The MIAA football playoffs kicked off Friday, and O’Bryant hosted West Roxbury in a matchup of great running backs.
And it was Tigers senior Mehki Williams who stole the show.
Behind Williams's four touchdowns, O'Bryant was able to subdue a West Roxbury team that couldn’t stop the run, 33-18.
“We definitely made some mistakes out there,” Williams said. “But in the end, we really came together offensively, especially in the second half.”
Williams scored three of his touchdowns in the first quarter, twice on runs and the other on an 8-yard pass from quarterback Ajani Alfred-McFall.
The Tigers took a 19-0 lead into the second quarter, but following some penalties and a 3-yard touchdown by the Raiders' Michael Obiangwe, the lead was down to 19-6.
Obiangwe came out running hard in the third quarter, and midway through the period, he powered his way for a 48-yard touchdown scamper, which cut the lead to 7.
Following another Williams touchdown, this dash from 15 yards, the Raiders responded again when quarterback David Bertucci tossed a 46-yard touchdown pass to Ruel DeLarosa. But that proved to be all the offense the Raiders could muster on the day, and a late touchdown run by O’Bryant’s Alfred-McFall solidified the win.
Though victorious, Tigers coach Kevin Gadson wasn’t thrilled with his team's penalties.
“We had over 100 yards in penalties -- that can’t happen in the playoffs,” he told his team. “Our offense had our back today, but defensively we didn’t perform well. But great job, offense.”
The Tigers will square off next against the winner of the Latin Academy-Dorchester game, and Williams, who also plays middle linebacker, said this week of practice will be used to shape things up on defense.
“Tackling was our main flaw,” he said. “So we’re going to work on our gang-tackling and overall speed on defense to prepare for whoever we end up playing.”
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