St. John Bosco’s Braves concluded the 2018 regular season much as they began it, by dominating their opposition last Friday on their way to the CIF-Southern Section football playoffs that begin this week.

Their 56-0 romp over Servite gave the Braves a 10-0 overall record, a Trinity League championship (at 5-0), another No. 1 national ranking from Maxpreps, and a top seed in the Division 1 bracket (see separate story). But to win their first CIF-SS title since 2016, St. John Bosco has plenty of tough games ahead, including a potential finals bout with Mater Dei.

In addition to St. John Bosco, last weekend’s final regular season action saw the following champions crowned in leagues comprised completely or primarily of Catholic schools: Bishop Amat (Mission), Cathedral (Angelus), St. Paul (Del Rey), Bishop Montgomery (Camino Real), and St. Bernard (Santa Fe).

Bishop Amat had to rally in the fourth quarter to beat Alemany for the Mission League title, while Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks rolled over Chaminade to secure the league’s runner-up position. And St. Bernard bowled over St. Pius X-St. Matthias for the Santa Fe League title, after both teams entered the game unbeaten in league play.

Recap: Last week’s games

Last week’s results and final league standings:

Trinity: St. John Bosco 46, Servite 0; Mater Dei 45, Orange Lutheran 7; J.Serra 42, Santa Margarita 17. Final: St. John Bosco 5-0, Mater Dei 4-1, J.Serra 3-2, Orange Lutheran 2-3, Servite 1-4, Santa Margarita 0-5.

Mission: Bishop Amat 24, Alemany 19; Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks 52, Chaminade 24; Serra 21, Loyola 14. Final: Bishop Amat 5-0, Notre Dame 4-1, Alemany 2-3, Chaminade 2-3, Serra 2-3, Loyola 0-5.

Angelus: Cathedral 42, Salesian 12; St. Francis 48, Crespi 25. Final: Cathedral 3-0, St. Francis 2-1, Salesian 1-2, Crespi 0-3

Del Rey: St. Paul 49, St. Genevieve 20; Harvard-Westlake 42, La Salle 6; St. Anthony idle. Final: St. Paul 4-0, Harvard-Westlake 3-1, St. Anthony 2-2, St. Genevieve 1-3, La Salle 0-4.

Camino Real: Bishop Montgomery 54, St. Monica 26; Mary Star 57, Cantwell Sacred Heart 12. Final: Bishop Montgomery 3-0, Mary Star 2-1, Cantwell Sacred Heart 1-2, St. Monica 0-3.

Santa Fe: St. Bernard 47, St. Pius X-St. Matthias 8; Don Bosco Tech 36, Verbum Dei 29. Final: St. Bernard 3-0, St. Pius X-St. Matthias 2-1, Don Bosco Tech 1-2, Verbum Dei 0-3.

Other league games: Los Osos 25, Damien 10 (Baseline League); Calabasas 44, St. Bonaventure 16 (Marmonte); St. Joseph/Santa Maria 27, Righetti 21 (Mountain); Hueneme 47, Santa Clara 13 (Citrus Coast); Bishop Diego 30, Thousand Oaks 24 (Camino).

Non-League: Sierra Canyon 49, Paraclete 14. Eight-man: Villanova 47, Laguna Blanca 14; Rolling Hills Prep 42, St. Michael’s Prep 30.

Mike Nelson is the former editor of The Tidings (predecessor of Angelus News). 

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