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.”