Podcast: Preview of No. 1 Mater Dei vs. No. 4 St. John Bosco

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It could be said that the chase for the 2021 High School Football America national championship begins Friday night in Southern California. It took four minutes for tickets to sell-out for the showdown between top-ranked Mater Dei (3-0, 0-0 Trinity League) and No. 4 St. John Bosco (5-0, 0-0 Trinity League) that should give the winner a good shot at adding another national title.

Mater Dei won our 2017 and 2018 national championships. St. John Bosco won the national crown in 2019.

There’s a good chance that both would have been in the hunt last year, if California held a postseason, instead of only playing a six-game regular season this past spring because of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Thursday, Mater Dei head coach Bruce Rollinson and St. John Bosco head coach Jason Negro spoke with High School Football America co-founder Jeff Fisher on the HSFA Podcast about the magnitude of this game. Just click the play button to listen.

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In the spring game between the two, Mater Dei beat Bosco 34-17 behind quarterback Elijah Brown’s 203 yards passing with four touchdowns. Brown is just a sophomore with eight total games of varsity experience behind him.

In addition to playing their regular season Trinity League game, from 2016 through 2019, the Monarchs and Braves have also met again in the CIF Southern Section championship game with both teams winning two of those four contests.

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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.