By Patrick Flaherty, BPSsports Correspondent
JAMAICA PLAIN — The Dorchester Bears were able to grind out a 12-6 win against Charlestown on Friday night at a rain-soaked Boston English High School.
With less than ideal conditions to start the game, both teams struggled to get anything going on the offensive side of the ball with their first two possessions. Towards the end of the first quarter, the Bears (2-2) offense was finally able to put together a methodical drive, ending it with a 34 yard touchdown run by senior running back Kevin Gratts, who finished the day with 106 yards.
In the second quarter, Dorchester was able to gain yardage through the air as quarterback Elijah Smith connected with Kadeem Collins on the sideline to give Dorchester the ball inside the Charlestown 10 yard line. Robin Cyprien capped off the big pass play with a 5 yard touchdown run, which gave Dorchester a 12-0 lead at halftime.
Despite gaining less than 20 yards on offense in the first half, Charlestown (2-3) was able to make it a one score game in the third quarter when Mark Accino took the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.
Dorchester once again went to the ground game in the third quarter. While the Bears’ offense was unable to put more points on the board, they were able to grind out the clock and dominate the time of possession in the third quarter. Meanwhile, the Bears swarming defense was able to prevent Charlestown from moving the ball past the Bears 30 yard line in the second half, sealing the victory for Dorchester.
This game was moved from White Stadium to Boston English High School because of the heavy rain that the Boston area received over the weekend.
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.