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Week 3: Three games to watch in BPS football

Posted by Justin Rice  September 20, 2012 02:50 PM

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No. 1 Boston English (0-1) vs. New Mission (0-1) at Reservation Field at 3:30 p.m. Friday

One way or the other, history will probably be made in this matchup.

While New Mission is looking for the first victory in program history, third-year Boston English coach Chris Boswell looks for his first non-forfeit victory since taking over the program.

Boswell is also looking not to forfeit another game himself as English forfeited its first game of the season to Brighton last week because they didn’t have enough players. But they are expected to have about 15 players Friday.

New Mission lost its only game, 36-0, to Dorchester in the first week of the season. They were off last week.

Spicing things up even more is the fact New Mission used to send its players to English the last few years since they didn’t have a team of their own. About four or five players who played for English last year are now playing for New Mission.

No. 2 Martha’s Vineyard (1-1) vs. Brighton (1-0) at White Stadium at 5:30 p.m. Friday

In the last meeting between these two teams the Vineyard beat the Bengals, 8-0, in what was the 2010 season opener for the Bengals. Brighton is hoping to repeat some of their magic from the 2010 season, in which the Bengals made it all the way to the Division 4A Super Bowl before losing, 38-14, to Northeast Regional.

The Vineyard needed a game-winning drive in the final minutes of its game last week to beat Bristol-Plymouth, 28-26.

Brighton won on a forfeit last week because Boston English didn’t have enough players.

No. 3 Charlestown (0-1) at West Roxbury (0-1) 3:30 p.m. Friday

Charlestown will look to get back on track after forfeiting its game against Burke last week because they didn’t have enough players. West Roxbury is coming off a 20-12 loss against Ashland in which they gave up 20 points before finally getting on the board and making it a game.

Besides looking for its first win, West Roxbury will also look to get its passing game on track. The Raiders missed several opportunities in the air against Ashland last week.

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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