Recap: #7 St. John Bosco (CA) tops #13 Mater Dei (CA)


by Jeff Fisher

Friday night’s Southern California battle between nationally-ranked Trinity League powers #7 St. John Bosco and #13 Mater Dei lived-up to its billing with the game coming down to the final drive.

With St. John Bosco (5-1, 1-0 Trinity) clinging to a 28-25 lead and Mater Dei with the ball, the Braves needed their defense to come-up with a big play. It did, by recovering a Monarch fumble at the Mater Dei (5-1, 0-1) 39 to seal the victory.  It was the fifth straight win for Bosco against Mater Dei.

It was the second time in the second half that the Braves D stood tall. Traveon Beck returned a Mater Dei fumble 70 yards to the house that gave Bosco 28-18 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Mater Dei quarterback Jack Lowary had his best passing game of the season completing 20-29 passes for 343 yards. St. John Bosco quarterback Josh Rosen, who appeared to limp much of the second half, threw for 212 yards.

The Monarchs hurt themselves losing three fumbles on the night.

With Servite beating Orange Lutheran 28-25 and JSerra remaining undefeated with 35-28 win over Santa Margarita, here’s what the standing look like after Week 1:

Trinity League Standings

JSerra 1-0

St. John Bosco 1-0

Servite 1-0

Mater Dei 0-1

Orange Lutheran 0-1

Santa Margarita 0-1

Next week, JSerra squares-off with St. John Bosco.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.