After stopping Brighton in the red zone on the Bengals’ final drive on Saturday morning, the Dorchester football team not only improved to 6-0 on the season for the first time in remembered history, but also beat Brighton for the first time in almost 15 years.
“I mean 6-0 is nothing, to beat this team is a real victory for us because this is the biggest victory we’ve ever had because Brighton has always felt like that unbeatable team,” Dorchester junior running back Hakim Harris said after a16-12 victory at Madison Park. “We have a whole new squad and a whole new way we play football and we just did it today.
Brighton junior quarterback Jalen Apperwhite tossed a 51 yard TD pass to senior wide receiver Damian Robinson (79 yards receiving) with five minutes left. Brighton missed a 2-point conversion run and Dorchester led 16-12.
Brighton senior defensive back Louis Berdy recovered the ensuing onside kick, but Brighton failed to put the ball in the end zone after its final drive stalled on the 11-yard line.
Dorchester running back Trevaughn McCoy scored on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter to put Dorchester up 16-12. He finished with 71 yards rushing on seven carries.
“I feel good for coach [Rich] Moran because he hasn’t beaten Brighton in a long time,” McCoy said. “I want to cry but I’m not.”
Freshman running back Ki Harris added 91 yards rushing for the Bears.
Despite throwing two interceptions for Brighton, Apperwhite finished with a career-high 275 yards passing, completing 11 of 17 passes.
Brighton senior running back Ricardo Edwards scored on a 90-yard screen play on the third play of the game and finished with 98 yards receiving and 40 yards rushing.
Brighton fell to 2-4, but coach Randolph Abraham remained positive.
“Who knows, maybe Madison loses one league game and we’re right there in the Super Bowl,” he said. “I’m still proud of my team and I think we have what it takes to make it.”
Harris scored the Bears’ first TD on a 25-yard run in the second quarter to give Dorchester an 8-6 halftime edge. Junior quarterback Demetrius Leary added a 2-point conversion run.
“The play was supposed to go inside and it just crashed down so I just went for it,” Harris said. “I pushed to keep going and I scored, I felt good after that. Once we scored I knew that we’d be fine because once our momentum is up you can’t bring it back down.
“Truthfully [the win] prepares us for the rest of the season because I believe [Brighton] was our biggest challenge and if we can beat them we can beat anybody.”
To view photos of the game check out Dorchester High's Flickr page.
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