Latin Academy senior quarterback Kyle Dance is obviously well known for his ability behind the center.
Anyone who follows BPS football should know that he tossed 24 TDs last season and already has eight touchdown passes this year to go along with two rushing TDs in just three games. In fact, Dance's TD passes are only second in Division 6 behind St. Clement's Michael Sullivan.
But what is lesser known is that Dance is a force on defense this season as a defensive back. Early on in the Dragon’s 24-10 victory at Dorchester on Friday night, Dance made three huge tackles for loses that set the tone for the rest of the ball game.
“I always liked defense but my past two years I didn’t really have a backup quarterback so I had to stay in the quarterback position,” Dance said after the Dorchester game. “But now that I have two good quarterbacks behind me it lets me play defense.”
Dorchester running back Hakim Harris, who scored on a 66-yard run on the first play from scrimmage in the second half on Friday said Dance was so solid on defense in the first half that they keyed in on him in the second half.
“At halftime we said we needed to change up the blocking and hit Kyle because he was the most affective player on defense,” Harris said. “And that’s what we did and that’s how we scored.”
Charlestown and English capture first wins
Two young programs captured their first victories of the 2013 season Friday night.
First, Charlestown beat South Boston at home in a defensive battle, 12-6, to give second-year coach George Munroe his first win of his young tenure.
In the first quarter, Charlestown’s Alonzo Foster returned a South Boston interception 40 yards for a touchdown. Then in the second quarter Donnell Dunn powered his way for a 2-yard rushing touchdown. South Boston’s Ricky Evans scored Southie’s only points when he similarly scored his own touchdown off a 30-yard interception return.
Next, English defeated Burke 38-36 in thrilling fashion. This is coach Brian Vaughan’s first win at English and the school's first win as the newly re-branded Eagles.
After an offensive showdown where both teams went back and forth all night, English’s Emmanuel Almonte tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Stevaughn Dowdye with 1:56 left in the game and then ran the successful two-point conversion to secure the win for the Eagles.
Almonte finished with 21 carries for 251 yards and three touchdowns while passing for 110 yards.
“Getting that first win is good for the kids,” Vaughan said during a telephone interview. “I mean we scored with less than two minutes left, so it definitely was a great way to finish the game.”
Six for six
Brighton senior running back Ricardo Edwards scored all six of Brighton’s touchdowns and had three 2-point conversions in the Bengals 44-22 victory against East Boston on Friday.
Brighton coach Randolph Abraham believes six touchdowns in one game is a school record.
"The offensive line was banged up badly coming into Friday nights game and Ricardo put the team on his back," Abraham said. "He was not running around anyone that night but running over them by lowering his pads with a new running style. Ricardo knew how much the team needed him and this win and he stepped up."
My defensive line was led by Petroy Thompson and Richard Marrero who combined for 10 tackles in East Bostons backfield.
In the first quarter Edwards had a 35-yard touchdown before he added a 28 yarder and 70 yarder in the second. In the third he ran for a 50-yard TD and a 45-yard TD respectively while in the fourth he added a 35-yard cherry.
East Boston's Connor Henry had three touchdowns of his own. In the second quarter he caught a 15-yard pass from Vincent Lepore and in the third he scored on a 60 yard kickoff return.
In the final quarter Henry scored on a 65-yard fake punt.
History in the making
Even though Dorchester lost on Friday night in their first-ever home football game at Roberts Field, the Bears kept their heads up after the contest as their coach awarded Latin Academy the Mason Cup.
“It felt amazing playing here on this field,” Bears quarterback Demetrius Leary said. “It was a once in a lifetime chance. We made history; we’re the first Bear football team to play on this field. It feels great but it feels hard to lose. I guess we weren’t making tackles and everybody was just cramping up. We had too many injuries.”
Dorchester plays two more home games on Roberts Field this season. On Oct. 4 they play Burke at 3:30 p.m. and on Oct. 18 they play East Boston at 3:30 p.m. as well.
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