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Dance & Co. propel Latin Academy to 28-0 win over New Mission

Posted by Ryan Butler  October 4, 2013 06:08 PM

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Despite a sloppy game on a wet field at White Stadium, the Kyle Dance Show continued Friday as he led Latin Academy to a 28-0 victory over New Mission.

Latin Academy (5-0) held New Mission (1-3) to less than 70 yards of total offense and made big plays offensively when needed. Coach Rocco Zizza was happy with his team’s win, but thought it could’ve played much better.

“We played sloppy out there,” he said. “Overall we didn’t play too well, but it’s a win.”

Dance scored the first touchdown on an 11-yard run with 4:08 left in the first quarter. Following a successful conversion on a pass to DeVaughn Riley, Latin Academy led, 8-0.

Then on a crucial third and 11 for New Mission, Latin Academy’s Cristian Mojica sacked quarterback Marvin Beswick and forced a punt. Dance then threw a 6-yard scoring strike to running back Chenedu Igbokue.

The Dragons took that 14-0 lead into the half, and wouldn’t give up any points for the rest of the game.

On second and goal from the 6, Dance found Igbokue once again for a short touchdown pass midway through the third quarter. After a New Mission fumble on the ensuing possession, Dance & Co. took over at midfield, but Dance soon exited with a slight knee injury and didn’t return.

Enter freshman John Teehan to fill the big shoes. And on Teehan’s first varsity play from scrimmage, he made it memorable.

Teehan tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Riley, who made an athletic play to snatch the ball out of the air. This proved to be more than enough offense for the Dragons, and Teehan couldn’t hide his excitement afterward.

“They called the play, and I threw the ball into the back corner to DeVaughn,” Teehan said. “He went up and got it for me. I think we’re a good team when we work together like that.”

After the game, New Mission coach Michael Forman addressed both teams at the 50-yard line and said a postgame prayer.

Zizza wasn’t worried about his star quarterback’s status.

“Kyle's OK,” he said. “Taking him out in the third quarter was just a precautionary measure.”

Ryan M. Butler covers Boston Public School athletics. He can be reached at butler.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @butler_globe or @BPSspts.

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