St. John Bosco uses fast start to top Orange Lutheran


NORWALK – Re-al Mitchell threw four touchdowns passes to lead St. John Bosco to a 47-28 victory over Orange Lutheran in a Trinity League game Friday night at Cerritos College.

The Braves (8-2, 4-1) took the opening possession and drove 57 yards in seven plays to take a 7-0 lead. Terrance Beasley capped off the drive with a 7-yard TD run.

Following a short Lancers punt, Demetrious Flowers scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to give St. John Bosco a 14-0 lead.

Orange Lutheran countered with a drive to the Bosco 20, but running back Dominik Austin was stopped on a fourth-down run.

Three plays later, the Braves quickly upped their lead to 21-0 as Mitchell tossed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Berkeley Holman.

St. John Bosco cornerback Jake Bailey set up the Braves’ next score after returning an interception to the Lancers 6. Three plays later, Mitchell threw a short touchdown pass to Kristian Gilbert to propel St. John Bosco to a 27-0 halftime lead.

The Braves outgained Orange Lutheran, 272-83, in the opening half.

St. John Bosco finished second in the Trinity League behind Mater Dei.

The Lancers (5-5, 2-3), who will find out Sunday if they will get a playoff spot, came to life on offense in the second half, led by backup quarterback Cole Capen. Capen, playing for injured starter Ryan Hilinski, completed 15 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns.

Orange Lutheran started the second half by recovering a pooch kick. Stan Berryhill capped off the Lancers drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 27-7. Berryhill caught 13 passes for 234 yards, including touchdown passes of 61 and 75 yards.

Lance Dravis returned an interception 30 yards for an Orange Lutheran touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 34-14, but Mitchell followed moments later with a touchdown pass to Holman.

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