Latin Academy’s offense regained its footing in Friday’s MIAA Division 6 North quarterfinal at White Stadium, putting together multiple scoring drives in a 22-14 win over rival Dorchester.
After being held to a season-low 8 points in their first loss of the season last week to league champion O’Bryant, the Dragons’ offense redeemed itself, manufacturing two scoring drives in the victory. Also contributing on the scoreboard was the defense, which add 8 points on a safety in the second quarter and a fourth-quarter fumble recovery in the end zone by senior Cristian Mojica. Those points turned out to be the difference in the game.
“It was a tough game for us in the sense that we’re two even teams. Coming into this game we knew it was going to be a dogfight, we really did,’’ said Latin Academy coach Rocco Zizza. “And give credit to my teammates because they really bounced back after a tough loss last week. We didn’t play well last week, but we really showed up today, particularly our defense.”
The Bears (5-3) scored first on a 2-yard TD rush by Hakim Harris. After the first quarter, though, LA (7-1) scored 16 unanswered points, starting when senior quarterback Kyle Dance hooked up with DeVaughn Riley on a slant pass from 33 yards out just before halftime.
In the third quarter, LA got a big break after Dance was picked off by Demetrius Leary, who tried to run it out of the end zone and got pinned on the 3-yard line. A fumble, recovered by Mojica, made it 16-6 LA.
Latin Academy will play O’Bryant in the sectional semifinals next weekend. O’Bryant beat LA, 21-8, last weekend.
Manchester Essex42, Brighton 28 — Manchester Essex’s best defense was its clock-draining offense at Harvard Stadium.
Senior running back Chris Dumont had 30 carries for 239 yards and five touchdowns as the sixth-seeded Hornets took down the No. 3 Bengals in the Division 5 North quarterfinals.
Manchester Essex advances to the semifinals, where it will face the winner of Saturday’s game between Northeast and Lowell Catholic.
“[Dumont] ran like crazy today,” said Manchester Essex coach Mike Athanas. “The line blocked great for him and he did a great job.”
The Bengals had gone into the half with a 22-14 lead thanks to a big final minute of the second quarter when they scored 14 points in a span of 12 seconds.
Jalen Apperwhite led a four-play, 62-yard drive in 38 seconds that ended with an 18-yard TD pass to Michael Dereus. After a Manchester Essex fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Apperwhite threw a 13-yard TD pass to Dexter Andrews.
O’Bryant 33, West Roxbury18 — Behind the fleetness of senior running back Mehki Williams, the Tigers were able to subdue the Raiders in a Division 6 playoff game.
Williams had four TDs on the day; three coming on the ground and another on an 8-yard strike from quarterback Ajani Alfred-McFall.