By Matt Noonan
WESTWOOD, MA – For the second time this season, Brockton High School’s varsity football team was shutout, as Xaverian Brother’s defeated the Boxers on a warm and humid Saturday afternoon by a score of 31-0.
“It’s tough, but we’ve got eight more games left. We’ve got to keep our heads up, practice harder, [and] get better each time [we’re on the field],” said Brockton’s Jesse Monteiro.
The Boxers committed four turnovers, (two fumbles and two interceptions), as well had no answer for the Hawks running game, which tallied 21-points on the ground thanks to senior Zach Maiuri and junior Hunter Taute.
“[Our] offensive line, they did a great job. They completely dominated the line of scrimmage and I think one of those drives, we had [the ball] for at least eight minutes and that really wears down a defense,” said Xaverian’s quarterback Chris Calvanese.
“You don’t go into a game necessarily thinking – especially against Brockton that we’d have to really focus on our line of scrimmage play,” said Xaverian’s head coach Charlie Stevenson. “When we put our big guys in the backfield, they can bring a little bit of a size factor to the game, so we put some size in there when we need to run the ball, [which] helps us a little bit.”
Hawks quarterback Chris Calvanese finished the game completing 7-of-12 passes for 119 yards, one touchdown to junior wide receiver DJ Pagliuca, and one interception, while senior kicker Jules Murphy registered seven points, four extra points and a 38-yard field goal in the first half.
“[It was] a great game today,” said Calvanese. “Brockton’s always Brockton, but the way we came out today, we’re feeling great about the next couple weeks and the rest of the season.”
“Give Brockton credit. I thought they played hard. They came out really fired up and made us make some mistakes early and made us get really get out of what wanted to go to, so we’re just fortunate that we could rely on our run game to really win the game – that’s really what won the game,” said Stevenson.
The Hawks will return to the gridiron next Saturday when they host Somerville, while the Boxers will travel to St. John’s Prep.
“We just got to mentally stay strong. We can’t let the little things get to us,” said Monteiro. “We just got to pick ourselves up after plays and make plays after plays and just come together as a team.