CANTON – Friday’s game at Blue Hills featured champions from a season ago. East Boston won the Boston North title and Blue Hills was the Division 4A Super Bowl champs. But only one team played like a champion Friday.
In a rematch of last year’s nail-biting playoff game, which Blue Hills won on a field goal late in the fourth quarter, the Jets fell behind early and could not find a way back, losing to Blue Hills, 24-6, at Canton in the season opener.
With a stable of solid runners at their disposal, the Warriors showcased a devastating ground attack.
Two-time Division 4A player of the year Vincent Burton (27 carries, 158 yards, 1 TD) shined while piling up the yards — as he tends to do. But it was the play of two newcomers to the Warriors wing-T offense, Brandon Gordon (134 yards, 2 TDs) and Daryon Calhoun (85 yards), that came as a surprise. And it was a pleasant one for head coach Ed Catabia.
“We’ll use all three backs [this season],” Said Catabia. “It’ll probably take the pressure off Vincent a little bit and add a little bit of dimension to our offense and make it more difficult for the defenses to say, ‘OK, who’s going to carry the ball in the offense.’ When you have three good running backs, as we do this year and as we did last year, it’s pretty difficult. You can’t cover everybody.”
East Boston tried to do just that, but it did not work. Fake handoffs to Burton in the inside led to big rushes from Gordon and Calhoun. And When East Boston tried to focus on the new guys, Blue Hills pounded it down the middle with Burton. It was a tough situation for the Jets defense, which was on its heels most of the game.
But let’s mention Gordon just one more time.
The junior, in his second year in the program, had never started a varsity game.
But looked a lot like he’s been there before, racking up the 134 yards on seven carries, including TD bursts of 11 and 63 yards in the first half.
The relative unknown in the Warriors backfield may have made a name for himself.
“I never thought I’d get this chance,” said Gordon, who was flocked by teammates after the game.
“This is Vincent’s team. I thought I’d get my couple of rushes in every once in a while, but I had no idea I’d get this chance. So I just played my best.”
It looked like Gordon’s best just might have made it his team, too.
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