Xaverian edges Brockton
BROCKTON - Last night’s much-hyped battle at Marciano Stadium between No. 1 Xaverian and No. 2 Brockton did not disappoint - unless you are a Boxers fan. The Hawks scored two second-half touchdowns to stave off Brockton, 14-7.
“Those are the kind of football games that Xaverian and Brockton have been playing for a long time,’’ said Xaverian coach Charlie Stevenson. “[The kids] made some really big plays in the second half to win the football game.
Chris Tamasi scored the go-ahead touchdown with six-and-a-half minutes left to lift the Hawks to a physical win.
“That was probably one of the greatest moments of my life,’’ said Tamasi. “I wanted it bad.’’
Tamasi’s 25-yard run up the left sideline was the game’s longest play from scrimmage and gave Xaverian its only lead.
“The hole was open, and I just kept running,’’ he said.
Brockton had a chance to tie. The Boxers started at their 14 with 2:23 left, but gained only 24 yards before Xaverian’s stifling defense stopped them.
“We didn’t capitalize,’’ said Brockton coach Peter Colombo. “That’s a good defense.’’
Brockton was missing star cornerback Albert Louis-Jean, who injured his knee last week against Taunton, and was held out as a precaution.
Both teams traded defensive stops until Brockton finally broke through late in the first half, aided by a rare lack of discipline by Xaverian.
Xaverian quarterback Alex Phelan was strip-sacked by linebacker Marquis Weaver on the Hawks’ first play of the second quarter, and the ball was recovered by Brockton’s Justin Juste at Xaverian’s 44. A staunch defensive effort forced the Boxers into a third-and-12, but a roughing-the-passer call set them back. Colombo’s squad found itself looking at a fourth-and-5, and Dominique Williams caught a short pass and slipped between a crowd of white jerseys to pick up the first down and present the game’s first red-zone situation.
On the next play, Brockton running back Trevon Offley was stuffed at the line, but a defensive facemask call put the Boxers just inside the 10. On fourth and goal from the 4, quarterback Sam Previte faked to the fullback and pitched to Offley, who scored with just over three minutes left in the half.
The Hawks put together their most impressive drive late in the third quarter, keyed by star Joe Colton, who was dormant for much of the first half. The senior running back accounted for 52 of Xaverian’s 67 yards on the drive, the final 19 coming on a screen pass, and his seventh TD of the season tied the game.