Bishop Amat had better hope it doesn’t receive the invite if this is how the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoff looks when they begin in a few months. Bishop Amat hoped that some fond memories, a packed house, or the magic of Kiefer Stadium would somehow conjure it to an unlikely event.
Bishop Amat football is no match for St. John Bosco, the top team in the nation
By scoring on its first three possessions, St. John Bosco demonstrated why it is ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps and other publications. From there, the rout began, and it ended with a 42-7 victory and running clock in the fourth quarter. This is an example of a first-round matchup if the Lancers continue to have a successful season and win the rest of their games, which they are capable of doing.
Bishop Amat (2-1) won its first two games and was placed No. 8 in CalPreps’ Southern Section rankings. Before Mission League play starts, Amat will take a week’s break before continuing its non-league games against Leuzinger and Damien. Over the next few weeks, it will become clearer which playoff division Amat will ultimately play in.
But whether it’s St. John Bosco or Mater Dei, Amat is just outclassed by the best in the country. Coach Steve Hagerty of Bishop Amat stated of St. John Bosco, “They didn’t come in here to get furious, they came here to spank our butts.” “They’re going to act the same way with everyone they play.
Therefore, we’ll accept it, work on improving, and return after our break the next week better for it. Prior to the start of the playoffs, Bishop Amat is the only team from the Southern Section that is not a member of the Trinity League. Before league play starts, Bosco will play non-conference games against schools from Oregon, Hawaii, and Modesto.
Last week, Bosco opened with a 52-14 victory against Allen High in Texas. You could tell on Friday why so few people in the region wanted to play them. They are highly rated because they are a good team, according to Hagerty. The main difference between us is probably that we don’t really match up well upfront.
We must improve our performance, and we will. We’re on a journey, and facing off against groups like them will help us get there. You improve when you play in superior teams. Prior to leaving the game after three quarters, St. John Bosco quarterback Pierce Clarkson, a Louisville commit, passed for 222 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 32-yard dash.
Running back Cameron Jones for the Braves had a productive night, amassing 160 yards and two scores. It was roughly what Jason Negro, the Braves coach, had anticipated. Negro added, “I thought we played pretty good. “When I returned from Texas last week, I was concerned about a hangover. Our kids are a little bit worn out because it has been so hot all week.
But we got going quickly and sort of holding on. Although we didn’t play well the entire night, we must improve next week. To prevent the shutout, Amat quarterback Richie Munoz passed for 82 yards and found Julien Lopez for a 1-yard touchdown in the last minute. Ryan Salcedo, a freshman, entered the game late and finished with 11 carries for 37 yards.
With just over seven minutes left in the quarter, Jones’ 1-yard touchdown run gave the Braves a 7-0 lead after their opening possession, which covered 60 yards in 10 plays. The Braves made a stop and then resumed their work. Even after a major play was called back due to a penalty, Clarkson still responded with a 90-yard touchdown throw to Eric Denham to take a 14-0 lead.
With 1:17 remaining in the first quarter, Jones broke free for a 42-yard touchdown run and a 21-0 lead as the Braves continued to pound the ball. A 64-yard run by Sylvester midway through the second quarter followed by a 32-yard run by Clarkson in the final seconds of the half gave the team a 35-0 advantage.
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