Sports: CIF-SS Semifinal Preview, The Braves One Step Closer to Vengeance and Potential National Title
by Hunter Richardson, Assistant Sports Editor
The Braves find themselves one game away from a potential rematch with the “Team in Ted.” Tonight they face off against the explosive Corona Centennial Huskies in the Semifinals of the Division I CIF-SS playoffs.
Bosco football rolled through their opening round opponent, Calabasas High School, winning 63-7, and this week they will have to keep their momentum flowing against the highly skilled Huskies squad. The Huskies, coming into this game at 9-2, ran through their league going undefeated with none of those games being close. Same goes for their opening round matchup versus JSerra where they rocked the Lions 56-0. Both the Braves and the Huskies are riding heavy momentum into tonight’s game, which should be an explosive offensive night for both sides.
The Huskies are a loaded squad with a high octane offense that can put up points against any defense in the country. Corona Centennial is averaging a mindblowing 54 points a game, so tonight is going to be a very tall task for Coach Negro’s defense. The Husky offense is also balanced averaging over 225 rushing and passing yards per game, respectively. Tonight might have to be a game where the offense wins in a shootout.
The Huskies, after winning a coin flip, also have home field advantage, which poses another challenge for the Braves playing away from Panish Family Stadium after a long road trip. Despite the trek for Brave Nation, the faithful will certainly show out to support their team in the biggest game of the year so far.
The Braves and the Huskies have faced each other quite a few times in the last few years in the CIF playoffs. It is nothing new to see these two teams reach the semifinals, and the last time they faced each other in 2017 the Braves won easily by a score of 62-34, again in the CIF semifinals.
The Braves are one win away from potentially getting their chance at revenge against the “Team in Red,” who beat the Braves in Trinity League play at Panish Stadium and last year in a heartbreak ending to the season in the CIF-SS final. This season has only been about one thing for the Braves, and that is win a national championship or bust. With a win tonight they are one step closer to realizing that goal, but that goal can just as easily be put to rest by the Huskies tonight. With Brave Nation behind them though, and not to mention some of the best talent in the country on both sides of the ball, the Braves are poised for another trip to the CIF-SS finals.
The game begins at 7:30 pm. If you can’t make it out to the game, it will be televised on Fox Sports West.