By Patrick Flaherty, BPSsports Correspondent
JAMAICA PLAIN — The South Boston Knights were able to break at 8-8 halftime score with a strong 3rd quarter to earn a 24-14 victory over the Jeremiah E. Burke Bulldogs Friday night at White Stadium.
While the Knights were favored coming into the game, the win less Bulldogs set the tone in the early going. Buke’s George Tate came up with a big interception in the first quarter, which he then followed up with a tremendous 23 yard pass reception which allowed the Bulldogs to control the football for most of the 1st quarter. That 69 yard drive was then capped off by a Dexter Forrester 4 yard Touchdown run to give Burke the early lead.
The South Boston offense was then able to put together a 69 yard touchdown drive of their own, which included big runs by sophomore backs Pannel Davis and Bless Anodize. Anedoadzi (6 carries, 93 yards, 1TD) finished the drive with a 19-yard Touchdown scamper, which helped South Boston go into the half tied with the Bulldogs at 8 a piece.
After having to sit out the entire first half, Knights running back James Toles (5 carries, 112 yards) came up huge in the 3rd quarter. Toles first returned a Burke punt 72 yards, which brought South Boston down to the 4 yard line. The Knights capitalized on the big return with a 5 yard touchdown run by their fullback, Sam Pierre. Toles then came back on Southie’s next possession with a 73-yard run, which set up a touchdown rush for Pannell Davis to put the Knights up 24-8 late in the 3rd.Despite a 4th quarter touchdown by Burke, the Knights were able to leave White Stadium with a 10 point victory.
After the game, we caught up with South Boston Head Coach Sean Guthrie, who credited his younger players for rising to the occasion. “Having some young guys in there, some of them were uneasy. But a guy like Bless (Anedoadzi) is going to get some regular carries now that he’s proved himself on the varsity level” said coach Guthire.
South Boston will host Boston North rival Madison Park next week, while Jeremiah E. Burke will visit Brighton.
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.