The simplest way for a high school football team to gauge how good it is compared with the elites is to go out and play one.
That’s exactly why Chaminade coach Ed Croson put in a call to Jason Negro and set up a game against nationally recognized St. John Bosco.
The No. 6-ranked Eagles held their own against the No. 2 Braves through three quarters, but Bosco took control in the fourth behind its electric running game and stout defense as it defeated Chaminade 31-17 at El Camino College.
Dual-threat quarterback Re-al Mitchell and running backs Demetrious Flowers and George Holani combined for 248 yards and two touchdowns on the night.
The first half was really a mix of stagnant offenses and big defensive plays, resulting in an unexpectedly low-scoring 7-0 St. John Bosco lead, but the Braves opened the third quickly with a 32-yard field goal from Jacob Garcia.
Bosco’s defense then forced Chaminade into a three-and-out, and the Braves took advantage with a 20-yard run from Flowers to set up a 15-yard run from Mitchell and eventually a 1-yard score on a quarterback keeper to give Bosco a 17-0 lead with 1:12 left in the third.
It didn’t take the Eagles long to respond, 12 seconds to be precise, as Ryan Stevens found an uncovered Michael Wilson for an 80-yard touchdown, cutting the Bosco lead back to 10, 17-7, with a minute left in the third.
Mitchell capped off a nine-play, 60-yard scoring drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to Josh Delgado, and Holani put the finishing touches on the victory with a 36-yard touchdown run, giving Bosco a 31-10 lead, with 3:37 to play.
Chaminade’s six offensive series in the first half resulted in five punts and an interception thrown by quarterback Stevens.
Unfortunately for Stevens, and the Eagles, that pick ended up in the hands of Ohio State-commit Jaiden Woodbey, who, with plenty of space and a couple of blocks, took it 82 yards for a touchdown with 1:55 to go in the second quarter.
The Braves spoiled two scoring opportunities in the first half as Garcia missed a 29-yard field goal and wide receiver Jake Bailey lost a fumble at the goal line.