The English High football team picked up right where it left off last week when it squared off against a tough West Roxbury team Friday afternoon.
Fueled by quarterback Emmanuel Almonte’s three rushing touchdowns, the Eagles defeated the Raiders, 24-6, at West Roxbury High School.
With last week's 22-0 win over New Mission and Friday’s victory against West Roxbury, first-year coach Brian Vaughan's Eagles (3-3) matched their win total from last season.
“You guys showed great effort today,” Vaughan told his team. “So we can celebrate this win tonight and celebrate it again in the morning. But after that, this game against West Roxbury is over and we’re focusing on next week.”
Following a scoreless first quarter, Almonte’s first touchdown came early in the second when he bolted 5 yards into the end zone. After a safety caused by the relentlessness of the Eagles defense, English took an 8-0 lead into the half and came out aggressive to start the third quarter.
Almonte scored first on a 4-yard run and then finally on a 1-yard burst thanks to some key blocking by his offensive line.
“Today was a huge win,” Almonte said. “Our blocking was solid, and overall I think we did a pretty good job. We need to work on our defense for next week, though. They snuck in a few passes we shouldn’t have allowed. But now we’ve just got to focus on Dorchester.”
Almonte had over 100 yards on the ground and made some key tackles while playing defense. The Eagles made it difficult all afternoon for the Raiders (3-3) and running back Michael Obiangwe to find any room to run.
Vaughan and his team were pumped up over the big road win, but he made it clear that they will be getting back to business shortly.
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