If this was West Roxbury’s last football game ever, it went out in style
West Roxbury made sure to put an exclamation point on what might have been the final football game in school history.
Playing in a wintry mix Tuesday night at Fenway Park, the Raiders scored 18 points over an eight-minute span to open the third quarter, cementing a 24-6 victory over Burke.
“This was special,” said Westie coach Derek Wright. “It was like a fairy-tale ending. It’s something you’ll be able to remember the rest of your life, and 30 years down the road these guys can talk about how they played at Fenway. It was quite an honor to be selected to play here.”
Founded in 1976, West Roxbury is likely to close at the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year, pending a December vote.
That didn’t stop Westie (7-4) from going undefeated (6-0) in conference play to capture the Boston City League North title.
In the only scoring play of a sloppy first half, Westie sophomore quarterback Lazarus McBean hit senior Luis Pena on a looping 38-yard touchdown pass midway through the second quarter.
Quarterback Avontai Walker-Withers led a 62-yard drive in the final seconds of the first half for Burke (1-8), but Westie senior Derek Bertucci came up with a clutch sack to end the threat.
The Raiders put a bow on their terrific season with a dominant third quarter.
“At halftime, I said, ‘Hey, we took the first half as a practice. And now it’s time to go out and play smashmouth Raider football,’ ” Wright said.
Westie got two rushing touchdowns from senior Dayson Miranda, and another from McBean. The Raiders forced fumbles on Burke’s first scrimmage play and on the kickoff following McBean’s plunge before Miranda sprinted in for a score from 28 yards out.
“For the rest of my life, I’ll be able to drive by Fenway and say, ‘I got two touchdowns here,’ ” said Miranda. “That means a lot.”
Burke senior Daniel Smith powered his way for a 2-yard touchdown as time expired.
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