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Latin Academy's Dance becomes first BPS player to top 40 TD passes in win over Boston English

Posted by Justin Rice  September 27, 2013 11:08 PM

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With every passing week, Latin Academy’s Kyle Dance becomes more firmly entrenched among the elite quarterbacks in Massachusetts.

In the Dragons’ 36-16 win over visiting Boston English on Friday at White Stadium, the senior tossed his ninth touchdown pass of the season and 40th of his career, becoming the first player in Boston Public School history to reach the milestone.

“It’s incredible, but I have to thank all my teammates,” said Dance, who tied Reading and former Harvard quarterback Chris Pizzotti, Natick’s Paul Ghilani, and Holliston’s Sean Mayorank is low like 28th on the state’s all-time passing list. “I don’t catch the ball and I don’t block for myself, though, while I’m doing everything. It’s a team thing,” he said.

Latin Academy jumped to a huge halftime lead, 30-0, without throwing a single pass. Dance and senior Chinedu Igbokwe led the way with a punishing ground attack. Igbokue Igbokwe plunged into the end zone from a yard in the first quarter and Dance added a 13-yard touchdown scamper in the second. The duo combined for 104 yards and two touchdowns by halftime.

Lamarre Edouard rushed for a 31-yard score in the second quarter and Dance’s milestone touchdown pass, a 38-yard strike to Moise Rainford, also came in the second frame.

Eagles quarterback Emmanuel Almonte, who had 251 yards rushing and three touchdowns last week against Burke, helped Boston English (1-2) break the ice, rushing for an 81-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. The junior finished with 125 yards rushing and 69 passing.

In the three years that Dance has quarterbacked the Dragons, he’s helped the team earn a Boston (South) title, a Division 5 Super Bowl berth, and a combined record of 19-7. But even with all that success over three seasons, the Dragons had never started a season 4-0 — until now. Their hot start really symbolizes both Dance and the team’s growth.

“It show’s all the work that paid off over the offseason,” said Dance. “ This year we have a goal and that’s to win a Super Bowl.”

Lorenzo Recupero covers Boston Public school football. He can be reached at Lorenzorecupero@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @LorenzoRecupero

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