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Week 1: Three games to watch in BPS football

Posted by Ryan Butler  September 8, 2013 11:37 AM

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Dorchester (0-0) vs. Madison Park (0-0) at Madison Park, 3:30 p.m. Friday

This anticipated rematch of last season’s “unofficial” city championship will definitely be one to watch.

Last season, Madison Park lost to rival Dorchester by two points in both teams' final regular season game. The game was dubbed the “unofficial” city championship because both teams had already won their respective divisions before they played.

Madison Park won last season’s City League North Division before being defeated by Cathedral in the Division 4A super bowl. Like MP, Dorchester was last season’s City League South Division champion before losing to Upper Cape Cod in the Division 5 super bowl.

A hard-hitting kickoff to the season is expected when they clash Friday afternoon.

Brighton (0-0) vs. Martha’s Vineyard (0-0) at Martha’s Vineyard, 1:00 p.m. Saturday

After scrimmaging with Nantucket High’s football team last week, the Brighton football team is traveling to another neighboring island when they face off against a tough Martha’s Vineyard football team Saturday afternoon.

This will be Brighton’s fifth time playing the Vineyard, and they have yet to capture a victory. In last year’s showdown, Brighton held tough throughout the majority of the game but ultimately fell, 45-38, in a barn-burner at White Stadium.

By all accounts it is expected to be a tight game, and if it’s anything like last year's, it’ll definitely be exciting.

East Boston (0-1) vs. Boston English (0-0) at Boston English, 6:00 p.m. Friday

Entering the season with a new coach, new field, and a new mascot, the Boston English football team will try to win at home against an East Boston (0-1) squad that fell, 22-0, Friday to Latin Academy.

Under new coach, Brian Vaughn, the Bulldogs will host the Jets on their new artificial turf field Friday night and look to speed and athleticism on offense to lead the way.

But a win against East Boston won’t come easily. After a dissapointing 5-5 season last year and an opening loss to Latin Academy, the Jets will try to pound the ball on the ground the majority of the game to return to their winning ways.

Ryan M. Butler covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at butler.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @butler_globe or @BPSspts.

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Several reporters, editors and correspondents contribute updates, news and features to the BPS Sports Blog:
  • Justin A. Rice -- A metro Detroit native, Rice is a Michigan State University (Go Spartans!) and Northeastern University graduate. Rice lives in the South End with his dog and wife, who unfortunately attended the University of Michigan ... his wife, that is. He curates the BPS Sports Blog and is always looking to write about city athletes with great stories. Have an idea? He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.
  • Ryan Butler -- A Rhode Island native and avid Boston sports fan, Butler played basketball, baseball and football throughout his time in Barrington Public Schools. Now currently in his middler year at Northeastern University, he joins Boston.com as a correspondent for the site's BPS coverage. Have a story idea? Contact him at butler.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on his Twitter @butler_globe.
Also expect updates from Boston.com High School sports editor Zuri Berry and the Globe staff.