O'Bryant, the second-place team in the South division, survived a scare from West Roxbury, the second place team in the North division, as the Tigers took the 20-14 victory despite the Raiders' late rally Friday afternoon.
“We do the same thing we do every week,” O’Bryant coach Kevin Gadson said. “We study the team we’re going to play against and try to prepare as best as we can. Then we practice on what we do best and try to do it better and better and better.”
O’Bryant junior quarterback Ajani Alfred-McFall ran for an 11-yard touchdown in the second quarter as the Tigers took the 6-0 lead at the half.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the real action began. O’Bryant ended a 65-yard drive with a 22-yard touchdown run by junior running back Mehki Williams. McFall completed a pass to sophomore wideout George Gomez for a successful two-point conversion.
West Roxbury answered with an 80-yard kick return for a touchdown by junior star running back Michael Obiangwe.
“We came back because they were killing the game,” Obiangwe said. “That’s when we really started playing harder as a team. Before then I still believe we were playing as individuals and that was not working out.”
The Tigers completed a 35-yard pass to junior wide receiver Joseph Farrell for their third touchdown.
Even with the score 20-6 in the last five minutes, the Raiders refused to go down without a fight. Obiangwe ran 15 yards for a touchdown, capping a 68-yard drive. The two-point conversion was successful on a pass from junior quarterback David Berucci to senior tight end/defensive end Aaron Whitehead, but the Raiders couldn't get any closer.
“We’re just going to keep a good balanced attack,” West Roxbury coach Derek Wright said. “The passing game is definitely part of that, but when you have a big horse like Mike [Obiangwe] you run him. We have some other players that we’d like to get outside with too, but we like to keep teams guessing.”
O’Bryant 's Williams was just happy to have a key role in the Tigers’ fourth win in a row.
“While we had some ups and downs and can do better,” he said, “I think today, we showed everyone that we’re a family. We play together and because of that we came out with the victory.”
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