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Thursday, November 25, 2010
No. 13 B-R takes inaugural Cape Cod Cafe Cup

By Andrew Clark

BROCKTON, Mass. -- It was the first annual Cape Cod Bowl, the nickname given to the newfound Thanksgiving day rivalry between Brockton and Bridgewater-Raynham. For the playoff-bound Trojans, it appeared to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, as they edged the Brockton, 23-21, at Marciano Stadium.

“This was a big win for us and I’m really proud of the way our team played,” B-R head coach Dan Buron said following his team’s win. “This match-up is a really exciting thing. For our guys, years after this, they aren’t going to be thinking of the playoffs. They are going to be talking about the win over Brockton.”

On their first possession of the game, the Trojans (9-2) didn’t waste any time. Junior tailback Nick Schlatz (16 carries, 78 yards) ripped off a run of 25 yards on B-R’s first play. On the very next snap, senior quarterback Billy Zolga rolled out of the pocket and found Brad Deluliis in the back of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Zolga completed the two-point conversion pass to Steve Wentworth, and the Trojans jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead.

However, the Boxers (8-3) struck right back on their next possession. Led by two consecutive 32-yard runs by tailback Trevon Offley (17 carries, 144 yards, three touchdowns), Brockton quickly marched down the field. Following a pair of short runs by quarterback Paul Mroz, Offley capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run, cutting the B-R lead, 8-7.

Things looked to be going Brockton’s way early on. On B-R’s next possession, Brockton’s wunderkind cornerback Albert Louis-Jean picked off Zolga and returned the ball to the 1-yard line. Offley then punched the ball in for his second TD of the game, giving Brockton the 14-8 lead.

But in the second quarter, the wheels started to come off for the Boxers. The Trojans dominated the clock in the second quarter as they kept pounding the ball against the Brockton defense. Led by Schlatz, the Trojans gave the Boxers trouble all day, and following a Schlatz touchdown and another two-point conversion at the end of the quarter, the Trojans took a 16-14 lead going into the half.

It was more of the same for B-R in the third quarter. On the Trojans first possession of the half, they monopolized the clock once again through their bruising running game. Zolga finished the drive when he found Sean McCall for a 20-yard touchdown pass and the Trojans began pulling away, 23-14.

As things began to look down for Brockton, the Boxers found new life in the beginning of the fourth quarter after recovering a B-R fumble. Brockton strung together a few big plays as the clock was winding down, as Mroz connected with both Jesse Monteiro and Louis-Jean for 20-yard pass plays. Offley, who was one of the few bright spots on the day for the Boxers, ran for his third TD of the game. But it proved to be too little, too late, as the Boxers fell 23-21.

Earlier this year, Brockton and Bridgewater agreed to a 10-year deal to play each other in the Thanksgiving game. Ultimately, for Buron, he is elated for his program to begin a rivalry with what he sees as the strongest program in the state.

“When I’m somewhere else in the country, and I tell them I’m from Bridgewater, they don’t really know where it is,” Buron said. “But when I say ‘It’s just south of Brockton,’ then they know. When you think of Massachusetts football, you think of Brockton.”

NO. 13 BRIDGWATER-RAYNHAM 23, NO. 17 BROCKTON 21

B-R 8 8 7 0 --- 23
Brockton 14 0 0 7 --- 21

1st Quarter
B-R - Brad Deluliis 14 pass from Billy Zolga (Steve Wentworth pass from Zolga)
Brock - Trevon Offley 3 run (Lucas Depina kick)
Brock - Offley 1 run (Depina kick)

2nd Quarter
B-R - Nick Schlatz 5 run (Sean O'Donnell pass from Zolga)

3rd Quarter
B-R - Sean McCall 20 pass from Zolga (Mike Chicoine kick)

4th Quarter
Brock - Offley 1 run (Depina kick)