Bosco Reloaded | St. John Bosco Braves 2017 Preview by Kristen Lago
Posted August 22, 2017 by Alforde Joaquin in
by: Kristen Lago
BELLFLOWER, Calif — The reigning CIF state champions, the St. John Bosco Braves are gearing up for their preseason opener in the ESPN High School Football Classic. The team will travel across the country to face the Florida powerhouse, St. Thomas Aquinas on August 25th.
The Braves were named the No. 1 overall high school football program to start the season by the Los Angeles Times, followed closely by Mater Dei. The two split games in 2016, but it was Bosco who pulled out the victory in the Southern Section Division 1 championship game, getting the nod to the CIF State Title Game. Bosco dethroned the then two-time reigning state champion De La Salle, by a score of 56-33.
Although the Braves did lose some key players to graduation after winning the Open Division title, they have enough returning talent to garner a ton of national attention heading into the season — boasting one of the best secondary’s in Southern California and the fastest quarterback prospect in senior Re-Al Mitchell.
Mitchell threw for 2,932 yards and 30 touchdowns last season, while rushing for 1,058 yards and 15 touchdowns. On defense, St. John Bosco has its share of talent as well, including two UCLA commits in Stephen Blaylock and Chris Steele, and one player listed in 247 Sports’ 2018 Top 50 Football Recruits in Jaiden Woodbey.
All in all, the Braves should be one to watch yet again this year as they work to go back-to-back as Open Division champs.
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