Paul Mroz went from sharing the role of signal caller to QB No. 1 overnight -- literally. As coach Peter Colombo said after Brockton's Week 1 win over BC High, he couldn't sleep all night, tossing and turning before deciding on which quarterback to lead the No. 2 Boxers. Now, after two weeks of nearly flawless play, Mroz is leading Brockton in probably the biggest game of the year, facing No. 1 Xaverian today. I caught up with Mroz to get his take on the game as well as to get to know him better.Q: What does it mean playing in a game of this magnitude (No. 2 Brockton vs. No. 1 Xaverian) so early in the year and how does it measure your team's overall success or failure?
A: Brockton is a pretty traditional team and I'm happy to play for a pretty traditional team. Part of that is playing in these big games. Xaverian is probably the best team we can play now, and probably in the playoffs too. It's just a big game and we gotta do what we have to for the win.
Q: What's your favorite play to run and why?
A: My favorite play is the 36-power pass. Over the years, Brockton has been known to be a running team. It's easy to pass it off to (Trevon) Offley, but I like a good fake. It's a fake (run) and it's a good play. And not just the 36, but the 37 too.
Q: Who is your all-time favorite football player and why?
A: I'd have to say it's Tom Brady. He's just my inspiration. Let's start with college. He did his thing in college and then came in as a backup and waited his turn. Now he's got Super Bowls and he's like the greatest. So I'm very inspired by Tom Brady.
Q: How do your friends and teammates describe you on and off the field?
A: I'd guess they say I'm a beast. They're happy with me and they're confident with me as their quarterback. And that brings me confidence. But if there's one thing they say about me, is that I'm probably a beast.
Q: What are your goals for after high school?
A: I plan on going to (Division 1) college. I mean, I live in the projects. I became an athlete because I wanted to come up. I want to get into the NFL. Since I was in junior high I've been living for this. So after four years of college, I want to see if I can get in the NFL. So that's what I want to do.
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