Sports: St. John Bosco Football Takes on Los Alamitos to Begin CIF Southern Section Playoffs
by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor
After a fantastic year for the St. John Bosco Football team, this Friday night, they match up against high-ranked Los Alamitos in round one of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section playoffs.
Playoffs are back at Panish Family Stadium this Friday for the first time since 2019 and the expectations are at an all-time high for the Braves. After a great year finishing 9-1 overall and 4-1 in Trinity play, the Braves look to make a splash in the playoffs.
The Braves finished the season being ranked fourth nationally this year after what many doubters seemed to make it a down year for Bosco. Led by quarterbacks Katin Houser and Pierce Clarkson, they look to continue their great performances and now seek to add yet another National Championship.
They will face off against the Los Alamitos Griffins who finished 9-1 as well while winning the Sunset League and finishing league play undefeated. Led by five-star junior quarterback Malachi Nelson, the Griffins come in as the underdogs in this matchup.
Both Braves quarterbacks will look to continue their hot streak after an amazing year with Katin Houser throwing for 1,366 yards and twelve touchdowns. As well Pierce Clarkson finished the year having thrown 1,296 yards and 15 touchdowns.
This game won’t be easy for the Braves, as Los Alamitos will have a chip on their shoulder trying to knock off the nationally-ranked Bosco Braves.
“Yeah it’s a big game, it’s going to take a lot of mid-game adjustments and the entire team just needs to be ready to ball. Obviously, with it being one game elimination in playoffs we have to play our best, we can’t worry about who they have or how many stars their players got, we just have to play our game and when we do that I think we are one of, if not the best team in the country,” said Senior Katin Houser.
This will be a great opportunity for the Braves to make a statement after having been doubted all year long. Just like everybody else, they are coming off a disappointing COVID-19 pandemic year where they only got the chance to play in six games last year, finishing 5-1 with the only loss being to the ‘Team in Red”.
But, this year means a lot to St. John Bosco, as they are also saying goodbye to an amazing class of 40 seniors on this year’s team. It seems as if it means a bit more to the Braves, as not many of the players had a chance like this to win a CIF title.
“Obviously with covid, this year means a lot to us, seniors, we are a very senior-heavy team, and having the chance to win another national championship means everything to us so we just want to go out there and win” Said Earnest Greene.
Before finishing the regular season the Braves got the chance to prove the country wrong and take on league rivals, Servite Friars. This game would be one of, if not the biggest game of the year as it would decide seeding and national rankings.
Going into that game the Braves were ranked lower than the Friars as they were able to put up a solid performance against the Team in Red. But, Bosco quickly put a stop to that, as the defense stepped up big time in that game.
“Our defense is a big key to winning this game, their offense has a lot of weapons but that doesn’t concern us one bit, you saw what we did to Servite with the best wide receiver in the country, we locked him up and we just gotta stay locked in,” said Jshawn Frausto-Ramos.
The Friars had previously put up 37 points against the Team in Red who people thought had the best defense in the country. But, the Braves only gave up ten points in their matchup and stunned the country pulling off an impressive and dominant win.
The game tonight will begin at 7 P.M. and will be held at Panish Family Stadium home of the Braves. Tickets will be sold on the GoFan website where student tickets will be sold for five dollars and all other tickets will be sold for ten dollars.