Four appearances, four wins, and a perfect ending for Matt Susich and the rest of the Class of 2020 at Boston Latin, which defeated Boston English, 16-6, Thursday morning at Harvard Stadium in the 133rd consecutive matchup between the rivals.
“It means everything to me,” said Susich, a quarterback and senior captain who has seen his Latin side come out victorious all four of his high school years. “It’s what me and the Class of 2020 worked so hard for, it means the world.”
Susich scored what proved to be the crucial touchdown late in the second quarter, capitalizing on a fumble recovery by Zeke Kransdorf. He completed all three of his passing attempts for 19 yards, and scored on a 6-yard run to give the Wolfpack (2-9) a 16-0 lead over the Eagles (5-6).
“[Susich] ran the ball hard, and he tried his best on some of those throws despite the wind and the rain,” said Latin coach Ray Butler.
Latin failed to score on its opening drive, but the special teams unit chipped in for the team’s first points. Joseph Prior busted through the line and blocked the Eagles’ punt out of the end zone for a safety.
Running back Ulysses Brenzel, who finished with 122 rushing yards, chipped away at the English defense all first half. After getting the ball following the safety, Brenzel ran in from 7 yards to make it 9-0 for Latin.
English wasn’t going away at halftime, though, and put together an 18-play, 75-yard drive to open the third quarter, but somehow failed to find the end zone. The defense then forced a three-and-out, allowing Jonathan Joseph Pierre to come up with the block on Latin’s punt attempt. The Eagles took possession on the 1-yard line and Tyreese Ford punched it in.
The Wolfpack then matched English with a clock-chewing drive, running 15 plays to seal the game late in the fourth quarter. Latin captured its sixth consecutive win in the rivalry (83-37-13)