High School Football: ESPN to Televise No. 1 vs. No. 2 National Showdown Featuring Top-Rated Quarterback Recruit

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High School Football: ESPN to Televise No. 1 vs. No. 2 National Showdown Featuring Top-Rated Quarterback Recruit

ESPN will televise a national high school football showdown between the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the country on Friday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. ET when No. 1 St. John Bosco (Calif.) takes on No. 2 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev. The game will now be televised on ESPN after previously being scheduled for ESPNU.

No. 1 St. John Bosco is led by senior quarterback Josh Rosen, the No.1 pocket-passer (No. 19 overall), senior offensive tackle Zach Robertson (No. 268), and junior athlete D.J. Morgan (No. 289). Coming off a 2013 California State Championship, the top-ranked Braves are 3-0 on the season, having outscored their opponents 153-31.

No. 2 Bishop Gorman winners of five consecutive Nevada Div. 1 State Championships, comes into the matchup with a perfect 5-0 record. Senior Alize Jones, the No. 1 tight end (No. 52) and senior wide receiver Cordell Broadus (No. 133) lead the Gaels, who have scored more than 40 points in four of their five games.

No. 1 St. John Bosco at No. 2 Bishop Gorman is part of the 2014 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase.

Additional Highlights:

  • Future Bruins: Rosen and  Jones have both verbally committed to UCLA, propelling the Bruins to a top 20 recruiting class
  • Family Connections: Broadus is the son of Calvin Broadus, Jr., best known as rapper Snoop Dogg. Bishop Gorman running back Biaggio Ali Walsh is the grandson of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali

    o    Broadus remains uncommitted, but has offers from at least 15 schools, including Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Southern California and UCLA

  • No. 1 vs. No. 2 History: ESPN has twice televised a high school football game featuring the No. 1 vs. No. 2 teams in the country, with the No. 1 team winning both of the previous matchups:o    Sept. 15, 2007: No. 1 Miami Northwestern (Fla.) vs. No. 2 Southlake Carroll (Texas)
    o   Oct. 2, 2009: No. 1 Saint Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) vs. No. 2 Byrnes (S.C.)
  • Scouting Reports: ESPN Recruiting Nation offers in-depth scouting reports on a number of participants in the game, including wide receiver Cordell Broadus, safety Nicco Feritta, tight end Alize Jones, athlete D.J. Morgan, offensive tackle Zach Robertson and quarterback Josh Rosen
  • Game Preview: Recruiting Nation on ESPNU (Thursdays at 6 p.m.) will preview the much-anticipated matchup and take a closer look at quarterback Rosen.
  • Network Change: Friday night’s game was originally scheduled to air on ESPNU, but will now be televised on ESPN
  • Join the Conversation: Follow @ESPNU throughout the game for a second screen experience and tag tweets with #1vs2ESPN.

Game Capsule

Matchup Coverage Location Highlights
No. 1 St. John Bosco (Calif.) vs. No. 2 Bishop Gorman (Nev.)
Fri., Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN*
Jason Benetti, Craig Haubert
Bishop Gorman High School, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Battle of 2013 State Champions
  • St. John Bosco (Calif.) won the CIF Open Division Title last season, finishing 16-0
  • Senior Josh Rosen, No. 1 pocket-passer quarterback, No. 19 in the ESPN 300 and UCLA verbal commit, leads St. John Bosco along with senior offensive tackle Zach Robertson, No. 268, and junior athlete DJ Morgan, No. 289
  • Bishop Gorman (Nev.) won the Nevada Division 1 State Championship last season, finishing 13-2
  • Senior tight end Alize Jones, No 52 in the ESPN 300 and UCLA verbal commit, and senior wide receiver Cordell Broadus, No. 133 in the ESPN 300, lead Bishop Gorman


Team rankings are from USA Today
*Originally schedule for ESPNU



Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner


Derek Volner

I work in college sports, which includes football and basketball, with an emphasis on Olympic Sports. Additionally, I handle ESPN’s coverage of high school athletics and recruiting.
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