Boston English played their first game with new coach Brian Vaughan Friday night, under the lights at their new field.
English struck first in the first quarter with an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Emmanuel Almonte to Alex Salerno, but from there on out it was all Eastie who eventually won 18-8. Jets quarterback Vincent Lepore passed for 103 yards and a touchdown and ran for another.
It was also series of first victories for two other BPS football teams this week. For the New Mission team, it was their first win in program history, and for the Brighton squad it was their first victory over Martha’s Vineyard.
New Mission logging first win for program
Following Friday afternoon’s game against South Boston, New Mission running back and captain Steven Thomas gathered his team in a huddle and started to yell. No, he wasn’t upset. He was thrilled.
The New Mission football team won their first game in program history 54-0 over South Boston on the back of Thomas’s four rushing touchdowns and quarterback Chika Nzerem’s two touchdown passes. Second year coach Michael Foreman, who endured a 0-9 season last year, joined in on the action with Thomas after the game by firing up his already pumped players.
“I feel like a proud father,” he said. “I feel great right now, especially for the boys. To win our first game in school history, it’s definitely a great first step.”
The Brighton Football team has had quite the season so far in terms of travel. First they visited Nantucket for scrimmages against Nantucket High School, and Friday they finished their island adventure when they squared off against a tough Martha’s Vineyard team.
Brighton won for the first time over the Vineyard 60-41 in an offensive showdown fueled by quarterback Jalen Apperwhite’s four touchdowns on 230 yards passing.
Receiver Michael Dereus had three of those touchdown passes with 162 yards receiving. Running back Dexter Andrews also chipped in with two rushing touchdown’s of his own along with 95 total yards on the ground. Andrews also had 66 yards receiving.
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