Dorchester’s 12-0 win over Burke at White Stadium on Friday was twice as nice as the Bears clinched both the Boston South championship and a date in the Division 5 Super Bowl.
The Bulldogs (2-8) tried to play spoiler and hand Dorchester its first league loss of the season, but instead helped boost the Bears to their first Super Bowl berth in 23 years.
Dorchester (8-0), which has two games remaining, including a league game against Boston English, clinched the berth under the two-league Division 5 format. Even if they lose next week to English, which could potentially pin them in a three-way tie with O’Bryant and Latin Academy, the Bears would still get the nod because they beat both teams. English is out of contention.
Dorchester hasn’t gotten this far since 1989. Olympian Calvin Davis — who won the bronze medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1996 Games in Atlanta — helped Dorchester to a 14-7 win over Bristol-Plymouth at Boston University, providing the winning points on a kick return for a TD. That was the school’s third visit to the Super Bowl and its only win.
Pitching their second consecutive shutout and fifth of the season, the Bears were able to make it to the school’s fourth Super Bowl. And if they win, a good, old-fashioned shutdown team defense will get the credit. The Bears are allowing a Division 5-best 5.5 points per game.
“We prepare very, very well [defensively],” said coach Richard Moran, “and as you can see, the kids played great and caused a lot of fumbles because of it.”
Dorchester forced a hard-hitting Burke team to commit three first-half fumbles and five total (Dorchester recovered four of them). Burke ran just 11 plays for 39 yards in the first half.
Robinson Cyprien, Dorchester’s hard-nosed rusher, eclipsed Burke’s total offensive output (102 yards) on his own.
“This is a great feeling, we’ve never been to a super bowl before,” said Cyprien, who noted team work is the Bears secret weapon this season. “As a team we’re a family. The chemistry we have together is the reason we’re undefeated now,” he said. “The teams that have low chemistry aren’t winning.”
The senior rushed for 103 yards on 13 carries, including the Bears’ first score on a 1-yard spurt — led by a huge block from quarterback Demetrius Leary — as time expired in the first quarter.
Leary helped score the final touchdown as well, finding a diving Arrik Bell at the corner pylon in the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown pass before the half.
“It’s nice to get [Dorchester] back into the Super Bowl,” said Moran, who will be coaching in his first championship game.