November 07, 2011
The St. John Bosco Braves know what's at stake in their season finale against Orange Lutheran on Friday. Win and they are in the playoffs, lose and they go home.
"You feel how intense the atmosphere in practice is," offensive lineman Nico Falah said. "Today was the first day of practice of the week but guys were hitting hard and really getting after it. We all know what's at stake," Falah said.
A far improved team from last season, the Braves started this year out 6-1 and 2-0 in Trinity League play but have lost by eight points back to back weeks against traditional league powers Servite and Santa Margarita. Their Friday opponent, Orange Lutheran, will take the playoff spot Bosco is chasing if they win Friday, and are coming off a stunning 31-14 loss to JSerra Catholic.
The Braves are loaded with offensive firepower and are tough to match up with thanks to weapons like running back Davonte Young and wide outs Dalis Bruce and Bryce Treggs, but there standout offensive line has really helped put them in this position to clinch a playoff berth. The line is anchored by Arizona commit Beau Boyster, but the junior Falah has really started to come into his own and start to catch the attention of college coaches.
Falah is the protoypical tackle, with great size at 6'5 and 270 pounds, but also shows great quickness of the snap and has impeccably quick feet for a guy his size.
"I just try and be aggresive," Falah said. "As a line we are all about working as a unit. Those playmakers on our offense help us look good because they just make things happen sometimes but we go into every game trying to be mean and dominate the trenches," Falah said.
Falah said learning from Boyster has been invalauble for his progression as a player and as a junior about to enter the recruiting process. "Beau's one of my best friends and he teaches me a lot," Falah said. "He's helping me through the recruiting process, what to do, what not to do and having somebody like him to look up to is just so important."
Falah's process is just getting started but he has been hearing from the whole Pac-12 and been getting heavy interest from San Jose State, SMU, San Diego State and Boston College. He attended UCLA, USC, San Jose State and Oregon State camp last summer.
"I care about academics, athletics, and location," Falah said. "I want my family to be able to see me play."