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Offensive barrage leads Crimson Tide to big win

By Lorenzo Recupero

The last time the Crimson Tide scored so many points in a regular season win it went on to be crowned state champion.

In the 59-0 shutout over Greater Boston League rival Somerville High School on Friday, the Crimson Tide and first-year head coach Justin Flores snagged win number one of the season and did so putting up the most points EHS has scored in a game since 2017, when a then John DiBiaso-led Tide dropped 55 against Lowell HS.

The lopsided win, the first of his coaching career, earned Flores high praise from his players.

“It felt great to get the win and it being the first made it even sweeter. The guys presented me with the game ball at the end which was a special moment I’ll never forget,” said Flores, who received the game ball signed by his team captains, Jayden Prophete, Chris Zamor, Pedro Rodrigues, Dom Papa, and Aidan Duclos.

The 59 points scored by the Crimson Tide (1-1) is the most points the team has scored in a single game over the last 20 seasons.

The offensive-minded Flores, who calls the plays and employs a spread offense, said he aims to keep the Tide explosive all season.

“Offensively we took advantage on some play action passes, ran the ball extremely efficiently with Damien Lackland,” said Flores of his team’s offensive outburst to which Lackland provided two touchdowns to go with 118 rushing yards on just 8 carries (14.75 yards per rush).

First-year starting quarterback Carlos Rodrigues had a huge night as well, scoring four TDs total to go with 111 passing yards and 59 rushing yards. He averaged over 17 yards per rush and over 27 yards per completion against Somerville.

“Our QB did well,” said Flores. “His biggest strength is knowing his first reads in the pass game,” he said.

Flores and the high-scoring Tide will travel to Lynn English next for a clash with the Bulldogs at Manning Field on Friday, September 22 at 6PM.

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