LA HABRA -- For a brief moment, the sequence appeared harmless and undisguised. Yet, as defenses across the Southland have found out in recent years, nothing is ever simple when St. John Bosco receiver Bryce Treggs is involved, not even a short bubble screen. Treggs turned inside, caught the ball, made a swift cut up field and was gone.
La Habra defenders desperately lunged at his feet, but Treggs seemed to find a different gear with each stride, gliding into the end zone for an 89-yard touchdown. St. John Bosco's first offensive play of the game proved to be a dagger in a surprisingly dominant 41-6 victory over La Habra on Thursday night.
"I wanted to work on my track speed," Treggs said with a wide grin. "Just get my knees up and keep going. That's all I was thinking."
The Cal-bound Treggs finished with eight catches, 192 receiving yards and two touchdowns. His other score came on a deep, 47-yard post route that made it 21-0 near the end of the first quarter.
The rout was on.
"It was critical for us to get ahead of these guys early," St. John Bosco coach Jason Negro said. "We fell behind 21-0 last week [against Loyola], tried to fight our way back and couldn't do it. We told our kids we needed to get on top right away."
Contributions from all angles gave the Braves (4-1), ranked No. 18 in the ESPN Los Angeles prep football top 25, a big cushion. They had five takeaways -- including a pivotal interception on La Habra's first play from scrimmage -- and got solid production from senior quarterback Rene Medina (242 passing yards) and tailback DaVonte Young (78 yards rushing and a score).
"We just couldn't stop them," La Habra linebacker Aaron Porter said. "It was tough on us."
The Highlanders (2-3) fell against a Trinity League team for the third straight week, following losses to Servite (24-16) and Orange Lutheran (30-24). They were out of sync from the start and struggled to generate momentum, narrowly avoiding the shutout on the final play of the night.
"I didn't expect anything like this," Young said. "I'm very thrilled with the final score."
Said Treggs: "In last week's loss we came out very flat and didn't set the tone. That's what changed. The scoreboard showed it."