BROCKTON — From the moment Bridgewater-Raynham fumbled out of bounds in the Brockton end zone — after what appeared to be a long touchdown reception just four plays into the game — it was all Boxers.
Brockton took the ensuing touchback and marched down the field with ease on freshman tailback Kerry Raymond’s 7-yard run for a 6-0 lead. The Boxers rode that momentum behind the dynamic play of senior quarterback Austin Roberts to a 27-14 victory Thursday.
As playoff-bound Brockton (8-3) hoisted the Cape Cod Café Bowl trophy in front of a dejected B-R squad, Boxers coach Peter Colombo remembered how far his team has come since a loss to the Trojans a year ago put Brockton below the .500 mark and out of playoff contention.
“This group had an agenda,” said Colombo, praising Brockton’s senior leadership. “They put the time in in the offseason. A losing season did not sit well. And so we flipped it around. I’m very proud of them.”
Brockton senior Micah Morel, who was named game MVP, was a force on both sides of the ball — particularly in the second quarter.
Morel caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Roberts to start the second period and ran for the 2-point conversion to give Brockton a 14-0 lead. Minutes later he intercepted a pass in the end zone to stop a potential momentum-swinging B-R scoring threat.
Later in the second, Morel hauled in a 35-yard pass to set up a short Roberts touchdown plunge for a 21-0 halftime lead. Each of Roberts’s four completions (on nine attempts) were to Morel — for 90 yards.
“Micah just made big play after big play today,” said Colombo. “It’s great to see him have a game like that but it’s not unexpected because he’s a talented kid.”
Morel struck again late in the third quarter with another interception to set up Brockton’s final score. With 8:25 remaining, Brockton senior running back Moise Edouard found the end zone from 10 yards to cap a drive bolstered by back-to-back personal fouls against B-R.
With Brockton pulling its starters late in the fourth to rest for Tuesday’s playoff game against host Weymouth, B-R sophomore quarterback Matt Clement hit Ryan Scripter in stride for a 47-yard touchdown pass with 3:54 remaining.
The Trojans recovered an onside kick and later scored when Clement caught a throwback pass from junior receiver Ryan Martin for a 15-yard touchdown.
“The only positive thing is we didn’t quit,” said B-R coach Dan Buron. “We got outplayed in the first half. They made plays, we didn’t. We knew they were going to be inspired — they were 0-2 against us. We knew they wanted this one. It just came down to making plays.”