Here's a look at the top quarterbacks in the city of Boston to keep an eye on this season:
- Latin Academy junior quarterback Kyle Dance carried the Dragons to the Division 5 Super Bowl with 19 total touchdowns last year – their first time in the big dance since 1993. While they lost 35-7 to Nantucket, Dance was stellar with three TDs (2 passing, 1 rushing) and 155 yards rushing on 10 carries.
- Brighton junior Jalen Apperwhite is a 6-2, 180-pund quarterback with varsity experience and a huge arm. Apperwhite has huge shoes to fill after Jonathan Marrero graduated, but his coach is confident that he will dominate as the team installs the spread offense.
- Boston English junior Dhe’Jour Relerford started at QB the last four games last year. He’s very athletic, doubling as a basketball player in the winter.
- South Boston junior Sean Hunter is the fastest and most versatile players on his team. The 5-11, 175-pound quarterback throws with speed and likes contact. His coach Sean Guthrie expects him to step up this season.
- West Roxbury junior quarterback David Bertucci is 5-11, 193 pounds. His father played at West Roxbury and is an assistant coach. He became the team’s starting quarterback midway through the season last year. While West Roxbury focused on the run last year, the Raiders have a new coach and are looking to pass more. But they also have senior Jovan Johnson. He’s a skilled quarterback that led the team last season.
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