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Mater Dei leaves no doubt, routs De La Salle to claim first CIF State crown

Mater Dei poses for photos after beating De La Salle in the CIF State Open Division championship game at Sacramento State in Sacramento on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)
Mater Dei poses for photos after beating De La Salle in the CIF State Open Division championship game at Sacramento State in Sacramento on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

SACRAMENTO – It was a couple of hours before the CIF State Championships Open Division game in which Mater Dei was to play De La Salle of Concord at Sacramento State.

Some Mater Dei players were sitting in the locker room. Others were outside watching the end of the Division 1-A championship game.

Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson walked up to Monarchs quarterback JT Daniels and said, “JT, I think we’ve lost our focus.”

Daniels replied, “Coach, you always say that.”

“So I don’t have anything to worry about?”

“Coach,” Daniels said, “we’re ready.”

Daniels was right.

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