By Evan Freedman and Patrick Flaherty
The Brighton Bengals came into the 2011 season as the favorites to win the Boston South. After their performance on Friday, they’re off to a good start.
Brighton shut out Boston English in their opener Friday night at White Stadium, 34-0. The loss drops English to 1-1 after their forfeit victory over Burke in week 1A.
The Bengals controlled the line of scrimmage and ran for well over 200 yards.
Brighton Head Coach James Philip was pleased with his team’s performance on both sides of the ball.
“We worked very well as a unit,” said Philip. “We swarmed to the ball and moved off the line well.”
Brighton (1-0) scored in all four quarters thanks to long runs by fullback Andrew Maestre and quarterback Jonathan Marrero. Maestre ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, while Marrero capped the scoring in the fourth with a 68 yard punt return for a touchdown.
Coach Phillip gave credit to his offensive coordinator Randolph Abraham. “I have confidence in Randolph,” he said. “He played for me. He’s worked for me since he graduated from college. I let him run what he wants to run, most of the time.”
While the score might not indicate it, there were some bright spots for the English football team. Wing back Richard Monteiro showed the ability to make plays in the open field and was able to break several tackles against a swarming Brighton defense. Another sign that the English football program is headed in the right direction is the number of players on their squad, which has nearly doubled since last season.