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Week 4: BPS football notebook

Posted by Justin Rice  October 1, 2012 10:39 AM

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In Week 2 Latin Academy quarterback Kyle Dance scorched Madison Park for 279 yards and two touchdowns, including a 25-yarder to win the game with no time on the clock.

The Cardinals (2-1) bounced back with wins against Minuteman and West Roxbury but now will face another passing team this week in Brighton.

“After the Latin Academy passing game I think we’re going to be suited for a passing attack so that helps us out a lot,” Madison Park coach Roosevelt Robinson said Sunday night. “We’ll be able to get the young guys where we need to be so we don’t give up another game.

“We’re going to try prepare for them.”

On a two-game slide this year, Brighton (2-2) is looking to avenge its 36-14 loss to MP last year. Last year the Bengals had about a dozen players suspended before the game for disciplinary reasons.

“We respect Madison, we have a bit of a rivalry there. They are going to bring it and we’re going to bring everything,” Brighton coach Randolph Abraham said. “We’re going to bring everything we got and they will too.

“We’ll be ready. Madison has to be ready for us.”

No fluke at English

Boston English coach Chris Boswell said it felt like a gorilla jumped off his back after his team won its first non-forfeit victory in two years two weeks again against New Mission.

But beating South Boston this past Friday proved that the first victory wasn’t just a fluke.

"They are not accidents,” Boswell said of the wins.

But Boswell, whose team will look to make it three in a row against O’Bryant this week, is still not focusing on winning and losing.

“That was breaking the ice, cracking that glass ceiling,” Boswell said of the first win.
“Every game we go in wanting to compete and expecting the best. I don’t talk about winning a lot … If they do the things I ask them to do the scoreboard will take care of itself.”

Defenseless Dragons

The Latin Academy Dragons, last season’s Division 5 Super Bowl runner-up, started the season with two exciting last-second wins behind a superior offensive passing attack spearheaded by junior quarterback Kyle Dance.

But Since then they’ve faltered.

The Dragons (2-2) are in the midst of their first 2-game losing streak since midway last season, and are in the bunker of the Boston South through Week 4.

But coach Rocco Zizza thinks he knows the culprit and the cure for their struggles.

“We need to toughen up our defense,” said Zizza. “Our offense can score, but our defense needs some work.”

Since allowing just 20 points in both their first two wins, the Dragons have surrendered 30 plus points in each of their losses.

Zizza also noted the need for some better line play on both sides of the ball. This coming after the Dorchester Bears peeled off over 300 yards rushing, and their defense got to Dance five times (not including the multiple times he got knocked onto his back) on Thursday at White Stadium.

Zizza noted that his young line is comprised of all sophomores and juniors that play both on offense and defense so inexperience played a part.

Mano expected to recover

Latin Academy lineman Thomas Mano sustained a hit to the chest during a Dorchester touchdown rush last Thursday and was escorted to the hospital by ambulance for precautionary reasons.

Zizza said on Sunday that he expects Mano to fully recover but he did say that Mano is expected to be out for two to four weeks. Zizza said Mano returned to school on Monday and will wear a neck brace all week.

Another notable ailing LA player is standout receiver Alex Guerrer, who made some good catches in Thursday’s game but clearly wasn’t himself with a hobbled knee. The troublesome knee is an injury carrying over from the offseason (he missed Week 1).

Zizza is still undecided on whether Guerrer will get the go-ahead for Friday’s game against Burke.

Kellen Johnson, the team’s starting center, who missed last game with a shoulder injury, is expected to return in time for Friday’s game. The return should be a welcomed sight for the Latin offense.

“It’s football, you’ll always have nicks and bruises,” said Zizza. “But we’ll get better soon.”

Lorenzo Recupero covers Boston Public school football. He can be reached at Lorenzorecupero@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @LorenzoRecupero

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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