In an action-packed showdown that had football fans on the edge of their seats, defending national champs St. John Bosco pulled off another impressive win. Hailing from Bellflower, California, the team extended their out-of-state winning streak to a whopping 16 games.
How did they do it? By defeating the host team, St. Thomas Aquinas from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with a score of 20-7. Yes, you read that right—St. John Bosco Defeats St. Thomas Aquinas in a thrilling match at the Broward County High School Football Showcase.
Turning Back the Clock
Interestingly, Aquinas had been the last out-of-state team to defeat Bosco back in 2017 with a 9-3 overtime victory. This time, St. John Bosco had their revenge.
The Game Breakdown
An in-depth look at the key plays and moments that defined the St. John Bosco vs. St. Thomas Aquinas showdown, leading to a 20-7 win for the Bosco Braves.
First Quarter Fireworks
The game began with both teams trading punts. But St. John Bosco’s senior quarterback Caleb Sanchez broke the deadlock, connecting with sophomore wide receiver Daniel Odom for a 50-yard touchdown. That happened with just 2:35 remaining in the first quarter.
The scoreboard didn’t change until the dying seconds of the first half. Bosco had positioned themselves for a field goal, but following an Aquinas timeout, they decided to go for a touchdown. The attempt was unsuccessful, keeping the score at 7-0 at the halftime whistle.
Aquinas came back with some flair. A massive 45-yard punt return by senior Bryant Allen set them up nicely, allowing junior quarterback Andrew Indorf to tie the game with a touchdown pass to James Madison II.
But Bosco was quick to respond. A 30-yard field goal from senior kicker Marcus Lee put them back in the lead at 10-7.
Sealing the Deal
After stopping another Aquinas drive, Bosco increased their lead with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Sanchez to sophomore Madden Williams. Shortly after, a key interception by Bosco’s Tay Lockett helped run down the clock, leading to another field goal and securing the 20-7 win.
Sanchez had an impressive outing, finishing the game with 340 passing yards and two touchdowns.
“We have a lot of good football ahead of us,” said Aquinas’ coach Harriott. He also mentioned that the game was a valuable learning experience for his younger players and quarterback Andrew Indorf.
St. John Bosco (2-0) will continue their challenging schedule with a home game against Friendship Collegiate Academy from Washington, DC. St. Thomas Aquinas, on the other hand, will be looking to rebound against Fort Myers this coming Friday.
Don’t Blink: St. John Bosco Defeats St. Thomas Aquinas 20-7 in Showcase
If you missed it, you missed out! St. John Bosco Defeats St. Thomas Aquinas 20-7 in a Showcase match that was nothing short of electric. Avenging past defeats and cementing their status as reigning champs, the Bellflower, California, squad is clearly the team to beat this season. Game on, indeed!