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Dorchester wins defensive struggle against South Boston

Posted by Justin Rice  September 15, 2012 01:37 PM

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Dorchester juniors Tyrone Bozeman and Dale Cooper bring down South Boston's Adrian Shelton. Dorchester's defense held South Boston scoreless on Saturday morning at White Stadium.(Photo courtesy of TechBoston Academy)

Despite having amazing field position most of the morning, Dorchester couldn’t punch the ball in against South Boston in the first half of Saturday's tilt at White Stadium.

Dorchester started its first three possessions of the game from South Boston’s 17, 24 and back at the 24, but could not muster anything offensively. It took a botched reverse, turned into a 70-yard TD run, for the Bears (2-0) to finally get on the board with 5:19 left in the third quarter — the only score in Dorchester’s 6-0 victory.

“I was motioning my wingman and I guess the left tackle, he bumped into the wingman,” junior quarterback Demetrius Leary said of his TD run that helped improve his team to 2-0. “I decided with my skills to run to the outside and the blocking scheme was nice so there was open space.

“It was just all determination. Without the blocking I would have never scored.”

South Boston (0-2), which lost to Latin Academy 26-20 in overtime last week after scoring all of its points in the fourth quarter, responded by driving to Dorchester’s 10-yard line on their next possession.

But on 4th-and-10, a pass to junior wide receiver Pannell Davis went through his hands as he fell backwards into the end zone. After forcing punts on Dorchester's next two drives, South Boston fumbled the ball away on two consecutive fourth downs. First on Dorchester's 22 and then on Southie’s final drive of the game as junior quarterback Sean Hunter was sacked.

South Boston, which was so deadly with its deep threat against Latin Academy last week, completed only one pass against the Dorchester on Saturday. The biggest bright spot for Southie was its 225 yards rushing, led by senior running back Bless Anedoadzi's 142 yards.

“It was weird, we couldn’t click on all cylinders,” South Boston coach Sean Guthrie said. “I think the blitzing threw them off. Stuff that was working all week, we weren’t executing properly; [there were] a lot of dropped balls.

“We missed a lot of opportunities. We had the ball in their red zone many times. We put ourselves in bad spots with punts and the defense held them, held them, held them and then gave up that one run. We had the yards we just couldn’t punch it in when we needed to.”

Dorchester did a good job of shutting down Southie’s normally potent pass attack. The Bears head coach Rich Moran said they focused on stopping the pass after they saw Southie posted 111 yards passing against Latin Academy.

“Because of what happened with Latin Academy last week, we covered it very well, we played a lot of man so our kids are doing well,” Moran said. “We were aware they were going to pass. We had to stop that. They went trips one side and were sweeping it. We weren't gonna give that up.”

Dorchester had no passing game of its own to speak of because Leary had an injured finger. The Bears only threw once all morning and at times used backup quarterback Marvin Sylvain.

“On the snap, the exchange wasn’t that good, it wasn’t clean,” Moran said. “We went back to him though, he toughened it out.”

The win was also a good test for a young Dorchester squad, who defeated New Mission 36-0 last week. But that game was New Mission's first ever in program history.

“I knew this would be a tough game and I knew the defense had to win it for us and I’m proud that the defense won it for us,” junior linebacker Leon Sealy said. “I believe in us. We are a family. We came together.”

To view more photos of Dorchester's football team visit the school's Flickr page.

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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