St. John Bosco, coming off a 16-0 season, left little doubt in its season opener on Friday night in Honolulu that it has another strong team in 2014.
In routing St. Louis, 63-14, the Braves showed that despite graduation losses on the offensive line and on defense, they have some capable replacements. And don't forget that UCLA-bound quarterback Josh Rosen and junior running back Sean McGrew are better than ever.
McGrew rushed for 179 yards in 14 carries and scored three touchdowns. Rosen completed 16 of 25 passes for 252 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.
McGrew scored touchdowns on runs of four and 30 yards in helping the Braves open a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. He added a 45-yard TD run in the third quarter. Clifford Simms scored after a blocked punt on St. Louis' opening possession and added a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Perhaps the best play of the night was a fourth-down reverse to Anselem Umeh just before halftime, and he ran 27 yards for the touchdown. He finished with three catches for 79 yards.
St. John Bosco's offensive line, led by 300-pounder Zachary Robertson, was impressive opening holes for McGrew and providing protection Rosen, who ran for a touchdown and passed six yards to Devin Fleming for another TD.
St. John Bosco will be off next week before playing Norwalk on Sept. 5.