BROCKTON, Mass. -– In the non-league season opener for both teams, No. 1 Brockton took down No. 4 BC High, 16-6, Friday night at Marciano Stadium. Brockton senior quarterback Paul Mroz was brilliant in his first-ever varsity start, as he rallied the Boxers from an early deficit with 181 yards throwing and two touchdown passes.
Here are a few quick thoughts from the game:
- Mroz has the chance to have a special year under center for the Boxers. After BC High took an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter, Mroz fired a laser down the far sideline for classmate Albert Louis-Jean, who was wide open and walked in for a 55-yard touchdown. In the second quarter, he added another score with a 27-yard toss to junior Lucas Depina. Although he did throw one interception in the BC High red zone, Mroz (7-of-11 passing) looked completely in control of the Boxer offense the rest of the night. Brockton used a lot of play-action and teams will have to respect Mroz’s running ability, as well, as he picked up another 38 yards rushing.
Mroz had the quote of the night regarding play-action: “Play-action is like cheese, you know? I just fake it and then eat the cheese.”
- Starting Boxer running back Trevon Offley injured his shoulder in the first half and didn’t return. But his replacement, junior Josh Brewster, performed admirably in his stead. Brewster finished the night with 62 yards on 15 carries, doing most of his work on a Boxer drive that took eight minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter. That drive set up Depina’s game-clinching 19-yard field goal with just over two minutes to go. Unlike Offley, who is a shifty runner that can juke defenders out of their shoes, Brewster is a north-south bruiser who is tough to bring down with one tackler.
- If Friday night is any indication, the Eagles will be able to run the ball on most of their opponents this season. Juniors Preston Cooper (103 yards on 16 carries, TD) and Deontae Ramey-Doe (51 yards on 9 rushes) made up the bulk of the BC High offense. Each possesses tremendous quickness to the edge, several times getting to the corner quicker than the Brockton defenders. Cooper’s touchdown was on a well-executed Wildcat run for a 30-yard score.
- For the second consecutive year, BC High senior Obum Obukwelu, a UConn verbal commit as of this week, made a living in the Brockton backfield. Obukwelu had a sack and several tackles for loss and was generally unblockable for most of the night. The 6-foot-1-and-a-half-inch , 260-pounder gets off the ball as fast as anyone in the state and has outstanding strength to go along with it. Expect many double- and triple-teams to come Obukwelu’s way this season, although it may not matter. At the high school level, there are not a lot of offensive linemen in this state that can handle him.
BC HIGH 6
BC High (0-1) 6 0 0 0 – 6
Brockton (1-0) 7 6 0 3 – 16
BC – Preston Cooper 30 run (rush failed)
B – Albert Louis-Jean 55 pass from Paul Mroz (Lucas Depina kick)
B – Depina 27 pass from Mroz (kick failed)
B – Depina 19 FG