Sports: Bosco vs. Servite Trinity League Preview
by Hunter Richardson, Assistant Sports Editor
The Braves open Trinity League-play tonight with Servite on the road, attempting to once again conquer the toughest league in the nation. The Braves have three road games to start league-play with the currently number two ranked team in the nation looking to repeat as Trinity League champions.
Coach Jason Negro’s team is coming off a dominant nonleague run going 5-0 in easy fashion against high quality out-of-state opponents. The Braves took down three tough east coast squads in Don Bosco Prep, Dematha and Our Lady of Good Counsel at home, running through the opposition with a stout defense as well as an explosive offense at the helm of second year offensive coordinator Steven Lo. On the road during non-league play, the Braves gave opposing fans a show in two commanding victories against Mililani of Hawaii and Liberty of Nevada.
It is time to turn the page for the Braves, as they are looking down the familiar slate of games in the hardest football league in the country, the Trinity League. The Braves are beginning league-play with three consecutive road games versus Servite, JSerra and Orange Lutheran. This is a difficult challenge that Coach Negro’s team has to deal with before the inevitable game of the year against the number one team in the country, league rival Mater Dei.
Tonight the Braves begin their journey to defend the Trinity League title on the road against Servite, who comes in with a record of 4-1, with their only loss of the season being dealt by powerhouse Bishop Gorman from Nevada. The Friars have been a model of consistency over the years as they continue to be one of the top teams in the Southern Section.
The Braves come into tonight’s game boasting a juggernaut offense led by Clemson-commit, senior quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei. Uiagalelei has shredded opposing defenses so far this season averaging just shy of 300 passing yards per game and throwing for 18 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Bosco football this season has not been all-offense either, as the defense has held opponents to a combined 53 points in the first five games of the season. The Braves leading tackler, linebacker Danny Lockhart, and team leader in sacks, defensive tackle Kobe Pepe prepare to lead this defense to a dominant showing against some of the best offensive players in California this league season.
Tonight’s game will give Brave fans a glimpse into whether or not this season’s squad is legit in their national championship campaign. If the Braves continue to look as powerful and consistent as they have so far this season, they should have a successful beginning to Trinity League play tonight against the Friars. The game is at Orange Coast College at 7 P.M.
FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: 52-14