also lost the ball to fumbles twice.

While Friday night’s focus was on the pitch, Mater Dei continues to offer no new information on allegations in a lawsuit filed last year by the parents of a former soccer player that there was a culture of bullying in the program.

The former school president announced last December that a law firm had been hired to conduct a school-wide safety assessment. A spokesman for the Diocese of Orange said in an email earlier this week: “The assessment is still ongoing.”

That’s 10 months and counting.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/highschool/story/2022-09-02/monarchs-enjoying-upper-hand-in-showdown Mater Dei turns to the Browns, Elijah and Marcus, in rout of Corona Centennial

Emma Bowman

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