Mater Dei High School has always relied on a strong passing game, and it was certainly evident Thursday night.
Mater Dei quarterback Mark Ramstack threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the Monarchs to a 30-6 victory over Angelus League rival St. Bernard, in front of 2,000 in Santa Ana Stadium.
The Monarchs (6-1 overall and 2-0 in league) opened up a 21-0 halftime lead, with Ramstack scoring on a quarterback sneak at 8:21 of the second quarter. He later connected with wide receiver Keith Labus for a 23-yard touchdown pass that just cleared the outstretched arms of St. Bernard defender Eric Nelson.
Early in the third quarter, Ramstack fired for his final score, a two-yard, play-action pass to Kevin Rembert, for a 27-0 lead. Rembert, a starting forward on Mater Dei's basketball team who joined the football team just three weeks ago, caught five passes for 40 yards. Ramstack finished 13 of 22 for 214 yards.