No. 1 Mater Dei beats No. 2 St. John Bosco in SoCal Showdown

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Two-time defending High School Football America “mythical” national champ Mater Dei got out to a 21-3 lead Friday night against St. John Bosco and never looked back in a 38-24 victory on Bosco’s home turf in Bellflower, California.

The Monarchs were led by 5-star quarterback Bryce Young, an Alabama verbal commit, who was 19-for-32 through the air for 257 yards with three touchdowns. Young, a 5-star recruit, also ran for 79 yards with two touchdowns. Young’s main target was Kody Epps, who caught 11 balls for 175 yards with three touchdowns.

Related: Mater Dei/St. John Bosco Preview

Bosco’s 5-star QB DJ Uiagalelei finished 17-of-31 for 320 yards with two TD’s.


“I’ve had some great ones but I’m telling you, you may be looking at the greatest. What he brings to the table is crazy”

Mater Dei head coach Bruce Rollinson to Dan Albano of the Orange County Register after the game

Everyone now turns their attention to a possible second matchup between the two, which has happened three years running. In 2016 and 2018, the team that won the regular season Trinity League matchup has lost in the playoffs.

Mater Dei/St. John Bosco Rivalry

2018 – Mater Dei 17 St. John Bosco 13 CIF-SS Division I championship

2018 – St. John Bosco 41 Mater Dei 18 Trinity League

2017 – Mater Dei 49 St. John Bosco 24 CIF-SS Division I championship

2017 – Mater Dei 31 St. John Bosco 21 Trinity League

2016 – St. John Bosco 42 Mater Dei 28 CIF-SS Division I championship

2016 – Mater Dei 26 St. John Bosco 21 Trinity League

2015 – St. John Bosco 41 Mater Dei 21 Trinity League

2014 – St. John Bosco 28 Mater Dei 25 Trinity League

2013 – St. John Bosco 34 Mater Dei 7 CIF-SS Pac-5 Championship

2013 – St. John Bosco 24 Mater Dei 2 Trinity League

2012 – St. John Bosco 27 Mater Dei 19 Trinity League

2011 – St. John Bosco 24 Mater Dei 3 Trinity League

2010 – Mater Dei 31 St. John Bosco 20 Trinity League

Mater Dei closes-out the regular season next week against No. 79 JSerra. Bosco finishes against Santa Margarita.

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