The sister schools visiting Rio Tinto Stadium this weekend for the Xfinity Challenge are a mystery to most of the home crowd. What is there to know about St. John Bosco (Calif.) and Don Bosco Prep (N.J.)?
Well, they are both Salesian schools, which means that the Roman Catholic officials from both programs are excited to unite from different coasts, the coaches say. But besides that, what are these schools like on the field?
Here's a brief overview - first, St. John Bosco.
St. John Bosco (0-4)
OK, so the record has changed, but the team is just about the same as when the Braves won those four games.
It's a team that's ranked top 30 nationally in by both Rivals High and Maxpreps. This private school has about 730 students, but is all-boys enrollment, so it's more comparable athletically to schools double its size. Coach Jason Negro also adds that he has the benefit of being a full-time coach - he's not a teacher.
The school has been playing for decades, but has truly improved in the last decade as it joined the Trinity League, against perennial powers such as Santa Margarita and Servite. Negro estimates that he has about 10 to 12 future Division I players on his team - and that doesn't seem to be exaggeration.
The interesting thing about the Braves is that they boast a lot of the same schemes and formations as their Saturday opponent, Jordan. Both coaching staffs agree.
"Honestly they kinda look just like how we do," Negro says. "It's like watching ourselves in the mirror."
That means size up front, and a sophomore quarterback who is athletic. Particularly on the offensive line, it's tough to match up against USC-commited tackle Nico Falah and fellow DI prospect Damian Mamu - and just about all the linemen are returning starters.
Negro describes his offensive philosophy as a 50-50 split between run and pass. Quarterback Josh Rosen is more of a pocket passer, but running back and receiver Jaleel Wadood is one of the more explosive playmakers.
The Jordan staff has also expressed concern about facing a defense of St. John Bosco's caliber. The Braves have held four opponents to only 22 combined points thus far. Against Loyola (Calif.) in their last game, the defense allowed only three first downs.
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