If No. 6 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) beats De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) in Saturday’s Open Division championship, the Braves will have put together an amazing postseason run: Centennial (Corona), Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and De La Salle.
The difference among those opponents is that Centennial and Mater Dei are high-octane passing offenses while De La Salle runs its vaunted veer offense that emphasizes the run.
De La Salle won the program’s 25th North Coast Section championship and its 11th consecutive state bowl berth despite losing all but one starter from last season’s team.
After opening the season with three wins, De La Salle lost to eventual Utah state champion East 23-21. That was followed by a seven-point win against Najee Harris and Antioch and a one-point win against San Ramon Valley, but De La Salle has been rolling since.
Bosco’s two losses came to No. 1 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) and Mater Dei in the regular season, but the Braves avenged that loss by beating Mater Dei in the Southern Section title game.
This game is a rematch of the 2013 Open Division championship when Bosco capped a 16-0 season with a 20-14 victory against the Spartans.
According to USA TODAY High School Sports’ Score Predictor, St. John Bosco pulls out a convincing win.