Can two Super 25 teams pass a tough test in the Garden State?
No. 3 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) has a difficult game Saturday in Ramsey, N.J., as the Braves will play defending New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 champion St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City) as part of Don Bosco Prep’s centennial celebration. The other game in the matchup pits No. 24 Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.) against Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey).
“With all the factors, this should be our toughest test so far this season,” Braves coach Jason Negro said. “We’re leaving on a red eye flight late Tuesday night. We get to New York On Wednesday. We’re playing a defending state champion and doing it at 5:30 at night on a Saturday. There are a lot of variables that make this an extremely tough trip, but it’s a risk that we’re willing to take.”
Don Bosco Prep (2-1) and St. John Bosco (4-0) are two of the handful of Salesian high schools in the United States, which teach by the methods introduced by St. John Bosco.
“We’re calling it a centennial celebration,” Negro said. “It’s our school’s 75th year of existence, Don Bosco’s 100th year of existence and the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco, our school’s patron saint. That’s pretty special.”
St. John Bosco hasn’t missed a step this season despite losing Josh Rosen to UCLA, where he’s established himself as the Bruins’ starting quarterback as a freshman. Davis sat behind Rosen the past three seasons, playing mop-up duty. By the time he got into games last season, the Braves were usually up by so much, there was little cause for Davis to throw the ball. He ran it 16 times to only 10 passes. Now that Rosen is starting at UCLA, Davis has put his apprenticeship to use, completing 59 of 81 passes for 967 yards and 11 touchdowns with only one interception.
“I am not surprised at all by the way Quentin has played,” Negro said. “I think that what Quentin did was put himself in this situation by the last three years of hard work, learning under Josh. The only concern we had (with Davis) was the experience factor. How would he react when things stated to break down and he had to play in a game that mattered? How was he was going to react when we were down or games were close? And he’s answered those questions now.”
Will No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas be tested Friday at Hallandale?
Last week, one Super 25 team from Broward county (Flanagan), fell victim to a shocking upset, as the Falcons lost 13-12 to South Plantation. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) has been dominant this season while going 4-0, but 3-0 Hallandale (Hallandale Beach) may be the toughest opponent the Raiders have played. Look for the Chargers to try to eat up clock behind running back Zack Moss, who ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns last week in a 42-0 defeat of Stranahan. If the Raiders shut down the run, then Utah commit Tyler Huntley is capable of airing it out for Hallandale.
Can ECA knock off another ranked New Jersey team?
Eastern Christian (Elkton, Md.) is 1-2, but that’s deceiving. The Honey Badgers lost to a very good Gilman (Baltimore) team two weeks ago and by a touchdown to defending state champion Buford, Ga., and that one win was a doozy, a 42-20 defeat of Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.), which was ranked at the time. The Honey Badgers travel Friday to No. 19 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) and have had two weeks to prepare for the 3-0 Green Knights.
What does Jeremy Larkin do for an encore?
The senior running back from No. 20 La Salle (Cincinnati) had 441 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns overall in his team’s defeat of Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.) last week. The Ohio Mr. Football candidate and Cincinnati commit has 11 touchdowns, with 682 yards rushing and 182 yards receiving. The Lancers travel Friday to the state’s top ranked Division III team, Northwest (Cincinnati).
Can Marcus put another scare into No. 4 Allen?
Allen (4-0) plays host Friday to 4-0 Marcus (Flower Mound). Last season, Marcus was one of the few teams to actually lead Allen for a half before the three-time defending state champion Eagles took control, 35-24. Allen has been dominant this season, outscoring opponents 214-51 behind an opportunistic defense that forced eight turnovers in a 65-0 win last week against Plano. Eagles quarterback Seth Green has been particularly impressive, throwing for 605 yards and six touchdowns and rushing for 307 yards and four touchdowns. Marcus has been led by quarterback Mitch Cason, who has thrown for 702 yards and eight touchdowns and by Nate Hopkins, who has run for 522 yards and has scored eight touchdowns, including seven rushing touchdowns.