By Patrick Flaherty, BPSsports.com Correspondent
When asking football coaches what the most important aspect of the games is, they’ll tell you it’s turnovers. And this concept certainly held true on Friday night when the East Boston Jets (3-2) took down the West Roxbury Raiders (0-4) by a score of 38-20 at Sartori Stadium in East Boston.
The West Roxbury Raiders seemed in command early in the first quarter when they forced a three and out by the East Boston offense, and then orchestrated at 76 yard drive, capped off by a 1-yard Michael Obiangwe touchdown run that gave the Raiders an 8-0 lead.
The Jets responded quickly with a 52 yard scoring drive of their own when quarterback Anthony Whitney sneaked in a 1-yard touchdown run. The East Boston special teams then went to work in the 2nd quarter, recovering fumbles off of two squib kicks. The Jets were then able to capitalize with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Whitney to Kyle Jimenez-Fox, and a Connor Henry 21 yard touchdown run on a reverse to make it 22-8.
The Raiders answered by putting together another long scoring drive, with quarterback Muller Mirvile rushing 4 yards for a touchdown to make it 22-14. However, the turning point in the game came right before the half when Eastie’s defense forced West Roxbury to fumble at the 50 yard line. Eastie again took advantage of a Raiders turnover when Jimenez-Fox rushed for an 18-yard score, making it 28-14 at the break.
Both squads traded touchdown scores in the 3rd quarter, but another turnover and some costly penalties prevented the West Roxbury Raiders from putting points on the board in 4th, allowing East Boston to earn their 3rd victory of the season.
Despite the many miscues by the West Roxbury offense, East Boston head coach John Parziale credited the Raiders for a hard fought game.
“Westie, we knew was a tough team coming in. Coach Sybertz is a hall of fame coach.” said Parziale.
East Boston will go out of the city next week to take on Austin Prep, while West Roxbury will head home to face Jeremiah Burke.
Pat Flaherty is the producer and play-by-play announcer for Mayor Menino’s Game of the Week, which airs on Sundays at noon and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m, on Boston City TV (Ch. 24). The games also airs on BNN Channel 9 on Mondays at 9:30 p.m.