Early into October and we have already seen some amazing teams battle it out on the field. Making big strides this year is the powerhouse of Mater Dei Prep. The teams ran into week five undefeated after tackling top teams like Saint John Vianney, Freehold Boro, Brick, and Jackson Memorial.
Their Week Five opponent, Wall was also undefeated going into the game. Mater Dei Prep was unintimidated as they entered their field with an energized presence. The game was a showcase of raw power from both sides as they played with all their skills. Wall hit late into the first quarter with a touchdown but their extra point was blocked. Mater Dei responded with a touchdown by Melik Ingram followed with a successful extra point. The game remained 7-6 into the fourth quarter. With less than two minutes left in the game, Wall pushed for an additional touchdown.
Surprisingly, even though Wall took home the win, the Seraphs showed more potential and a strong collaborative team effort. Win or Lose the Mater Dei team acts as a united front. Coaches, players, and family members all make a positive impact on the game. The Seraph cheer team coached by Brittani Schick is always seen on the sidelines encouraging her girls to inspire the players while also guiding them to be the best they can be. Looking at the photo below you can see first hand what it means to be apart of the Seraph team.
The player’s hard work goes far beyond the field with players earning high academic GPAs in the classroom and making the community a better place with volunteer efforts. The coaching staff at Mater Dei Prep is nothing short of impressive. Coach Mangiero and his other coaches have multiple NJSIAA State Championships under the belt alongside coaches who have been apart of the athletic administration. The Seraph coaches use their experience and knowledge to develop the players into being leaders of tomorrow’s future.
During a camp over the summer Mater Dei showed modern innovations that they are making to improve the players while also protecting them on the field. From NFL-like film study to concussion detecting helmets a sharper and more experienced player is born. The Seraphs haven’t stopped improving as they introduced female kicker Claire Gaston at the beginning of the season. Her skills on the field have helped rake in the points each game.
Now the Seraphs are preparing their trip to the Bulldogs of Rumson-Fair Haven this Friday night. The Bulldogs are having a strong year as well, their big win was against Red Bank Catholic at the beginning of the season shocked the Shore Conference. The two teams are gearing up for another battle and we can’t wait to capture the action. Following this week Mater Dei Prep will be having Super Seraph Week, stay tuned to get more information on this super exciting event.