Way too early Super 25 teams to watch: St. John Bosco is hungry

Way too early Super 25 teams to watch: St. John Bosco is hungry

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Way too early Super 25 teams to watch: St. John Bosco is hungry

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St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) may be better than last season, even without quarterback Josh Rosen. (Photo: Twitter).

St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) may be better than last season, even without quarterback Josh Rosen. (Photo: Twitter).

While the preseason Super 25 football rankings won’t come out for a few weeks, this is one of a series on teams that could contend in the Super 25 high school football rankings next season. We previously looked at De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), South Panola (Batesville, Miss.)Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.)Miami (Fla.) CentralChandler, ArizDeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.), Allen, Texas; Cedar Hill, TexasWebb City, Mo.Clay-Chalkville (Pinson, Ala.Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), Centennial (Corona, Calif.)Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale).

Team: St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)

2014 finish: Went 12-2, lost 48-41 to Centennial (Corona, Calif.) in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division final and finished as the No. 38 team in the Super 25 rankings.

Tradition: Won the state Open Division championship in 2013 and has won three consecutive Trinity League titles.

2015 schedule: Plays most of its tough games on the road this season, including Sept. 11 vs. Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.) in Hillsboro, Ore.; Sept. 26 vs. St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City) in the Centennial Classic in Ramsey, N.J.; Oct. 9 vs. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) in Mission Viejo; and Oct. 16 at Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).

Top returnees (years listed are for next school year): Senior DB Traveon Beck, who had 97 tackles and three interceptions last season and is committed to Cal; and senior RB Sean McGrew, who has committed to Washington and ran for 1,814 yards and 28 touchdowns last season.

Toughest to replace: American Family Insurance ALL-USA QB Josh Rosen, who was a three-year starter and is now expected to fight for the starting job at UCLA.

Top newcomers: Linebacker Ryan Burke, a senior transfer from Servite (Anaheim) and Brent LeRoux, a 6-5, 242-pound defensive end from Australia.

Outlook: While Rosen is gone, the Braves may actually be improved this season. For starters, the Braves’ defense, which was staffed by mostly underclassmen last season, should be stingy, led by a secondary that includes returning senior starters Beck, D.J. Morgan, Mykal Tolliver and Bryce Turner.

“On defense, Traveon Beck has been phenomenal as a leader in getting us ready and D.J. Morgan is another one who has been a leader,” Braves coach Jason Negro said. “On offense, I think it has to start with Sean McGrew. As a three-year starter, he’s a huge leader for us. At receiver, Jared Harrell will be a leader and up front, our left tackle Wyatt Davis is a five-star recruit.”

Senior Quentin Davis, who was Rosen’s backup last season, performed well during the summer in 7 on 7 play and sophomore Re-al Mitchell will also see time. There’s plenty of talent to throw to. In addition to Harrell, Anselem Umeh is back, plus juniors Kristian Gilbert and Berkeley Holman return from injuries.

“I think our system is going to stay intact,” Negro said of his team’s offense. “I think some of the run-pass ratios will change a bit because we have Sean back and we have some pretty good elements on our offensive line.”

One thing Negro isn’t concerned about is his team taking anything for granted.

“I don’t have to worry about complacency,” Negro said. “We’re hungry. Last year, coming off that big (2013) season, we were complacent. We fought it all year long.”

 

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