BC High, Brockton set for Week 1 showdown

The high school football slate is kicking off with a bang tonight, as a pair of Division 1 Super Bowl hopefuls clash in Dorchester. No. 6 Brockton brings its power rushing game to No. 3 BC High. This game traditionally comes down to the fourth quarter, and I expect another tight one this time around. Both teams are talented and loaded with veterans at key spots — in short, either one of these teams could raise the Super Bowl trophy in December.

The Game:

No. 6 Brockton at No. 3 BC High

Friday, 7 p.m.

The Players:

BC High — The Eagles are led by a pair of top skill players in senior RB Preston Cooper and senior TE Jameson McShea. Cooper ran for more than 1,500 yards last season to earn Catholic Conference MVP honors, while McShea is an ESPNHS All-State first team selection.

Brockton — Senior QB Paul Mroz was good last year, throwing 12 TD passes and running for eight more. With a deep array of weapons around him this season, he could see his production explode.

The Stakes:

The winner of this game will probably be considered the early favorite to take home the Division 1 Super Bowl.

The Prediction:

Brockton might field the best defense BC High will face all season, but I think the Eagles will be able to move the ball in spurts. I see two, maybe three touchdown drives, mostly powered by Cooper. The shifty back is dangerous catching the ball out of the backfield, and he's as difficult to tackle as anyone in the state. I think Brockton's defense can eventually wear down BC's front, and passing the ball will be risky in the fourth quarter. A big turnover could turn the game for Brockton, but if BC High is smart with the ball, I think the Eagles hold on to a tight lead. Brockton's offense has potential, but there are too many moving parts and it's too early in the season. The Boxers will get better, but they don't have the firepower to mount a late drive in this game. BC HIGH 15, BROCKTON 13

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