Los Angeles Preps: Miguel Sandoval

Orange County: Mater Dei 27, No. 15 Edison 7

October, 1, 2010
10/01/10
11:45
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COSTA MESA – The defense, Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said earlier this week, would have to carry his team this season. On Friday night, the Monarchs put their backs into it. Led by Miguel Sandoval, Joseph Schmidt and two turnovers in the first three minutes that led to quick touchdowns, Mater Dei won for the second week in a row against an ESPNLA.com top 25 opponent.

This time the Monarchs defeated No. 15 Edison, 27-7, in a nonleague contest that was never in doubt. Not after the start that the Mater Dei got.

“They're going to talk about Max Wittek and Victor Blackwell, and deservedly so, but we were rocking on defense,”Rollinson said. “The interception was huge, we had a bunch of sacks, put pressure on Chase (Favreau) the whole night -- he never got comfortable, and I commend him for going, the word is he didn't practice all week (because of a sprained ankle).

“I challenged both fronts, and I challenged the defensive line right before we came out to make something happen and they did. . . . You hold them to seven points, that's a heck of a defensive effort.”

There were two sacks, but three other plays in which Favreau -- who transferred from Mater Dei (2-2) to Edison (3-2) -- was tackled for a loss. After the interception, the defense forced a Favreau fumble that also set up a short score, and it limited the potent Edison offense to 120 yards -- 33 came on the final series as it ran out the clock.

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