The Brockton High Boxers traveled to Shrewsbury this morning for a scrimmage with St. John's High. Brockton scored five times -- including two interception returns -- and did not allow one Pioneers score.
Boxers head coach Peter Colombo was pleased with what he saw today.
"I thought we held our own against a pretty big, good-sized opponent," he said. "Considering this is only our third day in pads, I'm satisfied."
A few notes below:
--After spelling Jarron McNeil and Josh Marsh at tailback the past two seasons, Brockton's Khalil James-Offley will be one of the biggest keys to the offense this year -- and he looks capable. James, one of just two returning starters on offense, scored on a 13-yard run on the Boxers' first offensive series. Like many a Brockton tailback, he is shifty and moves well in open space.
"Khalil's been ready for more than a year. This is his opportunity, and we expect alot out of Khalil James," Colombo said. He later added, "He would have started last year on most teams."
--Based on today's action, I would say the Pioneers' biggest strength is in its front four. All four are 6-foot-3 or taller and average over 250 pounds across. The player to watch in this group is Rob Blanchflower, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end/tight end who is being recruited by several Division 1 schools. This unit should be one of the toughest in Central Mass. against the run.
-Once again, there appears to be a wealth of speed on the Brockton defense. Linebackers Alex White, John Shelby, Marquise Walker and Greg Kelly, and defensive end Jeff Tauron were quick to the ball, and were effective in sealing off the corners. Defensive backs Jamal Johnso and Albert Louis-Jean also had pick-6's.
-Brockton's new ffensive line coach, David Grime, has his unit looking good despite returning just one starter, left tackle Henry Thiven. Grimes, a former Boxer offensive lineman in the late 80's, brings a wealth of knowledge to the program.
"David is doing a nice job so far, and we haven't missed a beat," Colombo said. "Not that we don't miss coach Fouraker, but David is more than capable of doing that. I like what he brings."
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