PREVIEW: St. John Bosco @ Mater Dei: The Super Bowl of High School Football

by Ethan Piechota

The undefeated and top-ranked St. John Bosco Braves will take on their storied rival, the Mater Dei Monarchs today in the high school football game of the year at the Santa Ana Bowl.

If there was ever a time for the Bosco community to be more connected and unified together with one goal and one purpose, it’s now.

How much more could you want? The top two teams in the nation go at it tonight, on live TV, with every scout in the country watching and a host of top players and recruits on display.

DJ Uiagalelei. Bryce Young. Two pairs of five-star quarterbacks that can pretty much go anywhere in America for their college career.

Chris Steele. Bru McCoy. Arguably the best cornerback and best wide receiver in California going at it all night.

The Tribe. The… does their student section even have a name?

The color red should be illegal in all forms on Bosco’s campus today. This game is pretty clearly one of the biggest games in Bosco’s long history, just based off the circumstances and both teams’ success up to this point in the season.

The Braves will need to start fast on offense again, which they’ll done well all year. Uiagalelei and his receivers have had great chemistry all year, and being able to find guys like Kris Hutson, Jude Wolfe, Colby Bowman, and Jake Bailey will be key early in the game.

Braves running back George Holani has been playing at an insane level in recent weeks, recently committing to Boise State on a full-ride scholarship in the process. Holani has rushed for 9.8 yards per carry this season and a whopping eleven touchdowns already, showcasing his ability as a true workhorse halfback.

Uiagalelei has also been unstoppable this season as a passer, completing 102/137 (!!!) of his passes this year for 1535 yards and 23 touchdowns. Not to mention, Uiagalelei has only thrown one interception this season as well.

It’s time for Brave Nation to stand up. The top defense in the nation of the Braves and the high-powered offense that has consistently shown up every week needs to now show up on the biggest stage tonight. Go Braves.

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