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Week 7: BPS football notebook

Posted by Justin Rice  October 22, 2012 02:41 PM

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Forecasters predicted Friday night would be a wet and wild night for football.

Nobody could’ve predicted that the weather would’ve been dry enough for Latin
Academy junior quarterback Kyle Dance to go 11 of 20 passing for 180 yards in a 16-15 loss to East Boston at Charlestown High.

“We wanted to run the ball, be physical, do our I formation but the weather cleared up so we were able to go back to shotgun which is our strong point so that really helped us throughout the game,” said Dance, who ran in the Dragons’ first TD in the first quarter for seven yards and tossed a 3-yard touchdown to junior wide receiver Christian Yuen to give his team the 15-8 edge in the third quarter.

“When we were getting dressed it was pouring so I could hardly throw the ball in warm ups but when the game first started it wasn’t really raining and it was pretty much clear.”

While the forecasters got the wet part wrong, East Boston’s victory was about as wild as it gets.

After East Boston fumbled the ball away on Latin Academy 7-yard line with 1:40 to play, Dance marched the Dragons all the way down the field only to watch senior Alex Guerrer miss a 20-yard field goal as time expired.

"I’m proud of the team," Dance said. "I think everyone worked to their full potential. I think it was one of the best games we had and I hope we can finish the season strong."

Guerrer also had a wild catch in the opening quarter of the game in which he landed on his back as the ball popped up into the air and somehow fell back down to him.

“Coach is always preaching ‘Finish the play no matter what happens,’ I got hit but the ball just bounced into the air,” Guerrer said. “I just tried to get it while I was down on the floor.”

South supremacy

Dorchester might be 6-0 for the first time in anyone’s memory, but they still haven’t run away with the Boston City League South title.

To do that they will have to beat O’Bryant at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Both squads are 2-0 in the South division.

But Dorchester has handled everything that has been thrown at them to this point of the season so there’s nothing to suggest that they will get a big head now.

“It’s family, everybody is helping out each other, everybody is reassuring,” said Dorchester running back Trevaughn McCoy, who scored on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter help clinch a 16-12 victory against Brighton on Saturday morning. “We stay calm and ready and focused, we have a very good coaching staff. They know where everybody is, everyone’s personality and they know how to work with us and we know how to work with them.”

After winning its fourth straight game on Friday with a 20-14 victory against West Roxbury, O’Bryant coach Kevin Gadson said his team played a little sloppy for his taste.
[There were] a lot of little mistakes we need to clean up,” he said. “But we can do much, much better and we’re going to push them to be better.”

Southie finally wins

After starting the season 0-6 for the first time in his coaching or playing career, Sean Guthrie’s South Boston Knight’s finally got a win on Friday night by defeating the Burke 14-8.

After South Boston senior running back Sean Hunter (eight carries for 130 yards) scored on a 4-yard run and added the 2-point conversion to tie the game 8-8 going into the final quarter, wide receiver Pannel Davis scored the winning TD on a 25-yard run.

"It feels great," Guthrie said via email. "It was awesome to see the team rally in the second half and score their first of two touchdowns on a 99 yard drive led by Sean Hunter going 65 yards on the first play. Then ending it on a 4th and goal rush for 5 yards.

"Pannel Davis scored the second touchdown and told the team to stay humble and stick together like a family before the game. I am really proud of them for not giving up."

Globe Correspondent Mary Pavlu contributed to this report..

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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