The Huskies and Braves are the Second and Third Ranked Teams in California*
Friday night’s Division 1 Semifinal game at St John Bosco promises to be one of the best games of the year. The Braves have a 10-2 record and are ranked second in the State and fourth in the Nation. The Huskies are 11-1 and in the number 3 spot in California and fifth nationally.
Centennial has won the last two times that these powerhouses have met in the playoffs. The Huskies won 48-41 in 2014 and then outgunned the Braves 62-52 last year.
They have opened up gaping holes for running back Miles Reed and provided protected for quarterback Tanner McKee and are the “unsung heroes” of the Huskies offense.
The Huskies’ junior quarterback has thrown for 3,290 yards and 33 touchdowns. He has also run for 458 yards and 14 scores. His favorite receivers are seniors Justin Fisher, Troy Spencer, Xavier Marshall and junior Manual Allen. Fisher leads the team with 52 catches for 1,244 yards and has hauled in 19 scoring passes.
Reed has run for 1,967 yards on 240 carries. He has also scored 31 times on the ground and once in the air. The Huskies also have sophomores Thomas Kinslo and Octavio Cortez waiting in the wings to carry the ball.
St. John Bosco has a tough and talented defense. They held Santa Margarita to just 14 points last week. The Braves have been consistent every week and only one team scored more than 30 points on them this season.
Seniors Travis Tuitasi, Cross Poyer, Jacob Callier and sophomore Chris Steele lead the Braves in tackles. Callier and fellow senior Kyle Murray lead he team in sacks and Tyrel Thomas is the interception leader.
Re-al Mitchell is the Braves quarterback. The junior has thrown for 2,392 yards and 24 touchdowns. Look for him to connect with his senior receiving corps of Terrell Bynum, Berkeley Holman, Kristian Gilbert and Jonathan Bonds. Mitchell has also run for 770 yards and 2 TDs.
Senior Terrance Beasley is the leading ground gainer for St John Bosco. He has run for 1,020 yards on 125 carries and has scored 4 times. Junior Deleterious Flowers has added 687 yards on 82 touches.
*Rankings by Maxpreps
Photos by Metre Anthony