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English shuts out Southie, 14-0

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  September 28, 2012 08:09 PM

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Boston English High quarterback Francis Okoyo leaps into the end zone on Friday afternoon at Saunders Field to put the Blue & Blue up 14-0.

The rain poured and the wind howled Friday afternoon during the Boston English and South Boston football game, but both teams played hard.

English shut out Southie, 14-0, with all the scoring coming in the first half.

“We lacked on defense and that really hurt us,” South Boston coach Sean Guthrie said.
“The guys were a little overconfident and they were shooting down the field instead of buckling down.”

English started fast with freshman running back Stanley Vargas aiming to score on the opening drive. He rushed for 46 yards on the opening drive and capped it off with a 23 yard touchdown run.

Junior quarterback Dhe’Jour Relerford had a successful 2-point conversion in a run from 2 yards out.

South Boston fumbled the ball on its first possession and English recovered.

At the beginning of the second quarter, South Boston attempted to punt from their 27-yard-line but was blocked and English's Francis Okoyo recovered it on the 11. The senior running back went on to score a touchdown on a 6-yard run, although his 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

Both shared multiple three and outs as the defenses held strong for both teams in the second half.

Although South Boston came out unsuccessful, South Boston junior linebacker Sean Hunter had a strong performance.

Even with the shutout, English coach Chris Boswell believes his team still has room to improve.

“We got the shutout and we’re getting better,” he said. “But we still have a lot to do.”

Mary Pavlu covers Boston Public school athletics. She can be reached at Mary.Pavlu@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaryPavlu

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