Boston English gets milestone win; New Mission scores program’s first TD
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Boston English coach Chris Boswell took his first blue Gatorade shower after the team’s emotional 14-6 win over New Mission Friday afternoon at Reservation Field in Hyde Park.
It was the Blue & Blue’s first official non-forfeit win since Boswell took over in 2010. They improve to 1-1.
“It feels outstanding to get this win,” said Boswell, who had only two wins during his tenure, both forfeits.
“I’m very proud they did it. I tell them all the time to talk with their play, and they went out and executed. This win just shows you that hard work pays off.’’
Although New Mission (0-2) is winless with its first- year football program, junior quarterback Soch Nzerem tossed the first touchdown pass in school history to senior tight end Isshiah Coleman late in the fourth quarter.
The 16-yard connection didn’t win the game, but first-year coach Michael Pittman Forman knew the 6 points transcended the result.
“Hopefully [the touchdown] means we can start moving and doing things we know we can do as a team,” said Forman, whose team lost, 36-0, to Dorchester in the opener. “The touchdown was special. We’re going to have to take that ball and put it in a trophy case at the school.”
For a team that only scored three offensive touchdowns all last season, it didn’t take long for the Blue & Blue to put some points up, scoring their first touchdown of the year three plays into the game. Sophomore Keylin McCray did the honors, rushing in from 8 yards to put English up, 6-0.
On the subsequent drive, New Mission fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, handing the ball back to English’.
The Blue & Blue started on a 13-play drive that started in the first quarter and was capped in the second quarter when Dhe’Jour Releford linked up with Ruben Pena-Sanchez on 25-yard touchdown pass. Senior Francis Okoyo rushed in the 2-point conversion for a 14-0 lead.
The Titans offense began to jell, but their final drive of the half fell short when Nzerem was picked off in the end zone by McCray.
When the game was over, as players and coaches from both teams kneeled together at midfield in prayer (some English players were in tears), Forman looked over to Boswell and congratulated him.
Then he looked down at his players with a smile while pointing toward the English players.
“New Mission, that’s our mission: To get that first win,” he said.