Another big win, another number one ranking for St. John Bosco in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 football poll released Sept. 4.

With junior quarterback DJ Uiagalelei throwing six touchdown passes in the Braves’ 52-14 romp over Mililani of Hawaii last Friday, St. John Bosco stayed ahead of No. 2 Mater Dei (2-1), which had its own easy time in beating La Mirada 49-0.

The Trinity League rivals are also 1-2 in Maxpreps’ “Xcellent 25” national poll, and 2-3 in Maxpreps’ national computer rankings, behind IMG Academy of Bradenton, Fla., which visits the Southland Sept. 21 to play Mater Dei.

Elsewhere in D-1, J.Serra (3-0) is seventh, Chaminade (2-1) eighth, Servite (idle last week) ninth and Serra of Gardena (1-1) tenth after a loss to Cathedral Catholic in San Diego.

In Division 2, Alemany (3-0) is fourth and Cathedral (3-0) eighth, while Paraclete (1-2) crept up from tenth to ninth in D-3 after its first win. The D-4 rankings, which changed noticeably last week, did likewise this week, with St. Bonaventure (2-1) dropping from seventh to ninth after its first loss, and Bishop Diego (1-2) falling out of the top 10 altogether.

St. Paul’s third straight big win pushed the Swordsmen from fourth to third in the D-5 survey. But St. Bernard’s first loss dropped the Vikings from fifth to seventh in D-13.

This week’s games

This week’s schedule includes the first of a month-long series of “Touchdowns Against Cancer” games. Each participating team’s touchdown will raise money (through online pledges) to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (To learn which schools are participating,

  • Sept. 6: Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) at Paraclete.
  • Sept. 7: Paramount at St. John Bosco; St. Mary’s (Stockton) at Mater Dei; Folsom at  Chaminade; Alemany at Oaks Christian; Mayfair at Santa Margarita; La Salle at Westchester; Salesian at St. Margaret’s; San Bernardino at St. Genevieve; Verbum Dei at Jordan (L.A.); Bishop Amat at Rancho Cucamonga; Servite at Roosevelt; Long Beach Poly at Serra (Gardena); Cathedral at Loyola; St. Francis at Westlake; Golden Valley at Crespi; Birmingham at St. Paul; Santa Barbara at St. Bonaventure; Nipomo at Bishop Diego; Charter Oak at Damien; St. Anthony at Woodrow Wilson; Don Bosco Tech at Bassett; Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Tri-City Christian; St. Joseph (Santa Maria) at Bakersfield; Century at Mary Star of the Sea; St. Monica (Santa Monica) at Littlerock; St. Pius X-St. Matthias at Montclair.
  • Sept. 8: Pinnacle at J.Serra (Gardena); St. Bernard at Bishop Montgomery; Savanna at Santa Clara.
  • Eight-Man Football (Sept. 7): Calvary Baptist at St. Michael’s Prep.

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

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