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How Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco became high school football's hottest rivalry - HIGHSCORE
How Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco became high school football's hottest rivalry
Since 2014, there's been no better high school football rivalry than St. John Bosco (Bellflower) and Mater Dei (Santa Ana.). Not in the region. Not in California. And perhaps, not in the country.

The two national powers have met 10 times in that span and it's been either to decide a Trinity League, Southern Section or Southern California regional title.

The game also carries national ranking implications. They have each won national crowns — Mater Dei in 2017 and St. John Bosco in 2019. Each are regulars among top five teams in the country. 

But coaches Bruce Rollinson (Mater Dei) and Jason Negro (St. John Bosco) will tell you that their teams could be playing for an In-N-Out burger or a Chick-fil-A strip and they would engage in an intense battle to the finish.

In their last 10 contests, each has won five times. The cumulative score in those games: St. John Bosco 295, Mater Dei 287.

Heading into Saturday's 7 p.m. game at Santa Ana Stadium, here are capsule looks at their 10 meetings, with photos from our network of photographers and links to our overall coverage.

Oct. 10, 2014 at St. John Bosco | Final score: St. John Bosco 28, Mater Dei 25
Though future NFL quarterback Josh Rosen threw for 201 yards and accounted for two touchdowns and top running back Sean McGrew added 119 yards rushing and another score, it was a 69-yard fumble return by Traveon Beck that proved decisive for the Braves. The Monarchs, who lost three fumbles and missed a 22-yard field goal, got big chunk plays from QB Jack Lowary (21-of-30, 343 yards) but no passes went for touchdowns. Mater Dei mustered only 36 rushing yards on 24 attempts. From there, Bosco (12-2) lost in the section's Pac-5 Division finals to Centennial (Corona), 48-41. Mater Dei (9-3) was eliminated one week earlier by the Huskies.
Matthew Katnik (55), St. John Bosco
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Matthew Katnik (55), St. John Bosco

Oct. 16, 2015 at Santa Ana Stadium | St. John Bosco 42, Mater Dei 21
The three-touchdown margin was misleading as Bosco raced to a 42-0 lead late in the third quarter before freshman quarterback JT Daniels threw three late TD passes to make it reasonable. McGrew, a future Washington Husky, rushed for 218 yards and two touchdowns, Cross Poyer added two more rushing scores. From there, Bosco breezed to seven more wins to improve to 13-0 before losing 62-52 to Centennial (Corona) in the Southern Section D1 finals. Mater Dei (10-3) was eliminated one week earlier by Centennial.
Sean McGrew, St. John Bosco
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Sean McGrew, St. John Bosco
Oct. 21, 2016 at Cerritos College | Mater Dei 26, Bosco 21
Before 9,000 fans, the Monarchs broke a six-game losing streak to Bosco, keyed by a 75-yard punt return for touchdown by Amon-Ra St. Brown, an interception by Jalen Cole and a go-ahead TD run by Shakobe Harper. Mater Dei scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to break the streak. Demetrious Flowers rushed for two TDs and Re-al Mitchell accounted for 250 yards and another score for Bosco. Rollinson said the team's line play on both sides keyed the win.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Mater Dei
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Amon-Ra St. Brown, Mater Dei
Dec. 3, 2016 at Cerritos College | St. John Bosco 42, Mater Dei 28
More than 13,000 jammed into Cerritos College to watch the Braves get revenge in the Southern Section Division I final. Line play again decided this one, but only this time Bosco's OL paved the way for 405 rushing yards, including 100-yard games from Terrence Beasley (22 carries, 145 yards, 1 TD), Mitchell (20, 131, 2) and Flowers (20, 120, 2). Harper rushed for two more scores and sophomore Daniels threw for 290 yards and two scores, but he also was intercepted by Jaiden Woodbey, Stephan Blaylock and Tyrel Thomas. The Braves went on to beat De La Salle the following week 56-33 for their second state Open bowl title in four years.
Demetrious Flowers, St. John Bosco
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Demetrious Flowers, St. John Bosco
Oct. 13, 2017 | El Camino College | Mater Dei 31, St. John Bosco 21
It was the Daniels (18-of-24, 326 yards) to St. Brown show as the two connected eight times for 206 yards and two touchdowns as the Monarchs never trailed. Daniels, the top-rated junior QB in the country, also showed off his much improved speed, rushing for 97 yards. St. John Bosco introduced 6-foot-5, 240-pound sophomore DJ Uiagalelei as its first-time starting QB and he didn't disappoint, throwing for 243 yards and two long touchdowns. He was sacked seven times.
JT Daniels, Mater Dei quarterback
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JT Daniels, Mater Dei quarterback
Dec. 2, 2017 at Cerritos College | Mater Dei 49, St. John Bosco 24
Daniels and the Monarchs were unbeatable on this night and every game throughout their magical season, piling up nearly 500 yards in another wire-to-wire win. Daniels threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns, three to Bru McCoy and Harper continued his big-game prowess with 107 yards rushing and two scores. It offset a 20-of-21 performance by Uiagalelei but Mater Dei was in control from the start and put it away with three TDs in the fourth quarter. They'd go on the next week to beat De La Salle 52-21 for the Open Division title Mater Dei outscored opponents 724-229 on the year and never trail once en route to a MaxPreps National Championship.
Bru McCoy, Mater Dei
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Bru McCoy, Mater Dei
Oct. 13, 2018 at Santa Ana Bowl | St. John Bosco 41, Mater Dei 18
In the eighth-ever meeting between the nation's top two ranked teams, the Braves got a huge game from Uiagalelei, who passed for four of his five touchdowns in the first half and finished with 278 yards passing. With Daniels reclassifying after his junior season and moving on to USC, this was the start of a fantastic QB rivalry between Uiagalelei and Bryce Young, who threw for 311 yards and a couple of scores. But three TD passes to Jake Bailey, plus a 75-yard touchdown run to start the second half from George Holani solidified the Braves' spot at No. 1 in the country.
DJ Uiagalelei (5), St. John Bosco
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DJ Uiagalelei (5), St. John Bosco
Nov. 23, 2018 at Cerritos College | Mater Dei 17, St. John Bosco 13
After 13 straight wins to start the year, including a decisive win over the Monarchs, St. John Bosco was stunned in the Southern Section Division 1 title game as Mater Dei held the Braves' high octane offense to 202 yards and two touchdowns. The secondary held Uiagalelei to seven completions, 105 yards and intercepted him twice, including one by All-American Elias Ricks. Mater Dei held the ball 31 minutes, 34 seconds to 16:26 for Bosco and got touchdowns by McCoy and Harper to advance to the state Open bowl game, where it defeated De La Salle 35-21.
Every Mater Dei-Bosco games features big hits, but especially so in the second 2018 contest.
File photo by Jeff Brocca
Every Mater Dei-Bosco games features big hits, but especially so in the second 2018 contest.
Oct. 25, 2019 at Panish Family Stadium | Mater Dei 38, St. John Bosco 24
In another meeting of the nation's top two teams, Alabama commit Young stole the show, accounting for 329 yards and five touchdowns leading No. 1 Mater Dei to the wire-to-wire win. Kody Epps was on the receiving end of 11 of Young's passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns as the Monarchs held a two TD lead early and never gave it up despite 320 yards passing from Uiagalelei. 
Bryce Young, Mater Dei
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Bryce Young, Mater Dei
Nov. 30, 2019 at Cerritos College | St. John Bosco 39, Mater Dei 34
In a complete reversal of 2018, the Braves turned the tables on the Monarchs, winning one of the most exciting and memorable Southern Section title games in memory. St. John Bosco fought back from a 28-5 deficit, scoring 34 unanswered as Uiagalelei simply wouldn't let his team lose. He threw for 446 yards and five touchdowns, outdueling by a nudge his good friend Young, who threw 405 yards and five TDs. But Young was intercepted three times and Uiagalelei none. The Clemson-bound Uiagalelei completed the 34-point swing with two touchdown passes to Logan Loya (10 catches, 164 yards) to make it 39-28 with 8:52 left. Young responded with a 23-yard TD pass to Kyron Ware-Hudson three minutes later. Eventually, the game came down to a Hail Mary heave by Young from midfield. Eight players had a shot at the pass in the end zone, but Bosco's Kris Hutson came down with the interception to seal it. Two weeks later, Uiagalelei cemented his prep legacy by accounting for 477 yards and five scores in a 49-28 win over De La Salle for Bosco's third state bowl title and first MaxPreps National Championship. The following month, Young and Uiagelelei were selected 2019 national MaxPreps co-Players of the Year.
DJ Uiagelelei accounted for 446 yards and five touchdowns in his Southern Section finale.
File photo by Louis Lopez
DJ Uiagelelei accounted for 446 yards and five touchdowns in his Southern Section finale.
High school basketball: Sierra Canyon junior Amari Bailey scores 35 in 70-54 win over short-handed Windward - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Sierra Canyon junior Amari Bailey scores 35 in 70-54 win over short-handed Windward
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) extended its league win streak to 58 games Tuesday night, defeating Windward (Los Angeles) 70-54 in a battle of short-handed California powers. Multiple scratches put a damper on the anticipated conference battle as Chance Westry and Shy Odom joined an injured Bronny James on the bench while Windward was without star duo Dylan Andrews and Kijani Wright.

UCLA commit Amari Bailey made up for the missing pieces in a big way, finishing with a game-high 35 in the lopsided victory that saw eight player suit up for Sierra Canyon (6-0).

The five-star junior helped the Trailblazers overcome a slow start, scoring the first 14 points of the contest for Sierra Canyon, including all nine first-quarter points for his side.
Amari Bailey, Sierra Canyon
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Amari Bailey, Sierra Canyon
After trailing by one heading to the second quarter, Sierra Canyon methodically stretched out its advantage with a 17-4 second quarter and 24-15 third quarter to lead 50-29 heading into the final frame.

Sierra Canyon returns to action on Friday night as they travel to Crossroads (Santa Monica).

Windward (7-3), which was paced by a team-high 21 points from Brandon Richard, faces Brentwood School (Los Angeles) on Friday.
Brandon Richard, Windward
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Brandon Richard, Windward
Sierra Canyon's Bronny James motions to his teammates on the court.
Photo by Nick Koza
Sierra Canyon's Bronny James motions to his teammates on the court.

HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of March 15-21.

Boys

Midwest Region
(Includes: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

Junior | OH
7 Games Played
Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.43
Receptions: 9
Rcpt/Game: 1.29
Aces: 7
Blocks: 2

Junior | S
8 Games Played
Assists: 62
Assists/Game: 7.75
Team Hitting%: 0.324
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 1.75
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

Northeast Region
(Includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington D.C.)

6'3 | Junior | OH
10 Games Played
Kills: 43
Kills/Game: 4.30
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 1.30
Receptions: 36
Rcpt/Game: 3.60
Aces: 4

Senior | RS
9 Games Played
Kills: 31
Kills/Game: 3.444
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 1.67
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

South Region
(Includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)

Senior | OH
9 Games Played
Kills: 40
Kills/Game: 4.444
Digs: 37
Digs/Game: 4.11
Receptions: 33
Rcpt/Game: 3.67
Aces: 2
Blocks: 4

Senior | S
13 Games Played
Assists: 133
Assists/Game: 10.231
Team Hitting%: 0.291
Digs: 34
Digs/Game: 2.62
Aces: 5
Blocks: 6

West Region
(Includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

Senior | S
9 Games Played
Assists: 86
Assists/Game: 9.56
Team Hitting%: 0.197
Digs: 7
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

Senior | OH
9 Games Played
Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 3.56
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.44
Receptions: 58
Rcpt/Game: 6.44
Aces: 4
Blocks: 4

Girls

Maryland
Senior | OH
10 Sets Played
Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 3.2
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 44
Rcpt/Game: 4.4
Aces: 8
Blocks: 1

Nevada
6'0 | Senior | OH
7 Sets Played
Kills: 22
Kills/Game: 3.14
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 1.43
Receptions: 44
Rcpt/Game: 6.29
Aces: 2
Blocks: 3

New Mexico
6'2" | Senior | MB
12 Sets Played
Kills: 59
Kills/Game: 4.92
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 1.92
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 1.92
Aces: 11
Blocks: 18

Oregon
5'10" | Junior | OH
12 Sets Played
Kills: 48
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 40
Digs/Game: 3.33
Receptions: 31
Rcpt/Game: 2.58
Aces: 5
Blocks: 10

Virginia
5'11" | Senior
11 Sets Played
Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 5.5
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 0.91
Receptions: 33
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 6

Washington
5'9" | Senior | OH
10 Sets Played
Kills: 66
Kills/Game: 6.6
Digs: 51
Digs/Game: 5.10
Receptions: 59
Rcpt/Game: 5.9
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

Wisconsin
5'5" | Senior | OH/DS
9 Sets Played
Kills: 44
Kills/Game: 4.89
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 4.78
Receptions: 29
Rcpt/Game: 3.22
Aces: 6

About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program:

The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps.com in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org.
Texas high school football: Defending 6A champ Austin Westlake releases 2021 schedule - HIGHSCORE
Texas high school football: Defending 6A champ Austin Westlake releases 2021 schedule
With the 2021 high school football season less than 100 days away, schools are beginning to release their schedules. Westlake (Austin, Texas), the defending 6A Division 1 state champs, are the latest to do so. Excitement is builds for the Chaps after a 14-0 season in which they grabbed their second straight state title.

They took out the two-time reigning 6A D1 state champs, North Shore (Houston), in the semifinals with a 24-21 win. Clemson-bound quarterback Cade Klubnik scored the game-winning touchdown on fourth down with just under two minutes remaining from 1-yard out.

The following week, Westlake beat Quinn Ewers and Southlake Carroll (Southlake) 52-34 to claim the state title in Texas' largest classification. That win propelled the Chaps to a spot at No. 3 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings and the top-ranked team from the Lone Star State.

Klubnik was named to the MaxPreps Junior All-America first team and four-star wide receiver Jaden Greathouse was a first-team selection on the MaxPreps Sophomore All-America squad. Legendary head coach Todd Dodge was named the 2020 Football Coach of the Year.

Dodge led Westlake to a 15-1 record in 2019, beating Guyer (Denton) 24-0 in the 6A Division 2 state championship and the Chaparrals begin the 2021 season riding a 24-game winning streak.

This upcoming season will be Dodge's eighth year as head coach for the Chaps and he has gone 88-11 during his tenure and expect the two-time state champs to be ranked in the Top 5 when we release our preseason MaxPreps Top 25 rankings on June 23.

After the two largest classifications in Texas (5A, 6A) pushed back the high school football season last year because of the pandemic, football returns to its normal fall start as most Texas schools in the middle spring practice gearing up for the 2021 season.

Earlier this week the Chaps announced their schedule with the first game Aug. 27 against Temple.

The marquee matchups include a Sept. 3 showdown with Ollie Gordon and Trinity (Euless), which went 11-2 last season and made it to the 6A Division 1 quarterfinals. The following week Westlake takes on Mansfield Summit (Arlington) as the Jaguars are coming off a 5A Division 1 semifinal appearance.

After a bye week, the Chaps face their first district foe — Del Valle, which made a huge offseason splash bringing in former IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) head coach Bobby Acosta. He led the Ascenders to an 8-0 season in his only year in Bradenton and they went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country.

The biggest game is at the end of the regular season against rival Lake Travis (Austin). The two didn't play last year as the Cavaliers had to cancel their final two regular-season games because of a positive coronavirus test in the program. Lake Travis is the last team to beat Westlake when Hudson Card led the Cavaliers to a 26-25 win on Oct. 11, 2019.
Cade Klubnik, Austin Westlake
File photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Cade Klubnik, Austin Westlake
2021 Austin Westlake football schedule

Aug. 27 — at Temple

Sept. 3 — vs. Trinity (Euless)

Sept. 10 — vs. Mansfield Summit (Arlington)
*At Mary Hardin-Baylor's Crusader Stadium (Belton)

Sept. 24 — at Del Valle

Oct. 1 — vs. San Marcos

Oct. 8 — vs. Bowie (Austin)

Oct. 14 — at Hays (Buda)

Oct. 22 — vs. Akins (Austin)

Oct. 29 — at Austin

Nov. 5 — vs. Lake Travis (Austin)
High school softball: Alabama team wins 46-45 in third-highest scoring game in prep history - HIGHSCORE
High school softball: Alabama team wins 46-45 in third-highest scoring game in prep history
Jonathan Whitfield didn't have a single hit, run, stolen base, strike out or catch in the record-setting Alabama high school softball game between Park Crossing (Montgomery) and Lanier (Montgomery) Monday, yet he might have left Lagoon Park the most exhausted.

Whitfield was the game's official scorer.

In the third-highest scoring game in history according to the NFHS record book, Park Landing escaped with a 46-45 in a nearly five-hour 6A AHSAA Area 3 tournament game. The game set state records for runs (91), walks (65) and hit-by-pitches (29). Latoria Cleare set a state mark scoring seven runs even though she didn't record an official at-bat. She walked five times and was hit by three pitches.

Four other players tied the previous state record with six runs, including teammate Janiya Watts and Lanier players Aryn Williams, Jai Mister and Jamil Young.

De’asia Hinds led the way at the plate for the winners with two hits and seven RBI, while Watts and Amanda Wesley each had three hits and five RBI.

Remarkably, Lanier managed just five hits but turned 42 walks into 45 runs. In defeat.

Park Crossing took leads of 11-4 and 18-5 after the first two frames but watched Lanier roar back to take a 22-20 lead in the top of the fourth, then go up 30-22 in the top of the fifth. The Thunderbirds took back the lead at 32-30 after five, Lanier struck for 11 in the sixth to go up 38-32 but Park Crossing added 10 in the bottom half, to go up 42-38.

A seven-run uprising in the top of the seventh gave the Poets a 45-42 lead, but the Thunderbirds ended it with a four-run rally in the bottom half.

As remarkable as the victory was, Park Crossing was just getting started.

It beat Lee 16-15 in the semifinals, then lost 18-2 to Lee to force a deciding game for the 6A Area 03 title. Park Crossing pulled out another thriller, 15-14, on Thursday. 

The national record for runs in a game was established in California during the 2011 season when Cuyama Valley beat Coast Union 48-47.