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Latin Academy and O'Bryant football set for anticipated rematch with Super Bowl berth on the line

Posted by Ryan Butler  November 7, 2013 09:32 AM

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This Friday’s MIAA football semifinal matchup between Latin Academy and O’Bryant showcases two well-coached teams that were forces this year in the City League.

Now, less than two weeks after O’Bryant topped Latin Academy, 21-8, for the Boston South title, these two powerhouse will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Madison Park. The winner will be one win away from advancing to the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

And you can bet it’ll be quite the contest.

“Last time we played, we had seven turnovers,” Latin Academy coach Rocco Zizzi said. “You can’t win a game with that many mistakes. O’Bryant’s a very good team, with a great defense. We’re just happy to have an opportunity to prove ourself again.”

During their last meeting, O’Bryant led a well-balanced offensive attack that had touchdowns from quarterback Ajani Alfred-McFall, and running backs Mehki Williams and Kevin Nash.

Latin Academy’s lone score came in the second quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run from quarterback Kyle Dance.

This semifinal is shaping up to be a classic offense vs. defense battle. On offense, Latin Academy led the league averaging 29.4 points a game while O’Bryant led defensively only allowing on average 7.8 points a game.

“It’s going to be a hard fought game, just like any other one we prepare for,” O’Bryant coach Kevin Gadson said. “This week, we’re just trying to continue to get better on offense, defense and special teams. It’s all about getting better.”

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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