Dorchester, led by its stout defense, is romping through uncharted territories as the Bears trek through their best season in memory under coach Richard Moran. And with the hard fought 6-0 win over league opponent O’Bryant Saturday at White Stadium, they extended their winning streak to seven games and moved a little closer to a chance at a Division 5 Super Bowl berth.
Dorchester’s winning points, on a day when offensive productivity was low for both sides, were put up just under two minutes into the game on a 36-yard touchdown rush by quarterback Demetrius Leary.
The Bears (7-0, 3-0), who snapped O’Bryant’s 4-game winning streak, plugged every hole, filled every gap, swatted down every pass attempt, and tugged in unison at every O’Bryant player holding a football.
The lockdown defense allowed only one first down in the first half for O’Bryant (4-4, 2-1). Another came on a 15-yard personal foul penalty against Dorchester in the second. That 14-yard first down rush by Ajani Alfred-McFall in the second quarter was also the Tigers’ largest offensive gain in the game.
“Offense didn’t execute,” said Tigers coach Kevin Gadson. “Big game, we just didn’t execute.”
By the end of the half, O’Bryant had been held to just 10 yards of total offense, including four plays for negative yardage and minus 12 passing yards. The Tigers’ only positive pass, a 12-yard connection between Alfred-McFall and Joseph Farrell, was on the last play of the game.
The win puts the Bears in the driver’s seat of the Boston City League South division with three games remaining in the regular season. Two of their final three matchups will be against league opponents Burke (Friday, Nov. 2) and Boston English (Friday, Nov. 9).
If they win both those league games the Bears will represent the city in the MIAA Division 5 Super Bowl Dec. 2.
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Lorenzo Recupero covers Boston Public school football. He can be reached at Lorenzorecupero@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @LorenzoRecupero
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