By Evan Freedman, BPSsports.com Correspondent
Brighton fell at Stoneham last night, 21-12. The Bengals were devastated by penalties and miscues, especially near the goal line.
“We had the ball first and goal at the one in the third quarter, looking to take the lead,” said Head Coach James Philip. “Not only could we not score, we were backed up to our 35 yard line.”
Brighton (1-1) moved the ball early on long touchdown runs by senior running back Dwight Kennedy and senior quarterback Jonathan Marrero. Kennedy left the game in the second quarter after breaking his knuckle, slowing down the Bengals’ attack.
With Stoneham (2-1) leading 14-12 at the half, Philip told his guys to hit hard and come out scoring. Brighton controlled the ball most of the third quarter, but those errors on the goal line ended the threat. Stoneham scored in the fourth on a 57 yard rush by senior Paul Delorfano, who eclipsed 100 yards on the night.
“That was a mental lapse on defense,” said Philip. “There were several of those over the course of the game.”
Philip said Brighton will lay their focus on reducing penalties and mental mistakes.
“We need to play smart football,” Philip said. “We need to execute better.”
Evan Freedman is a freelance writer based on the North Shore. He also teaches at Catholic Charities North. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org