The first one always feels special. That’s what the St. John Bosco football team experienced Saturday night after defeating the legendary gridiron squad from up north-the always powerful and highly respected Concord De La Salle-in winning the school’s first-ever California state championship.
St. John Bosco, behind three touchdown passes by Rosen on the night, handed De La Salle its first loss of the season with a 20-14 victory in the CIF State Bowl Open Division championship game at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The Braves, the CIF Southern Section champion completed an defeated season with a 16-0 record. St. John Bosco wasn’t the only big winner on the day.
Chaminade came out a big winner against Enterprise with a 41-9 victory. A week after pulling off an upset over Gardena Serra, all everything man Donovan Lee made the the big plays to give Chaminade the state title. Lee didn’t just make the big plays, he practically owned the field with three interceptions and scoring two touchdowns, including a 19-yard pick-six.
Corona Del Mar hadn’t played like a slouch all season. Playing in a state bowl game didn’t prove any difference. Jumping out to a 21-point lead in the first quarter, Corona Del Mar used that early advantage to finish with a 27-15 win against Sacred Heart. Like St. John Bosco, Corona Del Mar, which played in the Division III state bowl game, ended its season undefeated with a 16-0 mark.