Burke shut out New Mission, 22-0, in what was dubbed the first-ever “Unity Bowl” on Thursday morning at Saunders Stadium in South Boston — an effort to bring two communities together peacefully during the Boston City League’s newest annual Thanksgiving rivalry football game.
Senior quarterback Elvin Perez scored the first touchdown of the game on a 14-yard run in the opening quarter to put Burke up 6-0.
“I started the momentum for us and it helped our confidence to win the game,” Perez said. “I always knew we could pull off the win. We've been down before and we came back and won.”
Sophomore fullback Brandon Newton extended the Bulldogs lead on a 34-yard rush in the third quarter.
“It felt pretty good [because] I don’t start, so coming off the bench I felt motivated,” Newton said. “If people get in my way, I have to fight through everything.”
Finally, Anderson Raymond scored the last touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter on a 23 yard run.
Rayhan Abdur-Rahman also snagged an interception in the fourth quarter.
“Earlier I had an opportunity to get an interception and I dropped it so I made sure that this time I was going to take it,” he said. “Coach just told me to just play the middle and I did. My teammates got in there and rushed the quarterback. The quarterback just threw it up and I made the move on it.”
Burke finishes its season 4-7 while New Mission completes its inaugural football season 0-8.
New Mission coach Michael Pittman-Forman said he believed his team was still in the game even after they went down a touchdown.
“Oh yeah, we had a lot a whole lot of confidence,” he said. “After they scored the touchdown we thought about our plays but then my offense, we made a lot of mistakes. Obviously every game that we are behind the youngsters start to get down on themselves. But as long as they can fight it then we have a chance to win.
“I think we will be able pull this game off next year without a doubt. We have a lot of guys returning. We have only lost five seniors. So we should have a lot of guys back. We’ll be OK. We’ll keep working on all that stuff, their grades, make sure we got their grades together.”
Burke coach Byron Beaman said he was pleased with the crowd turnout but disappointed in his teams play, despite the shut out.
“We just have to run harder, we got blocks but you have to sustain your blocks,” he said. “We were making good initial contact and then we were doing a lot of watching … They weren't playing at the level they were capable of.”
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