St. John Bosco (CA) Super Soph QB to start against No. 1 Mater Dei (CA)

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Friday night’s Southern California showdown between top-ranked Mater Dei and No. 15 St. John Bosco will have a slight twist. The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported Wednesday night that Bosco sophomore DJ Uiagalelei will not only start the game, but will be the only quarterback used by head coach Jason Negro, who last week rotated the highly-regarded sophomore with Iowa State-recruit Re-al Mitchell.

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On Tuesday, Mitchell announced on Twitter that he has an undisclosed injury. the P-T quoted Negro as saying Mitchell “hasn’t been cleared by the medical professional to allow him to play.”

Last week, the two quarterbacks rotated every other series and the newspaper broke-out the offense amassed by each in the 42-21 win over Orange Lutheran, which entered the game 5-0.

According to the P-T, Mitchell was on the field for 27 plays (19 rushes, eight passes) and the Braves gained a total of 254 yards. Uiagalelei ran 31 plays (16 passes, 15 rushes) for 264 yards.

The two-headed quarterback was created on September 23 when Uiagelelei entered the game against nationally-ranked St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) with the Braves trailing 17-7 in the fourth quarter.  Uiagelelei, who already has ten college scholarship offers, according to, tossed two TD passes in the 21-17 come-from-behind victory.

According to, Uiagelelei has completed 29-of-44 passes for 474 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions.  He’s also averaging 7.8 yards per carry on 11 rushes.

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