RECAP: Game Plan To “Dominate from the start” Executed, Bosco 63 – Orange Lutheran 6
by Travien Sears, Assistant A+E Editor
One might say that the order restored to the football galaxy last week against JSerra found higher order on Friday night in a Brave routing of the OLu Lancers.
The now 8-0, 3-0 Bosco Braves performed as fans and football enthusiasts expected and then some against the currently 4-4, 1-2 OLu Lancers, who were coming into Friday’s game hot off of a 28-14 win against Santa Margarita. Hot themselves off of a big 49-10 win against JSerra, the Braves proved on Friday, yet again why they are ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 3 in the nation.
“Basically our game plan for this week was to dominate from the start, and finish it off strong in the end and that’s what we did. As a team, I think we did that perfectly,” said starting senior center Che Womack.
The Lancers’ lone light on this Friday night was a fourth quarter touchdown in garbage time. Following a pass interference penalty that put the ball at the Braves 2-yard line, freshman quarterback Carson Conklin threw for OLu’s only touchdown of the game. However, even that bright spot was short-lived. Under excessive pressure, OLu’s kicker missed the ensuing PAT.
The Braves got off to a phenomenal start, quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei made three passing touchdowns in the first half alone. The first touchdown of the game was a 3-yard rush made by UCLA commit, #24 Nathaniel Jones with #17 Logan Loya following through with the clean PAT. About 6 minutes later, Uiagalelei threw a 51-yard bullet to #88 Beaux Collins for another touchdown.
Despite Collins’ touchdown happening with less than a minute on the clock in the first, the Braves couldn’t be stopped from scoring again to close the quarter. You could almost sense it in a game that was all-Braves from the get… PICK 6! #8, Tayvion Beasley followed an interception with a 20-yard return to put the Braves up 21-0.
Jabari Bates, #20, added 1-yard rushing touchdown in the second to put the Braves up 27-0. But the play of the quarter, and probably the game, was Uiagalelei’s 81-yard pass to #17, and ex-Lancer turned Bosco Brave, Logan Loya, for a touchdown.
Uiagalelei also had a 62-yard pass for #2 Kris Hudson for another touchdown in the first half, as Bosco went into the half up 42-0.
In the second half Braves brought in #12, senior quarterback Isaiah Saldana, who didn’t miss a beat with an impressive 35-yard pass to #88, Beaux Collins for a touchdown to put the score at 49-0.
Then to close out the 3rd, Oregon Ducks-commit Kris Hutson notched another touchdown grab on a 49-yard pass from Saldana, putting the Braves up an astounding 56-0.
To close out the game, the work of the younger players was recognized. Saldana, still on the field as quarterback, threw for the second largest gain of the game, a 73-yard pass to #82, sophomore Jaceon Doss for the Braves final touchdown.
“We played our hearts out tonight, and we played together as a team, and we just dominated offensively and defensively which is what our goals were for this week,” said Stanford-commit, #60 senior offensive lineman Drake Metcalf.
This form of teamwork, sportsmanship, athleticism and drive is what will ultimately be leading the Braves into next Friday’s match-up against bitter rival Mater Dei at home in Panish Family Stadium. The game will begin at 7:30pm.
PREDICTED SCORE (in game preview):
Braves- 63, Lancers- 21