Dorchester, led by its stout defense, extended its winning streak to seven games and moved a little closer to a chance at a Division 5 Super Bowl berth with a 6-0 victory over O’Bryant Saturday.
Dorchester’s winning points, on a day when offensive productivity was low for both sides, were put up just under two minutes into the game on a 36-yard touchdown rush by quarterback Demetrius Leary.
The Bears (7-0, 3-0), who snapped O’Bryant’s four-game winning streak, plugged every hole, filled every gap, swatted down every pass attempt, and plunged in unison at every O’Bryant player holding a football.
The lockdown defense allowed only one first down in the first half for O’Bryant (4-4, 2-1). Another came on a 15-yard personal foul penalty against Dorchester in the second. That 14-yard first down rush by Ajani Alfred-McFall in the second quarter was also the Tigers’ largest offensive gain.
“Offense didn’t execute,” said Tigers coach Kevin Gadsen. “Big game, we just didn’t execute.”
By the end of the half, O’Bryant had been held to just 10 yards of total offense, including four plays for negative yardage and minus 12 passing yards. The Tigers’ only positive pass, a 12-yard connection between Alfred-McFall and Joseph Farrell, was on the last play of the game.
But their biggest problem on offense was holding on to the ball, as they gave up three fumbles.
“You have to expect the team with less turnovers to win the game and that’s exactly what happened,” said O’Bryant senior Christian Ransom, who finished with just six rushing yards.
“We fumbled the ball, you can’t get points or yardage when you turn the ball over. That hurts,” said Gadsen.
The win puts the Bears in the driver’s seat of the Boston South League with three games remaining in the regular season. Two of their final three matchups will be against league opponents Burke (Friday) and Boston English (Nov. 9).
If they win both those league games the Bears will represent the city in the MIAA Division 5 Super Bowl Dec. 2. Under the format of Division 5, which only has two leagues (Boston South, Mayflower Small), the winner of each league bypasses a semifinal game and goes straight to the Super Bowl. This year will be the last under this format.