Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defeated San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) J Serra by a final score of 49-44 Friday night, handing the Lions their first loss of the season. Under the helm of coach Jason Negro, quarterback and UCLA commit Josh Rosen has led a commanding charge with the young Bosco team who is 6-1 on the season, and 2-0 in league.
Rosen, who has already thrown for over 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season, was presented with a jersey for his selection into the 2015 Under Armour All American game on Thursday afternoon.
“It is an honor to be selected,” said Rosen. “It was really cool for the brief time the ceremony lasted. I mean it was a Thursday, I was looking forward to this game today, and everything outside of Bosco football will matter after we win our second straight championship.”
Rosen, who committed to UCLA last March, is unwavering in his commitment to the Bruins.
“I’m so lucky, I’m living a dream right now,” said Rosen. “I’m playing a game I love and get to continue that on to the next level.”
The senior quarterback is on track to graduate early from Bosco and will enroll at UCLA in the spring to put him in the competition for a starting position in the 2015 season.
Rosen expressed his eagerness to work with the Bruin coaching staff.
“I’m really looking forward to playing at UCLA. I love the Mora’s, they live like two blocks away from us, and we’re friends with their kids,” said Rosen. “I value a good relationship with my coach, just like I have here at Bosco with Coach Negro.”
He’s also close with offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone and quarterbacks coach Taylor Mazzone.
“Coach Noel and Coach Taylor Mazzone are a rare one-two tandem in all of football you could say,” said Rosen. “I don’t know too many father-son coaching tandems that are on the same side of the ball coaching relatively the same stuff. So it’s pretty good, I’m excited to get there, but I’m taking care of business right now,”
The defending CIF State Open Division champion stays focused on the season at hand, with a confidence in the ability of his team to repeat.
After losing their first game since 2012 to Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman earlier in the season, the Braves took the loss as motivation to win out and go undefeated in the Trinity League to return to the state championship game.
“It would be something special to repeat,” said Rosen. “Despite that frustrating loss, the fan base at Bosco is awesome. They have been here through the ups and most of the downs throughout the years,” said Rosen.
Rosen also has his eyes on big things at UCLA.
“The reason I love UCLA so much is because I want to win for a school that isn’t used to winning,” said Rosen. “It’s motivating to want to come back and win out in my senior year. It’s been a privilege to win for St. John Bosco and for this community, and that’s exactly how I feel about the chance to play at UCLA.”