Here's the second of our weekly blog posts highlighting three football games to watch in the Boston City League.
No. 1 Madison Park vs. Latin Academy at White Stadium, Friday 3 p.m.:
Looking to win its first North title since 2010, Madison Park will have to first deal with defending South champs, Latin Academy.
The Cardinals roster will be younger this year with first-year starters Hector Villar and Alexis Santiago in the backfield, but nothing will change about its wing-T offense. That will probably be a relief for Latin Academy after they gave up a 60-yard TD pass against Southie last week that sent the game into OT.
The Dragons outlasted South Boston, 26-20, in overtime.
No. 2 Burke at Charlestown, Friday 6 p.m.:
It’s no secret that both programs are trying desperately to turn things around. So playing each other in the season opener for both squads could be just what the doctor ordered. Second-year Burke coach Byron Beaman is looking for his first victory, as is first-year Charlestown coach George Munroe.
Burke could be the Townie’s best opportunity for an early victory as they play in a tough Boston North division.
The same could be said for Burke, which ran an I-formation last year, and will debut its option offense against Charlestown on Friday night. Despite not winning a game last year, Beaman managed to keep his players together and upbeat.
No. 3 South Boston vs. Dorchester at White Stadium, Saturday 10 a.m.:
Dorchester is coming off a 36-0 victory against New Mission. But that was New Mission's first game in program history. Saturday’s matchup against South Boston will be an entirely different story. South Boston will be hungry for a victory after losing to Latin Academy in overtime last week.
Backup quarterback Hakeine Walcott led the Knights in a 20-point fourth-quarter comeback against Latin Academy last week so it will be interesting to see if head coach Sean Guthrie stays with his backup or hands the ball to his starter, Sean Hunter.
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