By Evan Freedman, BPSsports.com Correspondent
East Boston – It was the classic matchup of a good offense versus a good defense Friday night at Sartori Stadium in Eastie, and in the end, the Jets’ defense prevailed over Latin Academy, 30-8. The Dragons, who have one of the best passing games in the league, gained just 72 yards in the air and only 61 on the ground.
“[Latin Academy quarterback Kyle] Dance is an excellent quarterback,” said Eastie Head Coach John Parziale, “and [wide receiver Alex] Guerrer is very good, too. Tonight we were able to contain them a bit.”
The turning point in this one was in the second quarter, as the game was scoreless, and East Boston had a fourth and five from inside the Latin Academy 10 yard line. Eastie handed off to Andre Rickerson (17 carries, 77 yards, 2 tds), who made the first down by the width of a dime. Two plays later, Rickerson punched it in to put the Jets up 8-0.
Trailing 14-0 at the half, Latin Academy put together a good drive in the third quarter and capped it with an Ernest Kellough 1 yard touchdown run. The conversion pass from Dance to Guerrer (4 catches, 53 yards) made it 14-8.
It was all East Boston from there as Kyle Jimenez-Fox broke a running play 42 yards, then scored a touchdown on an eight yard run. Jimenez-Fox finished with a game-high 139 yards on the ground.
Leo Parnell scored the last points of the game for the Jets, taking a fumbled snap 50 yards for a score. Parnell, a seldom-called lineman, showed some break-away speed as he outran the pack, putting the finishing touches on the win.
Parziale said that this was a satisfying game for his young club:
“Wins are always good, but this was especially good. We’re learning, we have a long way to go.”
The win puts Eastie at 4-3, and in second place in the North Division. The loss drops Latin Academy to 4-3, but they continue to lead the South Division.
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