Steve Fryer, who has covered Mater Dei football since the 1990 season, ranks the top three Mater Dei teams during that time:
Below is Fryer’s third-best team. To see the top two teams, click HERE.
3. Mater Dei 1996: Perry was CIF-SS Division 1 offensive player of the year when he had 78 receptions and a school-record 1,510 receiving yards. Another receiver, David Castleton, also was an All-Orange County and All-CIF pick. Quarterback Nick Stremick threw 27 touchdown passes. These Monarchs could run the ball, too, with Mike McNair sprinting and powering his way to 1,269 yards and 18 touchdowns. Linebacker Kevin Mitchell, older brother of El Modena coach Matt Mitchell, had 12.5 sacks. Mater Dei’s ’96 team routed Long Beach Poly 42-14 in the Division 1 semifinals, still one of the all-time great efforts in the school’s football history, before beating Loyola in the Division 1 final. USA Today again chose Mater Dei as national champion.