SANTA ANA — It was Rod Perry's speed that gave Mater Dei the early boost it needed in the Monarchs' 38-7 South Coast League victory over San Clemente Friday night at Santa Ana Stadium.
Perry, a sophomore split end, ran down Triton free safety Sean Kolmer after Kolmer intercepted a pass from John Flynn at the goal line on the opening drive and headed for open territory.
Perry finally caught Kolmer at the Monarch 34 and the defense then forced a long field-goal attempt that was wide.
On the ensuing drive, Perry gave second-ranked Mater Dei a 7-0 lead when he caught a short pass in the flat, broke two tackles on the sideline and raced 61 yards for the score.
From then on, Mater Dei dominated the game on both sides of the ball.
Senior Steve Bodnar scored on runs of seven and 15 yards and Pat Shinnefield booted a 36-yard field goal giving Mater Dei (7-0, 2-0) a 24-0 halftime lead.