As a graduate and ex football player at SJB I would like to apologize to the San Clemente fans for what I witnessed last night. The unsportsmanship, arrogance, complete disregard for gamesmanship and showboating displayed by the team was utterly embarrassing.
The coaching staff is ultimately to blame but the administration that allows this to continue is is lacking in leadership and devoid of morality.
Yes of course I would love to see my beloved Braves win and succeed in the CIF SS as I have since graduating from the great school decades ago. Back then Coach Friedrich and his staff demanded excellence but never at the cost of Catholic Salesian values.
This circus we see now, although highly successful, has absolutely no concept of the humility, faith and fellowship that embodies the legacy of St John Bosco the man. If we are up by 42 point in the 4th quarter why is the 1st string throwing deep to embarrass a clearly outmatched opponent? These are young impressionable teens that we are purposefully humiliating. Is this what we represent?
It was cringeworthy to see a Triton receiver extend his hand out to a Bosco DB after a competitive play and watch the SJB DB turn his back dismissively and walk away.
The parents and fans in the stand add an extra layer of viciousness. Taunting opposing players for their mistakes, cursing at the officials with loud profanities in front of toddlers, young children just because Bosco was flagged for yet another blatant unsportsman like penalty. I definitively doubt any of them could even tell you what it means to be a Salesian much less know what one is.
I understand that wins and championships are worthy goals but at what cost Bosco? Do we sell out our values, principles and the core of what made out school stand out? Sad day.