RedPillWonderland wrote:Source of the post Some background on Mater Dei’s opponent - Baltimore Saint Frances: they are loaded every year and will be again this coming season.
Coached by Biff Poggi, one of the most successful HS coaches in Maryland history. They are the Bosco/Mater Dei of their area, not in overall resources, but in that they collect/attract most of the top talent in the local area. They also bring in a few kids per year from outside the state, however, especially Virginia and DC.
Poggi, also a rich businessman, formerly coached Baltimore Gilman HS to 13 Maryland private school state titles before leaving in 2016. After spending a year coaching at Michigan (where his son was a fullback), he took over league rival St Frances, which never had much of a football program and went winless in 2015. Has used his personal fortune to remake the program and support many of the boys on the team who are living below the poverty level in Baltimore. Quickly made SFA into a national powerhouse and destination school.
RedPillWonderland wrote:Source of the post Alabama has signed 3 players from St Frances in Poggi’s first two seasons at the school, including the #1 ranked defensive end in the 2018 class Eyabi Anoma. SFA reportedly had 19 of their 22 starters in 2017 go D1, when they finished #4 nationally.
They became such a dominant team so quickly that the Baltimore area Catholic/private school league they were in (MIAA) revolted. Executed what some here have suggested should be done to MD/Bosco: last summer the schools in the league, one by one, announced they would not play St Frances, after getting outscored 342-50 in league games the prior season. They cited “safety concerns” and unfair recruiting and talent advantages. In doing so they essentially banned SFA from competing for a repeat league/state title.
RedPillWonderland wrote:Source of the post St Frances was forced to play an all-national/international schedule on short notice in 2018, and unsurprisingly went undefeated. Although the schedule was mostly cupcakes, including multiple Canadian academies, they still finished in the top 10 of multiple national polls.
They outscored their 9 opponents 477-32 with 5 shutouts (also had a forfeit win). They did beat their best opponent, previously 15-0 Georgia 7A state champ Lee County HS, 43-14 in the season ending Geico State Champions Series. To end the 2017 season they beat Utah state champ and powerhouse Bingham 41-3 (in Utah) in the same series. They have won 32 of their last 33 games, and their last loss was to IMG in 2016.
Per 24/7 recruiting site, for the 2020 class they have 3 national top 100 recruits on defense, led by the #1 defensive end in the class - (another) Alabama commit, Chris Braswell. They have 6 total 4-star 2020 recruits on the team, all ranked in the national top 250 for the class and all major D1 recruits. And that’s just the top of the roster.
No doubt that will be a battle for the Monarchs and is perhaps the best national HSFB matchup announced thus far for 2019.
RedPillWonderland wrote:Source of the post
I keep hearing from elsewhere, many people expect St. Frances Academy from Baltimore, to be the team that ends the season finished at number 1 nationally.
I caught part of the St Frances game on TV this Saturday. They definitely pass the eye test as they destroyed what was supposedly a good nationally ranked team from Miami. They have athletes at every position and they remind me of IMG from past years in terms of talent across the board. One big difference from IMG is that St Frances appeared to play with discipline and ran good schemes. They will be a big test for MD.
This St Frances Academy squad might be the biggest HS team in history. There are NFL lines that don’t have that type of size and depth across the board. But they also mostly move like you’d expect 350lb 17 year olds to move: top heavy.
I watched the ESPN telecast of their matchup with Miami Central, and while SFA did dominate, Central was drastically overrated by some polls (MaxPreps preseason national #9 MC looked and sounded like a pop warner organization on the sidelines and the field). And I would disagree that SFA ran good schemes, at least offensively. They basically ran dive and power all game, which isn’t a bad idea if you can (which they could) but isn’t exactly a good scheme.
If they weren’t doing that, they just threw a swing pass to Michigan commit RB Blake Corum, or a slant to a 6-3 WR, and told them to break tackles and score, which they did. At this point, they are one dimensional offensively. Nothing impressive about their passing game. Central sat in coverage all game, with basic fronts & no movement, and basically took an a** whooping standing still. Eric Johnson ain’t doing that.
Now, SFA’s defense on the other hand ... whew boy ... well coached DUDES
KuppRunneth wrote:Source of the post F Gorman. They should have been playing Bosco but instead, chickened out.
Servite should have been playing Liberty.
RedPillWonderland wrote:Source of the post Hmmm.
People have been saying the same thing about Bosco choosing to play Good Counsel in this week’s TRINITY v USA showcase that they are hosting, instead of St Frances — who was matched up with Mater Dei.
Just saying ...
bodhi wrote:Source of the post Why would Bosco play St. Frances? It is the Number 1(Mater Dei) vs Number 2 (St. Frances) in the nation on Saturday.
cruiser wrote:Source of the post Well, if you are hosting the event, you get to schedule who you want, personally I don't think Bosco will have much trouble with the school they will be playing, while MD got the toughest of the bunch....
OutOfState wrote:Source of the post I agree that Bosco shouldn’t be tested in its 5 out of state pre-league games. Since Bosco is the host sight for the MD/St Frances game did they have the option of playing St Frances instead of Good Counsel?
BigBosco wrote:Source of the post SJB may have wanted to avoid playing on Saturday in this case as they have a game the following Friday in Hawaii against Mililani.
They'll be traveling to Hawaii early in the week next week.
jb914 wrote:Source of the post I remember a few years ago it was Bosco who was traveling east to play St. Johns and STA while MD was playing what some called a "cupcake" schedule.
jb914 wrote:Source of the post I see this SFA game vs MD as another classic like MD vs IMG.
jb914 wrote:Source of the post I'm kinda surprised though didn't CIF say you can't play OOS teams unless the team competes for their state league/championship? I thought SFA was essentially shunned by the other league teams who would not play them anymore since they openly recruit? I don't have all the details on the exact situation, but, seems like SFA is the same as IMG?