PREVIEW: St. John Bosco vs Serra (Gardena)
by Caleb Wiley
The nation’s top-ranked high school football team, St. John Bosco, takes on Serra High School in the first round of what the Braves hope to be a deep run to the CIF State Title and National Title.
The Braves currently sit comfortably at the number one spot of almost every single poll in America behind a 10-0 record. No doubt the Braves have high expectations from their fans and from themselves as well.
The team dominated almost every game in the regular season with ease. Even with top ranked teams Mater Dei and Orange Lutheran in the way, Bosco easily navigated and beat both talented teams by more than 20 points.
The formula to Bosco’s constant dominance is simple: have a great offense that scores quickly and get after the quarterback and play extremely aggressive defensively in the first half, then coast in to victory in the second. This formula has resulted in constant blowouts all season long for the Braves.
With allowing no more than 28 points in a single game all year long, Bosco’s defensive intensity has been key to their success. Their offense, led by junior star quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, has put up huge numbers, scoring more than 45 points in eight of their ten games.
With an 0-4 record on the road this year for Serra, Bosco should take care of the cavaliers this Friday at home with no problem. Serra lacks the size and talent that the Bosco obtains, and on paper Bosco is just clearly the better team. The game looks like it can turn into a lopsided one real fast, as Serra is clearly outmatched.
However, with this game being the first round of CIF, the Bosco’s focus has to be their focal point. They can not look ahead to the semi-finals or state championship game yet. They have to be in the now and take every week one week at a time and not overlook anyone.
The team and “The Tribe” will need to be energized Friday, as the Braves take their next step towards hopefully what is successful November postseason run.