Breaking down SJ Bosco-Mater Dei

OCT. 15 -- In what was billed as the biggest game in the state so far this year, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco held on and beat Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 28-25 over the weekend. Don't be surprised to see those two go at it one more time when the Pac 5 playoffs roll around.

In a game that was a little sloppy on both sides and filled with turnovers, dropped passes and penalties, the Braves did just enough to pull this one out. Here's our breakdown of some of the top individual performers from the game.

St. John Bosco

*QB Josh Rosen- Rosen made some big time throws down the field and was just as impressive when he had to elude pressure and run for positive yards. As is the case with every game we've seen of Bosco this year, his receivers dropped multiple passes, at least five that we counted but to his credit, Rosen didn't let it affect him and his overall maturity is probably the biggest area of improvement for him in the last year.

He has an NFL arm right now and throws with touch and accuracy. Following one run, it looked like his knee buckled a little and it seemed to affect his pocket mobility. He took a couple of sacks where it looked like he had a chance to either step up in to the pocket or move away from the pressure.

Another area we'd like to see Rosen improve on his accuracy on the deep ball. He almost throws with more accuracy when he has a man in his face and has to throw with more touch. When he sets himself, he'll often overshoot his receiver by a few yards. That's all nitpicking as Rosen is a tremendous prospect and easily a top 10 player in the country.

*RB Sean McGrew ('16)- McGrew finished with 125 tough yards on 25 carries and had to do a lot of the damage on his own. We've always marveled at McGrew's toughness and ability to run inside for a 170 pound back and it was on display in a big way against the Monarchs.

MD has a very strong front seven and McGrew was hit behind or right at the line of scrimmage several times. He still managed to spin away and make positive yards. There's no doubt he's a unique talent with the speed to break the long run from anywhere on the field but it's his surprising toughness and durability that really stand out.

*WR Kaylin Franklin- Bosco badly needs one of their young, gifted receivers to step up and in this game, that was Franklin. He almost doubled his season output in catches and yards with six for 139 yards and a score. Franklin is a smooth receiver who runs well. He's about 6-0 and can do some things after the catch when he gets in space. If he can continue to improve his hands and develop as a natural pass catcher, he definitely has the tools to play at the next level.

*DB Traveon Beck ('16)-Beck moves around between corner and safety and made some big plays in this game. In what was arguably the biggest play of the game, he recovered a fumble and ran 69 yards for a touchdown at a point in the game when Mater Dei looked poised to take the lead. He did have a costly personal foul penalty but that's actually one of the things you like about Beck- he's a physical, aggressive kid and always difficult to play against.

*OL Zach Robertson- Robertson is a guard at the next level but is playing both tackle spots for Bosco this year. Physically, he looks good, slimmed down since the summer and is moving better than we can remember. His lateral mobility was also much improved and he was able to get to the second level a few times. He's a very strong kid and is a solid run blocker. All the tools are there for Robertson to be a standout at the next level assuming the motor matches the skill set.

*DE Jacob Callier ('17)- Callier wears No. 44, same number of former Brave and current USC freshman defensive end Malik Dorton and there are some definite similarities. Callier is a solid 6-2, 240 pounds, has an active motor and a nose for the football. He's only a sophomore but assuming he continues to develop, definitely projects as a high Div I prospect in a couple of years.

Mater Dei

*QB Jack Lowary- It was an up and down game for Lowary who made some big time throws down the field but also had a couple of costly turnovers. On the plus side, Lowary continues to improve as a pocket passer. He has always had a cannon for an arm but has really improved his timing and downfield accuracy.

He made one throw where he shuffled his feet backward while keeping his eyes down the field, on balance and hit his tight end with a ball right on the money about 30 yards down the field. He can still get better at taking a little off when he needs to but the biggest thing is ball security. Lowary is a senior but this is his first year starting and he sometimes tries to make a play when there isn't one to be made. Hopefully with more game experience, Lowary will improve in this area and it's imperative for the Monarchs chances down the road that he does.

*ATH Ben Humphreys- Humphreys is a great two-way talent but has been mainly playing on the defensive side of the ball this season. He moved to safety from linebacker this season and it's a natural position for him. He's one of the most instinctive players in the region, is strong in run support and very good in pass coverage as well.

Humphreys runs well to the football and is a big hitter. He has an incredible motor and never takes a play off. When you factor in his leadership skill and high level competitiveness, he's a tremendous prospect who will play early in college.

*TE Kyle Penniston- Penniston has always had a ton of potential and he's having a breakout senior season. He has good size at about 6-4 and 220 pounds and has always caught the ball well. He has made a big jump athletically and is now getting open down the field and running well after the catch.

Against Bosco, Penniston was a very tough matchup and was getting open repeatedly against a very good secondary. He's going to continue to fill out as he gets older and should improve his athleticism as well. He'll be a strong red zone threat at the next level and should develop in to a very good blocker as well.

*DL Malik McMorris- McMorris might be the most under-recruited player in the west and it's baffling he's still waiting for his first offer. He plays all over the defensive line but probably projects best as a nose guard at the next level. He's quick off the ball, incredibly strong and almost impossible to move around at the line of scrimmage.

He's also a very good fullback and is a devastating blocker. He would need to drop some weight to play that position in college but does have the talent. Still defense is his meal ticket and some school that takes a chance on him will get a steal. Like we said with Humphreys, McMorris has a non-stop motor and plays with a relentless passion for the game.

*DT Olive Sagapolu- Sagapolu is another two-way standout who also plays offensive guard but we love him as a future NG. He's a load in the middle, very quick off the ball and can take on a double team and still get a push. He's a better run stuffer right now than a pass rusher and was able to manhandle the Bosco OL for much of the game.

*WR Andre Collins ('16)- Collins is a big receiver who has really come in to his own this season. He has good speed and hands and improving toughness. He had a breakout game two weeks ago and was off to another good start against Bosco before dislocating his ankle early in the 2nd half. Collins definitely has some upside to him and it's a major disappointment to see his season cut short right when his game was starting to take off. We know how hard he works off the field and if anyone can come back stronger than ever, it's Collins.

*DE Rasheed Williams- Another player that is surprisingly under-recruited, Williams is one of the state's most versatile rush ends. At 6-2, 260 pounds, he's a physical player who will finish with double digit sacks and is especially strong against the run as well. Williams can hold the edge, change direction with flexibility and is a disciplined player who really uses his hands well. He has a nice swim move, quick first step and his closing speed is very good as well.

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