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division 1 | Brockton 33, Weymouth 7

Ground game helps Brockton get to Super Bowl

WEYMOUTH — Brockton rode a monster rushing attack, led by senior quarterback Austin Roberts, to a 33-7 win over Weymouth Tuesday night in the Division 1 semifinals.

Roberts (16 carries, 126 yards, 2 TDs), Micah Morel (10 carries, 83 yards, TD), and Ricardo Calixte (15 carries, 143 yards, TD) combined for 352 yards on the ground to help the Boxers (9-3) to their first Super Bowl appearance since 2008.

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“It’s been a while,” said Brockton coach Peter Colombo. “We’re hoping to put the brackets around this era of [Brockton football].”

The Boxers started out 3-3, but have won six in a row and will face St. John’s Prep in the Super Bowl Saturday. Colombo credits the return of Roberts — who missed two games after breaking three vertebrae in a 27-12 loss to the Prep Sept. 28 — as the spark Brockton needed to turn the season around.

“We got [Roberts] back and we’ve been dominant since,” said Colombo. “We thought he might be out for the season but it’s just been great to get our leader back and we’ve been different ever since.”

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After Weymouth wide receiver Keison Cunningham fumbled on the game’s opening play, the Boxers took over at the Wildcats’ 24-yard line and ran just five plays to get into the end zone.

Roberts faked a handoff before pitching to Morel, who rushed 6 yards up the left side to put Brockton on top, 7-0.

The Boxers came back on their next possession with a huge 12-play, 79-yard drive that was highlighted by a 44-yard dash by senior running back Moise Edouard, who then finished off the drive with a 2-yard rush. De’Andre Brown’s kick was blocked.

Brockton recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff at the Weymouth 47 and took three plays to make it 21-0. Morel and Roberts ran for 9 and 6 yards, respectively, before Calixte busted up the middle for a 38-yard score.

Weymouth got on the board late in the first half when quarterback David Harrison found a wide-open Ozzy Colarusso for a 19-yard strike, cutting the Brockton lead to 21-7.

But the Boxers responded on the next drive, ending any hope the Wildcats had of gaining momentum. Roberts finished off a nine-play, 60-yard drive with a 5-yard keeper to put Brockton ahead, 27-7, at the half.

Roberts fumbled on the first play of the second half, giving the ball to Weymouth at the Brockton 43. The Wildcats drove to the 5-yard line but Harrison threw four straight incompletions, turning the ball over on downs.

The Boxers took over and drove 95 yards in seven plays to put Weymouth away. Back-to-back runs by Roberts (37 yards) and Calixte (28) set up Brockton at the 1-yard line. Roberts then finished it off with his second score of the game.

“I’m really happy for this whole team,” said Roberts. “We worked real hard all season. It means a lot to us to get back and get another shot at the Prep.”

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