By Evan Freedman, BPSsports.com Correspondent
In a matchup named for legendary Dorchester Coach Joe Mason, Dorchester and Latin Academy will take the field in the ‘Mason Cup’ at 3:30 Friday afternoon at White Stadium. Latin Academy won the prize last year, 34-0, but Bears’ Head Coach Richard Moran looks to take back the trophy this season against a talented Dragons team.
“Latin Academy has a scary offense,” said Moran before Tuesday’s practice. “They have a lot of size. It’s our first division game, too, so it’s sure to be a pressure cooker.”
The Bears (1-1) are coming off a 14-8 win at Matignon, fueled by a shut-down run defense, timely forced turnovers, and some good special teams play, including long punts from deep in their own zone by senior all purpose player Mike Belfiore.
While Moran stated that Dorchester’s running game and blocking were “weak” against Matignon, they were aided by two long touchdown runs by Robin Cyprien.
“We’ll have to play a lot better against Latin Academy than we did at Matignon,” said Moran.
“We also had too many drops. I guess you could call them “second game jitters.”
Latin Academy (2-1) is looking to follow up back-to-back wins against Madison Park and Boston English. Versatile sophomore quarterback Kyle Dance leads the charge for the Dragons, who have a lot of senior experience to draw from. With a win, they would seize control of the Boston South Division.
“Dorchester has a lot of good athletes,” said Dragons’ Head Coach Rocco Zizza. “They’re big and physical too.” But Zizza was assured of his team’s abilities:
“We’re a confident group. If we keep working hard, we’ll play well.”
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