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St. John Bosco runs all over No. 4 Mater Dei
BELLFLOWER - St. John Bosco of Bellflower had its share of big plays in Friday's Trinity League contest against fourth-ranked Mater Dei.
Mater Dei, on the other hand, struggled to get its offense moving consistently throughout the night.
The end result was a 24-3 home victory for the Braves.
"They got the opening score and then the field goal, but we couldn't answer with anything offensively," Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said. "All the bad stuff that was happening early in the year came back up.
"You have to be able to execute on offense."
Mater Dei (3-4, 1-1) gained 217 yards on 55 plays. St. John Bosco (6-1, 2-0) gained 351 on 60 plays. The majority of St. John Bosco's yardage came on the ground, where they gained 263 on 42 carries. DaVonte Young rushed for 172 yards, and Royce Moore added 96 for the Braves.
Wide receiver Bryce Treggs, who questioned on Twitter on Thursday whether Mater Dei could shut him down, had seven catches for 79 yards.
Young ran for a 5-yard touchdown on St. John Bosco's first possession, and Reid Burdrovick converted a 35-yard field goal late in the quarter for a 10-0 lead, forcing Mater Dei into comeback mode.
"That forced us out of the run game," Rollinson said. "They're a good football team, that's all I can say."
The Monarchs had won 22 of the previous 24 games meetings against the Braves. The last victory for the Braves over Mater Dei was in 2002, when both teams were in the Serra League.
The victory moves the Braves into a first-place tie with Servite. The Friars, the top-ranked team in the county and the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division, defeated JSerra, 42-14, Friday night.
Servite visits St. John Bosco next Friday night.
"I'm really excited about what our coaching staff has been able to accomplish in such a short period of time," St. John Bosco coach Jason Negro said. "We have something special here at Bosco and we hope to build upon it."
Leading 10-0 at halftime, the Braves opened the second half and didn't waste anytime increasing its lead. On the fifth play of the drive, Young took the handoff and raced 39-yards for his second touchdown of the game and a 17-0 lead.
The Monarchs would finally get on the board with 7:30 left in the quarter on a 35-yard field goal by Brett Parker.
That drive illustrated the frustrations that Mater Dei had throughout the game. With the ball on its own 11, quarterback Ryan McMahon connected on three consecutive passes, including a 48-yard pass to Ricky Ortiz and a 28-yard pass to Joshua Cook that moved the ball down to the Braves' 8.
Then, in succession, the Monarchs were called for delay of game and holding penalties, moving the ball to the 23.
That was also the case on the first possession of the game when the Monarchs moved the ball from its 20 down to the St. John Bosco 14. On third down, McMahon was sacked back at the 27. The Monarchs went for it on fourth down, failing to convert.
"We have to regroup and get back after it," Rollinson said. "The season is not over, but we have to get out of our own way, especially offensively."