BROCKTON — One year ago on Thanksgiving, Bridgewater-Raynham cruised by Brockton, 27-3.
That wasn’t the case Thursday. The teams went into overtime before the Trojans prevailed, 15-13.
“I knew [Brockton] was ready,” Bridgewater-Raynham coach Dan Buron said. “[Coach] Peter [Colombo] and his staff do a great job. We both didn’t have any games left after this, so this was a playoff for both of us.”
Bridgewater-Raynham (7-4) had the ball on the first possession in OT of a 7-7 game and scored when Devante Greaves busted through left guard.
Quarterback Corey Sullivan scored the winning points when he sprinted around left end for a 2-point conversion.
“We were trying to get the tight end dragging across and they did a great job of double-teaming him,” Buron said. “Corey was going to sprint left and throw back. He saw the opening and took off.
“He’s a good runner. I’ve been waiting for him to run like that for a long time.”
Brockton (5-6) had a chance to tie the score and force a second overtime when Edmund Kelsey (23 rushes, 204 yards, 2 TDs) broke through the middle from the 4. But when Kelsey tried to run for a 2-point conversion, he was smothered inches from the goal line.
“I don’t know who stopped him but we knew [Kelsey] was going to get the ball,” Buron said. “That might have been the shortest run he had all day.”
Kelsey reeled off the game’s longest run on the fifth play after the opening kickoff, sprinting 75 yards.
The Trojans survived two lost fumbles and, in the third quarter, got the break they needed when Dan Taylor intercepted the first of his two passes.
That set up a 95-yard drive that culminated when Greaves (10 carries, 92 yards, 2 TDs)broke one tackle and dashed 49 yards for a score.
“Shawn Noel (18 rushes, 74 yards) is a great back but Devante is a different style of runner,” Buron said. “We’ve brought him in at different times to rest Shawn. Bryce Shaw, who played with a bad leg today, is another good runner.
“That’s the offense we had the most success with in the second half.”