The Charlestown football team fought hard on its home field against Dorchester in Friday afternoon’s game, but it wasn’t enough. The undefeated Bears conquered the Townies, 32-0, thanks to stars Robinson Cyprien and Dale Cooper.
“I think we all played OK,” said Cyprien, a senior. “We had a couple mistakes, but at halftime, we talked it over and went in as a team.”
On the Bears’ first possession, they drove 77 yards for a touchdown. Junior quarterback Demetrius Leary threw a 32-yard pass to senior Arrik Bell for the score. Cyprien also made a run for the 2-point conversion but was unsuccessful.
He scored again in the second quarter, capping a 65-yard drive with a rushing touchdown from 4 yards out. The 2-point conversion was successful this time, by Cooper.
On Charlestown’s first possession of the second quarter, it had the ball on its own 5, and the Dorchester defense forced a safety, which brought the score to 16-0.
Cooper also had a 20-yard run touchdown with a successful 2-point conversion by junior running back Hakim Harris, also in the second quarter.
The Bears couldn’t be stopped in the second half, either. Already up, 24-0, Cyprien made an extraordinary kick return at the very start. His 80-yard return was the result of good blocking up front. He had a 4-yard touchdown run for his third score of the day.
Despite the shutout win, Dorchester coach Rich Moran was not happy.
“I wasn’t pleased at all,” he said. “I don’t think they played well and we had too many penalties. Even though you’re winning, you don’t want your team to play like that, so I’m very disappointed to be honest with you, even though we won.”
Charlestown coach George Munroe also didn’t think his team did very well, but for different reasons.
“We’re a very young team,” he said. “The line is young and we’re still learning. But if you don’t want to feel the pain, you don’t come to play.”
Charlestown junior quarterback Ibrahima Diallo believes the team has what it takes to make his coach proud, however.
“I think I can get better,” he said. “We need more practice so we can work together as a team. It’s not a one-man effort, it’s a team effort.”
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