The high school football playoffs are heating up. On Friday, fans will be treated to a rematch of two of the top teams in the nation when No. 1 ranked Mater Dei and No. 4 St. John Bosco meet again in the playoffs.
Here’s a preview of what could be the biggest high school game of the year.
Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco (part 2)
Mater Dei (12-0)
Last week, the reigning national champion Monarchs swept Los Alamitos (Calif.) 52-0 to progress. Sophomore running back Jordan Davison once again led the offense, recording 124 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. Overall, Mater Dei is still undefeated this season and hasn’t won by less than 10 points since they last faced Bosco in early October.
St. John Bosco (11-1)
Meanwhile, the Braves’ only loss this year came in the opener against Mater Dei. In the final round, they passed Mission Viejo (California), 41-6. Senior quarterback Pierce Clarkson threw just nine passes, but three of them went for touchdowns on his way to a 149.3 QB rating.
In the first match between those teams, Mater Dei held St. John Bosco scoreless in the second half en route to a 17-7 victory. It was a mostly defensive blowout, highlighted by six total interceptions thrown by the quarterbacks.
However, both teams had some success with possession. The Braves were led by junior running back Cameron Jones, who recorded 108 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. As for the Monarchs, Jordan Davison hit 114 and his own tally from 22 tries.
A starting quarterback would be ideal this time around, but whoever runs the scale more effectively could have the edge.