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Week 3: BPS football notebook

Posted by Justin Rice  September 24, 2012 12:41 PM

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Robert E. Klein / For the Boston Globe

Boston English running back Francis Okoyo broke through the hole for a score against New Mission on Friday. English ran away with its first non-forfeit victory in two seasons afternoon after defeating the Titans 14-6.

Two tumultuous seasons for the Blue & Blue under coach Chris Boswell came to a screeching halt Friday when the team finally experienced victory on the football field with a culture-changing 14-6 win over New Mission.

For the seniors who have played under Boswell the past two seasons, winning the game was bitter-sweet, inducing memories of a time when winning a game while donning a Boston English jersey seemed light years away.

Some of those seniors could be heard after the game preaching to the younger players that the days of losing at English had come to a close. One of those seniors stood in the middle of the players, imploring “The days of losing 50-0 are over,” referring to last season’s Thanksgiving finale in which the Blue & Blue got battered by Boston Latin.

Tom Lamb, the former Natick High football coach, has been offensive coordinator for Boswell the past two seasons and backed up his elder player's chants for some push-back saying, “There’s more coming from us, we’re taking a step up guys.”

As for the memory of last season’s harsh defeat at the hands of Latin, Boswell doesn’t expect his players to soon forget it.

“That memory’s not erased, but it’s good to see our practice paying off,” said Boswell, who believes the team benefited from tough defeats like the one on Thanksgiving and have only been better for it. “We got to just keep doing what we’re doing. We got the right recipe to win, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

Brighton blues

Brighton made it clear Friday night that they were itching to get out and play some football.

A week after winning a game on a forfeit, Brighton scored 16 points in the first 30 seconds of a 45-38 loss to Martha’s Vineyard at White Stadium.

On the opening kickoff, Bengals’ senior running back Ricardo Edwards scored on a 90-yard return before running in the 2-point conversion to go up 8-0. After Vineyard punted on its first possession, Edwards added a 45-yard TD run on the second play of the Bengals drive. Jalen Apperwhite hit Malique Holley on the 2-point conversion pass to go up 16-0 with 7:30 left in the first quarter.

“We worked hard to play the way we played in the first quarter,” Edwards said of the fast start before describing the kickoff return. “It felt good. I just got the ball and ran with it and I knew I could do it. I did what I did.”

But first-year Brighton coach Randolph Abraham said after they went up 16-0 he could tell his players thought the game was in the bag.

“They weren’t really focused and I was trying to find a way to get them to refocus,” he said. “That’s why I take that blame because I couldn’t find a way to motivate them to find that focus and win the game.”

Rookie head coach

After beating Brighton, Martha’s Vineyard coach Donald Herman said the outcome could have been different if it wasn’t Brighton’s first game.

But Brighton's Abraham wasn't so sure. Abraham initially said no because he has been the Bengals’ assistant since 2004 before taking the head job. On second thought, however, Abraham said the game could have gone differently if he had more head coaching experience.

“[Herman] found our weaknesses and exposed them,” he said. “I put them in the right place but they found the open receivers. So his experience proved [to pay off] so I guess so.”

Lorenzo Recupero covers Boston Public school football. He can be reached at Lorenzorecupero@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @LorenzoRecupero

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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