CIF-SS alums Vereen (Valencia), Slater (Servite) help Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX

BY foxsports • February 2, 2015

A number of players with local ties took the field for the Seahawks and Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. In what is already being called one of best Super Bowls of all time (and a head scratcher), it was the Patriots who reigned supreme for the fourth time in franchise history. 

There was plenty of support for the Patriots locally beyond the transplant New England fans.

Primarily for Patriots players Shane Vereen, a Valencia alum, and Matt Slater, a Servite product.

The respective programs took to Twitter to join in the celebration on Sunday night.

Vereen was a huge part of the Patriots gameplan in its win over the Seahawks.

The former Valencia running back was a matchup problem for Seattle and often times looked like Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady's favorite target.

Vereen was targeted 12 times, which tied a game-high with Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, and finished with a game-high 11 catches for 64 yards. While the Seahawks often lined up in man coverage it was Vereen left one-on-one with a linebacker and he certainly took advantage. 

He caught three passes and had a seven-yard rush on the Patriots game-winning drive.

Slater, the son of former Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman and hall of famer Jackie Slater, is the Patriots special teams captain and finished with one tackle in Sunday night's game. 

Another local product for the Patriots is former Verbum Dei standout and UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers. He recorded a hit against Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

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