BROCKTON, Mass. — Catholic Memorial has come a long way since a disappointing 24-0 loss on opening night to Marshfield.
The No. 9 Knights have ripped off six straight victories against teams in Massachusetts after dominating Brockton, 26-0, last night at Rocky Marciano Stadium.
The final two games of the regular season will help decide the Catholic Conference for the Knights. With tilts against No. 8 Xaverian and No. 5 BC High left on the schedule, quarterback A.J. Doyle knows his team just needs to keep status quo.
“We just have to play our game,” said Doyle. “We can’t beat ourselves. I mean we have the talent and we’ve always had the talent. We are going into the games against Xaverian and BC High and they are always supposed to beat us. We always used to go in with that mentality, but this year this is a different CM team.”
Knights head coach Alex Campea knows that giving away a victory in the conference in the final two weeks could be detrimental to his team.
“As we say every game is a championship game,” said Campea. “We look at each one of those as being vitally important. You lose one and you may be done. So we can’t afford to do that.”
Doyle makes connection: Doyle was efficient on the night as he connected on 10 of his 13 throws for 157 yards and two touchdowns, but it was the symmetry he had with David Berment that set the Knights apart.
Berment finished the night with four receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns.
The friendship off the field, according to Doyle, has made the relationship on the field a growing combination for the Knights.
“Me and Dave are best friends. We’ve been really good friends since sophomore year when we had a lot of classes together,” said Doyle. “Me and him are kind of on the same page all the time.”
Berment and Doyle connected for a 19-yard score and a 57-yard strike on the night. The first came when Doyle scrambled left and found Berment. In the third quarter, Berment found himself wide open behind the defense and Doyle’s lofted pass fell right into his arms in stride.
Lucky bounces go Knights' way: The Knights were good all night, but they did get lucky on two different occasions. The Boxers were forced to punt with less than two minutes to go in the first half and they nearly got the ball back on the 1-yard line.
Lucas DePina boomed a punt with the wind and Armani Reeves had a tough time fielding the punt. The ball kicked around and a Knights player was able to smother it at the 1-yard line when two Boxers had a good shot of getting a hand on it. The Knights ran out the rest of the quarter to get to the half 13-0.
The Boxers almost got the ball back again on the opening kickoff of the second half when the Knights had trouble for a second time trying to return the kick. Both situations would have put Brockton in great field position on a night when they had time cracking the Knights’ red zone.
“It’s rolling around and it’s been that type of year for us,” said Brockton head coach Peter Colombo. “We haven’t really got a bounce.”
Brockton needs two wins: That’s the recipe for a trip to the postseason for the Boxers.
Brockton’s record now stands at 4-5 on the season and it needs a victory against New Bedford next week to win the Big Three, and will need to beat a stout Bridgewater-Raynham on Thanksgiving to make the playoffs.
CATHOLIC MEMORIAL 26, BROCKTON 0
CM (5-1) 6 – 7 – 7 – 6 – 0 --- 26
BR (4-5) 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 –-- 0
Armani Reeves 28 run (kick failed)
David Berment 19 pass from A.J. Doyle (Michael Keane kick)
Berment 57 pass from Doyle (Keane kick)
Reeves 41 run (kick failed)