The two national powers have met 10 times in that span and it's been either to decide a Trinity League, Southern Section or Southern California regional title.
The game also carries national ranking implications. They have each won national crowns — Mater Dei in 2017 and St. John Bosco in 2019. Each are regulars among top five teams in the country.
But coaches Bruce Rollinson (Mater Dei) and Jason Negro (St. John Bosco) will tell you that their teams could be playing for an In-N-Out burger or a Chick-fil-A strip and they would engage in an intense battle to the finish.
In their last 10 contests, each has won five times. The cumulative score in those games: St. John Bosco 295, Mater Dei 287.
Heading into Saturday's 7 p.m. game at Santa Ana Stadium, here are capsule looks at their 10 meetings, with photos from our network of photographers and links to our overall coverage.
Oct. 10, 2014 at St. John Bosco | Final score: St. John Bosco 28, Mater Dei 25
Though future NFL quarterback Josh Rosen
threw for 201 yards and accounted for two touchdowns and top running back Sean McGrew
added 119 yards rushing and another score, it was a 69-yard fumble return by Traveon Beck
that proved decisive for the Braves. The Monarchs, who lost three fumbles and missed a 22-yard field goal, got big chunk plays from QB Jack Lowary
(21-of-30, 343 yards) but no passes went for touchdowns. Mater Dei mustered only 36
rushing yards on 24 attempts. From there, Bosco (12-2) lost in the
section's Pac-5 Division finals to Centennial (Corona), 48-41. Mater Dei
(9-3) was eliminated one week earlier by the Huskies.
The three-touchdown margin was misleading as Bosco raced to a 42-0 lead late in the third quarter before freshman quarterback JT Daniels
threw three late TD passes to make it reasonable. McGrew, a future Washington Husky, rushed for 218 yards and two touchdowns, Cross Poyer
added two more rushing scores. From there, Bosco breezed to seven more
wins to improve to 13-0 before losing 62-52 to Centennial (Corona) in
the Southern Section D1 finals. Mater Dei (10-3) was eliminated one week
earlier by Centennial.
Oct. 21, 2016 at Cerritos College | Mater Dei 26, Bosco 21
Before 9,000 fans, the Monarchs broke a six-game losing streak to Bosco, keyed by a 75-yard punt return for touchdown by Amon-Ra St. Brown
, an interception by Jalen Cole
and a go-ahead TD run by Shakobe Harper
. Mater Dei scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to break the streak. Demetrious Flowers
rushed for two TDs and Re-al Mitchell
for 250 yards and another score for Bosco. Rollinson said the team's line play on both sides keyed the win.
Dec. 3, 2016 at Cerritos College | St. John Bosco 42, Mater Dei 28
than 13,000 jammed into Cerritos College to watch the Braves get
revenge in the Southern Section Division I final. Line play again
decided this one, but only this time Bosco's OL paved the
way for 405 rushing yards, including 100-yard games from Terrence Beasley
carries, 145 yards, 1 TD), Mitchell (20, 131, 2) and Flowers (20, 120,
2). Harper rushed for two more scores and sophomore Daniels threw for
290 yards and two scores, but he also was intercepted by Jaiden Woodbey
, Stephan Blaylock
and Tyrel Thomas
. The Braves went on to beat De La Salle the following week 56-33 for their
second state Open bowl title in four
Oct. 13, 2017 | El Camino College | Mater Dei 31, St. John Bosco 21
was the Daniels (18-of-24, 326 yards) to St. Brown show as the
two connected eight times for 206 yards and two touchdowns as the
Monarchs never trailed. Daniels, the top-rated junior QB in the country,
also showed off his much improved speed, rushing for 97 yards. St. John Bosco
introduced 6-foot-5, 240-pound sophomore DJ Uiagalelei
as its first-time starting QB and he didn't disappoint, throwing for
243 yards and two long touchdowns. He was sacked seven times.
Dec. 2, 2017 at Cerritos College | Mater Dei 49, St. John Bosco 24
and the Monarchs were unbeatable on this night and every game
throughout their magical season, piling up nearly 500 yards in another
wire-to-wire win. Daniels threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns, three
to Bru McCoy
and Harper continued his big-game prowess with 107 yards rushing and
two scores. It offset a 20-of-21 performance by Uiagalelei but Mater Dei
was in control from the start and put it away with three TDs in the
fourth quarter. They'd go on the next week to beat De La Salle 52-21 for the Open Division title Mater Dei outscored opponents 724-229 on the year and never trail once en route to a
MaxPreps National Championship.
Oct. 13, 2018 at Santa Ana Bowl | St. John Bosco 41, Mater Dei 18
the eighth-ever meeting between the nation's top two ranked teams,
the Braves got a huge game from Uiagalelei, who passed for four of his
five touchdowns in the first half and finished with 278 yards passing.
With Daniels reclassifying after his junior season and moving on to USC,
this was the start of a fantastic QB rivalry between Uiagalelei and Bryce Young
who threw for 311 yards and a couple of scores. But three TD passes to
, plus a 75-yard touchdown run to start the second half from George Holani
solidified the Braves' spot at No. 1 in the country.
Nov. 23, 2018 at Cerritos College | Mater Dei 17, St. John Bosco 13
13 straight wins to start the year, including a decisive win over the Monarchs, St. John Bosco was
stunned in the Southern Section Division 1 title game as Mater Dei held
the Braves' high octane offense to 202 yards and two touchdowns.
The secondary held Uiagalelei to seven completions, 105 yards and
intercepted him twice, including one by All-American Elias Ricks
Mater Dei held the ball 31 minutes, 34 seconds to 16:26 for Bosco and
got touchdowns by McCoy and Harper to advance to the state Open bowl
game, where it defeated De La Salle 35-21.
Oct. 25, 2019 at Panish Family Stadium | Mater Dei 38, St. John Bosco 24
another meeting of the nation's top two teams, Alabama commit Young
stole the show, accounting for 329 yards and five touchdowns leading No.
1 Mater Dei to the wire-to-wire win. Kody Epps
was on the receiving end of 11 of Young's passes for 175 yards and three
touchdowns as the Monarchs held a two TD lead early and never gave it up
despite 320 yards passing from Uiagalelei.
Nov. 30, 2019 at Cerritos College | St. John Bosco 39, Mater Dei 34
a complete reversal of 2018, the Braves turned the tables on the
Monarchs, winning one of the most exciting and memorable Southern
Section title games in memory. St. John Bosco fought back from a 28-5 deficit,
scoring 34 unanswered as Uiagalelei simply wouldn't let his team
lose. He threw for 446 yards and five touchdowns, outdueling by a
nudge his good friend Young, who threw 405 yards and five TDs. But
Young was intercepted three times and Uiagalelei none. The Clemson-bound Uiagalelei completed the 34-point swing with two touchdown passes to Logan Loya
(10 catches, 164 yards) to make it 39-28 with 8:52 left. Young responded with a 23-yard TD pass to Kyron Ware-Hudson
three minutes later. Eventually, the game came down to a Hail Mary heave
by Young from midfield. Eight players had a shot at the pass in the end
zone, but Bosco's Kris Hutson
came down with the interception to seal it. Two weeks later, Uiagalelei
cemented his prep legacy by accounting for 477 yards and five scores in
a 49-28 win over De La Salle for Bosco's third state bowl title and
first MaxPreps National Championship. The following month, Young and Uiagelelei
were selected 2019 national MaxPreps co-Players of the