St. John Bosco takes De La Salle’s throne as the new Kings of California – #TheJustinLumReport
Posted December 23, 2013 by Justin Lum in
GetSportsFocus.com – Possibly the most highly anticipated CIF State Football Championship Bowl game was in effect between the De La Salle Spartans and the St. John Bosco Braves. Both teams came in undefeated, representing the best of Northern and Southern California.
Bosco played physical, fast, and aggressive on all three phases. Junior quarterback Josh Rosen was efficient, completing 12-of-17 passes for 200 yards and opened up the game with a 60-yard touchdown to UCLA-bound receiver Jaleel Wadood. The tandem connected again before halftime to give the Braves a 17-7 lead.
Senior running back John Velasco gave De La Salle their only score of the first half with a 10-yard touchdown run as Bosco’s defense slowed down the Spartans’ powerful veer offense. Quarterback Chris Williams came into this game with a 29-0 record and came alive in the fourth quarter with a 49-yard touchdown pass to track star Marquis Morris to bring De La Salle within six points.
But the senior dealt with defensive pressure all night and threw two costly interceptions. The last pick would put a loss on William’s perfect record as Bosco defensive end Gavin Windes read him perfectly on a routine screen pass, sealing a 20-14 win for the Braves.
This was the first-ever CIF state title for St. John Bosco and the win ended De La Salle’s 40-game win streak. The Braves are the first California team to defeat the Spartans since Centennial won the 2008 CIF State Championship against the storied program 21-16. Bosco will most likely be declared as the No. 1 high school football team in the country and a national powerhouse with 15 Division I recruits on the current roster.
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