Junior running back Brandon Gallagher was a force for Bridgewater-Raynham on Saturday afternoon in the Trojansí 20-14 win over then top-ranked St. Johnís Prep, rushing for 124 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries. In our first edition of a new weekly feature, First & 10, we talked to Gallagher about a bevy of topics, ranging from his offseason training, to the Trojans crazy schedule, which includes Duxbury this Saturday. And yes the first installment has a lot more than 10 questions, Hey, we liked them all.
Weíll start with a fun question. Who throws a better pass, Tim Tebow or Matt Clement (B-R's junior quarterback)?
Oh, Iím going to have to say Clement on that one. No doubt.
Youíre a lacrosse player, too. Whatís your best sport?
Football is probably my better sport. I focus on football 365 days a year. If I focused on lacrosse that much, Iíd probably be pretty successful. But I do focus on football more. Thatís what I think Iím probably a little better at.
What made you focus on football?
I was just kind of brought up playing football. Itís just kind of been my passion since I was a little kid.
You gave a lot of credit to the offensive line Saturday after the game. But between us, you should take most of the credit, right?
Honestly, I wish I could. But without that offensive line ... nothing can happen. Like I said before, the holes that they made during the game were just absolutely unbelievable. I was literally just lucky enough to be the guy who could run with the ball.
Prep's pretty good. Did you guys really think you could beat them?
I donít think anybody outside of our locker room really pictured us to actually pull off the upset. Iím sure a couple people thought that weíd give them a game, but theyíre still the best team in the state. Honestly, every single person in that locker room believed that we could win. That was the motto from day one. Back on August 19th, thatís all we had our minds set on is just making sure we focused and we just got to that, and make sure that we were just ready to come out and play. Everybody wanted that one pretty bad.
Where does that confidence come from? Is that from the seniors? The captains?
It comes from the captains down. The captains, Mike Murano, Ryan Martin, and Devin Morris. They, truthfully, they took the lead and just made sure that our locker room had a positive attitude from day one. We had kind of a motto to treat every practice as it was a game. We came in every practice wanting to just put forth our best effort.
What was your offseason like? Was it football all the time, just training? Did you have a job, anything else going on?
I focused on football since November 26th of last year. I did everything in my power to make sure that we would be a good team this year. I tried to make sure that I got everybody in the weight room along with all the other captains. Everybody just made sure that we were just focused on this year. Everybody just took it from there, doing their own role, making sure that by making themselves better we were going to make the team better.
So you did nothing else in the offseason but football...that was it?
I worked out every day. I made sure I caught up with my quarterback a couple times, along with the receivers. Honestly, that was about it. Not a very interesting life. Wanted to make sure we got one thing done, and thatís win on the field.
You guys have a pretty grueling schedule. You played the Prep, obviously, you play Duxbury, Xaverian, Brockton coming up. Have you asked coach [Dan Buron] yet why he didnít schedule any easy opponents for you?
No, coach wants us to play the best teams in the state, so when we have to play in our league that we are 100 percent prepared. By playing these best teams in the state week in and week out, itís just going to make us that much of a better team. I wouldnít have it any other way. We want to be up there with the best teams in the state. To do that, you have to play the best teams in the state.
What are your thoughts on the new playoff system? Is it confusing for you just like it is for everybody else?
I thought it was confusing for a little while, but I read a lot in the offseason and just really tried to make sure I understand everything that we have to do. I understand it a little bit more and I like it better just because last year we were a really good team. But I think we had two really good teams in our league, and thatís Dartmouth and Barnstable, Barnstable being the number one team in the state last year. We knew it was going to be a dogfight coming in. It was tough to lose by 2 points to them and not make the playoffs.
Weíll finish up with some easy ones. Whyíd you pick No. 5?
I picked No. 5, mainly because I was looking for the single-digit look this year. The only thing I could think of when I thought of single digits was back when Reggie Bush was at USC and just some of the unbelievable plays that he made. That kind of leaned me towards No. 5.
Whoís your favorite athlete? Maybe one football and one non-football?
My favorite football guy probably has to be either [Tim] Tebow or Luke Kuechly out of Boston College. Both of them just have insane work habits. You donít ever hear anything bad about them off the field, you never hear anything like that. Being a good role model like that, itís hard not to like a guy that puts in his work day in and day out.
So you must have been disappointed when the Pats cut Tebow before the season?
Yeah, I was a little disappointed. But he didnít look that great.
A non-football athlete?
One non-football athlete. Thatís going to be a tough one. You stumped me on that one. Truthfully, I donít know.
Your favorite teams for each of the four sports...is it Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, Pats? Are you a Boston guy?
Yup, I definitely believe in my city.
Favorite out of the four?
Playoff hockey, thereís nothing like watching playoff hockey, so Iím gonna have to say the Bruins are definitely up there. But the Patriots probably take it just because watching football is just one of the best things you can do and one of the best learning experiences you can have. Just watching the different people go in and do everything, especially at the professional level whereís thereís mistakes, but thereís few mistakes.
Did you catch the Pats Sunday?
I did, it was a close one. They have some work to do. But they got the W, so thatís all that matters.
Your favorite class in school?
My favorite class in school has to be history class with Mr. Ferris.
Whatí so good about history?
He teaches a lot, heís not one of those teachers that kind of teaches like youíre a robot, he teaches you and talks to you like youíre a human being. Thatís always nice to have.
Any college ideas yet? Have you thought about it at all?
My father attended the University of New Hampshire, so that would be awesome. But thatís really the only school that I know of.
Have you thought about what you want to study or something you want to do other than a football player?
Iíd like to do something in criminal justice. It really interests me and I think itís really cool being able to help the community and give back to everybody.
Alright, whoís the best athlete in the family? Is it one of your parents, siblings? Or is it you?
Iím going to have to go with my little brother [Blake]. Heís a freshman [at St. Sebastianís], heís the No. 1-rated linebacker in the country in his class. So, thatís a pretty big deal.
So there must be a healthy competition between you guys?
We wonít ever play each other. But it would be a nice competition.
Final question, gonna put you on the spot here. Should you guys be the No. 1 team now that you beat St. Johnís Prep?
I do not believe so.
Honestly, I just believe that you canít beat one team to make yourself a legit contender. If you talk to me Week 6 and weíre still 6-0, then thatíll probably be a different story. But just to be 1-0, weíre just focused on getting the next win.
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