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English conquers Charlestown, 38-8

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  October 12, 2012 08:32 PM

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Boston English running back McCray Keylin is chased by Diallo Ibrahima. (Pavel Dzemianok / For the Boston Globe)

Boston English dominated Charlestown in its 38-8 victory Friday at Saunders Stadium. English, now 3-2, scored every time it had possession of the ball and thwarted all of Charlestown's attempts until the Townies managed to score in the fourth quarter.

“We did OK,” said English coach Chris Boswell. “We hit some of our goals today, but we had penalties we didn’t want, some turnovers. The kids played well and everyone got in the game. Everyone on the team played, so that was awesome.”

On English’s opening drive, the Blue and Blue powered downfield and scored their first touchdown on a 41-yard run by senior running back Daquawnn Gunter with a successful 2-point conversion by junior quarterback Dhe’Jour Relerford.

After a three and out by Charlestown, English once again found the end zone with 1-yard run by sophomore running back Keylin McCray.

A 21-yard touchdown in the game’s only pass attempt from Relerford to junior tight end Ruben Pena-Sanchez made it a three-touchdown game and Relerford tacked on his third successful 2-point conversion.

Relerford added a six-yard running touchdown in the third quarter and Gunter stepped in for the 2-point conversion.

English scored again on a 5-yard touchdown run by senior running back Francis Okoyo.

Charlestown got a measure of redemption in the fourth quarter when quarterback Ibrahima Diallo took advantage of English's more relaxed defense.

Relerford agreed that his team’s confidence got a little too high and it’s not something they can afford to continue doing.

“We need to improve on blocking,” he said. “Also staying strong, we thought we would win and slacked up on defense. Then look what happened, they ended up scoring.”
Diallo ran for a wildly impressive 70-yard score for Charlestown’s only touchdown – and his first rushing touchdown. Junior running back Marcelo Holliday scored the 2-point conversion.

“My first running touchdown felt good,” Diallo said. “I think we did better than last game, we’ve just got to come out and have a stronger overall game and not just perform better with every score. We’ve got to work on offense and defense and go harder in practice.”
Charlestown coach George Munroe said that while the team can definitely improve, he was just proud of the way they played.

“Some guys turned the corner,” he said. “They’re fighting together more, they’re communicating more. The communication started today. They’re not only talking now, but listening and understanding each other.”

Mary Pavlu covers Boston Public school athletics. She can be reached at Mary.Pavlu@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaryPavlu

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