By Evan Freedman, BPSsports.com Correspondent
CAMBRIDGE — Boston Latin and Boston English took the field for the 125th time this morning at Harvard Stadium. English came in upset-minded, and after a scoreless first quarter, it looked like they might have had a fighter’s chance. But Latin scored 22 points in the second quarter, and struggling English did not have enough offensive firepower to keep pace.
On the strength of five touchdown runs longer than 30 yards, the Wolfpack downed the Blue and Blue, 50-0.
Latin junior running back Jhalen Bien-Aime started the scoring spree early in the second quarter with a 63 yard touchdown rush. He added a 73 yard scamper on the first possession of the second half, and had another touchdown late in the game on a blocked punt return. Offensively, Bien-Aime totaled 147 yards on 4 carries, contributing to nearly half the Wolfpack yardage on the day.
Also getting in on the action was Latin captain, senior running back Tyler Hallinan, whose 43 yard sprint to the endzone in the second quarter changed the momentum of the game for good.
After an English fumble late in the second, Latin senior Mike Lenane broke a rush 42 yards, putting the Wolfpack up 22-0 at the half.
The second half was more of the same, as Latin added a 32 yard touchdown run by junior running back Mike Surdek late in the third to increase their lead to 44-0. The final points were put up by Latin junior running back Mike Cronin, who broke through the line from the three to help the Wolfpack reach the half century mark for the second straight Thanksgiving game.
Latin’s Thanksgiving Day dominance continues, as they have lost to English just twice since 1966. The win caps a streaky year for the Wolfpack, as they won their first three games, but had lost six of seven coming into today. They finished fourth of five teams in the Dual County (Small) League.
English, which has a short roster with mostly underclassmen, will surely regroup and bounce back next year under second year Head Coach Chris Boswell.
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