Bishop Gorman vs. St. John Bosco, Long Beach Poly vs. IMG Academy highlight SoCal's toughest 2016 football schedules

Bishop Gorman vs. St. John Bosco, Long Beach Poly vs. IMG Academy highlight SoCal's toughest 2016 football schedules

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Bishop Gorman vs. St. John Bosco, Long Beach Poly vs. IMG Academy highlight SoCal's toughest 2016 football schedules

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Dec 5, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; St. John Bosco Braves running back Sean McGrew (5) runs the ball as Centennial Huskies defensive lineman Garviea Freeny (98) attempts to tackle during the third quarter at Angel Stadium. The Centennial Huskies won 62-52. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-257018 ORIG FILE ID: 20151205_jla_ak6_021.jpg

Dec 5, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; St. John Bosco Braves running back Sean McGrew (5) runs the ball as Centennial Huskies defensive lineman Garviea Freeny (98) attempts to tackle during the third quarter at Angel Stadium. The Centennial Huskies won 62-52. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-257018 ORIG FILE ID: 20151205_jla_ak6_021.jpg

In 2015, it took practically the entire season for a hierarchy to shake out between the best football programs on the west coast. It won’t take nearly so long in 2016.

As reported by the Long Beach Press-Telegram, St. John Bosco, the Bellflower-based power that is a perennial state and national title contender, will host two-time defending USA TODAY Super 25 National Champion Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas in Week 2. The Braves also feature games against defending state champion La Mirada and Encino Crespi in a schedule that likely stacks up as one of the nation’s toughest.

The Braves are not alone in paving their own tough road. Long Beach Poly, the traditional powerhouse coached by Super Bowl champion Antonio Pierce and backed by no less a celebrity than Snoop Dogg, will face a series of fellow Southern California challengers, but are more likely to earn headlines for a Week 9 matchup against national title contender IMG Academy. The Florida football factory will head to California to face off against the Jackrabbits on a date to be finalized, but one that will come during the middle of Poly’s league season, regardless.

If either squad runs the gauntlet of their self-appointed schedule undefeated, they’ll be serious contenders to earn national title honors. If they fall short, they could very well pave the way for whichever team knocks them off to take home the prize.

Either way, both teams provide a series of games that are more than worth keeping an eye on come next fall.

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