Sports: Bosco vs. Mililani Preview (HI)
by Hunter Richardson, Assistant Sports Editor
Bosco football flies across the Pacific to take on Mililani of Hawaii in Bosco’s first true road test before the beginning of Trinity League play.
This week the Braves are playing the second half of a “home and home” series against one of the top teams in Hawaii in Mililani. Last year the Braves defeated the Trojans by a score of 52-14 in a game where the Trojans started fast, but the Braves ended up dominating using their size and speed.
Coach Negro’s team seeks to replicate last year’s success against the Trojans with a solid performance in the “Aloha State” before they get a bye week prior to the start of league play.
The Braves have had a dominant start to the season in the non-league games with a 4-0 record and a plus-128 point differential. Bosco football has made an early statement this season for being the top team in the country alongside league rival Mater Dei.
They look to add another win against a good out-of-state opponent in the undefeated Mililani Trojans. Bosco football’s case for top team in the nation depends not just on winning football games but how good they look doing it against these top teams. It is important for Bosco not to have a let down in Hawaii this week before the opening of Trinity League play where all eyes will be set on the eventual match-up between the Braves and the Mater Dei Monarchs.
Last week, the Braves got a good look at league opponents in the Trinity League vs USA event, and their opponents likewise got to see the Braves pull out a fourth consecutive win against the Falcons of Our Lady of Good Counsel from Maryland by a score of 31-8. Bosco lead throughout the whole game with the defense holding the Falcons to very few yards on offense.
The Falcons from Maryland came into this game ready to play, as early on their defense held the Braves at bay for most of the first half with the halftime score of 14-0 in favor of the Braves. As predicted the Braves ended up wearing down the Falcons defense and dominated the second half on the ground, rushing for a total of 199 yards as a team.
Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei led the first half charge on offense throwing two touchdowns giving the Braves their 14-0 lead at half. Uiagalelei added on a second half touchdown giving him three on the game and nearly 300 overall yards through the air once again.
The defensive side of the ball which was dominated by the Braves senior defensive tackle Kobe Pepe was the player of the game with 14 tackles and two sacks.
The Braves look to duplicate dominance once again against Mililani in Hawaii tonight and finish non-league play undefeated at 5-0.