Trailing Boston English by four points late in the fourth quarter, Boston Latin needed someone to make a play. The Wolfpack got that play from senior Paul Curran, who recovered an English fumble then found pay dirt on the ensuing drive to give Latin a 20-16 win at Harvard Stadium in the 132nd edition of the longest continuous Thanksgiving Day rivalry game in the country.
“This is the day that seniors make plays and that’s what Paul did,” Latin coach Ray Butler said. “That’s what you want to see from your senior captain.”
English (8-2) scored first with a 1-yard rush by quarterback Michael Castro to take an 8-0 lead. Latin (1-10) answered in the second quarter with a touchdown pass from Devin Vasquez to De’Andre Harris. Another Wolfpack score, this one a 17-yard run by Ulysses Brenzel, gave Latin a 12-8 lead at halftime.
“It took a little bit to get adjusted to their game speed,” Butler said of the slow start. “They’re one of the more athletic teams we play all year, but we were able to settled in.”
After a scoreless third quarter, English retook the lead when it used lineman Engel Pena as a fullback and fed the big man the ball. Pena rumbled ahead for the 1-yard score, giving the Eagles a 16-12 lead.
On Latin’s ensuing drive, the Wolfpack got the ball to the English 16 before the drive stalled with three straight incompletions, including one on fourth-and-7, giving the ball back to English with less than three minutes to play.
But just three plays into English’s drive, Curran recovered a botched snap to give Latin another shot at the end zone. This time, Latin capitalised.
“I knew that I just had to get in,” Curran said of his score.
With the win, Boston Latin improves its Thanksgiving rivalry record against Boston English to 82-37-13.
“Its been a rough season,” Curran said. “But winning this last one, the last game of my career, it’s just amazing.”