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CHRISTIAN RANDOLPH, LONG BEACH REGISTER,
St. Bosco quarterback Andrew Katnik keeps the ball for a run in the second quarter against Loyola on Friday at Monarch Stadium.

Bosco keeps on ticking behind backup QB Katnik

FOR THE LONG BEACH REGISTER

VAN NUYS – St. John Bosco was without injured quarterback Josh Rosen on Friday night when the Braves took on Loyola at L.A. Valley College.

But backup Andrew Katnik threw two touchdowns and the Braves' running game was more than enough to escape with a 24-10 win and a 4-0 record heading into its bye week.

Shay Fields caught a 29-yard pass from Katnik with 2:21 to play in the first quarter to give the Braves a 7-0 lead, and Reid Budrovich's 24-yard field goal in the second quarter extended the Bosco lead to 10-0 at halftime.

The Braves outscored the Cubs (1-3), 14-3, in the third quarter and were never threatened thanks to a 252-135 advantage on the ground.

“We came in thinking we could run the ball and we did a pretty good job of that,” Bosco coach Jason Negro said. “We had confidence in Andrew and knew we could take our shots with him down field and he made some big throws tonight.”

Katnik connected with Fields again on a 63-yard scoring strike in the third quarter and finished 9 of 21 for 178 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

“We didn't change anything in the game plan and I didn't feel much pressure heading into the game,” Katnik said. “With the strength of our running game, it took pressure off of me. I thought I played much better in the first half and wish I had a couple throws back late in the second. But I was happy with my performance.”

Fields had game-highs with seven catches for 166yards and two scores.

Loyola's Nico Evans had just 35 yards rushing on 15carries midway through the fourth quarter, but Evans rumbled in from 37yards with 5:38 to play and finished with 86 yards on 21 carries.

Manasseh Anesi led Bosco's ground attack with 140 yards on 21 carries, while McGrew added 84yards on 13 carries.

Bosco was hamstrung by 12 penalties and three turnovers.


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