Dragons leapfrog Brighton
Brighton, the defending Boston City South champion, showed its heart, but Latin Academy stated its case yesterday to be next up on the throne.
The Dragons came away with a 21-14 win at White Stadium, leaving them just one win away from officially dethroning the Bengals.
If Latin Academy (6-3, 3-0) can beat O’Bryant (5-3, 2-1) Thursday, it will clinch the South title and the school’s first postseason berth since 1994. The winner will play in the Division 5 Super Bowl Dec. 3.
“We haven’t won anything yet,’’ said Latin coach Rocco Zizza. “We’re just going to do what we do best [next week], and that’s run the ball and play tough defense.’’
Yesterday’s matchup played out as anticipated, like a heavyweight bout. When Latin threw its haymaker, Brighton (4-4, 2-1) responded with a counterattack.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Dragons’ offensive weapons erupted, scoring all of their points in the second.
Ernest Kellough began the onslaught, rushing for the opening TD, the first of three by the Dragons in a span of 7:31, on a 4-yard burst. After the teams exchanged punts, the Bengals’ Ricardo Edwards fumbled on his 25-yard line, setting up quarterback Kyle Dance’s 5-yard TD run to boost the lead to 14-0 with 1:49 left in the half.
Brighton was forced to punt again, but it was muffed by the Dragons and recovered on the Bengals’ 49-yard line. But Edwards coughed up the ball again two plays later and the Dragons pounced with 33 seconds left.
Dance ran for 25 yards before hurling a spectacular 22-yard strike to Alex Guerrer in the end zone with just under five seconds left in the half.
The Bengals displayed their championship resilience late. Jonathan Marrero linked up with Edwards on a 37-yard pass with 8:14 to play. Marrero scampered 11 yards to make it a one-score game with less than four minutes remaining.
The Bengals got the ball back with 25 seconds left, and a 51-yard pass from Marrero to Dwight Kennedy gave them a chance to win or tie. But the Dragons sacked Marrero on the 12-yard line to secure the win.