Los Angeles Preps: Nick Lehman
November, 18, 2011
By Sean Ceglinsky | ESPNLosAngeles.com
MISSION HILLS -- Each and every time Bellflower St. John Bosco needed a big play in Friday night's Southern Section playoff game, Bryce Treggs delivered.
The senior receiver finished with 130 yards on seven receptions, two catches coming in the fourth quarter on the game-winning drive, as the visiting Braves came from behind multiple times en route to a 33-28 victory over Alemany in a Pac-5 Division opener.
“He was the best player on the field, I saw that, you saw that, everyone saw that,'' St. John Bosco coach Jason Negro said. “Teams game plan for him all of the time and that's a testament to how good of an athlete he is. He was lights out for us tonight.''
For all intents and purposes, the Braves (9-2) entered the game as a bit of an underdog despite having been No. 17 in the most recent ESPNLosAngeles.com rankings.
The Warriors (8-3) were No. 12 in the same poll.
Treggs had pair of clutch receptions in the waning moments of the game. His 25-yard catch and 11-yarder set up DaVonte Young's 3-yard touchdown run with less than a minute remaining in the game. Alemay had no answer for Treggs.
“It was go time, and when it's go time, that's my time to shine,'' said Treggs, who has committed to Cal. “My teammates carried me the whole game. I felt like I owed it to all of them to come up with a couple of big plays. I got warmed up and it was on.''
Steven Mitchell did his best to keep Alemany close.
He blocked a 46-yard field goal attempt by Reid Budrovich in the third quarter and Alemany took over near midfield. Devon Dunn completed a 20-yard pass to Jeff Farrar and scored on a 1-yard run to give the Warriors a 28-27 lead with 10:57 left in the game.
Dunn finished 14-of-23 for 275 yards for the Warriors. His three interceptions, however, and one lost fumble proved to be costly in the end result.
“Quarterback has to be the toughest position in this sport,'' Dunn said. “There was a lot of pressure on me. I am going to have to deal with it now.''
Treggs was relatively quiet in the first half. Things changed over the course of the final 24 minutes of play. Drastically, mind you. He had a 20-yard touchdown reception to give St. John Bosco a 27-21 advantage with 7:20 remaining in the third quarter.
Treggs did not come down with his first catch until the 8:08 mark of the second quarter. Receptions came in bunches the rest of the way. His 28-yard grab set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Royce Moore to give the Braves a 21-20 lead at the halftime break.
"I dont' worry about getting mine, I'm not a selfish player,'' Treggs said.
When it appeared as if St. John Bosco had the momentum, the Warriors answered. Dunn hit Farrar on a 55-yard touchdown pass. Mitchell followed with 35-yard interception return to give Alemany a 21-13 lead with 5:07 left in the second quarter.
Trailing for the first time in the game, the Braves responded midway through the first half of play. Rene Medina connected with Nick Lehman on a 19-yard touchdown pass and St. John Bosco regained the advantage, 13-7, with 7:00 left in the second quarter.
Medina completed 14-of-24 passes for 256 yards.
Late in the first quarter, Mitchell atoned for an earlier mistake. He took a handoff from Dunn and then darted to the left. Alertly, Mitchell cut the run back to the right side and scored on a 4-yard jaunt. As a result, Alemany led 7-6 with 1:48 remaining on the clock.
Following a poor punt in the opening minutes, St. John Bosco took over with good field position. Minutes later, Moore was able to break through the middle of the line and score on a 15-yard run to give the Braves a 6-0 lead with 7:44 left in the first quarter.
Sean Ceglinsky covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.