Still short-handed, Burke takes the field

By Evan Freedman, Correspondent

Burke played their first contested game of the season Friday, without a number of starters on hand, and lost at Charlestown, 22-0.  Among the players missing was their first-string quarterback, which radically altered Coach Byron Beaman’s game plan.

“We were changing things on the fly,” said the first year Head Coach.  “Things could have gone differently.”

Beaman knows that with a young team on his hands, he’ll have to be prepared for anything.

“Things are constantly coming up,” he said,  “but it felt good to get out there and play.  We’re not where we want to be yet.  We’ll get there;  We’ll start a new tradition at Burke.”

Beaman said that even though there are many more distractions than he anticipated, his team will continue to fight hard and compete.

“The kids want to play,” he said.  “It’s my job to make sure they’re ready.”

Burke has an open date this Friday.  They will try for their first win September 30 at O’Bryant.

Evan Freedman is a freelance writer based on the North Shore.  He also teaches at Catholic Charities North.  He can be reached at



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