Sports: Bosco vs. Liberty (Henderson, NV) Preview
by Hunter Richardson
The Bosco Braves will take the show on the road this week as they head to Las Vegas to take on Liberty High School Friday afternoon as part of the 2019 Polynesian Football Classic.
Tomorrow afternoon will be the first road test of the season, as the Braves head to Vegas to take on Liberty High School from Henderson, Nevada. The Braves look to build off of their explosive outing from last week with a repeat performance against the Liberty Patriots in week three.
Week two of Bosco’s football season came to an end with an emphatic throttling of brother school Don Bosco Prep by a score of 56-21. The Braves came out firing early as Coach Negro’s offense put up 42 first half points and proved to be too much for the Ironmen.
Clemson-commit, quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei, recorded five total touchdowns in the first half and only needed one drive in the second half to tack on his sixth of the game. The story of this game can be summed up in D.J.’s touchdown run late in the first quarter when he ran through practically the whole defense of Don Bosco, carrying tacklers with him on his way to the endzone. This play showed how the Braves flexed their muscles throughout the entire game on both sides of the ball.
The Braves’ wideouts were also the key to the offense’s success as their quickness overpowered Don Bosco’s defensive backs, as speedsters Oregon-commit, Kris Hutson, and junior Jode McDuffie ran past the opposition catching two touchdowns a piece.
Bosco’s whole offensive arsenal was on display, as we got a glimpse of the return of running back and UCLA-commit, Nathaniel Jones, from a season ending knee injury last season. He will no doubt provide huge gains in the offense with an explosive young core of backs to compliment him.
Don Bosco’s offense was unable to execute their strength in running the football, with the front seven for the Braves mowing down the offensive line of the Ironmen and forcing them to try to pass their way to a victory. Linebacker Ma’a Gaoteote set the physical tone early, finishing with five tackles. Danny Lockhart was the Braves’ leading tackler finishing with eight tackles.
The Braves’ week three matchup with Liberty will be the first road test of the season. They anticipate rolling off the momentum of last week’s thrashing of Don Bosco Prep, as Coach Negro’s squad continues their potiential National Championship run.
Expect this game to be dominated by the offensive line of the Braves, which will allow the exceptional skill players of this potent offense to get space and take control of this game. Watch for the rushing attack to be more prevalent in this game with running back Nathaniel Jones being eased into the rotation as he gets back into the flow returning from his knee injury.
The Braves secondary on defense will play a big role this week against the Liberty offense’s pass-happy attack. Defensive backs Josh Alford and James Smith hope to have big games and foil the Patriot passing game. Also, expect a big game out of a hungry Bosco defensive line seeking to bring the heat on every snap.
The defense will obviously play a big role in the outcome, and expect this unit to give the Braves offense excellent field position and allow them to score points in bunches early. Expect the second stringers for the Braves in the second half of this one.
Final Score: Bosco Braves 59 – Liberty Patriots 14