With league play just two weeks away for many Catholic school football teams, several are concluding their “non-league tune-up” seasons on a very high note.
St. John Bosco, the No. 2 team in Divisions 1&2 of the CIF-Southern Section poll and in Maxpreps’ national survey, posted an easy 42-10 trouncing of Mililani (Hawaii) on the losers’ field Saturday night. Mater Dei, the team the Braves trail in both polls (and their chief Trinity League rival), was idle.
Servite and J.Serra (sixth in D-1&2), two other Trinity League forces, each won their Friday games, as did Mission League rivals Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks (No. 9 in D-1&2) and Alemany (third in D-3).
Other winners among the ranked Catholic teams last weekend were Loyola (seventh in D-4), La Salle (tenth in D-9), Crespi (eighth in D-6), St. Monica (fourth in D-14) and St. Pius X-St. Matthias (ninth in D-14).
On the down side, losers among the ranked included Serra of Gardena (fifth in D-1&2), Cathedral (ninth in D-3), St. Paul (sixth in D-5), Bishop Diego (ninth in D-5), and Mary Star of the Sea (fifth in D-14).
Last weekend’s results:
Servite 48, Villa Park 9; J.Serra 31, Calabasas 20; Alemany 37, Downey 0; Harvard-Westlake 45, Salesian 14; Santa Margarita 34, Stellar Prep 0; Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 43, Birmingham 14; Bishop Amat 45, Cathedral 20; Paraclete 31, Redondo Union 6; Oxnard 50, Chaminade 28; Narbonne 28, Serra (Gardena) 21; Loyola 29, Valencia 14; Crespi 21, El Camino Real 13; St. Francis 28, Saugus 7; Damien 42, Alta Loma 0; La Salle 48, Mountain View 6; Sierra Canyon 28, St. Paul 20; Hart 34, St. Bonaventure 28; Gardena 49, Bishop Montgomery 14; St. Pius X-St. Matthias 27, St. Anthony 20; St. Monica (Santa Monica) 13, George Washington Prep (L.A.) 6; Centennial (Compton) 27, Verbum Dei 19; South (Torrance) 24, Mary Star of the Sea 19; Cantwell Sacred Heart 48, Fairmont Prep 26; West Ranch 50, St. Genevieve 7; St. John Bosco 42, Mililani (Hawaii) 10; Don Bosco Tech 21, Riverside Prep 18; Chicago Hope Academy 7, Bishop Diego 6.
Eight-Man Football: Villanova 49, Dymally (L.A.) 13; St. Michael’s Prep 50, Warner 28.
This coming week is a respite week for several of the Southland’s top teams as they gear up for league play in October. Mater Dei (4-0), however, returns to action Sept. 27, traveling to Washington, D.C., to play St. John’s at Georgetown.
St. John Bosco (5-0) is idle and begins Trinity League play Oct. 4 at Servite (3-1), which takes on unbeaten Notre Dame (4-0) in Sherman Oaks on Sept. 27. Santa Margarita (3-2) and J.Serra (4-1), both bouncing back after slow starts, are idle until their Trinity League opener Oct. 4 against one another in San Juan Capistrano.
Alemany (5-0) is idle next week, then plays at Bishop Amat (4-1) in the Oct. 4 Mission League opener for both schools. Serra (3-1) plays at Cathedral (3-2) on Sept. 27, the same day Crespi (4-1) takes on St. Bonaventure (3-2) in Ventura).