Kyle Dance never thought he would be a high school quarterback, let alone be named the city’s top player.
But that was the honor bestowed on Latin Academy's junior quarterback Thursday when he was named the Boston City League’s Player of the Year during the Boston City League All-City Football Banquet.
“It’s indescribable honestly,” Dance said as the evening was wrapping up in the Murray Function Room at the Boston College Yawkey Center. “Going into high school I didn't think I was going to be a quarterback and I ended up the year as a quarterback. It’s a big compliment for me and also a big confidence builder going into next year, so I’m just proud of my team and my coaches.”
Dance was one of 28 players named to the 2012 All-City Football Team during the banquet, which was put on by the Boston Scholar Athletes Program.
Dance, who tossed 28 touchdown passes to nine receivers and ran for another nine touchdowns, was introduced by his coach, Rocco Zizza.
“And the scary part, I said the other day somewhat jokingly but seriously, is he had an off year,” Zizza said. “He’s fast, but he had two bad ankles, so he had to throw the ball this year. Congratulations Kyle, come on up.”
Madison Park coach Roosevelt Robinson and Dorchester coach Rich Moran were named Coaches of the Year. Madison Park (8-5) won the City League North Division before losing to Cathedral 22-20 in double overtime in the Division 4A Super Bowl.
“I would like to thank you personally for recognizing me for all the hard work that we all do,” Robinson said. "Because all of the coaches out here we go to battle, but we all teach our young children how to respect, especially their parents.”
Robinson, who attended Dorchester High, alluded to Madison Park’s 16-14 loss to the Bears in the final regular season game of the year that was dubbed the “Unofficial City Championship.”
“This year I had a chance to play against my alma mater and we fought hard," he said. "We had a hard fought game and I was very proud of Dorchester and my fellow recipient of the Coach of the Year and this really feels good.”
After beating Madison Park, Dorchester (10-1), the City League South Division champions, lost to Upper Cape Cod, 22-8, in the Division 5 Super Bowl.
“To be quite honest with you, Rosie touched on everything, it’s really all about you guys, I coach the same every year,” Moran said. “I don’t know why I’m Coach of the Year. I guess I was a lousy coach last year, I don’t know.”
The evening’s keynote address was given by former Boston College player Ralph Parent, who spoke to the players about not only setting goals but developing a plan to achieve those goals.
“For you young football players, you have achieved many, many things,” he said. “You have more to do. You just scratched the surface with your accomplishments.”
Last year was the first time the BSA put on the All-City Football Banquet, when East Boston lineman Leo Parnell and South Boston running back James Toles were named Players of the Year.
Burke coach Byron Beaman said the banquet is an example of what city football can be.
“Tonight’s banquet definitely sets the standard for where we’re trying to go with football in the city,” Beaman said. “ We've been down for some time but with two teams from the city making it to the Super Bowl and to have this kind of piggy back off that … It’s a great venue. Boston College, it’s always great to be on a college campus, because we always aspire for our football players and our student athletes to attain a degree, so what better place to be than a school like Boston College.”
The following are the members of the 2012 All-City team:
Latin Academy: Brendan Harriette, Alex Guerrier, Kyle Dance; Brighton: Princewill Unaegbu, Ricardo Edwards, Jean Fanfan; Burke: Demetrius Richards, Sedeeq Rheddick; Charlestown: Ibrahima Diallo; Dorchester: Jeffrey Burton-Rhodes, Darrius Patterson, Robinson Cyprien; East Boston: Marcellus Etienne, Juan Elias Bonilla; Boston English: Jordan Carter; Madison Park: Michael Alexander, Kelvin Jones, Alexis Santiago, David Stewart; New Mission: Steven Thomas, Darien Amado; O'Bryant: Joseph Farrell, Tobi Fashemi, Christian Ransom; South Boston: Sean Hunter, Pannel Davis, Kingsley O'koye; West Roxbury: Michael Obianigwe.
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