On the surface it’s easy to see why this is exciting: St. John Bosco is near the top of every national rankings (including 5th on our ScoreStream ranks, 8th in USA Today Super 25, and 1st in Fox Sports West CIF-SS rankings) and JSerra is off to its second 6-0 start in team history. JSerra is on the cusp on national rankings and after an impressive win against Santa Margarita last week where they had to put up 21 in the 4th quarter to win, it is clear they will give Bosco a tough game at home. St. John Bosco’s hope for an undefeated season ended early with a loss against the nation’s #1 Bishop Gorman Gaels, but they are on 18 game winning streak against other California teams.
How these teams continue to win isn’t too different. Both teams have a Junior running back that is putting up massive big numbers! JSerra’s rusher, Edward Vander, has reached over 900 rushing yards and totaled 17 touchdowns in the first six games. Vander is putting up an impressive 10 yards per carry and over 150 yards per game. In order to win, the Bosco Braves will need to find a way to slow this Lion down.
On the other side of the field, Junior Sean Mcgrew is coming off his best game of the season posting 119 yards and a touchdown in the Braves’ win against the then #1 Mater Dei squad. While he’s been given the rock over 14 times a game and averages just over 100 yards per game. While Mcgrew’s work is impressive, his biggest importance comes in balancing out the dangerous Braves’ offense.
The X-factor: Prolific St. John Bosco quarterback Josh Rosen.
Rosen, a UCLA commit, is the highest ranked QB and number 2 on the Rivals250. He is regarded as one of the most polished offensive players in high school football right now and has kept his Braves competitive in every game that he is under center. Rosen spreads the ball around to an impressive upper-class led receiving core where nine different players have receiving touchdowns.
In order for the JSerra Lions to win this game, they will need to pressure Rosen early and contain the receiving group. Will they be able to keep their undefeated season alive or will the Braves streak against California based teams continue? We are excited to see!
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