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St. John Bosco knocks off Servite in highly anticipated Trinity League matchup

Photo Credit: Drew A. Kelly (Orange County Register)

BELLFLOWER, CALIFORNIA— In a spring high school football season with not as many regular season games and no postseason, the St. John Bosco vs. Servite matchup was arguably one of the most anticipated of the year. St. John Bosco came into the season as the number 1 team in the state, and as usual, came in with plenty of players that will be playing on Saturday. The Braves came in 2-0, with big wins over Sierra Canyon and Santa Margarita. But Servite was also a top team in the state, led by 5-star junior wide receiver, Tetairoa McMillan, and 3-star junior quarterback, Noah Fifita. The Friars also have a great deal of Division 1 talent, and they felt they had a team capable of giving St. John Bosco their first loss of the season. But the Braves had a different plan in mind, and showed why they are considered the top team in California.

St. John Bosco struck first with a field goal to take a 3-0 lead after they went down field inside the Servite 20-yard line on their first possession. But the Braves missed on another field goal attempt on their next drive to end the first quarter, and Servite took advantage. The Friars went down the field inside the St. John Bosco 20-yard line, and Houston Thomas capped off the drive with a 2-yard rushing touchdown to take a 7-3 lead (PAT good). However, neither team could get in the end zone or put points on the board for the remainder of the first half, and Servite had a 7-3 lead going into halftime.

The Braves came up swinging to start the second half. After the Braves started their first possession with great field position at their own 41-yard line, quarterback, Katin Houser, found big, sophomore tight end, Matayo Uiagalelei, for a 25-yard touchdown to give St. John Bosco a 10-7 lead (PAT good).

After Servite was forced to punt on the next drive, the Braves kept their momentum going. The Braves marched down the field, and Houser then found Chedon Houser for a 3-yard touchdown to extend their lead to 17-7 (PAT good). But Servite wouldn’t go away, as Noah Fifita ran in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown to make the score 17-14 (PAT good).

St. John Bosco junior running back, Rayshon Luke, has been running the ball great all season, and he continued to do that on the Braves’ next drive. The speedy 4-star found room to run and ran 75 yards down the field to keep St. John Bosco’s scoring streak going. But Noah Fifita also showed his dominance, as he led the Friars inside the St. John Bosco 20-yard line with a 64-yard pass to Tetairoa McMillan. He then found McMillan again for a 2-yard touchdown. After the Braves continued to advance down the field all the way inside the Servite 20-yard line, the third quarter ended with St. John Bosco in the lead 24-21.

Quarterback, Pierce Clarkson, started the fourth quarter off strong for the Braves, as he completed an 11-yard pass to Matayo Uiagalelei for a touchdown to make the score 31-21 (PAT good). The St. John Bosco defense then made some noise. After Servite advanced into St. John Bosco territory, linebacker, Jalen Woods, came up with an interception for the Braves, and St. John Bosco took over at their own 3-yard line. But the offense couldn’t take advantage and was forced to punt.

Noah Fifita made up for the interception on the Friars’ next drive, as he capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown, and brought Servite within 3 points of St. John Bosco (PAT good). The Braves started with great field position inside Servite territory on their next possession. As the Braves were brought to 4th down and were trying to run the clock out, running back, Jabari Bates, picked up a key first down with less than 2 minutes left in the game. Michael Hayes took over from there, as he ran for a 15-yard touchdown to make the score 38-28 (PAT good). But the Friars couldn’t keep going, and were forced to turn the ball over on downs. St. John Bosco executed in the second half when they needed it most, and walked away with another huge win.

St. John Bosco continues to dominate Southern California, as they advance to 3-0 on the season. The Braves will have another Trinity League matchup next week against JSerra Catholic on Saturday, April 3rd, at 1 PM PT (4 PM ET). Servite suffers their first loss of the season, and will have another tough test next week in Mater Dei on Saturday, April 3rd, at 7 PM PT (10 PM ET).

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