Sports: Bosco Football Faces Off Against the “Team in Red”
by Michael Barba
The Braves completed their sixth straight dominant performance of the season with a 49-3 win against the Servite Friars, and will continue on to the Santa Ana Bowl to take on the “Team in Red” in the most anticipated match-up of the year so far.
Bosco Football retains their title as number one high school football team in America and seek to defend their mantle and win streak against the second best high school football team in the country in the “Team in Red.”
The anticipation for this game is like no other, with the last game against the “Team in Red” drawing a total of 6,000 strong at Panish Family Stadium last season. Due to the talent on both ends of this rivalry, the Braves have been putting every ounce of effort and focus in preparation for gameday.
The last match-up between the two ended in a 42-21 loss for the Braves, but it is looking more competitive than ever with both teams holding on to a 6-0 record heading into this year’s contest.
“It was a very focused week of practice. Everyone knows the magnitude of this game and the players did a great job with practice preparations before heading into the game,” said Offensive Coordinator Coach Steven Lo. “The last game has left a sour taste in our mouth, and we have circled this game on our calendar for a while. The scheme we have been practicing and the training leading up to this point has been designed to make sure we change the result.”
The amount of hype behind this game offers the Braves the opportunity to perform in front 9,000 strong this Friday on the road at the Santa Ana Bowl. Although the Braves are performing on the biggest stage in the country, this does not phase the team a single bit because of the confidence and skills that they are bringing to the table.
“We’re very confident going into the game. We’ve been prepared really well throughout the week so we’ll definitely be coming to play Friday night,” said senior wide receiver Israel Polk.
Both teams have some of the best offensive and defensive stats in the entire country with Bosco Football having a total of 42 touchdowns and 474 tackles and the “Team in Red” having a total of 29 touchdowns and 270 tackles. Both of these teams are exceeding the national average of 17 total touchdowns and 251 total tackles for high school football teams, according to MaxPreps.
Both teams are the hardest match-up for the other, but the Braves are number one for a reason and the “Team in Red” is number two for a reason.
“They are a really good team, but so are we,” said senior offensive lineman Sean Na’a. “So I believe as long as we execute and trust each other we will be just fine against them.”
The Braves have been nothing short of dominant this season. They managed to avenge last year’s loss against the Servite Friars in dominant fashion with a 49-3 win, and hope to do the same to the “Team in Red.”
Against the Friars, the Braves racked up a total of seven touchdowns and 454 yards of total offense. The defense was also on their A-game providing a total of 89 tackles and an interception.
The Braves kick off against the “Team in Red” at the Santa Ana Bowl tonight at 7:30 pm. For those that could not get a ticket, the game will be broadcast on Bally Sports West.