By Evan Freedman, BPSsports.com Correspondent
SOUTH BOSTON – Southie made things a little more interesting in the Boston North Division Friday night at Saunders Field, defeating previously unbeaten Madison Park, 22-8. Despite three fumbles, the Knights scored two touchdowns in the fourth to outlast the Cardinals and remain undefeated in divisional play.
The Knights’ defense held Madison Park to 131 total yards from scrimmage.
“We tackled as a team tonight,” said South Boston Head Coach Sean Guthrie. “One-man tackling hasn’t worked. We’re trying to build consistency on both sides of the ball.”
South Boston running back James Toles had himself a fine two-way game. The senior rushed for two touchdowns and made a key interception on defense in the fourth quarter.
Toles put the Knights up 8-0 in the first on a seven yard touchdown run and subsequent conversion. Madison Park answered in the second, parlaying a fumble recovery into a Jonathan Miles 2 yard touchdown run, tying the game at the half.
Southie fumbled in the red zone on the first possession of the second half, but Madison Park gave them the ball right back on a bad punt snap. Again, Madison Park’s defense held and the Cardinals had some momentum.
In the fourth, Toles took a handoff 59 yards to the endzone, changing directions a couple of times along the way. Minutes later, after Southie’s third fumble of the game at midfield, Toles intercepted a pass, leading to a Sean Hunter score in the waning moments of the game.
With the win, South Boston improves to 2-0 in the division and 4-4 overall. They have another divisional opponent next week, as they travel to West Roxbury. Madison Park still has the best overall record in the division at 4-2. They take on Charlestown at home Friday afternoon.
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