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Steve Fryer’s top three Mater Dei teams during the Rollinson era

12/14/96: Mater Dei head coach Bruce Rollinson, right, holds the CIF Division I plaque aloft as he celebrates with players Brain Manibusan, left, and wide receiver Rod Perry after their victory over Loyola at the Coliseum. PHOTO BY: Eugene Garcia / For the Registercelebrates
12/14/96: Mater Dei head coach Bruce Rollinson, right, holds the CIF Division I plaque aloft as he celebrates with players Brain Manibusan, left, and wide receiver Rod Perry after their victory over Loyola at the Coliseum. PHOTO BY: Eugene Garcia / For the Registercelebrates

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.

Mater Dei quarterback Kevin Stremick, right, celebrates with teammates after they defeated Loyola of LA in the CIF-SS Div. I championship at the Coliseum in 1996. (File photo: Eugene Garcia / For the Register)
Mater Dei quarterback Kevin Stremick, right, celebrates with teammates after they defeated Loyola of LA in the CIF-SS Div. I championship at the Coliseum in 1996. (File photo: Eugene Garcia / For the Register)

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.