Football: 3-0 starts for St. John Bosco, Mater Dei, Alemany, Cathedral
Mike Nelson Sept. 3, 2018
St. John Bosco and Mater Dei rolled to easy victories once more, but several Catholic teams’ runs of early-season success came to an end during the third weekend of the high school football season.
National No. 1 St. John Bosco powered past visiting Mililani (Hawaii), 52-14, while No. 2 Mater Dei blew past La Mirada 49-0. The Trinity League foes each have two more non-league games prior to the opening of league play late this month.
Two other Catholic Division 1 teams ranked in the CIF-Southern Section top 10 poll were victorious, although No. 8 J.Serra (now 3-0) barely edged Bishop Amat 21-20 when the Lancers, after rallying from 14 points down in the fourth quarter, missed a two-point conversion try with a minute to play.
And No. 9 Chaminade downed Mission Hills (San Marcos) 23-3. But No. 10 Santa Margarita suffered its second loss at the hands of visiting Cherry Creek of Colorado, 21-14.
Among ranked Division 2 teams, Alemany and Cathedral each reached 3-0 with easy wins over L.A. City teams, the No. 4 Warriors topping Dorsey 35-6 and the No. 7 Phantoms blanking Carson 41-0. But No. 9 Loyola lost its first game, 28-10 to St. Augustine (San Diego).
Paraclete, No. 10 in D-3, won its first game after two losses, 49-6 over Quartz Hill. Both of the ranked teams in D-4, however, were beaten: No. 7 St. Bonaventure, 38-6 by Highland, and No. 10 Bishop Diego, 36-10 by Lompoc.
St. Francis made it two in a row, 38-21 over Damien, But after two wins, Crespi was bounced by Harvard-Westlake 34-10, and Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) doubled up on Serra (Gardena) 42-21.
The thriller of the week was St. Paul’s third straight win, a 31-25 double-overtime triumph over Los Altos. The Swordsmen entered the contest No. 4 in the D-5 rankings.
In other heart-stoppers, Bishop Montgomery got by St. Pius X-St. Matthias 40-34; Mary Star of the Sea prevailed over Fairmont Prep 31-25; and St. Joseph (Santa Maria) edged Garces Memorial 31-30.
On the other end, St. Bernard (No. 5 in D-13) lost its first game, a 51-39 “track meet” to Westchester; Moorpark edged Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 35-34, Palm Springs slid by St. Anthony 28-26; and Army-Navy (San Diego) escaped Cantwell-Sacred Heart 26-20.
In last week’s other games: Garfield 29, Salesian 6; West Ranch 46, St. Genevieve 24; Birmingham 56, La Salle 0; Village Christian 18 St. Monica (Santa Monica) 6; Rio Hondo Prep 41, Santa Clara 0; Glenn 49, Don Bosco Tech 19; Verbum Dei 36, New Designs (Watts) 6.
In eight-man football, Villanova Prep pummeled Desert 61-0.
Mike Nelson is the former editor of the Tidings (predecessor of Angelus News).
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