Here's a look at the top running backs in the city of Boston for the upcoming football season:
- Latin Academy senior running back Ernest Kellough tied with teammate Kyle Dance for the most touchdown (nine) in the Boston South division last season. He's a speedy player worth watching.
- East Boston senior running back Matthew Robinson fills the void of departed teammate Andre Rickerson. Between the two, the Jets had a powerful running attack last season. Robinson is expected to do well as the feature back now.
- Brighton senior running back Ricardo Edwards, a Division 1 and 2 prospect, is looking to make a big impact on the field. The 5-10, 195-pound running back is known to be a great receiver, but everyone knows where he’ll do his damage.
- Latin Academy junior Chenedu Ighokue was a quarterback last year, but will be in the backfield for the Dragons in the fall. According to coach Rocco Zizza, he worked hard all summer and was also an outstanding defensive back at the camps he attended.
- New Mission junior Marcus Watson played for Boston English last season because the Titans did not field a team. He was a starter for the Bulldogs and will continue as a starter for New Mission this season. But New Mission also has junior Cordell Harris to rely on. Harris doubles as a quarterback, but can play anywhere on the field.
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