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With super bowl berth on the line, Latin Academy and St. Clements matchup is sure to be a thriller

Posted by Ryan Butler  November 15, 2013 01:37 PM

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The stage is set for fourth seeded Boston Latin Academy to head back to the Super Bowl. The last time Latin Academy made it was in 2011, when they fell 35-7 to Nantucket.

All that stands in the Dragons way is a second seeded St. Clement’s team that defeated last season’s Division 6 champion Cathedral in dominating fashion, 28-8, in their semifinal matchup on Nov. 9.

Latin Academy quarterback Kyle Dance said all his team needs to do is go out there on Saturday night and play their game.

“Both teams are hungry,” Dance said in a recent phone interview. “I mean, it’s definitely going to be a battle. We just need to play our game. I think what it’s going to come down to is who’s hungrier.”

Dance logged two touchdowns during Latin Academy’s resounding 20-6 semifinal victory over City League South Champion O’Bryant, but left late in the first quarter with a slight leg injury.

After taking it easy for a few practices, Dance says he’s getting better.

“I’m in the healing process, so I’ve just been working my way back to full health so I can play Saturday,” he said. “I’ve also been seeing a personal trainer, too, and he say’s I’ll be ready to go.”

Dance and company will have their hands full with a St. Clement’s team that averaged 40 points a game during the regular season.

St. Clement’s coach Colin Walsh praised Latin Academy on being a sound team, and discussed his team’s preparation for the Dragon’s highflying offense in a recent interview over the phone.

“When you're playing against Latin Academy and coach Zizzi, you definitely have to do a ton of preparation,” he said.

“They throw so many different things at you offensively. So we’ve been working all week on our defense and containing Kyle Dance, who’s such a great athlete. The last time we made it to the Super Bowl was in 1984, so we’re definitely excited for this opportunity.”

Latin Academy and St. Clements will kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16th at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville.

For Dance, the opportunity for a super bowl berth in his senior year means everything.

But he was adamant in expressing that, more importantly, a win means more for all of his teammates who have worked so hard for the entire season.

“To make it this far, it means so much,” he said. “But not just personally. For the entire team. For all the players I’ve been playing varsity with for the last few years. If we come out like we did against O’Bryant in that first quarter, I think we’ll have a great chance. Now it’s just about proving as a team that we can go even farther.”

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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