Week 8: Three games to watch in BPS football
No. 1 Dorchester (7-0) vs. Burke (2-5) at White Stadium, 3 p.m. Friday
Can anyone say trap game?
Last week Burke proved that its program is down but not out by winning its first non-forfeit game in second-year coach Byron Beaman’s tenure. Last week the Bulldogs defeated English, 22-8. And English is no slouch this year. English shut out Southie, 14-0, earlier in the year and beat Charlestown, 38-8.
The Bears will most likely improve to 8-0 after this one but it won’t be as easy as it looks on paper.
No. 2 East Boston (3-4) vs. Brighton (3-4) at White Stadium, 6:30 p.m. Friday
This game is huge in the fight for second place in the Boston North standings.
Brighton, West Roxbury and East Boston all only have one league loss while Brighton and Westie each have two league victories and Easton Boston has one.
This game should also be a shootout as both Eastie and Brighton give up about 23 points per game.
Brighton has the edge offensively, averaging 18.4 points per game compared to Eastie’s 14.9.
No. 3 Latin Academy (5-3) vs. English (3-4) at East Boston Stadium, 6 p.m. Friday
On paper it looks like Latin Academy should run away with the win. They average 20.4 points per game compared to English’s 12.6.
But it seems like every Latin Academy game comes down to the wire this year.
Aside from beating Burke, 14-0, and New Mission, 26-8, the Dragons' wins have all been by six points or less. And they have lost a game to Madison Park by two points and a game to East Boston by one point.
English has a stout defense though, giving up 9.4 points per game compared to Latin Academy’s 18 points per game.
English also needs a win as they are on a two-game slide. Although they’d much rather beat another team with “Latin” in their title on Thanksgiving morning, this would be a good start.
Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.
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