BROCKTON AT A GLANCE
2009: 9-2 (2-0 Big 3), lost in Eastern Mass. Division 1 playoffs
Coach: Peter Colombo (Eighth year, 64-20-1 overall)
Players to watch: Albert Louis-Jean, Sr., WR/DB, 6-1, 180 pounds; Trevon Offley, Sr., RB, 5-6, 175 lbs; William Carruthers, Sr., DT, 6-3, 300 lbs; Zach Apotheker, Sr., ILB, 5-11, 225 lbs; Brien Massie, Sr., DE/TE, 6-2, 230 lbs; Saquaan Louis, Sr., DE, 6-1, 220 lbs; Davidson Barthelmy, Sr., CB, 5-11, 170 lbs; Jacques Janvier, Sr., OT/DT, 6-1, 300 lbs; David Hylton, Sr., OG/DT, 6-2, 270 lbs; Ralph Cherry, Sr., WR/TE/OLB, 6-1, 215 lbs.
Strengths: Running game, team speed, defensive line.
Weaknesses: Inexperience at quarterback.
Outlook: The Boxers’ only two losses last year were to undefeated Super Bowl champion Xaverian, and there is enough talent and experience on both sides of the ball to win the program’s first title since going back-to-back in 2004 and 2005. The offense should revolve around Offley early, as the offensive line will be much improved over a year ago. Three quarterbacks – sophomores Austin Roberts and Micah Morel and senior Paul Mroz – are battling for the job, and while Roberts will most likely get the first start, expect all three to see playing time. Defensively, the front four is an imposing group, while Apotheker is an aggressive playmaker at linebacker. The secondary features the speedy Louis-Jean, a three-year starter and University of Miami verbal commit. The always-tough schedule begins with BC High, Taunton, Xaverian and St. John’s Prep, so expect to know right away whether the Boxers can live up to their preseason hype.
Correspondent Adam Kurkjian contributed to this report.