Around the Trinity League – JSerra upsets #20 Mater Dei to give St. John Bosco outright Trinity League crown

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JSerra surprised nationally-ranked Mater Dei Friday night 35-28, which gave St. John Bosco is fourth straight outright Trinity League championship.  Bosco claimed at least a portion of the title with its win over Orange Lutheran Thursday night.

Related: St. John Bosco battles to beat Orange Lutheran

Mater Dei (7-2, 2-2 Trinity League), which entered the game ranked #20 in the High School Football America Top 25, led 21-14 early in the fourth quarter before the Lions stormed back to score 21 unanswered points.  The big play of the night was by the O’Brien brothers — Riley and Conor.  Riley blocked a punt in the end zone and Conor recovered it for a TD giving JSerra (6-3, 1-3 Trinity League) a 28-21 lead.

Servite (4-5, 2-2 Trinity League) kept itself in the hunt for one of the Trinity League’s three playoff spots with a 30-20 win over Santa Margarita (5-4, 1-3 Trinity League).  The Friars roared out to a 27-0 lead behind quarterback Aaron Simpson, who threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns.  Simpson, who began the year as the team’s back-up quarterback after being moved to receiver, also ran for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Aside from Bosco, which has already clinched its CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 playoff berth, all four teams are still in the hunt for the postseason, since the Trinity League’s fourth team may get an at-large berth.  The league’s fourth place team has been given an at-large invite each of the last two years.

Friday, October 6th games

Servite at St. John Bosco

Orange Lutheran at JSerra

Mater Dei at Santa Margarita

Trinity League
Team League Overall
St. John Bosco 4 0 9 0
Mater Dei 2 2 7 2
Orange Lutheran 2 2 5 4
Servite 2 2 4 5
Santa Margarita 1 3 5 4
JSerra 1 3 6 3




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