WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- No. 9 Brockton defeated Catholic Memorial 41-6 on the heels of De’Andre Brown (two interceptions) and Ryan Kelley (two fumble recoveries, kick block) leading the defensive charge. Aaron LeClair (two rushing TDS) and Austin Roberts (one rushing TD, one passing) led the Boxers offensively.
“I was kind of surprised it was this easy, but we’ll take it”, said Brockton coach Peter Colombo.
Although CM (2-6) did not score until the fourth quarter, the Knights were moving the ball well for a time in the first half, but direct turnovers and failure to convert on third down were crucial to the Knights.
“When you’re playing a team like Brockton, you can’t turn the ball over at all,” said CM coach Alex Campea. “We’ll go back to the drawing board come Monday and we’ll be on the field working at it to get better.
Brockton has been turning up the defensive play, according to Colombo, and capitalized on those opportunities yesterday.
“The defense has been playing good football three weeks in a row,” added Colombo. “I have been very impressed by their hitting too.”
On the offensive front, Ricardo Calixte came up big for the Boxers, ripping a 52-yard run on their first possession, following Kelley’s first fumble recovery, to set up Brockton’s first score. Calixte, along with LeClair and Roberts, got good-sized holes from the offensive line and took advantage of the speed benefit once they were in the open field to produce extra yardage.
“They were blocking good, moving people and giving up space,” said LeClair. “This was a big week.”
Jimenez Injured Early: With 5:30 left in the first quarter, senior running back Luis Jimenez took a handoff from Austin Roberts and broke left with a touchdown on his mind. He laid out his body and broke the plane with the ball, lighting up the scoreboard for Brockton. As the team and fans alike celebrated the first score of the day, Jimenez remained on the ground with little movement. Jimenez was immobilized, placed onto a gurney, transferred to a stretcher and taken to hospital with an undisclosed leg injury.
As the World Turns: Last year, Catholic Memorial blanked Brockton 26-0. After Brockton went up early, talk of last year’s game and this year’s opposite outcome spread through the press box, airwaves and in the crowd.
“We twisted it around on them. They were a great team last year,” said Colombo. “And I think we’re turning into a pretty good team this year, We’re right where we want to be.”
Lunch Of Champions: While some students complain about school lunch, Ryan Kelley has made the grub at Brockton High School a part of his regiment.
“I had a chicken sandwich during school,” said Kelley with a laugh when asked about his game day menu. “After that I went to D’Angelo’s and had my meatball sub. That’s my ritual.”
BROCKTON 41, CATHOLIC MEMORIAL 6
BR (6-3) 7 21 13 0 --- 41
CM (2-6) 0 0 0 6 --- 6
B – Luis Jimenez 12 run (Levon Merian kick)
B – Aaron LeClair 6 run (Merian kick)
B – LeClair 4 run (Merian kick)
B – Micah Morel 17 pass from Austin Roberts (Merian kick)
B – LeClair 12 run (Merian kick)
B – Roberts 1 run (Kick failed)
CM – Darren Wagner 3 run (kick blocked)