Schlatz shows heart in B-R loss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass -- Nick Schlatz was determined to make an impact in Bridgewater-Raynham's Super Bowl matchup against Gloucester.

Not only was Schlatz driven by the fact that he had to miss the Trojans' playoff win over Weymouth on Tuesday with a shoulder injury, he was also determined to make up for B-R's loss to Gloucester in last year's Division 1A title game.

Aggressive rehab allowed the junior running back to play, but Schlatz failed to ignite B-R's ground game and never seemed like himself in a 34-13 Gloucester victory.

"We just couldn't get it going," Schlatz said. "We didn't sustain blocks long enough or hit the holes hard enough. But you have to say, [Gloucester] has a good defense. They played well."

After the game, Schlatz said he played at 100 percent health, but his numbers tell a different story.

Schlatz was the catalyst for Bridgewater-Raynham's power rushing offense all season, scoring a team-high 16 touchdowns, but he managed just 24 yards on eight carries in the Super Bowl.

For the game, B-R ran for 83 yards as a team. Throughout most of the second half, the Trojans had to abandon the running game as they attempted to play catch-up. Schlatz spent most of the half being used as a decoy or a blocker in the backfield.

That kind of performance wasn't what Schlatz had in mind as he worked his way back from the injury.

"I was going crazy standing on the sideline [against Weymouth]," Schlatz said. "I had to do whatever I had to to play today. I thought I could help the team win a Super Bowl, so that's why you lay it all on the line to play."

In addition to his duties at running back, Schlatz also played the entire game on defense. The 6-foot-2 bruiser made six tackles from his linebacker position and also broke up a pass.

"He played pretty well," said Bridgewater-Raynham coach Dan Buron. "He probably wasn't 100 percent."

If he thought being sidelined against Weymouth was bad, Schlatz now has to wait another whole year before getting his next shot at a Super Bowl. Bridgewater-Raynham will graduate much of its veteran offensive line, but that didn't deter Schlatz from looking forward to next December.

"We're gonna come back next year on the same field and come away with a victory," he said.