Video: St. John Bosco beats De La Salle
Highlights of the Braves 49-28 win over the Spartans in the CIF Open Division state championship.
Deciding who earns the nod for MaxPreps High School Football Coach of the Year is usually a tough call. But after Jason Negro led St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
to a CIF Open Division state championship and the No. 1 spot in the final national rankings, it proved an easy choice.
The Braves played one of the toughest schedules in the country and had notable wins over No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), No. 12 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), No. 18 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), Liberty (Henderson, Nev.), Mililani (Hawaii), Centennial (Corona, Calif.), JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Servite (Anaheim, Calif.).
The biggest win of the season came in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship against Mater Dei, a team that handed Bosco its only loss of the year.
Trailing 28-5 midway through the second quarter, quarterback and co-Player of the Year
led the Braves to 34 unanswered points and a 39-34 victory. St. John Bosco outscored the Monarchs 27-6 in the second half and a lot of that had to do with the coaching adjustments made at halftime.
Negro again had his team ready to roll two weeks later after the emotional win over their Trinity League rival and brought home its third state title since 2013 with a 21-point win over De La Salle in the state title game.
MaxPreps pegged Negro as high school football's coach of the decade
earlier this month as he's turned the Braves into an elite program since taking over before the 2010 season.
Negro's teams are 112-24 over the last 10 years with nine playoff appearances, five Trinity League championships, three section titles and three state championships. The Braves have finished ranked in the Top 25 for seven consecutive years and have finished in the Top 10 every year since 2015.
MaxPreps National Football Editor Zack Poff was on hand Friday to present Negro with his honor and take in Bosco's national championship celebration. See the photos below for a look at the festivities, which included a parade that ended at the school's football stadium.