The fact that the two best teams in the Boston City League happen to be from opposite divisions and they happen to be meeting in the last regular season game of the season before Thanksgiving morning is serendipitous in itself.
But what is even more amazing is the fact that one of those teams playing at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at White Stadium is Dorchester.
And what’s even more miraculous than that is that the Bears are undefeated.
“Nobody ever thought Dorchester could do it at all,” senior wide receiver Robinson Cyprien said after a 12-0 victory against Boston English High on Friday that improved the Bears' record to 9-0. “But we came out and we really did it.”
Dorchester’s opponent on Friday is Madison Park, who’s lopsided 62-20 win against rival East Boston clinched the Cardinals’ trip to the Division 4A postseason.
So with undefeated Dorchester clinching the Boston South league and a slot in the Division 5 Super Bowl two weeks ago, and Madison Park (7-2, 5-0) sitting on a three-game win streak, the stage for the “unofficial Boston City League championship” on Friday.
At least that’s what almost everyone who watches city league football is calling the game.
But Dorchester coach Rich Moran is not taking the bait.
“No, they are a division higher, I’m not even worried about them, I don’t see it like that,” Moran said Monday. “I see it as another game we’re playing.
“We’re playing Madison Park. We won the city championship in the South [division] and they won it in the North. That’s how we look at it.”
Madison Park coach, Roosevelt Robinson, who gave his team Veterans Day off, however, said he does see the game as a city championship.
“For us in Boston, we have enough schools here, and so it will be a city championship,” he said as his players chanted behind him after the Easton Boston victory on Friday night. “And we’ll be there.
“One thing about us, we will not be late for that game. And we’re visiting, so I hope they’re serving some warm drinks because we will be there. Whether it snows, rains Madison Park will be there.”
Robinson, who team won its only non-shutout victory all season in beating Eastie, also showed a sliver of a diplomacy after the game as well.
“We respect every opponent, and we’re looking forward to playing Dorchester, I’ll put it that way,” he said. “We are really looking forward to it because we have something to prove and they better bring it.”
If anything, Moran sees playing a team that has shut out six of its opponents this year, as a litmus test for where his team really stands.
“They’re a big physical team so it will be a good game in the sense of testing the kids,” he said. “They are a big and physical so we’ll see how we do. … We’re going to play the way we play we won’t change up anything and that’s what we’ll do.”
Dorchester will need to change the fact that it fumbled the ball three times against Boston English and lost two of those fumbles in the fourth quarter.
“It’s concerning,” Moran said. “We talk about it all the time. We still haven’t played that perfect offensive game yet and we need to do that.”
Globe Correspondent Lorenzo Recupero contributed this report.
Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.
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