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    St. John Bosco football clinches share of Trinity League title by defeating JSerra
    • October 21, 2023

    St. John Bosco football clinched at least a share of its first Trinity League title since 2018 by defeating JSerra 42-20 in a hard-fought road game in San Juan Capistrano Friday night.

    The Braves improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the Trinity League. St. John Bosco will play Orange Lutheran (5-4, 2-2) at Orange Coast College on Oct. 27.

    Bosco led 21-10 at halftime and 28-13 heading into the fourth quarter. The Braves scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to pull away to a 42-20 win.

    Bosco started the game on offense and led 7-0 midway through the first quarter. However, Bosco trailed JSerra 9-7 early in the second quarter.

    Braves senior quarterback Caleb Sanchez responded to the adversity by throwing a touchdown pass to senior receiver Stacy Dobbins, which gave Bosco a 14-10 lead. Sanchez threw another touchdown pass to senior receiver Tommy Maher, which extended Bosco’s lead to 21-10 before halftime.

    JSerra (4-5, 1-3) added a field goal early in the second half, which cut Bosco’s lead to 21-13 with 5:29 left in the third quarter. Bosco recovered a muffed punt by JSerra. Bosco senior running back Chauncey Sylvester Jr.’s touchdown run put the Braves up 28-13 with 3:24 left in the third.

    JSerra was in a position to make the content a one-score game again but the Lions fumbled a few yards from the end zone. Notre Dame linebacker commit Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa hauled in the fumble recovery.

    Sanchez threw another touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Madden Williams, which extended the Braves lead to 35-13 with 9:57 left in the fourth.

    Friday’s win was Bosco coach Jason Negro’s 200th career victory, according to Cal-Hi Sports.

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    ​ Orange County Register