Mater Dei has their best team in years and is currently ranked No. 22 in the nation in the Fox Sports 50. After a few down years, by their standards, the Monarchs rallied late last season and made it all the way to the Pac 5 Championship before falling to Long Beach Poly.
After dropping down from the Pac 5 division to the Southwest Division last season, Edison won their first ever CIF title. They graduated a ton of key players and is coming off a tough loss last week to a very good Anaheim, Servite team so this will be a big test for the Chargers.
The Skinny: After making it to the CIF-SS Pac-5 Finals last fall, the
Monarchs, after a down year in 2011, are all the way back and are unbeaten in
2013, ranked No. 22 in the country. Behind longtime legendary coach Bruce
Rollinson, the Monarchs have talent on both sides of the ball, both in the
junior and senior class. Rollinson has an overall coaching record of
229-73-2 and his teams have been to the CIF Finals seven times during the 90's,
winning five CIF Championships, one State Title and capturing the National
Championship in 1994 and 1996.
Mater Dei on offense: Quarterback Chase Forrest holds an offer from
Eastern Washington and has interest from other schools. He's very smooth and efficient,
poised, makes quick decisions with the ball, spins it and is very accurate.
Forrest was a part time starter as a junior and then took over at the end of the year and led team to the CIF Championship game.
He has a thin frame and needs to fill out but has a lot tools and should be recruited higher than he currently is.
Ben Humphreys, a 2015 receiver, was offered by Cal earlier this week and is probably the teams best all around player right now and rated the No. 291 player in the 2015 Scout 300.
Humphreys is a big, physical athlete who can run and hit. He is a tough matchup as a
receiver, and has goods hands as well as being a solid route runner,
Kyle Penniston, a 2015 tight end, is also a member of the early 2015 Scout 300 and is rated the No. 300 player in the class.
Penniston has good size, catches the ball well with his hands and can take a hit and hold on to the ball.
He has just decent speed and won't do a lot after the catch but is a strong red zone target and very dependable go to guy on third downs.
Senior running back Justin Allen is a talented back who shows balance, vision and a nice burst. Under the radar in terms of being a college prospect but definitely has the physical tools to play at the next level.
And Matt Lockett, a slot receiver, is an undersized but very good high school player.
He is a big play threat on offense and a solid cover corner on the defensive side of the ball.
Mater Dei on defense: Humphreys probably projects best in college as an
outside linebacker. He plays well in space, can cover and blitz.
Jonathan Lockett, a Washington commit and the No. 5 corner in the West region and the No. 251 player in the Scout.com 300
anchors the secondary for the Monarchs. Lockett will also play some
receiver and return punts and is a tremendous all around talent. A rare three year starter for Mater Dei and one of the most polished corners in the West.
The Skinny: Head Coach Dave White has been at Edison since 1986 and is recognized as one of the state's top coaches. He was also a quarterback at Edison before taking over the program and his teams are always known for their balanced offenses and tough, physical defense.
Edison on Offense: The Chargers typically run a very balanced pro-style offense but have relied heavily on the ground game this year. Junior quarterback Matt Gane is talented but young and is coming off a rough game last week against Servite. He has a big arm and can run but decision making and overall pocket feel need to improve.
The strength of the Edison team is their offensive line. They're big, physical and very tough. Offensive guard Tico Fuga might be the best player on the team. The BYU commit is one of the state's best interior lineman and plays with great strength and pad level.
Tackle Jesse Sosebee is a Boise State commitment and has a very nice upside to him. He’s all of 6-foot-6, 300 pounds with good feet and will need to have a huge game against a very tough Mater Dei defensive front.
The Chargers have yet to find a big play threat at running back or receiver but Kiante Goudeau is very capable. Although just a hair over 5-7, he’s an explosive two way player who can get deep and is also a dangerous return threat.
Edison on Defense: Edison is always undersized at all three levels- defensive line, linebackers and the secondary. They’re well coached and scrappy and few teams play harder.
Fuga, who mentioned with the offense, is also the Chargers best defensive player. He plays nose guard and tackle and is an absolute load to block. He does a great job taking on double teams, gets a great push up the middle and plays with a non-stop motor.
Linebacker Josh Marks is your stereotypical Charger. He’s not big but is very active, flows to the football and can really hit. Goudea is a talented corner who plays a lot bigger than his size. Teams try to pick on him because of his short stature but he usually makes them pay for it.
They key for Edison’s defense will be staying fresh. They don’t give up much but with their lack of size, if they’re on the field too long, it will be very difficult for them to hang with a rugged Monarch team without wearing down.