Sports: Salesian Bowl Preview
by Lucas Garrison, Sports Editor, and Timothy Levine
This is not just your typical Bosco football game, as the Braves will be taking on their brother school of Don Bosco Prep from Ramsey, NJ. The Braves will look to continue their season on a hot streak by opening 2-0 against national competition.
Many questions surround tonight’s Salesian Bowl match up. This game will not just be exciting with the east coast-west coast Bosco rivalry, but it will serve to answer two key questions surrounding this season of Bosco football.
Question 1: Will the Braves be able to start the game strong on offense, as opposed to last week’s slow start against DeMatha (MD)? Question 2: When will we see Bosco’s star running back Nathaniel Jones?
Regarding Bosco knocking off the rust in last week’s game, fully expect to see the Braves working as a well-oiled machine in week 2. Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei had a strong finish last game with 17 completions in 37 attempts for 322 yards and 2 touchdowns. Look to see the offensive line make a statement tonight after star quarterback Uiagalelei felt the heat from the DeMatha line early in last week’s game. The offensive line was solid in the game overall, no doubt, but the Braves will look for success early, and that’s what the Braves will need as they will face tougher opponents as the season goes on.
Bosco bolstered many positives in last week’s game, which included stand out transfer, wide receiver Logan Loya, who will look to back up a huge performance in last week’s game that featured nine receptions for 162 yards. He will also look to improve upon his field goal percentage, as he missed both of his attempts in week 1. Nonetheless, Loya was nothing short of outstanding last week and provides an excellent 1-2 punch in the Braves wide receiver arsenal, which already includes Oregon commit is Kris Hutson. As the season goes on, teams will have to deal with covering one of these receivers more than the other, thus leaving the other in single coverage to pick on hopeless defensive backs.
The big story tonight, though: Bosco vs. Bosco. The Don Bosco Prep (NJ) Ironmen have yet to play a game this season and the Braves will look to send yet another east coast team home packing 0-1 .
Bosco will be able to do this with ease, as the problems of the first game have been reviewed and addressed in practice this week, allowing for a truly dominant victory from horn to horn. Expect Bosco’s offense to come out hot and stay hot, and expect second-string players to see time in the fourth quarter.
FINAL SCORE: Bosco Braves 49 – Don Bosco Ironmen 14