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Obiangwe leads West Roxbury to win over Charlestown

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  September 21, 2012 07:16 PM

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West Roxbury junior running back Michael Obiangwe heads to the end zone for the second of his three touchdowns against Charlestown on Friday afternoon. The big man finished with 214 yards in the 20-12 victory.

After West Roxbury lost the season opener, 20-12, to Ashland, coach Derek Wright and his team wanted to make sure it wouldn’t happen again. Their hard work showed as they beat Charlestown, 26-0, on Friday afternoon.

Eight minutes into the first quarter, the Raiders offense scored on their first drive of the game on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by senior David Bertucci.

Junior running back Michael Obiangwe had a stellar game, finishing with 214 yards rushing.

“I worked hard for it at practice,” he said of his performance. “I expected better than that though. All I want to do is beat coach’s record. I’m still working on that.”

The second score came in the form of a 25-yard breakaway run by Obiangwe during the second quarter.

Right before the end of the first half, Obiangwe had another touchdown run of 33 yards.
Obiangwe showcased his talents on both sides of the ball playing defense and offense, providing a sack during the second quarter.

“We played a whole lot harder [this game,]” Obiangwe said. “The defense stepped up and we just did a whole lot better than last week. We have to keep working on it and getting better, especially since we’re playing Madison next week.”

After a scoreless third quarter, the game ended with a 3-yard run by senior running back Franzy Joseph.

The Raiders’ defense was at their best, creating constant pressure on Charlestown junior quarterback Ibrihama Diallo, sacking him three times.

Junior right back Marcelo Holliday had a strong defensive game, contributing multiple tackles.

“We did okay,” he said. “We tried our hardest but we could have done better. We’re going to work on running and being more aggressive [for next game.]

Even the victorious Raiders believe they have work to do.

“We played well, we still made more mistakes than we wanted to,” Wright said, “but we played well enough to win. It was a good first win for the guys. We’ll work harder this week to get better, but I don’t think it’s going to be easy. With hard work and dedication, we will [make it to the finals.]”

Despite the loss, Charlestown coach George Munroe looks at it as a learning experience.

“They learned a lot about themselves which is good,” he said. “We knew we were outgunned coming into this. But I want guys who are not going to quit, and they fought every single play. That’s what I want, I want guys who are going to fight. We’re rebuilding, and that’s in their minds. But even in rebuilding, you still have to fight.''

Mary Pavlu covers Boston Public school athletics. She can be reached at Mary.Pavlu@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaryPavlu

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