Seeking first win, Dorchester plays at Matignon

By Evan Freedman, Correspondent

Dorchester travels to Somerville Friday night to play a non-conference game at Matignon High.  Matignon, playing out of the Catholic Central Conference, is coming off a 30-12 loss to Minuteman High.  Dorchester Head Coach Richard Moran expects a passing attack from the Warriors (1-1).

“They spread it out,” said Moran, whose Bears lost their opener to Southie, 18-6.  “They like to throw the ball.”

Dorchester (0-1) plans to counter with a mix of pass and run, utilizing mobile quarterback Elijah Smith and running back, senior captain Kevin Gratts.

“We’re going to establish the run, but we’ll pass the ball, too,” said Moran.   “It’ll be about 50/50.”

The Bears hope to avoid the mental mistakes that cost them Friday at Southie, when a bad snap led to a fumble in their own end zone.

“We were not smart,” said Moran, who said his team should have known to take the safety instead of risking six points.  “You can’t beat a good team like South Boston making those kind of mistakes.”

Although the Bears have no tape of Matignon, they are familiar with their system, and look to occasionally go deep with their speedy wideout, senior Michael Belfiore.

“Belfiore is a disciplined receiver who runs good routes,” said Moran.  “We’ll use some play action to open things up, then get Gratts off and running.”

The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville.

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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