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Week 5: Three games to watch in BPS football

Posted by Justin Rice  October 4, 2012 09:30 PM

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No. 1 Brighton (2-2) at Madison Park (2-1) at 3:30 p.m. Friday

Madison Park, which proved it can stop the run against West Roxbury last week, looks to stay atop the Boston North by taking out its division rival. But to do so the Cardinals will have to stop the pass.

In the second week of the season, 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.

Brighton is on a two-game slide and will be looking to get back on track in its first city league game of the season.

The Bengals are also looking to avenge a 36-14 loss to MP last year. Last year the Bengals had about a dozen players suspended before the game for disciplinary reasons.

No. 2 Boston English (2-1) at O’Bryant (1-3) at 7 p.m. Friday

Nobody would’ve thought Boston English would be in second place, ahead of O’Bryant, in the Boston South standings at this point. But if the Blue & Blue, who are on a two game win streak after going two seasons without winning a game, want to stay ahead of the Tigers for good they will have to beat them.

OB (1-3) lost to Cathedral, East Boston and Upper Cape Cod before finally getting on the board last week with a 21-0 win against Burke. English has beaten the upstart New Mission Titans and a struggling South Boston squad.

The Tigers should prove to be English’s toughest test so far.

No. 3 Dorchester (4-0) at Charlestown (0-3) at 4 p.m. Friday

If nobody thought Boston English would be in second place in the Boston South at this point, even fewer probably thought Dorchester would be in first place in the South. Not only are the Bears in first place, they are looking to go 5-0 for the first time in, well, who knows how long.

Reaching their fifth straight victory shouldn’t be a problem against a winless Charlestown team that has only scored six points.

But stranger things have happened in the city league this season; like Dorchester beating Latin Academy 36-24 last week after only managing six points against South Boston the previous week.

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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  • Justin A. Rice -- A metro Detroit native, Rice is a Michigan State University (Go Spartans!) and Northeastern University graduate. Rice lives in the South End with his dog and wife, who unfortunately attended the University of Michigan ... his wife, that is. He curates the BPS Sports Blog and is always looking to write about city athletes with great stories. Have an idea? He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.
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