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Week 4: Three games to watch in BPS football

Posted by Justin Rice  September 27, 2012 07:26 AM

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No. 1 Greater Lawrence (2-1) vs. Brighton (1-1) at White Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Friday

After giving up a 16-0 lead last week before losing to Martha’s Vineyard, 45-38, Brighton looks to bounce back against another strong non-conference opponent in Greater Lawrence.

The Bengals have proven that they can score at will with their run game and pass game, but now they have to prove they can buckle down on defense.

That will be easier said than done against a Greater Lawrence team that beat Pope John 49-22 in the first week of the season before losing 38-27 to Cambridge. Last week Greater Lawrence beat Chelsea 41-6.

No. 2 West Roxbury (1-1) vs. Madison Park (1-1) at Madison Park at 3:30 p.m. Friday

One way or the other this game will break up a log jam at the top of the Boston North standings. West Roxbury, Brighton and Madison Park are all tied atop of the division at 1-1 apiece.

Madison Park is coming off a 14-0 win against Minuteman and is still sore over losing its season-opener to Latin Academy, 22-20, on the final play of the game. This will be the Cardinals' chance to make some waves in the City League.

West Roxbury’s only win is against Charlestown, so this will also be the Raiders' chance to draw a line in the sand within the City League.

No. 3 Boston English (1-1) vs. South Boston (0-3) at Saunders Stadium at 4 p.m. Friday

Boston English will be riding the momentum from its first non-forfeit game in two years last week against New Mission, while South Boston is surprisingly still searching for its first victory of the 2012 campaign.

Southie came up short in overtime in Week 1 against Latin Academy and had a huge offensive letdown the following week against Dorchester. Last week the Knights ran up against a formidable Wayland squad, so this week they will be looking to take out their frustrations on English.

But now that English has found some success they shouldn’t be a pushover.

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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