East Boston’s “D” handles Latin Academy

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 freedman.evan@gmail.com 

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