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Barkley always wants to take it to next level

FOOTBALL: The Newport Beach resident always knew he wanted to play quarterback, now he’s doing it well for Mater Dei.

November 22, 2007|By Soraya Nadia McDonald

Barkley enters the quarterfinal round of the CIF Southern Section Division Pac-5 playoffs against Crespi Friday after finishing the regular season 179 for 271for 2,992 yards and 31 touchdowns.

It was no surprise to Rollinson.

“We’re going to ride his right arm to the playoffs,” the gravelly voiced coach said midway through the season.

The Monarchs (9-1), were ranked No. 7 in the country by USA Today. They dropped to No. 19 after a 31-12 Trinity League loss to Orange Lutheran Nov. 2.

Mater Dei held steady at No. 19 after Week 9, when the Monarchs defeated Servite, 38-13, Nov. 9. Barkley threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns before a crowd of 26,000 at Angel Stadium.

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Barkley copies Peyton Manning in his driven pursuit of perfection, but his ability to keep cool under pressure has the markings of Tom Brady, currently his favorite NFL quarterback.

“He wants every pass perfect,” Rollinson said. “Everything isn’t always perfect. It’s something we kind of feed, but at times, we say, you’re gonna make mistakes, and that’s OK. As a football coach, you want every kid to want to be perfect every play, but it’s not an obsession. He doesn’t dwell on it, and if he does, I humor him out of it.”

Barkley agreed.

“I’ve tried to do that in all my sports, just work harder than everyone else,” he said. “I don’t like to settle for anything less than what I’m capable of.”


SORAYA NADIA McDONALD may be reached at (714) 966-4613 or at soraya.mcdonald@latimes.com. SORAYA NADIA McDONALD may be reached at (714) 966-4613 or at soraya.mcdonald@latimes.com.

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