Ranked No. 1 within the Preseason MaxPreps Top 25 released earlier in the week, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) will visit Texas for a showdown with No. 15 Duncanville on Aug. 27, the faculties announced Friday. The Monarchs’ first trip to the Lone Star State is going to be among the foremost highly-anticipated games of the 2021 high school season.
Joe Maimone of Prep Gridiron Logistics has played a serious role in fixing heavyweight out-of-state matchups at the prep level and helped get this one done. Mater Dei is 45-3 over the past five seasons while Duncanville is 50-5 over an equivalent span.
The last time a nationally-ranked California team traveled to Texas was in 2015 when Trinity (Euless, Texas) upset then-No. 1 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), 26-21.
Mater Dei is predicted to feature 12 players rated as a three-star recruit or better by 247Sports from the category of 2022, including cornerback Domani Jackson, back Raleek Brown (committed to Oklahoma), wide receiver C.J. Williams, and linebacker David Bailey.
Duncanville head coach Reginald Samples counters with another talented squad that will compete for the 6A Division 1 state title.
Edge rusher Omari Abor, offensive lineman Jaylen Early, and Oklahoma State commit Jordan Crook are among the ten players rated as three-star recruits or better within the Class of 2022 by 247Sports.
Defensive backs Deldrick Madison and Ka’Davion Dotson, wide receiver Lontrell Turner, and freshman wide receiver Dakorien Moore are a number of the notable underclassmen who have already landed Power 5 offers.
Mater Dei has notable games lined up against Centennial (Corona) on Aug. 20, No. 3 St. John Bosco (Bellflower) on Oct. 1, and No. 21 Servite (Anaheim) on Oct. 22.
Duncanville’s schedule includes showdowns against district rivals DeSoto on Sept. 17 and Cedar Hill on Oct. 22 alongside another out-of-state matchup against Bishop Sycamore (Columbus, Ohio) on Sept. 10.
Previewing the 2021 football season
June 29 — MaxPreps Top 100 high school football teams
July 1 — The best team in all 50 states
July 5 — Top 10 games
July 7 — Top 10 toughest schedules
July 9 — Top 10 quarterbacks
July 12 — Top 10 running backs
July 14 — Top 10 wide receivers
July 15 — Top 10 tight ends
July 16 — Top 10 offensive lineman
July 19 — Top 10 defensive lineman
July 20 — Top 10 linebackers
July 21 — Top 10 defensive backs
July 23 — Top 10 players
July 26 — Preseason Sophomore All-America Team
July 28 — Preseason Junior All-America Team
July 30 — Preseason All-America Team
Aug. 3 — Top football player in all 50 states