After scratching out a last-second win against West Roxbury Friday night, Brighton High’s football team is in the catbird seat to qualify for the playoffs out of the City League North Division.
Dexter Andrews, who finished the game with 41 yards rushing on seven carries, caught a 7-yard pass with three seconds on the clock to give Brighton an 18-14 victory.
The win puts Brighton (4-0) in first place in the North Division with a 3-0 division record while West Roxbury (2-2) is in second place with a 2-1 record.
Brighton closes out the season with South Boston (0-4) this week, New Mission (1-3) the following week, and Madison Park (2-2) in the final week. Despite being in the driver's seat, Brighton coach Randolph Abraham was not pleased with how his team played Friday night.
“After tonight, we are really going to take it one day at a time,” Abraham said in an email. “We will not overlook these next three opponents. Every team is improving, and my team needs to wake up and work much harder at practice and games. We are now in first place with a 4-0 record but we must stay healthy, while continuing to push hard at practice.”
Abraham said the game felt like a loss because his team played so poorly. But he also credited West Roxbury’s effort.
“My hat goes off to West Roxbury's coaching staff and their players, who did a wonderful job,” he said. “They played an outstanding game and executed a strong game plan to contain our offense. They controlled the clock most of the night and limited our possessions by successfully executing an onside kick and forcing a fumble later in the game.
“The Raiders played hard-nosed football and kept the Bengal offense off the field by converting several third downs. I was impressed with their fire and ability to get off blocks and make solid tackles in the open field.”
The longest two yards
With 9:41 to play in a victory against Charlestown Friday night, East Boston junior Jose Harry took a handoff on fourth and 2 from the Charlestown 36-yard line and bumped into quarterback Vincent Lepore.
The Townies had just cut it to a one-score game, 24-16, after the Jets had gone into the locker room with a 24-0 lead at halftime.
Despite bumping into Lepore on the handoff, Harry would not be denied what turned out to be the most important 2 yards of the game.
East Boston got the first down and went on to score a touchdown to extend its lead, 30-16 with 7:10 to play in the third quarter.
“Coach always tells us, 'Go hard when you run the ball, just do what you have to do,' ” Harry said after the 38-16 victory. “So I just did it.”
Harry finished with only 8 yards on the day.
“I had a couple fumbles, but my teammates helped me out, the line was good,” he said.
Going into the win, East Boston was 1-3 and clearly struggling to produce offense.
“It’s a big confidence booster, we had a couple bad weeks,” Harry said. “Coach always says ‘Keep your head, do what you can,’ and it paid off in the game. We practice hard.”
On the final play of the East Boston-Charlestown game, Charlestown freshman quarterback Frammy Llevaria went down with a neck injury.
After slamming his head on East Boston’s old-school AstroTurf that lacks padding, he was moving his feet and talking but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
The game was actually called about 33 seconds early because Llevaria was still on the ground. He was still down, waiting for an ambulance, when players filed out of the locker room.
On Monday morning Charlestown coach George Munroe said his player just had a stinger and is doing fine.
“He’s perfectly fine,” Munroe said. “He’s fine. It was just a little bit of a stinger.”
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