CIF SS Football: Centennial Heads to St John Bosco for Friday’s Division 1 Semifinal Showdown


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The Huskies and Braves are the Second and Third Ranked Teams in California*

15056235_1226736737389010_7765302356379540842_nFriday 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.

15109580_1226741057388578_8421040982780882434_nThe Huskies have one of the best offensive lines in the country. It consists of seniors Punahou Mahelona, Tyler Wells, Jacob Jankoviak and juniors Billy Lutui and Solo Vaipulo,

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.

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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.

15095624_1226737604055590_4947844318470999763_nReed 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.15107193_1226740734055277_619576294980477711_n

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.15095071_1226740280721989_6881027866464807899_n

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 

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