It wasn’t easy, but St. John Bosco remained undefeated and kept pace with the Bishop Gormans and Allens of the world by pushing past a ferocious Orange Lutheran time by a final score of 31-12. The win was the Braves’ 20th consecutive victory in the uber-competitive Trinity League.
The contest was much closer than the final score might indicate. The Braves trailed 6-0 through much of the first half before cobbling together a pair of drives to jump to a 14-6 lead early in the third quarter on the back of a Sean McGrew touchdown run. OLu would respond with another touchdown to cut the lead to two, before a failed two-point conversion allowed ensured Bosco held on to its lead.
That third quarter scare was apparently a siren song for Bosco’s defense to stiffen, and for McGrew and co. to take control. After a touchdown gave Bosco some breathing room, another McGrew scoring run pushed the lead to two touchdowns at 28-12. An interception set up a field goal and a 31-12 lead which effectively put the contest out of reach.
The victory served as a valuable lesson on St. John Bosco’s 2015 season, in multiple ways. First, it proved that the Braves are prone to overlooking a foe that it feels should be overmatched. While Bosco struggled through a 31-12 victory, fellow California Super 25 school De La Salle routed the same OLu squad 41-3. Yet, equally important, the win proved that the Braves can respond to a legitimate challenge, saving their best for the second half and winning time, when Bosco and McGrew came up big.
That may indeed prove important again come the CIF playoffs. After Friday, it looks like the Braves will be ready.