Despite having three touchdowns called back on penalties, Brighton High managed to take out Madison Park 28-6 on Friday night at English High — handing the Cardinals their first loss of the season.
Junior quarterback Jonathan Marrero rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns while junior running back Andrew Maeste added a rushing touchdown of his own.
“We were working hard all week, we just came out here and executed our plays,” Maeste said. “I know we made a few mistakes but we came out as a team and we worked hard. We’ve come a long way since training camp in August. We’ve been working hard and it’s paid off.”
Madison Park junior Isiah White scored to cut the lead 8-6. After taking a 22-6 lead at the half, Brighton (5-1) iced the game early in the third quarter. The Cardinals fumbled a snap in the shotgun and the ball skid all the way to the end zone on the slick turf. Several players failed to fall on it successfully before Brighton senior linebacker Omar Thomas finally landed on it for the final touchdown of the night that wasn’t called back.
“Penalties are penalties,” Marrero said. “They are gonna come but our offensive and defensive line just has to watch the ball.”
After the game Brighton coach James Phillips told his team Madison Park is not as talented as years past but they “Still bring the same old rotten stuff MP brings and you were able to shake it off.”
But Phillips, whose team takes on Easton Boston at 7 p.m. back at English High next week, warned his team that they won’t be able to beat the Jets if they commit as many penalties as they did against Madison Park.
“We’ll be more out of our comfort zone next week,” he told his team. “We’ll be playing arguably the second best team in the city.”
Marrero said Eastie shut them out 30-0 last year.
“We just gotta stay focused,” he said. “Our defense needs to step up again. We have to regroup. East Boston, they are a tough team and we have to bring it. Right now I don’t know anything about [East Boston]. Right now me and my team are me and my team and we’re not really worried.”
The Cardinals (2-1) play Burke next week at 3 p.m. at White Stadium.