Southie honors former coach, Lerro, with first victory

South Boston honored its former coach, Robert Lerro, on Friday night by snagging its first win of the season against Dorchester.

A high school coach and teacher in the Boston school system for the past 37 years, Lerro died in 2007.

“It was a memorial game for the head coaches that came before me,” fifth-year Southie coach Sean Guthrie said about the 18-6 victory. “We won the game, we’re happy about that but it was one of those games you play terrible and somehow you still win.”

Senior running back James Toles rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown and sophomore Pannel Davis added 47 yards rushing, 30 yards receiving and a touchdown after Sean Hunter forced and recovered a fumble.

“He had a good game,” Guthrie said of Davis.

The defensive was led by senior defensive tackle Joseph Francois

“He was wreaking havoc on the center, he had about five tackles for losses,” Guthrie said.

Guthrie said Dorchester played well.

“They had good numbers,” Guthrie said. “I think they had about 40 players, which is really good for a city school.”

Southie, which lost to Whitman-Hanson, 29-24 last week, lost two players to knee injuries against Dorchester.

Guthrie said he thinks senior tight end, Euclides Semedo, injured his MCL and junior offensive tackle and defensive end  Malik Joseph injured his ACL. Guthrie said Semedo will probably be out at least three weeks and Joseph is likely out for the season.

Sophomore Derrone Spone and senior Reggie Kemp will battle for the tight end spot this week in practice and center Tony Nyugen will move to tackle.

Southie hosts Wayland at 6 p.m. on Friday at Sounders Field.

“It’s going to be a good competition; they are going to be a good team,” Guthrie said. “This week we’re going to work hard to clean up mistakes. We had lot of penalties, over 100 yards in penalties.”

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