By Evan Freedman, BPSsports.com Correspondent
EAST BOSTON – Fueled by a power running attack, the East Boston Jets got a key Boston North Division win against Charlestown Friday night, 28-6. The Townies, who were atop the division before tonight’s contest, had a serious depth problem, as they dressed just 15 players.
Eastie senior back Andre Rickerson rushed for two touchdowns and topped the century mark in yards with 108. The breakout play was a 65 yard scamper in the second quarter that knotted the game at 6. Rickerson added the conversion rush and East Boston never looked back.
“Charlestown got tired as the game went on,” said East Boston Head Coach John Parziale, whose team evened their record at 2-2. “We had a good rush defense, which prevented them from throwing the ball and getting back in the game.”
Adding to Charlestown’s woes, starting quarterback Izer Barnes, who was a big part of the Townies’ rushing offense early, went down with injury twice. After the second injury shortly after halftime, he did not return to action.
East Boston junior tight end Davonte Holloway and junior running back Matthew Robinson scored touchdown runs in the second half to seal the game.
Although Eastie won comfortably, Parziale says his team played “lazy football,” which included 12 penalties for 110 yards.
“We’re blocking too high, and we had too many holds,” said the coach. “We’re not a good team yet.”
Charlestown will regroup to host undefeated Cathedral next Friday night. East Boston hosts winless divisional opponent West Roxbury next Friday night as 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