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PREVIEW: Mission Viejo (CA) vs. Don Bosco Prep (NJ)

September 9, 2013

MISSION VIEJO, CA – The best of the West Coast and the best of the East Coast will collide when the Mission Viejo Diablos takes on the Don Bosco Prep Ironmen on Saturday at 11 p.m. (EST) at Mission Viejo’s Diablo Stadium. Over 8,500 fans are expected for a game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

Mission Viejo, of California, and Don Bosco Prep, of New Jersey, are both ranked in the top 100 nationally by RivalsHigh100 and have traditionally been two of the best programs in the nation. Mission Viejo has one of the best records in the nation over the past three decades, while Don Bosco Prep is an astonishing 89-5 since 2005.

The Diablos and Ironmen are both coming off strong seasons, as the Diablos went 11-1 (falling in the state quarterfinals to Long Beach Poly) and the Ironmen went 8-3 (losing in the state semifinals to Bergen Catholic). And both programs feature plenty of Division I talent.

Mission Viejo, coached by Bob Johnson, stars senior quarterback Ian Fieber (San Jose State commit), senior fullback Daniel Marx (Stanford commit) and senior receiver Sean Modster (Boise State commit), while Don Bosco Prep, coached by Greg Toal, stars senior quarterback Frank Nutile (Temple commit), senior tight end Tommy Sweeney (Boston College commit) and senior offensive linemen Tyrell Smith (Virginia Tech commit) and Kevin Feder (Miami commit).

The game is part of the four-game Mission Viejo Classic, which will feature some of the best programs in the state and the nation.

The Diablos have opened the season with back-to-back blowout wins (49-20 over Baldwin and 58-35 over Santiago), while the Ironmen shut out St. Joseph’s Prep 42-0.

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?

Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.