St. John Bosco and Mater Dei Look a Lot Like Division I Programs

BELLFLOWER, Calif. -- The scent of seared carne asada wafted through the parking lot on a Friday evening last month at St. John Bosco High, an all-boys school tucked in the southeast corner of Los Angeles County.

An overflow crowd of 6,000 -- some hanging over railings, others sitting on $75 end zone bar stools with table service -- packed into Panish Family Stadium, a $7.2 million football stadium with a state-of-the-art video board. A machine spewed fog, lights flashed and a D.J. cranked Metallica's "Enter Sandman" as the home team, in its glittering metallic gold helmets, charged through an inflatable tunnel and onto the field.