By Brian Willwerth
BROCKTON, MA – This was a case of three games rolled into one: a defensive battle, a game-changing goal line stand, and a blowout. In the end, the Brockton Boxers shut out the BC High Eagles on Friday night, 21-0. The victory proved to be a bit of revenge for Brockton. Last year, the Boxers were shut out by the Eagles, 42-0.
Just two minutes into the game, the contest was delayed for about an hour due to lightning off in the distance. When play resumed, the result was a defensive struggle for much of the first half. Neither team could get much going offensively. Penalties were almost as numerous as first downs.
Perhaps the turning point of the game came just before halftime. With the Eagles driving, quarterback Brendan Craven took off on third down, and as he was trying to dive into the end zone, he was stood up forcibly by the Boxers’ defense. On fourth and goal, Craven tried the quarterback sneak, but again Brockton’s defense was up to the challenge. The goal line stand kept the game scoreless at halftime.
A momentum changer? You bet.
The home team came out and dominated the second half. While the defense continued to pitch a shutout, the offense found the end zone three times. Quarterback Austin Roberts got his team on the board with a quarterback sneak in the third quarter. His 20-yard run in the fourth quarter put the icing on the cake. In between his scores, Aaron LeClair found the end zone from ten yards out.