Nothing ‘unofficial’ about St. John Bosco’s national title says receiver Kris Hutson

Team Makai’s Kris Hutson caught 15 touchdown passes for St. John Bosco (Calif.) this season. Photo by Andrew Lee/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

There is no official national championship in high school football, but don’t tell that to Kris Hutson of St. John Bosco.

When the wide receiver was asked about the Braves’ status as unofficial champions of the country, Hutson immediately fired back, “What do you mean, unofficial?

“It’s official. We’re said and done. Everybody refused to play us. We asked St. Thomas Aquinas and Duncanville, Texas, to play us for the national championship. We asked. They didn’t play. We beat Mater Dei and De La Salle. MaxPreps has us as No. 1, everybody has us at No. 1, so we’re No. 1, Champs. It’s official. Ain’t no unofficial.”

Hutson’s comments came after practice Wednesday at Aloha Stadium. He and his Team Makai mates are preparing for the fourth-annual Polynesian Bowl on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Aloha Stadium. It is also being televised on CBS Sports Network to the mainland.

In 14 games this season, Hutson — an Oregon commit — caught 69 passes for 1,290 yards and 15 touchdowns. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) finished 13-1, avenging its only loss (38-24) with a 39-34 CIF SS Division I Final win over Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.). The Braves went on to beat De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 49-28 in the California Open title game.

One of the St. John Bosco’s victories was a 42-10 affair against Mililani at Mililani’s home field Sept. 21.

“That was was real fun, playing against a team that comes from a different culture,” Hutson said about the matchup against the Trojans. “That was pretty cool to play in. The Poly Bowl is a good bowl to play in.”

On Saturday, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Hutson will be playing against his quarterback at St. John Bosco, DJ Uiagalelei, a Clemson commit, who will be suiting up for Team Mauka.


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