No. 3 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California) took home the 31-8 victory over Good Counsel (Olney, Maryland), but the score wasn’t quite indicative of how Bosco played.
Head coach Jason Negro’s evaluation: “Sloppy and out of rhythm.”
“It’s a little uncharacteristic of our team,” Negro said. “I think 160 yards, 15 penalties, something like that, you cannot be effective and you can’t get into the flow of the game and it just makes things so much more difficult.”
Against teams as good as them, they can’t be squandering opportunities like that. Instead of scoring, it was a 14-0 game at halftime.
“Those are the things that we just gotta fix against really good football teams,” Negro said.
“We ran the ball for almost 200 yards tonight, which was pretty good.”
(Loya is a feisty little guy lol)
If you can’t tell, Bosco picked on cornerback #19 from GC a last night.
DBP and GC run essentially the same offensive and defensive personnel packages as Mater Dei (DBP schemes are almost identical): 10 personnel spread offense (1 RB, 4 WRs, with lot of trips sets (3 WR to one side of the field)); and a 30 front defense (3-4), with varied blitz looks and man coverage with a single safety. GC plays a lot more 2-high safety looks, but rolled their SS into the box a lot and left their corners on an island (ill advised). It was interesting to see how SJB attacked that, in both games, on both sides of the ball.
Of course, MD has Bryce, and MUCH better personnel and all around talent (and arguably better coaching) than DBP and GC.
That zone read play that DBP QB Jahlil Batts scored on against Bosco, and that GC QB Trace Campbell used to score last night, is a play that Mater Dei often runs in various Run Pass Option sets. DBP had a nice play design for it actually, using a twins formation (slot WR set) into the boundary (the short side of the field with ball on the hash), then running the read to the field where the Bosco D was spread out and out flanked. Similar formations run last night by GC.
Obviously will be a different level of familiarity and intensity between SJB/MD (and even SJB/JSerra). But those 2 games (DBP/GC) will be great tape for Rollo, Money, EJ and staff to get an early scout look at the Braves and how their personnel this year plays against MD’s sets — such as how Bosco rotated their safeties down on D whenever DBP or GC motioned a slot WR from side to side, or traveled Gaoteote with a RB who motioned out of the backfield.
Of course, it will also be a good look for Bosco to see where they are weak and strong against those schemes, and make adjustments (including getting over their recurring penalty issues and special teams blunders).
St Frances runs very similar schemes to Bosco, particularly the 40 front defense (4-3/4-2-5), So tonight will be a great scout look for the Braves coaching staff, at their own school. And very different front the blowouts of overmatched opponents we’ve seen with Bosco so far, MD will be playing in a competitive game against the most talented HS team in the nation.
Game within the game!
The national game of the year is not being televised.
Fox Sports Prep Zone App livestream only (see below). No idea why Fox Prime Ticket didn’t flex it’s tv coverage to televise any of the Trinity Classic games. Huge missed opportunity. I’m going to guess that MD-SFA would garner higher ratings than Alemany-Oaks Christian did last night.
ESPN high school staff is a bunch of idiots and have SEC/east coast bias, so only MD’s game with St Johns (which is looking more like an MD win by the week) will be televised nationally. They figure they’ve already covered the Trinity Lg with the Bosco/DeMatha opener.
LA Times profile of Carson transfer and new JSerra defensive star, New Zealand Williams.
MD WRs coming off record setting week in Arizona:
Bryce ready to boogie tonight?
Defense is hugely overrated right now and won’t be tested until Mater Dei. Would have liked to see them go up against a passing team before they play the best qb in the country
Right now, I got MD beating Bosco by 10. Hope both teams are healthy by then.
Lions have talent across the board, along with size and good experience at most spots. Their run game is formidable, but their passing game is suspect. Milton looks to have size up front on defense, so it will be interesting to see how the trenches match up when those two units are on the field. I personally think Chris Street could have a big day and wear down the Eagles in the late afternoon heat (along with me).
Milton’s offense could go as their sophomore QB Devin Farrell goes. Of the two kids that rotate, he is much more dynamic and accurate.
They don’t seem to have a dominant run game with the backs, despite having a lot of size on the line, including 310lb Clemson commit Paul Tchio.
This one will come down to depth, conditioning, turnovers and special teams of course, and key coaching moments.
JSerra is at home in SoCal and it’s depth should TRANSFER over into this matchup. Milton is carrying the Georgia flag into California for the first time in HSFB history and is likely to be the more motivated team.
I’ll go with JSerra in a close one. Hopefully a much better game than last night.
Sammy Green returns it out past the 40. Lions quickly go 3 and out.
Good punt down inside the 15. Milton takes over, starts senior QB Jackson Weaver. Picks up 1 first down before punting back to JSerra.
It’s officially 100 DEGREES here at Bosco at kickoff lol
Milton driving at the JSerra 40. MILTON QB Weaver was 6-6 in the first quarter.
Run down inside the JSerra 15 to start 2nd. Running the ball relatively effectively.
Fumble by Milton, recovered by Treyce Warren. Lions ball at the 25 or so. Big Milton error there. That will come back to haunt them .
Long ball down the middle of the field from Jackson Weaver complete for 35 yards. Celebration unsportsmanlike penalty brings back 15 yards to midfield. Weaver 7-7. 10m left 2Q.