St. John Bosco Braves: 2019 Division 1/2 Southern Section high school football preview

Here’s an inside look at the CIF Southern Section Division 1/2 St. John Bosco Braves football team.

Links: St. John Bosco team page | 2019 schedule | Roster


13-1, (5-0) Trinity League champions, Division 1 Southern Section runners up (lost 17-13 to Mater Dei)


Jason Negro is entering his 10th season as the head coach at St. John Bosco.


DJ Uiagalelei QB Sr. 6-5 245

Kris Hutson WR Sr. 5-11 170

Jode McDuffie WR, KR, PR Jr. 5-10 166

Jonathan Vaughns FS, WR Sr. 6-2 216

Jake Newman FS Sr. 6-1 196

Ma’a Gaoteote MLB Jr. 6-2 228

Logan Loya WR, KR, PR Sr. 6-0 177

Rayshon Luke RB So. 5-8 153

Nathaniel Jones RB Sr. 5-10 213

Kourt Williams II SS, OLB Sr. 6-1 210

Nathan Burrell DE So. 6-1 223

Matayo Uiagalelei TE, DE Fr. 6-5 221

Kobe Pepe DT, DE Sr. 6-2 299

Drake Metcalf OT, C Sr. 6-2 265

Maximus Gibbs G Jr. 6-6 385

Earnest Greene OT So. 6-5 325

Beaux Collins WR, SS, FS Jr. 6-3 180


DJ Uiagalelei QB

Clemson commit. A consensus top quarterback in the 2020 recruiting class. Threw for 3,366 yards and 48 TDs last season. Also plays baseball.

Logan Loya WR, KR, PR

National recruit and Orange Lutheran transfer. Made 73 catches for 1,057 yards and 11 TDs last season for the Lancers.

Kourt Williams II SS, OLB

Ohio State commit and leader of the defense.


It’s disappointing, but St. John Bosco’s season doesn’t really start until the Southern Section championship game. No one wants to hear it, but that’s the truth.

This team is loaded and will play Mater Dei in the Division I title game. The Braves have lost the last two years in that game and are desperate to get a win against their archrivals to win a title. The two teams meet in the regular season at Bosco on October 25.

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