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Sports: Braves Basketball Bounces Back At Illinois Tournament

by Jeremiah Davis

Coming off of two blowout wins to start the season, the St. John Bosco basketball team traveled to Illinois to compete in the Kevin Brown Memorial Tournament of Champions.

Bosco Basketball continued their good form following a 76-40 win over Long Beach Jordan and a 74-49 win over Hesperia as they ventured to Washington, Illinois to compete in the Washington Invitational Tournament. 

The Braves narrowly dropped their first game, 55-50, partly due to a quick turnaround as they arrived at their hotel in Chicago at around midnight the previous night, with the game scheduled in the morning.

However, this mishap only motivated the Braves as they rebounded from their close loss to go undefeated for the remainder of the tournament.  They won the last three games rather comfortably, with a 50-43 win over Metamora High School, a 76-33 demolition of Tinley Park and a defeat of the hosts Washington 52-44 to finish the tournament.

The Braves benefitted from great team basketball, with key contributions from the bench to complement the great efforts of the starting players, including senior Christian Estrada, freshman Elzie Harrington and junior Delyle Williams.  The hard work and unselfish play of the team was well received as Bosco finished with one of the top records in the entire tournament.

The schedule for the Braves was unfavorable, to say the least. Coming from the west coast, the adjustment to a different time zone in a hurry was not easy. However, the Braves were able to make the necessary adjustments which ultimately led to the accomplishment of their goals to win and establish themselves as one of the premier teams at the tournament. 

“It was an amazing experience. We did a whole bunch of things while we were out there. On the court, we played four games against some really good teams. We played two games on the first day while the next day we had Thanksgiving.  We also played one game on Friday and one game on Saturday. Unfortunately, we lost the first game due to a lack of sleep, but [we] caught up on some sleep and didn’t lose from there,” said Estrada.

Estrada’s perseverance paid dividends as he averaged 15 points and twelve rebounds in the tournament while earning the All-Hustle Award. 

With all the positives regarding the Braves’ on-court experiences, they still were able to have a fun time off the court as well.

“Off the court, we had a pretty great time. As a team, we were able to go bowling and play laser tag. That in and of itself was pretty cool, as it was fun to just relax with my friends while still playing the sport I love. We also went on a tour of Chicago while also going to this famous place as well. For Thanksgiving, we had a feast for all the teams which was extremely good. For dinner, we enjoyed a team meal which was delicious. Chicago has amazing Italian food. I would definitely want to come back again sometime,” said Harrington.

In terms of the city, the Braves enjoyed every aspect of it, from the food to the games to the scenery.   

“That city, in particular, loves basketball. It was a cool experience as we got to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. It was also a cool environment to play in as we even got to play in front of packed crowds. The people were also very friendly, and some kids swarmed our team after every game. As far as the game, it was a blessing to be able to play in front of a crowd like that. When I got into the game, I wanted to make as much of an impact as possible,” Williams said.

Overall, the trip was a great success both on and off the court. As a team, the Braves came together as one and found common ground to achieve an important goal in winning, while they bonded off the court as they spent Thanksgiving week together. 

Heading into December, the Braves currently hold a 5-1 record, with their next game coming up on December 7th at home, against Grand Terrace. This game is scheduled to be part of a tournament dubbed “The Bosco Winter Classic.” 

Sports: St. John Bosco Football takes on Servite in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Semi-Final

by Ian Cook

After a high-scoring game against Los Alamitos High School,  the Braves manage to defeat the griffins with a final score of  63-38.  With that being said, the Braves will once again this season take on the Servite Friars, this time, in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Semi-final. 

In their first meeting, the Braves wound up defeating the Friars 24-10. Both teams will be going through rigorous preparations, as the entire season will be on the line in this game.

Led by four-star wide receiver, Tetairoa McMillan, the Servite Friars are coming into this match as the underdogs. In addition, the Friars came off a dominating playoff victory last week defeating fellow Trinity League opponent, the Santa Margherita Eagles, with a final score of 34-3. 

The Braves will look to send the Friars home after rushing for 588 yards as a team against Los Alamitos. Rayshon Luke led the team with 249 yards on 10 carries resulting in 3 touchdowns. Jabari Bates rushed for 194 yards on 16 carries, resulting in 2 touchdowns, and Michael Hayes rushed for 140 yards on 11 carries, resulting in 1 touchdown.  

“We’re gonna have to keep staying consistent and disciplined. This is one of Servite’s best years so far and being consistent and disciplined is what’s gonna help us make a deep run in the playoffs,” said Jalen Woods.

The sold-out game will once again be taking place at Panish Family Stadium where the Braves currently hold a 6-1 record with their only loss being to the “Team In Red”. 

This Friday will be a statement game for the Braves after many people have concluded that the “Team In Red” will once again pave their way to the championship game. 

“The last time we played them (Servite), we gave what we got. Their defense was the key to their success, but so was ours. Then our offense was able to make big plays late in the game and sealed the deal with the first downs we got in the fourth quarter,” said Katin Houser.  

The St. John Bosco defense will once again have their eyes on a few Servite key players being Noah Fifita and Tetiaroa McMillan. 

“We’re looking forward to playing them again. We’re going to make them beat us by having the third and fourth options on the team make the big plays,” said Jaxon Harley. 

With Servite looking for revenge, the Braves look to continue their streak of making the Division 1 Southern Section Championship for the 8th consecutive season.  However, after losing to the “Team In Red” in Trinity League Play, many people are doubting the Braves will win another Championship and consider this match as an even contest. 

“We had a great regular season, going into the playoffs for the first time in two years puts a lot of pressure on us. We have a lot of seniors in our rotations and this is our last shot. Our goal is to win the championship. We have a great group of guys that have learned to take one possession at a time, and then everything will fall into place the way it should,” said Earnest Greene. 

For those who weren’t able to secure a ticket, this game will be televised on Bally Sports West at 7:30 p.m. 

The victor of this playoff match will take on the winner between the Huskies of Corona Centennial and The Mater Dei Monarchs, Friday, November 26, at 7:00 p.m in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Championship.

Sports: Bosco Basketball Looks To Continue Successful Run After CIF State Regional Title

by Jeremiah Davis

Coming off an undoubtedly successful season that resulted in a CIF Division 1-AA State Regional Championship, the St. John Bosco basketball team looks to keep it rolling this year with an assortment of new faces who have embraced their roles.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

With all the uncertainty last year surrounding the high school basketball season, Bosco basketball embraced the challenge and the team, led by a huge veteran presence, won a CIF championship against Ribet Academy.

However, following the loss of key seniors and transfers, the Braves have revamped their roster with the addition of new transfers, highly-touted freshmen and returners who are looking to increase their role on the team. Despite such heavy losses, the team remains optimistic that they can challenge for a Trinity League title following a couple years of coming up just short.

“I feel like in league, we should be able to win the Trinity League championship, but it won’t be easy at all. We have to take film very seriously and know player personnel, so that we can be really good when the time comes to play,” said senior forward Christian Estrada.

In addition, Coach Matt Dunn has high expectations for his players, and is ready to see what they can achieve.

“This season should be a good one.  We have a roster full of players that are ready to compete night in and night out.  In Trinity League play, we should be able to compete against other teams at an extremely high level.  Overall, it should be a great experience in all facets,” Coach Dunn said.

On another positive note, the Braves have some continuity coming into the year, as the returners know their role and how they can personally impact the game. Bosco has many players available that can do multiple things on the court, so when the time comes, they will be well prepared and ready to play. One such player is DJ Henry, a senior guard for the Braves, who has been on varsity since his sophomore year. 

“I believe that the season is going to be a great season once everyone gets to fully embrace their role on the team. If all of the new pieces that we have come together and learn our system of basketball, we should be a top team in the state easily,” said Henry.

With all of the positives the Braves have coming into the season, they still have some obstacles to climb, as there are multiple players that are recovering from nagging injuries. One such player is senior Marco Kenz, a four year veteran for the Braves who has had a tremendous impact for the Braves while continuously improving every single year. However, he expects to be out of competition for two weeks with a foot injury.

“It is unfortunate that I have to be out for two weeks, but I plan to impact the game by using my voice and being a leader. I will do as much as I can to help my team while I’m out,” said Kenz.  

Another player that has been affected by injuries is junior Ray King, a guard for the Braves. King suffered a leg injury following an impressive summer with the Compton Magic. Unfortunately, this injury has interrupted his positive momentum, as he is sidelined for a part of the season.

“I am sad that I have to miss some part of the season as I was looking forward to having a bigger role than last season.  However, I will use my voice to impact the game and be a great teammate for my guys,” King said.

Overall, the Braves season is filled with major upside. With the mix of great coaching and great players, the team has a recipe for success.

Tonight, the Braves play their first game of the season, against Jordan High School of Long Beach. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. at St. John Bosco.

The Braves will then take on Hesperia High School at home on Saturday at 6:00pm. During Thanksgiving break, they will travel to Peoria, Illinois to compete in the Kevin Brown Memorial Tournament of Champions.

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. 

Sports: St. John Bosco E-sports Continues to Impress On All Fronts

by Ian Cook

The Bosco E-sports team is in the midst of a very successful season as they seek to compete in the national championships.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

After concluding a match that was held a few days ago, the gaming teams in the E-sports program are on track to compete in the national championships in Arlington, Texas.  The Director of E-sports, Mr. Gabe Giangualano, expressed his desire for his program to be consistent in hopes of the program having the best season yet. 

As of now, the Rainbow Six Siege team has a record of 3-1. The Valorant Team is undefeated thus far, recently beating  Clayton Valley High School in Concord, California, while the Overwatch team has a record of 4-2 and is well ahead of the game. 

In addition, the Rocket League team has turned many heads during the last few months, being currently undefeated and ranked number one in the state. They hope to be ranked number one in the nation after the High School E-sports League (HCEL) decides where the Braves stand. 

“The reason we stand out so much is because we have so many talented players. Our Fortnite team has two phenomenal players, Gabriel Lopez and Isaiah Munoz who have been key factors that have made their team have a lot of success,” said Coach Gabe Giangualano. 

Over the weekend, the program’s Valorant Team had a match against an excellent Clayton Valley Cougar Program. Being up two games early, the Braves were taken by surprise as Clayton Valley made a 6-0 run. The Braves found themselves down 11-9. 

With four games to win, and having to win by two points the Braves went on a 4-0 run and sealed the game with junior JT Gates scoring a chest shot to win the match. 

“We were down early to start the game, but we kept our composure and didn’t let our emotions get the best of us, which is why we ended up winning,” said senior Brandon Suiter. 

With the season only getting more competitive, the program needs to stay consistent with their playstyle in hopes of earning a national title in May. 

“The competition is only heating up. Valorant, Rocket League and Fortnite need to stay consistent to be a contender in the national championships in Arlington, Texas, and we’re really happy to see Split Tune and Overwatch as well find great chemistry and becoming top finishers in their contest,” said Coach Giangualano. 

The E-sports program has taken an athletic approach to their program. This approach to a program has led to the success and has put them ahead of their competition in and out of the Trinity League. 

“We are one of the very few schools in the state that takes an athletic approach to a gaming team. We also have a lot of talent spread out in the program, which is ultimately why we have many team’s number during competitions,” said senior Kasen Herroz. 

With Mater Dei being their toughest competitor in league play, the Braves have been able to perform at a high level, defeating every Trinity League team thus far and being able to hold themselves to a much higher standard. The Braves created a lot of separation between themselves from other Trinity League teams. 

With the E-sports team consistently performing at a national level, the program’s teams hope to continue their success and ultimately win a national title at Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas. 

The next Bosco E-sports team to play will be the Valorant team, competing on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. 

Sports: The Braves Face Nationally-Ranked Friars in a Season-Defining Matchup

by Andrew Fierro, Managing Editor

Following a brilliant performance last week, St. John Bosco enters one of the toughest contests of the year against Servite, with national rankings, pride and second place on the line.  

This game will prove to be important for playoff seeding, as both teams are looking for an easier route to the state championship. Both teams are coming into the matchup 8-1 overall and 3-1 in League Play. This matchup will most certainly be a nail-biter as both teams have looked extremely sharp coming into this game. Servite is currently ranked second in California and fifth nationally according to MaxPreps, with Bosco being ranked third and fourth respectively.

Bosco has had continuous success with both of their quarterbacks this season, and will once again look to lean on them for support. Both quarterbacks put up impressive stat lines last game, as Katin Houser completed seven of twelve. including a touchdown, while Pierce Clarkson completed nine of eleven, providing two touchdowns. With that in mind, it seems as though both quarterbacks are finding their rhythm, and will both need to be playing at their highest level in order to top Servite.

This will be a make-or-break game for both teams, as both teams are in desperate need of a victory in this matchup in order to be set up for a solid playoff run. Furthermore, the losing team will drop to third place in the Trinity League, where Bosco has not finished since 2011. Though this will not be an easy game for either team, as it seems both teams are playing the best football they have all season.

Servite is coming off of a heartbreaking loss to “The Team in Red,” with the final score being 46-37, and will look to bounce back from that loss with a vital win against the Braves. After playing extremely well last game, it appears that Servite is playing some of the best football they have played in years.

Not only will the offense have to show up to the game, but the defenses must be playing at their best capabilities in order to give the Braves’ the best chance of winning. Last week, Servite controlled the ball most of the game against “The Team in Red.” If the Braves are able to incorporate longer drives, draining out the clock while holding onto the ball, their defense will have the best opportunity to get the stops the team is looking for.

Servite has not defeated St. John Bosco since 2011. However, the last two contests have resulted in heartbreaking losses for the Friars. Also, this is not the same Servite team, as their young talent from previous years matured into brilliant players, making the team one of the best the school has ever seen.

With the game being at home, the Tribe, Bosco’s student section, will undoubtedly be as loud as ever, and the home-field advantage will definitely play a factor in the outcome of the game. In what will be one of the most challenging games for the Braves this year, the team will be looking to do everything in their power to come out of the match with a win.

Sports: Braves Water Polo Continues to Improve After Finishing Another Great Year

By Ian Cook

Although they weren’t able to get the outcome they wanted, the Water Polo team has worked extremely hard in order to build up their program over this past season and have set the program up for future success for many seasons to come.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

The Braves Varsity water polo Team, led by Coach Powers, concluded their 2020-2021 Season with an overall record of 9-17 and an 0-5 record in Trinity League play. Due to COVID-19 Bosco water polo didn’t get to play many games last year.

“We played six games last year, and although we didn’t have the best season it was just a  blessing to be able to go out and have fun with my brothers,” said Joshua Jason, a senior set and three. 

The Braves have had a very diverse team consisting of a fair number of players ranging from Seniors all the to Freshmen.

 “What made our team so special this year is that we had a mix of players from a variety of different grade levels which is going to help out our team in the long run so that we can know what to expect for seasons to come,” said Matthew Casas, a junior utility. 

Playing top competition in the state gave the Braves great experience even finishing with a sub .500 record, and although the Braves were not satisfied with their performance this season, they were glad they could play against these elite teams that ended up becoming key factors into their development.  

“We played a lot of good teams this year, and playing in the Trinity League is tough, Orange Lutheran, JSerra, and Mater Dei are all ranked Top 10 in the State, but iron sharpens iron,” said Anthony Best, a senior two. 

The Braves have been able to use this season as an opportunity to show everyone what their program is made of regardless of the outcome of their matches. 

“Being able to come into this program as a freshmen and having the Seniors and other guys that have been a part of this program for years has been very satisfying and will definitely be a reason why we will keep improving year after year,” said freshmen Jacob Brice Huxen. 

This year the Braves were victorious against Buena, Millikan, Edison, Crean Lutheran, Woodbridge, Warren, Sage Hill, Cerritos and John Burroughs High School. During the season, the team stood out in a few  particular matches with dominating wins against Cerritos and Sage Hill. 

With a disappointing end to the season, this has not stopped the Braves from accomplishing their main goals as a program. 

“Although the end goal is to win matches and become champions, our main priority as a program is becoming brothers with one another so that we can continue to build relationships beyond Bosco Water Polo,” said Kaimana Storch, a senior set. 

With plenty of room to improve, the St. John Bosco Varsity Water Polo Team hopes to steadily grow as a program during the offseason which ultimately will lead to desired success in the future. 

Sports: The NBA Is Back With The New-Look Lakers Looking To Challenge Eastern Conference Favorites

by Aydn Morris

The NBA kicked off its regular season Tuesday night headlined by the defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks facing the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers facing the Golden State Warriors in a thrilling first night of basketball.

The atmosphere was at an all time high in Milwaukee where the defending champs held their ring ceremony just moments before taking on ESPN’s top ranked team, the Brooklyn Nets.

The Milwaukee Bucks stunned NBA fans by beating the Nets 127-104 in a dominant matchup. From the tip-off, the Bucks maintained control the entire game starting with last year’s finals MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, having a stellar game scoring 32 points, securing 14 rebounds and dishing out seven assists with two blocked shots. Behind him was all-star teammate Kris Middleton who scored 20 points and recorded nine rebounds.

What made this game special to the team is not only the ring ceremony, but also seeing Giannis improve so much in his shooting. Last season Giannis struggled from the free throw line and had the longest free throw routine in the league. He shot a free throw percentage of 69% on 9.5 attempts per game and his routine was regularly at or over the allotted ten seconds.

He may not have shot perfectly from the free throw line in the season opener, but he showed great improvements from last year. 

On the other side, the Nets did not have a great game. They have a big hole missing in their lineup without their superstar guard Kyrie Irving, who is unable to play due to his vaccination status. There is a lot of speculation about what will beocome of Kyrie because he will not be able to play in many arenas unless he gets the vaccine. 

Although the Nets may have lost without Kyrie, Kevin Durant showed glimpses of a possible MVP season. He scored 32 points, had eleven rebounds and 2 blocks on 13-25 shooting. 

Behind Durant was his superstar teammate, James Harden. Harden did not have one of his greatest performances in the season opener. He scored 20 points on 6-16 shooting with eight rebounds, eight assists and two blocks and a steal. Harden dealt with many injuries last season and played few games during the regular season and playoffs.

After the Bucks-Nets game was the Lakers-Warriors. This was a must-see games with the Lakers revamping their whole team in the NBA offseason after their disappointing playoff performance last year. 

The Lakers would lose to the Warriors 121-114 with a strong performance from Lebron James scoring 34 points with eleven rebounds, five assists as well as a block and a steal. Lebron shot 13-23 from the field and 5-11 from three, but he had an amazing first half followed by a more lackluster performance down the stretch, especially on the defensive end. 

Lebron struggled with injuries last season and because of that the Lakers dropped all the way down to the seventh seed and many people were beginning to say he was washed up after the Lakers lost in the first round to the Suns, where Lebron did not look to be at his healthiest. 

By Lebron’s side is superstar big man Anthony Davis. Davis scored a total of 33 points with eleven rebounds and a steal and two blocks. He was arguably the best player on the court last night, but that is expected of him going throughout the rest of the season for the Lakers. Davis shot 15-26 from the field, but had a surprisingly poor performance from the free throw line shooting 2-7. 

In addition, the Lakers traded for All-Star Russell Westbrook in the offseason, but Westbrook had a terrible first game performance, where he scored only eight points on a poor 4-13 shooting.

It was known that Westbrook was most likely going to have some struggles to start off the season as he has never been a part of an offense where he isn’t the center piece, but they will need him and the supporting cast for the big three to step it up if they want to win another championship this season.

Although the Warriors won, their perennial all-NBA guard, Steph Curry, struggled from the field with his shot. Curry scored 21 points on 5-21 shooting, but he impacted the game on a different level. Curry recorded his eighth career triple double with ten rebounds and ten assists to go along with 3 steals. 

The Warriors will need Curry to have an MVP caliber season again, like he did last year, until fellow “Splash Brother” Klay Thompson comes back from his achilles injury. 

NBA games will continue tonight starting at 4:00 PM on ESPN with the Boston Celtics at the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets in Phoenix taking on the defending Western Conference Champions, the Suns.

Sports: Rams And Chargers Both Look Like Super Bowl Contenders

by Jeremiah Davis

With the NFL season already underway, Los Angeles’ two newest teams, the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers, prove to be potential Super Bowl contenders.

The 2021 NFL season has brought along many exciting, challenging and hard to believe moments. From Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs being “figured out” by the league to Lamar Jackson and the Ravens putting on a show seemingly every game, the league has astonished its many fans.

However, the story of the season for many homers starts in the City of Angels. Although the season is still in its early stages, the Rams and Chargers have both shown that they are serious contenders. 

The Rams, are coming off a dominant win against the New York Giants and boast a great record on the season so far at 5-1, currently holding the 2nd place seed in the NFC West behind the Arizona Cardinals. The Chargers, who recently had a disappointing loss to the Ravens and another heartbreaker earlier in the season to the NFC powerhouse Dallas Cowboys, are still in a good place in the standings with a 4-2 record, which is tied with the Las Vegas Raiders for first place, though due to the head to head record, they have the advantage in seeding if the season were to end today.  

With both L.A. teams doing well overall, this has brought about a raise in popularity for the two.  The two teams play in SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California which is thought of as one of the best stadiums in the league. Their games have been a hot spot for celebrity attendance, including sports stars like Lebron James, Magic Johnson, Draymond Green and Carmelo Anthony. 

The attention is warranted, as both teams have a number of players who are expected to make the Pro Bowl this year. Additionally, the quarterbacks for each team have been exciting to watch. For the Chargers, Justin Herbert is having a great start to the season with 14 touchdown passes and a 66% completion rate.

The Rams’ on the other hand have gone with veteran Matthew Stafford who has completely revived his career from an at times disappointing quarterback to a top MVP candidate. This season Stafford has completed 16 touchdown passes on the year while having a 69% completion rate.

With all of the publicity surrounding the two teams, fans have begun to speculate whether or not this high level play will continue come playoff time. Both teams play in a very competitive divisions, which suggests things won’t get an easier from here forward. 

If the Rams continue to play like they have been so thus far, the only real threat in the NFC West that they come to face would be lead MVP candidate, Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. As for the Chargers, there is high hope that the Las Vegas Raiders stumble upon a losing streak while the Chargers continue their dominance, which would then allow the Chargers to solidify themselves as the number one seed in the AFC West.  

The Rams’ next game is scheduled for Sunday, October 24th when the Detroit Lions come to Los Angeles. Going into the matchup, the Rams are the heavy favorites, but with the way the season has taken place so far, anything could happen. Though with how the Rams have been performing, not to mention the dismal 0-6 Lions, there is little doubt that the Rams will that their way. 

The Chargers’ come into their bye week with their next game scheduled for Sunday, October 31st, as Mac Jones and the New England Patriots will visit SoFi Stadium for a highly anticipated matchup. With the much needed bye week, the Chargers will be able to make the necessary adjustments to correct the mistakes they had against the Ravens and will come into this matchup well-rested and eager to get back to work.

Sports: Bosco Braves Look To Continue League Success Against Orange Lutheran

by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor

The Bosco Braves take on the red hot Orange Lutheran Lancers in their third week of Trinity league play, coming off a fabulous performance against JSerra.

Photo by Tracy Roman/Press Telegram

This Friday, the Braves will be taking on another top league opponent, and are now officially hitting the halfway mark of their league play. 

Bosco comes into this game with an impressive 6-1 overall record as well being 1-1 in league. The Lancers come in with a solid record of 5-2, but are 0-2 in league play.

This will be an important deciding week for both programs, as it will most likely boost the Braves morale heading into the back half of their season as they seek to get revenge on the “Team in Red” in the playoffs. 

For Orange Lutheran this game possibly means everything. After a tough start to their Trinity League play, this game is a must win and will be far from easy.

Bosco will look to their leaders in these upcoming games to lead them into their final games and set the tone for what’s to come. Quarterbacks Katin Houser and Pierce Clarkson have been impressive to say the least, splitting time this year and both bringing different playstyles to the field. 

The Lancer’s will need to find something deep within to push them over this hump in their season. Both losses come from back-to-back weeks against power houses Servite and the Team in Red, both of which resulted in massive blowouts. But this will prove to be an amazing opportunity for the Braves to pounce on another opponent and finish off the Lancers’ year. 

Last week’s opponent for the Braves, being JSerra, turned out to be a massive win for Bosco. After just coming off of a tough loss to league rival, the Team in Red, they needed to make adjustments and to dominate another team was a huge boost to their confidence.

The defense stepped up big time providing stops all game and keeping the Lions to just seven points. Not only did the defense play well, but the offense played a key role in improving by making the most of every opportunity given, and ended up scoring a massive 44 points.

Though this is great, consistency is key, and this play will need to carry into this week’s game and continue on for the rest of the year. The Braves will play away at Orange Lutheran, as well playing again on the road at Santa Margarita next week. They will then return home to play their final game of the regular season against another top ranked team in Servite.

The game tonight starts at 7pm at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.

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