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Boston English collects first non-forfeit victory in two years

Posted by Justin Rice  September 21, 2012 09:56 PM

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Boston English running back Francis Okoyo is confronted by New Mission defenders Kordell Harris and Darien Amado during English's 14-6 victory on Friday.

Boston English coach Chris Boswell took his first ever blue Gatorade shower after the team’s emotional 14-6 win over New Mission Friday afternoon at Reservation Field in Hyde Park.

The end of the game was the Blue & Blue’s first official non-forfeit win since Boswell took over in 2010. They improve to 1-1.

“It feels outstanding to get this win,” said Boswell. “I’m very proud they did it. I tell them all the time to talk with their play, and they went out and executed.

Boswell had only two wins under his belt since taking over the program, both forfeits.

"This win just shows you that hard work pays off,” he said.

And although New Mission (0-2) is still winless it’s first year as a football program, the Titans asserted themselves as junior quarterback Soch Nzerem tossed the first touchdown pass in school history to senior tight end Isshiah Coleman late in the fourth quarter. The 16-yard connection didn’t win the game for New Mission, but first-year coach Michael Pittman Formancq knew the 6 points it put up transcended the result.

“Hopefully [the touchdown] means we can start moving and doing things we know we can do as a team,” said Forman, whose team lost, 36-0, to Dorchester in the opener.
“The touchdown was special. We’re going to have to take that ball and put it in a trophy case at the school."

For a team that only scored three offensive touchdowns all last season, it didn’t take long for the Blue & Blue to put some points up, scoring their first touchdown of the year just three plays into the game. Sophomore Keylin McCray did the honors, rushing it in from 8 yards out to put English up, 6-0.

On the subsequent drive, New Mission fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, handing the ball back to English’s offense.

The Blue & Blue’s 13-play drive started in the first quarter and was capped in the second when Dhe’Jour Releford linked up with Ruben Pena-Sanchez from 25 yards out. Senior Francis Okoyo rushed in the 2-point conversion for a 14-0 lead. The Titans offense began to jell, but their final drive of the half fell short when Nzerem was picked off in the end zone by McCray.

When the game was over, as players and coaches from both teams kneeled together at midfield in prayer (some English players in tears), Pittman Forman looked over to Boswell and congratulated him.

Then he looked down at his players with a smile while pointing towards the English players and said, “New Mission, that’s our mission: to get that first win.”

Lorenzo Recupero covers Boston Public school football. He can be reached at Lorenzorecupero@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @LorenzoRecupero

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