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.