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Latin Academy and Charlestown renew Thanksgiving rivalry

Posted by Justin Rice  November 21, 2012 10:30 AM

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On Thursday, Latin Academy and Charlestown will face off for the big Thanksgiving game.

For both teams, this will be the last game of their season. Latin Academy (7-3) is looking to break the record for the number of games the team has won in a season.

“Last year, we were in the Super Bowl,” said Latin Academy coach Rocco Zizza. “But if we win this game, this year we’ll have the team record of eight wins.”

Latin Academy has had a strong season, scoring an average 20.8 points per game, while allowing 18 points per game. Junior quarterback Kyle Dance and senior wide receiver Alex Guerrier are tied for fifth place in Division 5 for scoring. They have each scored seven touchdowns.

“We had a couple of losses early, some key injuries, but despite that, [it would be] a great way to finish off the season,” Zizza said. “The seniors [have] set a good precedent for the younger players.”

It’s the first year for Charlestown (0-9) coach George Munroe, who praised his players.

“I like coaching my guys, they’re really intelligent,” Munroe said. “Most of these [players] have never played before, this season was about training new players.”

Munroe believes that the strength of his team is their age.

“Youth,” he said. “[Our strength is] our players are younger.”

On the other hand, Zizza likes his team’s experience.

“I think we outnumber them talent wise,” Zizza said. “We are a more experienced team and have greater numbers.”

The coaches both said they were impressed with their players, Zizza with his players’
resiliency, and Munroe with his players’ tenacity.

For the last few years, Latin Academy has beaten Charlestown, but with the spirit of theses coaches and their players, this will definitely be a game to watch on Thanksgiving.

“We’ll be fine,” Munroe said. “It’s still a football game.”

Eliza Mauro is a junior at Latin Academy

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