Monthly Archives: September 2011

East Boston rolls against undermanned Charlestown

By Evan Freedman, BPSsports.com Correspondent

EAST BOSTON –   Fueled by a power running attack, the East Boston Jets got a key Boston North Division win against Charlestown Friday night, 28-6.  The Townies, who were atop the division before tonight’s contest, had a serious depth problem, as they dressed just 15 players.

Eastie senior back Andre Rickerson rushed for two touchdowns and topped the century mark in yards with 108.  The breakout play was a 65 yard scamper in the second quarter that knotted the game at 6.   Rickerson added the conversion rush and East Boston never looked back.

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O’Bryant starting to gel

By Evan Freedman, BPSsports.com Correspondent

After beginning  the season with consecutive losses against Cathedral and East Boston, the O’Bryant Tigers are coming together as a unit.  They shut out visiting Trinity Catholic, 22-0, last week, and are looking ahead to a key division game this week against Burke High (0-3) and former Assistant Coach, Byron Beaman.

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Dorchester and Latin Academy to lock horns in ‘Mason Cup’

By Evan Freedman, BPSsports.com Correspondent

In a matchup named for legendary Dorchester Coach Joe Mason, Dorchester and Latin Academy will take the field  in the ‘Mason Cup’ at 3:30 Friday afternoon at White Stadium.  Latin Academy won the prize last year, 34-0, but Bears’ Head Coach Richard Moran looks to take back the trophy this season against a talented Dragons team.

“Latin Academy has a scary offense,” said Moran before Tuesday’s practice. “They have a lot of size.  It’s our first division game, too, so it’s sure to be a pressure cooker.”

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With first win under its belt, Madison Park heads to Westie

A week after getting shocked by Latin Academy, Madison Park head coach Roosevelt Robinson got his first win of the season on Friday afternoon. Now the 19-year head coach will run into the grandfather of City League football.

The Cardinals will travel to West Roxbury this Friday afternoon for a 3:30 p.m. meeting with the Raiders, who are led by legendary coach Leo Sybertz.

“When I was a kid Leo coached,” Robinson said of Sybertz, who returned to the sidelines a few seasons ago after retiring in 2007 after 31 years.  “I have high respect for Leo. I have played against him as a high schooler and a coach. He always has his program ready.”

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English looks to defeat depleted South Boston squad

Enduring a second straight week of watching two starters go down with injuries, South Boston will look to regroup this week in practice before taking on an English High squad still looking for its first on-field victory.

English (1-2), which won it’s only game in the first week of the season after Burke forfeited because they didn’t have enough players,  hosts Southie (1-2) at 6 p.m. on Friday night underneath the lights.

Southie, which lost to Whitman-Hanson, 29-24 two weeks ago, lost two starters (tight end Euclides Semedo and Malik Joseph) to knee injuries in an 18-6 victory against Dorchester last week. In a 34-20 loss to Wayland on Friday night at Saunders Field, Southie (1-2) lost backup tight end Derrone Stone with a fractured bone in his shoulder and offensive tackle Ruddy Castillo to a neck injury.

“We had to play a JV offensive tackle with one scrimmage of experience,” South Boston head coach Sean Guthrie said. “Derrone Stone, we were hoping just separated his shoulder but when he went in for x-rays they saw a fracture in there. It’s going to be a little longer than we thought.

“The Other injury, Ruddy Castillo, it was just a freak injury. He woke up in the morning and moved his neck quick and couldn’t move his neck in any way.  He tried to play at the beginning but he he had to come out.”

English coach Chris Boswell said he’s not focusing on Southie’s injuries.

“I think everybody has to deal with injuries,” he said. “Unfortunately it’s part of the game. Every team we play is a good team. We got to prepare like every game will be a good game. … We’re going to stress run blocking and tackling; that’s football.  You don’t worry about your opponent. If  you run block and tackle everything takes care of itself.”

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Charlestown’s Leslie sinks Westie with second-half TD runs

After trailing 6-0 at the half against West Roxbury, Charlestown running back Bobby Leslie scored two second-half TD runs to give the Townies the 15-6 win.

Charlestown (2-0) scored its first TD of the game in the third quarter on Leslie’s 21-yard run and Izer Barnes ran in the 2-point conversion to give the Townies the 8-6 lead. In the fourth quarter Leslie sealed the win on a 23-yard TD run before the 2-point conversion pass failed.

“On a good five or six occasions we had their back stopped deep in the backfield, several yards in the backfield,” West Roxbury coach Leo Sybertz said. “We didn’t wrap up well enough. He got some yards on broken plays. Broken plays are our nemesis. Right now we don’t tackle well in space.

“The team that beat us was ourselves more than Charlestown.”

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Despite record, Burke’s spirits are up

By Evan Freedman, BPSsports.com Correspondent

Burke may be 0-3, but try telling that to the players and cheerleaders who withstood the rainfall Friday night in Abington.  They were fired up for their first out of conference game, as they scored their first points of the season on a fourth quarter safety.

“0-3 is not indicative of how we’re progressing,” said Head Coach Byron Beaman, whose Bulldogs lost at Abington, 29-2.  “Our players are starting to get the system.  A lot of them didn’t play growing up.  They’re learning why things are happening.”

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St. Mary’s outruns Eastie

By Evan Freedman, BPSsports.com Correspondent

East Boston could not stop the strong running attack of St. Mary’s of Lynn Saturday night, and fell to the Spartans at Manning Field, 40-12.  Three senior running backs did the damage for St. Mary’s, totalling almost 300 yards among them.  The standout was Cory Donahue, who ran for 121 yards, including a 67 yard touchdown to get St. Mary’s on the board first.

“St. Mary’s has a nice system, with good blocking,” said East Boston Head Coach John Parziale after the game.  “We didn’t tackle well enough tonight.”

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Brighton drops close one

By Evan Freedman, BPSsports.com Correspondent

Brighton fell at Stoneham last night, 21-12.  The Bengals were devastated by penalties and miscues, especially near the goal line.

“We had the ball first and goal at the one in the third quarter, looking to take the lead,” said Head Coach James Philip.  “Not only could we not score, we were backed up to our 35 yard line.”

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Second half surge seals a victory for the dragons

By Patrick Flaherty, BPSsports.com Correspondent

JAMAICA PLAIN — It was a tale of two halves for the Latin Academy Dragons as they edged out the Boston English 14-6 on Friday at a rain soaked English High School.  The Dragons young offensive line lead the charge in the third and fourth quarters, opening up lanes for tailback Earnest Kellough, wing back Shaver Lazarus, and quarterback Kyle Dance.

The first half was controlled by the English Blue and Blue, who took their second possession of the game 66 yards and capped off the drive with an 8-yard touchdown by senior wing back Richard Monteiro.  However, English was denied the 2 point conversion after a false start penalty backed their offense up to the 8 yard line.

The Latin Academy Dragons then turned up their defensive intensity in the 2nd quarter, stalling two English trips in the red zone.  Dragon safety Alex Guerrer came up with a crucial interception late in the 2nd quarter to prevent English’s second scoring chance.

“In the first half we came up with some big defensive plays in the red zone,” Latin Academy Head Coach Rocco Zizza said of his teams second-quarter defense. “[English] could have been up two or three touchdowns easily in the first half.  They did a great job.  They’re a good team.”

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