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Football: Ben Humphreys handles business on and off the field

Football: Ben Humphreys handles business on and off the field
Mater Dei standout Ben Humphreys gets ready to warm up before the Monarchs' game against Westlake on Thursday night. (Sean Ceglinsky / For The Times)

Ben Humphreys takes care of business on and off the field, perhaps more so than some of his peers on the high school level.

Those looking for proof of this need to look no further than the efforts of the senior linebacker from Santa Ana Mater Dei in both the classroom and on the gridiron.

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The 6-foot-3, 202-pounder and Duke commit carries a 4.2 grade-point average and is the anchor on the defensive side of the ball for the Monarchs (4-0 overall). How well Humphreys does in tonight's 7:30 p.m. nonleague game against Westlake Village Westlake (3-1) could be the difference.

"They don't make them like him anymore," Mater Dei Coach Bruce Rollinson said about Humphreys. "He's a good representation of what football is about here at our school. He's a leader for us, that's safe to say. Not only do his teammates look up to him, but also his classmates."

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After playing against Corona Centennial in the season opener, Humphreys missed the last three games after a minor procedure was done to remove fluid in his left knee. If the past is any indication of what's possibly in store for the future, Humphrey's smarts will be on display tonight.

Sean Ceglinsky has covered sports in the Southland for the better part of the past 15-plus years. Follow him on Twitter: @SeanCeglinsky

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