Spotlight on: Saint John Bosco
Hometown: Bellflower, California
Group: California Southern Section
By Brett Manney
The school motto at Saint John Bosco comes from the Latin phrase, “Ad Deum Qui Laetificat Juventutem Meam," which stands for, “To God, who gives joy to my youth.”
The Saint John Bosco (5-0 overall, FP.tv State PR: 95.35, Rank: 5) football team has plenty to be joyful about so far in the 2008 season after a disappointing ’07 campaign in which they finished with a 3-6 record. Already this season, the Braves have eclipsed those three wins en route to a perfect campaign so far.
For a squad that plays in one of the toughest football conferences in the country (California Southern Section), the Braves have not advanced to the Southern Section playoffs since ‘04, when they fell to[ Long Beach Poly|http://fp.tv/teams/hs/10222] in the Div. 1 second round.
Head coach Kiki Mendoza’s team is on a mission to avenge last season’s losing record, and so far, his squad is heading down the right path.
And there has been plenty of joy so far on a Braves team that's laden with veterans. The senior-heavy Braves are led by star quarterback Keith Price and wide receiver Will Shamburger.
Price, a three-sport star and dynamic signal-caller, is a University of Washington recruit while his favorite target, Shamburger, is a Boise State recruit. The duo provides John Bosco a dynamic one-two punch and has given defenses headaches all season.
Meanwhile, the Braves are ranked fifth in FootballPower’s California state rankings by putting up huge wins. Bosco has scored 202 points through five games and has allowed only 58 points. For a team which such dominating victories, it finally appears – along with their unblemished record -- that the squad is gaining respect in ‘08.
Says Frank Bullison of the Long Beach Press Telegram, “They dominated two pretty good teams (Loyola and St. Paul) the past couple of Friday nights, and were more impressive on the nights I watched them play - against Cabrillo and St. Paul - than were Mater Dei (vs. Carson) and Los Alamitos (against Mayfair) when I saw those teams play up close.”
The next matchup for the Braves comes not until October 17th in their league opener at home against Santa Margarita Catholic (2-3, State PR: 56.41, Rank: 143).
The best has yet to come for Bosco as they anxiously await the arrival of dynamic running back Alex Fletcher. The Lakewood transfer could play very soon if he meets the necessary academic requirements.
As told to the Los Angeles Times by Mendoza, “He’s as good as any football player we have.”
Indeed, adding Fletcher to an already explosive offense should continue the Braves’ dominance in 2008.
And for a team that has suffered misery in the recent past, it’s apparent that they been resurrected with youthful joy.
Next up: October 17 vs. Santa Margarita Catholic.