For the first time this year, St. John Bosco‘s starters had to play a full four quarters of football in the Braves’ 31-12 Trinity League win over Orange Lutheran Thursday night. Coming into the game, SJB was averaging just over 60 points a game and had played eight straight games in which a running clock was used in the fourth quarter.
OLu’s defense kept Bosco’s (9-0, 4-0 Trinity League) high-powered offense on the bench for most of the first half, while Jerry Fitschen‘s two field goals gave the Lancers a 6-0 lead deep into the first half. The Braves finally got on the board with :16 to play in the half when Cross Poyer scored from three yards out.
Orange Lutheran held the Braves to just five first downs and 85 yards in total offense in the first half.
After a ton of defense in the first half by both teams, the offenses came to life in the third quarter with three scores on the first three possessions.
Sean McGrew gave St. John Bosco, which clinched at least a tie for its fourth straight Trinity League title with the win, a 14-6 lead on his first of two second half rushing touchdowns. McGrew, who is a Washington-recruit, finished with 136 yards rushing.
Bosco quarterback Quentin Davis completed 17 of 25 passes for 213 yards.
The victory was Bosco’s 20th straight Trinity League win. This year Orange Lutheran (5-4, 2-2 Trinity League) has lost to the top four teams in California — Corona Centennial, De La Salle, Mater Dei and St. John Bosco.