FB: Bosco opens with a win

Junior running back Sean McGrew ran for touchdowns from four, 30 and 45 yards out and senior quarterback Josh Rosen threw for one score and ran for another as St. John Bosco of Bellflower started the 2014 season with a 63-14 romp past St. Louis of Honolulu.

Will there be another CIF state title coming at St. John Bosco?

Will there be another CIF state title coming at St. John Bosco?

The Braves, who were No. 1 in the Cal-Hi Sports preseason state rankings and are defending CIF Open Division bowl game champions, had no difficulty with St. Louis, which is usually one of the top three or four teams in Hawaii. They led 21-0 in the first quarter.

According to totals derived from the seventh printed edition of the Cal-Hi Sports state record book and from the CalPreps.com site, St. John Bosco’s win improved California’s record in all-time games against Hawaii to 102-58-3.

There will be another California-Hawaii matchup on Saturday night when Edison of Huntington Beach plays Baldwin of Wailuku. Next week, another Hawaii team, Kamehameha of Honolulu, is playing host Del Oro of Loomis in the first night of the Honor Bowl series.

St. Louis played in the very first reported game between the two states in 1925 with a 40-0 win over San Mateo.

The Crusaders also have been in the most memorable games. They ended Canyon of Canyon Country’s 46-game win streak in 1986, stopping the Cowboys one short of trying the state record at the time. Canyon then returned the favor in 1990 by snapping a 55-game win streak by St. Louis with a 40-0 triumph.

In 2002, when De La Salle of Concord was in the midst of extending its national record win streak to 151 games, the Crusaders played the Spartans at Aloha Stadium before more than 17,000 fans (including Cal-Hi Sports) and lost 35-13.

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