SANTA ANA — It’s the high school football game of the season.
Yet it’s only the second week of the season.
Bishop Gorman and it’s 55-game winning streak play Mater Dei on Friday at Santa Ana Stadium.
It’s Gorman’s Gaels vs. Mater Dei’s Monarchs. It’s also computer vs. people.
Bishop Gorman, a Catholic school in Las Vegas, is No. 1 in USA Today’s national computer rankings. Mater Dei is No. 1 in USA Today’s national “expert” rankings that are compiled by USA Today staff writers.
This game has another sub-plot, a potential future UCLA vs. USC matchup. Bishop Gorman senior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson committed to UCLA. Mater Dei junior quarterback JT Daniels committed to USC.
This game is so big that the best seats at 10,000-capacity Santa Ana Stadium are being sold online for $18 and $20.
Gorman’s winning streak is the second longest among the nation’s high school football teams. Kimberly of Wisconsin has a 58-game winning streak going.
Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said anyone trying to figure out whether the Monarchs or the Gaels have an edge is going to have to do plenty of searching.
“They have a big offensive line,” Rollinson said, “and we have a big offensive line. They have a big defensive line, and we have a big defensive line. We’re alike in a lot of ways.”
Gorman last week beat DeMatha Catholic of Hyattsville, Md., 35-23. DeMatha at the time was No. 6 in USA Today’s human-produced national rankings.
Thompson-Robinson threw for three touchdowns and ran for two others against DeMatha. Thompson-Robinson, a receiver last season, completed 19 of 23 passes for 288 yards with no interceptions.
Thompson-Robinson spread his completions to six different receivers. Brevin Jordan has six receptions for 74 yards. Jimmy Telles had five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Preseason assessments of the Gaels questioned how well they would run the football. Their rushing attack was not stellar against DeMatha. Gorman rushed for 65 yards on 29 attempts, an average of 2.2 yards a carry.
Gorman’s other potential weakness is in the defensive secondary, where they an all-new cast of starters. So does Mater Dei, although that did not seem to be a problem for the Monarchs last week.
Mater Dei opened the season with a 31-7 road win over Bishop Amat of La Puente. Bishop Amat at the time was No. 18 in the CalHiSports.com California rankings, in which Mater Dei was and still is No. 1.
The Monarchs defense allowed only…