DORCHESTER, Mass. -- The last time BC High beat Brockton, it was at Gillette Stadium in the 2008 Division 1 Super Bowl.
After Friday night’s 42-0 pummeling of the Boxers at Viola Stadium’s James Cotter Field, the No. 3 Eagles have the look of a squad that can get back there.
The Eagles dominated every aspect. The offensive and defensive lines pushed the Boxers around and the skill positions were superior. BC High could not have scripted a better beginning to a 2011 season that had high expectations to begin with. Other than some dropped snaps and a bevy of penalties, there were very little blemishes.
“It was lovely,” said BC High running back Preston Cooper, who finished with 98 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. “My sophomore year we got blown out actually (against Brockton, 27-3). I fumbled three times I think. So I mean it’s all revenge actually right now. And the team, we came out, played well, so it feels good. It feels real good.”
Quarterback Bartley Regan completed 5-of-10 passes for 140 yards and a 42-yard touchdown pass to Gordon McLeod to start the third quarter. McLeod caught two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown while junior Lincoln Collins made a pair of grabs for 70 yards, including a 50-yard bomb over the middle to set up Cooper’s 41-yard dash in the second quarter to make it 21-0. Cooper added an 18-yard sweep around right end that made it 28-0 by the break and the rout was on.
The BC High defense forced three turnovers and allowed just 75 yards. The Brockton offense only crossed the 50-yard line once in the first three quarters, and that was as a result of a 45-yard kickoff return by Jesse Monteiro. Quarterback Paul Mroz was hassled into a 2-of-15 night for 10 yards and an interception.
It got ugly fast and stayed that way.
“We just really practiced the coverages and where they set up,” said junior middle linebacker Luke Catarius, who had a whale of a game with 15 tackles, three for loss, 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries. “I just read my keys well and made the plays.”
Everyone on BC High did and it showed.
Some more thoughts:
-- BC High is superb up front on both sides of the ball. The offensive line of senior Mike Prendeville (6-0, 210) and junior Bill Breen (6-3, 210) at guard, senior Jonathan Mantovani (6-0, 250) and junior Jack McDonald (6-4, 260) at tackle, senior center Jake Durkin (6-0, 200) and senior tight end Jameson McShea (6-4, 240-pound Temple verbal commit) physically manhandled a good Brockton defensive line. The defensive line of senior Adam Richard (6-3, 210) and junior Mark McGuire (6-2, 195) at end and McShea and junior Jaleel Johnson (6-1, 210) at tackle was equally impressive. Both units are quick and physical. There was nothing Brockton could do on the ground offensively and very little the Boxers could do in the way of slowing BC High’s rushing attack. Too much muscle for the Eagles.
-- Catarius is an absolute animal. Those stats are unofficial and he may have had more tackles for loss and/or sacks. We’ll have to look at the film to know for sure. But throw the numbers out of the window. This kid is worth the price of admission. He’s listed at 6-1, 220. Not sure what his forty time is. But as former Northwestern University defensive coordinator Ron Vanderlinden said of then-Wildcat linebacker Pat Fitzgerald, who is now the program’s head coach, “He runs a 4.5 in his brain.” Out of all the plays the relentless native of Sandwich made, the best may have been when he snuffed out a screen to Josh Brewster for a 7-yard loss in the first quarter. Catarius knows where the ball is going to be before it gets there then buries the player unfortunate enough to receive it. If you want to see the middle linebacker position played the way it’s supposed to be played, buy a ticket to a BC High game and enjoy the $5 clinic.
-- People may have expected BC High’s lines to be better, but not their skill positions. But the Eagles were better there, too. Regan was accurate and composed. Cooper and Deontae Ramey-Doe were the two best running backs on the field. McLeod and Collins, a 6-4, 180-pounder, were the two best receivers on the field. The BC High back seven on defense was also superior to Brockton’s. Now keep in mind, these Brockton skill players are very, very good, too. It’s just that BC High’s loaded. This was more of a case of the Eagles being that good than the Boxers being that bad.
-- For Brockton, nothing went right, but this is a team that will still win a lot of games. Let’s look back to 2008. BC High pummeled Brockton after Dracut took a win on opening night at Marciano Stadium. The Boxers started 1-3 that year after a similar beatdown at Xaverian. But the Boxers rallied to win the rest of their games up until that loss at Gillette. Brockton coach Peter Colombo had no panic on his face after the game, even cracking a smile. There is still faith in Boxer-land in this group’s character. That, if nothing else, is what Colombo and the rest of his coaching staff has to bank on.
Brockton (0-1) 0 0 0 0 - 0
BC High (1-0) 7 21 7 7 - 42
BC - Preston Cooper 4 run (Jackson Bockhurst kick)
BC - Zach West 25 fumble return (Bockhurst kick)
BC - Cooper 41 run (Bockhurst kick)
BC - Cooper 18 run (Bockhurst kick)
BC - Gordon McLeod 42 pass from Bartley Regan (Bockhurst kick)
BC - Skyler Evans 14 run (Bockhurst kick)