Plenty of yards are expected when USC’s Matt Barkley and Arizona’s Matt Scott meet on Saturday. Not as many as last time, though.
The last time was epic. It was Oct. 4, 2007. Barkley was a junior quarterback for Santa Ana Mater Dei, the No. 1 team in the state of California. Scott, a senior, led No. 2-ranked Centennial High of Corona.
Ten thousand people packed the Santa Ana Bowl.
Mater Dei won 51-37 in a game that featured 1,295 yards of offense, the most ever in a California high school game until last week, when Porterville defeated Tulare 86-79 (yes, 86-79) with a combined 1,331 yards of offense.
MaxPreps.com this summer deemed the Mater Dei-Centennial game as the fourth-best high school game in the nation in the past 10 years.