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Dance's high school career ends with Thanksgiving forfeit

Posted by Justin Rice  November 25, 2013 05:27 PM

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Perhaps the greatest quarterback in Boston Public School history, Kyle Dance, will end his career with a 2-0 forfeit on Thanksgiving morning.

The Latin Academy-Charlestown game will go down as a forfeit because Charlestown doesn't have enough linemen to safely play the game. The forfeit will give Latin Academy (8-2) its best record in school history.

"I'd rather play and lose than win like this," Latin Academy coach Rocco Zizza said over the weekend when it looked as though the game wouldn't be played.

But then on Sunday, Zizza said, he spoke to the Charlestown headmaster and was told they had a enough players to field a team. But after practice on Monday, Zizza learned that the game was off again. Even though Charlestown has 15 players for the game, the coaches don't feel they have enough linemen to play it safely.

"So Kyle's last game is a 2-0 forfeit," Zizza said. "It's kind of depressing."

Dance, who ends his career with 46 touchdown passes, got injured in a playoff game against O'Bryant and was only about 50 percent for a 21-14 loss to St. Clement in the Division 6 North sectional final Nov. 16.

"It's a disappointing way to end the season," Zizza said. "We had a great season. I have no regrets."

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public School athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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