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Shriners Football Classic a successful closing run for Blue Hills Regional’s Vincent Burton

At the Shriners’ Football Classic (clockwise from above): Quincy High grad Jalen Green (42) looks to get past North defender Brendan Flaherty (33). South quarterback Andrew Benson (12)  of East Bridgewater avoids  North’s Mark Upton (42).  North QB Carmen Scarpa (5) of Andover is sacked by South player Brett Palaschak.
At the Shriners’ Football Classic (clockwise from above): Quincy High grad Jalen Green (42) looks to get past North defender Brendan Flaherty (33). South quarterback Andrew Benson (12) of East Bridgewater avoids North’s Mark Upton (42). North QB Carmen Scarpa (5) of Andover is sacked by South player Brett Palaschak.Credit: Photos for Jon Mahoney/For The Boston Globe

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WALTHAM — It had been a while since Vincent Burton had stepped onto the football field at Bentley — one year, six months, and 19 days, to be exact — but as soon as he arrived last weekend, the memories came flooding back.

The 152 yards on 37 carries. The 1-yard rush for a touchdown that eventually stood as the game-winner. The hoisting of the Division 4A Super Bowl championship trophy after Blue Hills Regional’s narrow 16-14 win over Cathedral.

Sure, the atmosphere at Saturday’s 30th Shriners Football Classic was a little different than it was on that chilly day in early December 2011 — the weather was hot and hazy, the game merely an exhibition this time around — but Burton enjoyed it just the same.

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