Sports: The Braves Take On The “Team in Red” at Panish Family Stadium In Epic Match-Up
by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor
St. John Bosco football opens up league play tonight at Panish Family Stadium against their biggest rival, the “Team in Red,” as the Braves look to continue their perfect season.
The Braves come in ranked third in the nation, coming off dominating performances against five highly ranked teams throughout the state and country in Miami Central (FL), Bishop Alemany, Bishop Amat, East St. Louis (IL), and flying to Virginia to take on Oscar Smith.
Tonight will open league play for the Braves in the most highly anticipated Trinity League opener in recent memory. The Braves will then play three consecutive away games at JSerra, Orange Lutheran, and Santa Margarita before they will return home for their final league game against Servite, which is another contest with a ton of hype.
This will be the first meeting with the Team in Red this year, and the match-up has proven to be one of the biggest and best rivalries in all of high school sports. Last year, the two teams met at the end of their seasons where the Team in Red were victorious over our Braves to close out Trinity League competition in an abridged season absent of any CIF playoffs. This year, the Braves seek vengeance.
The excitement is at an all time high coming off the COVID-19 season, and this game will most likely decide seeding for this year’s upcoming CIF playoffs. If there was any doubt about the anticipation surrounding this match-up, tickets for the game sold out in just four minutes on the GoFan website.
Per usual, both teams come in evenhanded, which have made for instant classics in years past. The Team in Red comes in as the nation’s top ranked team, according to MaxPreps, but Coach Jason Negro’s squad looks to make its case as top dog.
If the Braves win this game, it will not only give them the edge in playoff seeding, but also potentially catapult them to the number one spot in the MaxPreps national rankings.
Tonight the Braves will also be debuting their Jordan Brand jerseys for the first time since revealing them last year, the new look jerseys will be a navy blue with a gold Jordan logo on the upper left peck of the jersey and the SJB logo will be on the other side also in gold. The jerseys will be complemented with a shimmering gold helmet with the traditional “B” logo on the side. The new-look Jordan uniforms mark yet another big step in Bosco football’s relationship with Nike.
If you can’t be in attendance, the game will also be aired on Bally Sports tonight starting at 7:30 PM