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Sports: Bosco Football Opens Trinity League Season Against Servite

by Michael Barba

After an unmerciful 65-0 win against the Central Catholic Raiders, the Braves head into Trinity League play undefeated against their long time rivals, Servite High School Friars.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

The Braves have yet to disappoint with an impressive 5-0 win streak against some of the fiercest competition in the country. The title of the number one high school football team in the nation currently is awarded to the Braves, but the 33rd ranked high school football team of Southern California, the Friars, looks to knock them from that mantle.

The Friars were the last football team to beat the Braves, ending their run for CIF gold last season. Due to this, Bosco Football looks to be stronger than ever by the time they step onto the field to seek revenge. 

“What we have been doing over the past five weeks is to prepare for the entire Trinity League, not just Servite. We’re trying to get better as a football team and improve on some of the areas from week-to-week that we feel we’ve been deficient in,” Head Coach Jason Negro said. “Servite is a talented team. They ended our season last year, so we are motivated.”

The game will be located in Cerritos College’s Falcon Stadium, so the Braves are going to be playing in a familiar environment, as the stadium served as the Braves temporary home prior to the opening of Panish Family Stadium.

“We’re going to worry about ourselves, not the opponent. We are going to make sure that we get the job done,” said junior defensive back Peyton Woodyard.

Bosco Football has been unstoppable lately, especially in their 65-0 blowout of the Central Catholic Raiders. This was Bosco’s highest scoring game this season, with a total of nine touchdowns. Not only was the Braves offense on fire, but defense made a total of 103 tackles and one interception. 

Against the Central Catholic Raiders, senior quarterback Pierce Clarkson completed a 54-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver DeAndre Moore and a 60-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Khalil Warren. Junior running back Cameron Jones made a 65-yard yard rushing touchdown just three minutes later, and junior running back Chauncey Sylvester received a 16-yard touchdown shortly thereafter. The defense also got in the the scoring action with senior defensive back Aaron Williams securing a “pick 6” with a 34-yard return.

And that was only in the first quarter, as the Braves jumped out to a commanding 34-0 lead in the blink of an eye.

Bosco Football has been able to achieve mind blowing stats within their first five weeks. The Brave’s offense have racked up a total of 243 points, 35 touchdowns, 1082 rushing yards and 69 passes completed. The Brave’s defense has been dominant as well with 4 interceptions, 13 sacks and 385 tackles, while holding opponents to an average of less than six points per game.

Kick off tonight at Cerritos College against the Friars is at 7:00 pm.

Sports: New Sailing Team Hopes to Show They’re Worth Their Salt

By Isaac Mays, Sports Editor

St. John Bosco High School Athletics hoisted the sails this Summer, introducing a new seafaring team, adding to the already impressive range of sports to join.

Photo by Jacksnowwwwww via Instagram

Bosco Sailing plans to embark on a fulfilling and competitive journey, with hopes of gifting a passion for a world of seafaring to many students. This program is largely student-led, with co-captains Jack Snow and Samuel Mohinani helping to direct the team. The prospect of students being partially at the helm makes the environment more approachable and friendly for the Braves who are just getting into sailing.

The team currently sails in the Los Alamitos Bay in Long Beach at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC). Their season has just started, although any students interested still have time to join. The team already plans to participate in a few sailing competitions, known as regattas, throughout the season, and the program is ramping up to be an exciting new opportunity for the Bosco community.

While the team is still in their preparation phase, they are nonetheless excited to unveil their talents and skills at the approaching regattas. Skippers sophomore Jack Snow and junior Samuel Mohinani both have prior sailing experience and are able to help aid in the learning process for new sailors.

Jack Snow grew up near the Los Alamitos Bay in Long Beach and has been sailing there since the age of four, where he has experience on many boats including rare hydrofoiling boats, which are boats that have wing-like “foils” that extends out under the boat to allow for less drag and greater speed.

Samuel Mohinani grew up in Hong Kong, where he was able to begin his sailing career. He favors lasers – small, single sailed, single-manned boats.

“It’s a really fun club where you can meet other sailors – sailing is a really good sport that can teach you lessons for throughout your life,” said Mohinani.

The team has access to a high quality boat called Club Flying Juniors, or CFJs, which they typically sail. They train with other teams and five man crews at their home facility in an effort to prepare for upcoming competitions. This club offers a unique and welcoming opportunity to foster new passions as well as friendships for Braves looking to engage.

“We need a lot more people to join, the more the better,” said Snow. “So just spreading the word helps a lot.”

Interested students can join the Sailing Team by contacting Julie Snow via email at julie.snow134@gmail.com. For a fee of $1400 students can join for this season, which runs year round, with practices on Mondays and Wednesdays. Make sure to join before they set sail.

Sports: Bosco Football Defeats Kahuku, Takes On The Central Catholic Raiders From Northern California

by Christian Angel, Managing Editor

After defeating the Kahuku Red Raiders last week in their home opener, the St. John Bosco Braves look to continue their winning streak and national title run against the Central Catholic High School Raiders from Modesto at Panish Family Stadium tonight.

Photo By Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Head Coach Jason Negro and the Braves represented in the The Trinity League vs. USA Showcase last week against the Aloha State’s best, the Kahuku High School Red Raiders, claiming a gritty 34-7 victory.

While fans are looking ahead to the Braves entering Trinity League play and eventually taking on the nation’s second-ranked “Team in Red” on October 7, the Braves’ main focus is to dominate their last non-league game against Central Catholic. 

Bosco Football comes into this week again as the consensus number one high school football team in the nation after going 4-0 in the past four weeks, defeating their first four opponents by a combined score of 177-28.

The Braves game against Kahuku was a notable and special game for Bosco Football, and one that will not be quickly forgotten. It was not only a sold-out game, but it was a night of unity and brotherhood as Bosco and Kahuku showcased one of the best aspects of high school sports, coming together and showing support for each other in one of the most heartwarming games Brave Nation has ever seen at Panish Family Stadium.

“It was a special experience to witness the brotherhood of the two teams come together in support for one another. No matter the score of the game, it was great to see both cultures,” senior defensive-linemen Ah-Zaire Piggee said.

Against the Red Raiders, the Braves were led offensively by senior quarterback Pierce Clarkson, as he accumulated 89 passing yards and threw for 1 touchdown. Bosco’s offense also received some major contributions from senior wide receiver DeAndre Moore, who had his lone catch for 14 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Cameron Jones rushed 11 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns, while junior running back Chauncey Slyvester rushed nine times for 69 yards and one touchdown. Bosco ran for nearly 300 yards.

Defensively, they held up the Red Raiders rushing attack, allowing less than 40 rushing yards, recording four tackles-for-losses and three sacks.

As Bosco faces Central Catholic in their second home game and their last non-league game of the season, their focus is on playing a complete game and focusing on themselves, with the aim to dominate the Central Catholic Raiders. Tonight’s action starts at 7 pm.

Sports: Bosco Water Polo Has Its Sights Set On CIF Playoffs

By Marcelles Williams

Head Coach Jeff Powers is encouraged by an experienced squad featuring a strong core of senior leadership, who he hopes will use their experience to leave their final mark on Brave Aquatics.

Photo by Robert Visty III, Photo Editor

This team presents a lot of strong talent, and who better to coach them than Coach Powers? Coach Powers first found the sport in 1994 and became a two time Olympian who played a major factor in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where Team USA brought home a Silver Medal. He scored a late goal in the medal game to secure the win for his team and nation. In addition, Coach Powers was inducted into the prestigious Water Polo Hall of Fame in 2019.

He strives to bring the Olympian lifestyle and work ethic to his players in and outside of the water.

“I try to bring some of the things I learned as an Olympian in my coaching, like dedication, hard work and accountability,” Coach Powers said.

Team captain Matthew Casas headlines this group and will play a big role in this year’s team. Casas has strong plans for the future with aspirations set on collegiate water polo and even taking after his mentor and coach to become an Olympian.

“We have some experience [this season], normally we don’t have quite as many seniors,” said Coach Powers.

But don’t count out the young Braves either. Freshman phenom Nick Valente has been off to a hot start with six goals in a nail-biting 12-11 win against Pacifica High School.

“We have a good young core that if they stick with it they can be pretty good,” said Coach Powers, hinting toward many of the underclassmen’s large potential for growth.

The hard work these Braves have brought forth is about to be tested. The team has been training and preparing for the 2022-2023 season for over two months, participating in a Water Polo’s summer training camp. Many of the Varsity Team has been preparing year round, participating in swimming during the spring and extra work in the offseason, emphasizing their aspirations pushing for that goal of a CIF title.

The Braves are looking to place top three in the Trinity League or achieve over a .500 winning percentage so that they can accomplish their first goal, qualifying for CIF. This task will be very trying, however, as the Braves will be going against quality teams in the tough Trinity League week in and week out.

Coach Powers believes the team is going to get better and better as the season progresses, and they will be able to fulfill these goals at the end of their season.

“We’re working on the skills we need to hopefully get us to that next step,” Coach Powers said.

Coach Powers has been stressing fundamentals, especially clean and dry passes during practice. This improvement will make this team better in all facets of the game.

The Braves start out the year 8-6 with some good wins in a couple tournaments but expect them to improve with the Olympic level coaching of Coach Powers.

The Braves show a lot of promise this year, despite what the record shows on paper. The Braves put up a fight scoring eight goals on the number two team in the nation, the Damien Spartans.

On Tuesday, the Braves put up a hard fight against El Dorado, but fell by a score of 15-6 after holding their opponent to a score of 4-2 in the first half. The next day, they faced off against Long Beach Millikan High School, crushing them by a score of 13-6 in a much needed victory for the team.

As the team heads into the Trinity League, they need to prepare to go all out against some of the better teams they’ve yet to play this season. Fans can come out to watch their Braves next Thursday, September 29th, as they open Trinity League play on the road against Servite High School at 4:00 pm.

Life of a Brave: Alumnus Dr. Eric Lane Returns to Fill Big Shoes as Athletic Director

By Connor Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Eric Lane, Class of 2003, returns as the successor to St. John Bosco High School legend Mr. Monty McDermott, with an overarching plan to, in his terms, “trust the process,” as he looks to continue and evolve the rich tradition of Brave athletics.

Photo by Robert Visty III, Photo Editor

Dr. Lane is aiming to first and foremost develop Bosco’s student-athlete’s as holistic young men, emphasizing the importance of both academic and athletic life. Dr. Lane mentions that to develop a holistic man, certain parameters have to be met.

“Trust the process. We are extremely blessed here at St. John Bosco high school because we have developed a reputation of excellence. We didn’t get here by not being holistic,” Dr. Lane said. “We’ve done things the right way since this school’s creation in 1940. We have to continue to trust that process, and it’s our job to foster those young men and continue to implement the strategies we’ve learned.”

He believes that retaining that guiding principle will allow Bosco to continue its success in athletics, but also serve as the springboard for even greater success. Trusting that process, but reimagining it at the same time.

Dr. Lane attended Bosco from 1999-2003. During his time at Bosco, he served as team captain for the varsity basketball team, and his team won a CIF Championship in 2003.  Succeeding a prolific winner in Mr. McDermott, Dr. Lane is no stranger to success and winning at a high level.

Beyond Bosco, Dr. Lane would go on to play collegiate basketball at Boise State and professionally in the Europe for TG Renesas Landshut in Germany and BC Rakvere Tarvas in Estonia. Dr. Lane attributes his success in both athletics and education to his time at Bosco. 

“Bosco was really a turning point in my life. As an African American from South Central Los Angeles, coming to Bosco opened up so many different opportunities,” Dr. Lane said. “The four years I spent here were really transformative to my life and set the tone of how I went into adulthood. [Bosco] taught me how to translate my athletic skills into life skills.”

One of his contemporaries, Principal Dr. Kris Anderson, Class of 2004, spoke admirably of Dr. Lane and is excited to work with him.

“He has an infectious personality, he’s incredibly knowledgeable, and he was quickly able to articulate his vision. I think ultimately what he brings is a perspective that has a lot of crossover that brings value as a former athlete and, beyond that, a man of faith. With all of his experiences combining, it’s just exciting to have him back on campus,” said Dr. Anderson.

Dr. Lane notably represents the African American community, as the first black Director of Athletics at Bosco and being hired in a Trinity League that continues to diversify. Given that, Dr. Lane has a unique perspective regarding representation.

“As a person of color – as a black man – we are all aware of the racial inequities and societal issues that we have around race. I take a lot of pride to be the first black man in this position, but also that I can show all of our students and anyone else that you can elevate yourself to be in a position of leadership and inspire real change,” said Dr. Lane.

Dr. Lane is succeeding Mr. Monty McDermott, Bosco’s most successful and notable Athletic Director. Under McDermott’s tenure, St. John Bosco became an athletics program that consistently sits at the top of the Trinity League in multiple sports and holds two national, nine state and 18 CIF team championships.

“When I think of Monty, I was a student here when he was first hired, and he was always a great leader and supporter. I stayed in touch with him throughout my career as an athletic administrator,” said Dr. Lane. “I feel a sense of responsibility to not only carry on his legacy, but to do exactly what he would want to do and continue to elevate our standards of excellence and continue to build more opportunities for students and continue to build winning programs. I want us to change our departments to where we are running like a well-oiled machine, with the infrastructure and protocols and procedures to allow our coaches to be great.” 

Dr. Lane is beyond qualified in the field of athletic administration, serving as the Director of Development in Athletics at Cal Baptist University and Associate Director of Development in Athletics at California State University, Fullerton, and his high level degrees are a Bachelors in Communications from Boise State University, a Masters in Coaching from Concordia University and a Doctorate in Leadership and Education from California State University, Fresno.

Bosco President Dr. Brian Wickstrom, who has plenty of athletic administrative experience himself, gave an overwhelmingly positive view of the hiring of Dr. Lane.

“[Dr. Lane] is an outstanding individual who genuinely cares about the St. John Bosco student experience, understands St. John Bosco and its culture since he is a graduate, and has a very deep understanding of athletics from his years of experience in athletics,” Dr. Wickstrom said. “[He is] a very caring person, who genuinely cares about the future of St. John Bosco and St. John Bosco Athletics, cares about preparing students for successful post-high school careers in academics and athletics.”

Dr. Wickstrom mentions Dr. Lane’s eyes for the future successes of student-athletes beyond their time at Bosco, on which Dr. Lane placed a unique emphasis. 

“Alumni need to show that they are walking proof of St. John Bosco’s mission, and I want to highlight the importance of getting people back on campus to do that,” said Dr. Lane. “Come back home!”

There is no doubt that Dr. Lane holds a great regard for the values of Salesianity, the keystone of Bosco’s culture. A major part of his plan for Bosco Athletics is derivative of that need for Salesianity.

“[St. John Bosco High School] needs to continue to carry out those things that Don Bosco had wanted us to carry out. One thing I talk a lot about with my coaches is the importance of developing good young men, and from my experience that is rooted in part in Salesianity.”

Dr. Lane encompasses all of what Don Bosco intended and more, and his return to Bosco marks a continuation of that legacy.

Sports: Bosco Football On The Road Again To Face Oregon Powerhouse Central Catholic

By Christian Angel, Managing Editor

After defeating the Allen Eagles and the Bishop Amat Lancers the last two weeks, the St. John Bosco Braves travel out of state again to continue their national championship quest against the Central Catholic High School Rams at Oregon University’s Autzen Stadium, one of the most notable college football venues in the country.

Head Coach Jason Negro and Bosco Football took the show on the road once again Thursday morning to begin preparation to face Central Catholic, who are ranked number one in the state of Oregon by MaxPreps and won the Class 6A State Championship in 2021.

Bosco looks to earn another show-stopping, out-of-state win against the Beaver State’s best.

Bosco comes into Eugene, Ore. continuing their reign as MaxPreps number one high school football team in the nation after the going 2-0 in the past two weeks, defeating Allen 52-14 in week one and crushing Bishop Amat 42-7 last Friday night.

On top of their recent win, they continue to focus on their holistic approach to their success, emphasizing the necessary contributions of their offense, defense and special teams. Offensively, against the Lancers the Braves were led by quarterback Pierce Clarkson, who produced 158 yards in the air and one passing touchdowns while rushing for 37 yards on two carries with one rushing touchdown.

Bosco’s offense also received some major help from running back Cameron Jones, who rushed eleven times for a total of 164 yards and two touchdowns, and wide receiver Eric Denham, who received two catches for 97 yards and one touchdown.

And the defense has been equally as impressive for the Braves.

“Our main focus is playing fast and aggressive defensively and to create turnovers,” said All-American, four-star safety Peyton Woodyard. “Turnovers allow our offense to get the ball.”

Bosco’s defensive performance serves as a testament to Woodyard’s statement, as against the Bishop Amat Lancers, they produced a turnover, four tackles for loss, a sack and totaled 68 tackles in a brutalizing effort against the Lancers.

As Bosco Football heads to Oregon, their whole production team, including players, coaches, equipment team and staff, shifts their operations to being away from their home base and adjusting to the vast confines of Autzen Stadium. With the upcoming travel, all coaches and staff work together in order to make sure game night turns into a victory. 

St. John Bosco Football Equipment Manager Mr. Burrel Lee, III makes sure all equipment and technology are ready for game day with his managerial staff, exhausting every effort to do so.

“Going into this game, it’s like the Allen game, with thick glass windows in the coach’s press box, so I had to find a way to make sure there are no connection issues. This isn’t your normal high school field, so I just think of different ways to adjust on the fly,” Mr. Lee said.

Like the athletes on the field, much of Bosco’s success behind the scenes is due to their expertise in adjusting and creating success out of those adjustments.

And no matter the 900 mile distance to travel to Eugene Oregon, Brave Nation still comes together to show support for their team.

Mrs. Adrienne Large, parent of junior offensive lineman, King Large, is no exception. Mrs. Large and her family have not missed any of their son’s games in his time at Bosco and are eager to see their son compete in one of the premier college stadiums in America. 

“The feeling is like none-other. It is a first-class experience to support our St. John Bosco Football team, especially King,” said Mrs. Large. “King along with his teammates and [the coaching staff] have done a phenomenal job each and every day to rise to the occasion of being the best high school football team in this world, and there is no greater pleasure than to be a part of this real family.” 

The game tonight starts 7pm PST. Bosco fans who aren’t traveling to Autzen Stadium can attend a watch party starting at 6:30pm in the Mary Help of Christians Quad for tacos, football and fun.

Sports: Bosco Football Silences Bishop Amat’s Kiefer Stadium Crowd

By Michael Barba

St. John Bosco Football gave the Bishop Amat Lancer’s raucous crowd little to cheer about with a casual 42-7 win, as they look ahead to tomorrow night’s game against Central Catholic High School in the Beaver State of Oregon at Autzen Stadium.

Video by CLA Sports

Last Friday, Bosco Football was able to retain their title as the number one ranked high school football team in the entire country. The anticipation for this game had thousands of people in attendance at Amat’s classic Kiefer Stadium to support these storied high school programs despite the 90 degree nighttime weather. 

The Braves didn’t waste any time jumping on the Lancers. Within the first seven minutes of the game, junior running back Cameron Jones scored a touchdown. With four minutes left in the first quarter, senior quarterback Pierce Clarkson completed a 90-yard pass touchdown to senior running back and wide receiver Eric Denham. The Braves added another touchdown to their first quarter total with about a minute left, as Jones was able to secure his touchdown of the night.

After going up 21-0 in the first, the Braves didn’t look back.

Heading into the second quarter, the ball started off on Bosco’s 35-yard line. In the first three minutes of the second quarter, junior running back Chauncey Sylvester completed a 63-yard rushing touchdown taking the Braves further down the path of dominance. The Braves added another touchdown at the end of the half and headed into halftime with a commanding 35-0 lead.

The Lancer’s started with the ball in the second half, but Bosco wasted no time getting it back. Junior defensive back Peyton Woodyard was able to cause an interception, getting the ball to Bosco’s side once again. With less than 60 seconds left in the third quarter, the Braves were able to pull off another touchdown to end off at 42-0.

In the last quarter, the Braves eased up, winning 42-7 against the seventh best team in California. The Braves six touchdown came off a total of 470 yards, while the defense had 68 tackles and Woodyard’s interception.

The Bosco Football hopes to continue their current streak of dominance against the Central Catholic Rams, Friday night at 7pm at Autzen Stadium in Oregon. A watch party will be hosted starting at 6:30pm for Brave fans in the Mary Help of Christians Quad.

Sports: Bosco Football Brings the Thunder to Allen, Texas, Faces Bishop Amat Tonight on the Road

By: Isaac Mays, Sports Editor

After a beat down of the Allen Eagles last Friday, tonight the Bosco Braves return to Southern California to continue their reign as the number one high school football team in America.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Bosco Football comes back to their home state to face off against the ninth strongest football team in California, the Bishop Amat Lancers. The Lancers hold a 2-0 record, with dominant wins against Valencia (29-6) and La Habra (42-7) under their belt this season.

Saint John Bosco is coming off a 52-14 blowout victory against Allen High School in Texas on a significant stage. The game against the Lancers has players and coaches alike fired up to return to California and prove how strong the Bosco Football team currently is.

This return continues Bosco’s journey to take the National Title for the 2022 year. There is a major factor of not having to play a game halfway across the country, the players no longer have to stay away at hotels and not be able to access the same comforts typical to preparation.

On top of that, the offensive attack of the Braves plans to return to its pass heavy roots after shifting their focus for the offensive game plan in Texas, where the rules forced more reliance on the run game. Under Texas rules, a typically illicit rule known as “chop blocking” is allowed. Now, the Braves look ahead to a dynamic Lancer offense.

“They’re going to be firing on all cylinders in terms of their execution, so it’s just a matter of us matching that intensity and matching that execution,” said Wide Receiver Coach Nate Munson. “I think we’ll do just fine”

The Braves are running off a clear confidence boost after a motivating victory against the Allen Eagles. Nonetheless, the players are aware of the need to stay level-headed and bring the heat to Amat. The Brave offense certainly racked up the points last week, but defensively they also have made sure to keep up their A-game after holding Allen to only 152 yards of total offense.

“I think we’re going to run up the score even more than we did in Allen,” said Mark Lutke, senior center.

Brave fans can catch the action on the campus of Bishop Amat High School at the Keifer Stadium. Kick off is at 7:00pm.

Sports: Bosco Football Sets Its Sights on the Lone Star State’s Allen Eagles

by Christian Angel, Managing Editor

Everything is bigger in Texas, including high school football, and the town of Allen, home of the Allen High School Eagles, has an $60 million 18,000 seat stadium to prove it. Though the state’s natives tell others not to mess with Texas, the St. John Bosco Braves look to prove that warning does not apply to the number one ranked football team in the nation.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Head Coach Jason Negro and Bosco Football left for Texas Wednesday morning to begin preparation for the Eagles, who are ranked number 46 in the nation by MaxPreps and won the 2017 Texas Class 6A Division I Football Championship.

“Allen is a tradition-rich Texas program that takes a lot of pride in their football program. Brave Nation can expect our team to represent the school, league and state well,” said Offensive Coordinator Stephen Lo. “You will see some hungry Braves flying around the field making plays. Our players have been working for a long time in preparation for this moment, and the game should not disappoint.”

All eyes will be on the players who make Bosco America’s top team coming into the 2022 season. Ms. Melody Mohebbi, Head Athletic Trainer, takes seriously the responsibility of moving Bosco’s athletic training operations to Allen to ensure the players receive top-tier treatment so they can compete at the highest level. 

“We always find some time between meetings or during the rest periods to do some treatment every day, but we are in a good spot. We might have a little bit of soreness and bumps and bruises, which is part of football anyways, but overall we are in good health,” Ms. Mohebbi said.

Though the health and safety of the Braves is always paramount, bragging rights are on the line. Four-star cornerback and Stanford-commit Jshawn Frausto-Ramos perhaps put it best.

“Everyone talks about Cali vs Texas, so I can’t wait to show them what we are about,” he said.

The game is Friday at 5pm PST. Bosco fans who aren’t traveling to Allen can stream the game from their homes via FloSports or attend a watch party starting at 4:30pm in the Mary Help of Christians Quad with their fellow Brave faithful.

Sports: Spring Football is Back as Preparations for Next Season Begin

by Ian Cook

After a great 2021 season, the St. John Bosco football team has opened up their 2022 season with Spring football, college showcases and barbeques.

This is the first normal Spring football season for the Braves in over two years. Spring football workouts started in February giving the Braves a very short off-season. Now in May, the team is in full swing, getting new playbooks, watching films from previous seasons and practicing without pads. 

“Once the season ended we pretty much started working out right away. There really is no offseason for us, we might get a couple days to rest here and there but with 7v7 tournaments and showcases, it’s pretty much year-round,” said junior quarterback Pierce Clarkson. 

With Spring football picking up, so has the college recruitment for the Braves as well. On May 11, the Braves hosted their annual Spring Football College Showcase and Barbeque. 

Head Coach Jason Negro brought in many well-known collegiate programs. Georgia, Clemson, USC, Oregon, Ohio State University, UCLA, Arizona and LSU were some of the programs that came out to watch and recruit. 

“Being able to play in front of these coaches is just a blessing, being able to receive scholarships and play with the best, in front of the best, and against the best is why you come here,” said sophomore Cornerback Marcelles Williams. 

Just this weekend, the Braves competed in the Millikan High School 7v7 Passing Tournament. The tournament had many good teams including Mater Dei High School, Servite High School, Santa Margarita High School and Corona Centennial High School to name a few. 

The Braves ended up winning the tournament beating the Servite Friars 40-8 in the finals without their starting quarterback, Pierce Clarkson, who was at the Nike Elite Camp. 

“Some big performers for us were Marcelles Williams, Jahlil McClain, Caleb Sanchez and Tyler Hennessy,” said Offensive Coordinator Steven Lo. 

Although the first game of the season is still nearly 3 months away, the Braves have made the California High School Football watchlist as well as some of their league rivals, the Santa Margarita Eagles and The Team In Red. 

With a nationally ranked program, comes a national schedule and Head Coach Jason Negro has not shied away from any challenge. 

“We have another National Schedule this year, we play a very good Allen High School Team in Texas, then Central Catholic of Oregon and then the best team from the Islands, Kahuku High School,” said Head Coach Jason Negro. 

The Braves have played the nation’s best teams thus far putting California as the best for High School Football. 

“This is what it means to be national champions, we can’t just play local teams out here and hope to win a national championship, we have to go find the best teams in the country and show them why we are the best,” said Head Offensive Coordinator Steven Lo. 

The Braves are once again a step ahead of their competition and are looking forward to finishing up their Spring period and are ready for the Dog Days of Summer. 

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