Prior to playing in the Division 5 Super Bowl, Dorchester first wanted to extend its win streak and topple Madison Park for the unofficial Boston City championship.
The Bears will bring a 10-0 record into their first Super Bowl in 23 years as the Boston South champions defeated Boston North winner Madison Park, 16-14, Friday at White Stadium.
Dorchester coach Richard Moran wouldn’t let his team look past the Cardinals even though it is already locked into a Dec. 1 matchup against the winner of the Mayflower Small.
“I’m going to tell you the old Bill Belichick,” said Moran with a grin. “We played Madison Park and that’s how we look at it. Whoever we’re going to play for the Super Bowl, we’re going to play them. It’s just how we do it.”
Beating an opponent the caliber of Madison Park (7-3) will only boost the Bears’ confidence, said Moran.
“The thing I was looking forward to was playing a high-powered opponent like that, it kind of gets the kids ready for the Super Bowl,” he said. “So I was glad we were playing them and that’s kind of how we looked at it.”
With the teams coming into the game with six shutouts apiece, it was hard to imagine either side lighting up the scoreboard. As expected, the game came down to who made the bigger play defensively.
Madison Park got on the board first with a 36-yard pass from Hector Villar to David Stewart late in the first quarter. The 2-point conversion rush was stuffed at the line, leaving the Cardinals with a 6-0 lead. Dorchester struck back on the ensuing drive on a 17-yard scoring rush by Robinson Cyprien, who also punched in the 2-point rush.
In the first half, Dorchester limited the run-oriented Cardinals to just 9 rushing yards and 62 yards total. The Bears finished with only 104 total yards.
Hakim Harris upped Dorchester’s lead to 16-6 in the third quarter on a 4-yard rush, but the Cardinals answered right back with a 5-yard TD rush by Alexis Santiago.
The Cardinals, trailing by 2 points, forced Dorchester to punt with less than two minutes remaining. On the Cardinals’ first play, they botched their third snap of the game, and Dorchester recovered to seal the win.
Brighton 33, West Roxbury 6 — Ricardo Edwards ran for 165 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries as the Bengals finished 5-5.
Catholic Central (Small)
Pope John Paul II 36, Matignon 6 — Senior Joe Grogan scored four touchdowns and set a school record with 237 yards rushing on 18 carries for the Lions.
Gardner 14, Murdock 7 — Kenny Correa hauled in a 66-yard pass from Andrew Guay to snap a 7-7 tie and lead the visiting Wildcats (5-5) over the Blue Devils (2-9) in Winchendon. The Wildcats’ Brandon Williams opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 9-yard TD run, and Austin Colston answered with a 3-yard score for the Blue Devils.
Assabet 35, Keefe Tech 8 — Chris Schofield (70 yards), Paul Harpin (46 yards), Jason Torrez (2 yards), Austin DuVarney (46-yard interception return) and C.J. Gleason (5 yards) scored successive touchdowns for the host Aztecs (7-4, 5-2 CAL). Senior Raphel Nery went 5 for 5 on extra points. Kyle Smith scored for the Broncos (0-10, 0-7).