Xaverian a hit in sequel
Hawks’ 3d quarter KO’s the Boxers
WEYMOUTH - Sequels rarely live up to the original, especially when key stars don’t make a return appearance, but the back-and-forth nature of most Xaverian-Brockton games is filled with plot twists and excitement. Thanks to a dominant third quarter, No. 1 Xaverian (12-0) ensured Part II was similar to the 7-point regular-season triumph, forging a 21-14 win over the Boxers at Weymouth High.
“It was a great third quarter for us, and we really took it to them,’’ said Xaverian coach Charlie Stevenson. “It was certainly a game of momentum, it was a struggle all the way, but a great win.’’
Brockton (9-2) was playing without three starters, including quarterback Sam Previte, who were serving two-game suspensions. But the Boxers had the early momentum thanks to a couple of Xaverian miscues. Alex Phelan fumbled a sure touchdown on the goal line, and later, after forcing a Brockton punt, a Hawks gunner made contact with the ball, allowing Brockton to recover at the Xaverian 2-yard line.
Dominique Williams, who was playing in the Wildcat formation, rushed in for the score, but the Boxers failed on the conversion rush and had to settle for a 6-0 second-quarter lead.
The Hawks finally got going in their two-minute offense just before the half. On his first pass attempt of the night, Phelan found tailback Joe Colton down the sideline for 26 yards, and three plays later Colton took a perfect option pitch from Phelan to the house for a 9-yard score. Jules Murphy’s extra point gave the Hawks a 7-6 lead with 56 seconds remaining before the break.
The third quarter was utter dominance by the Hawks, who forced a quick three-and-out and got the ball back at their 38. Six plays and two minutes later, the Hawks extended their lead to 14-6 when Colton (27 carries for 127 yards) scored from 2 yards for his second touchdown.
Brockton was outgained, 123-7, in the quarter, and was held to three quick plays following the Xaverian touchdown.
Colton kept the chains moving as Brockton looked tired on defense. The Hawks rolled up 205 yards on the ground on 40 carries in the game.
“They ran the ball well and really controlled it and did a nice job in the second half,’’ said Brockton coach Peter Colombo. “There’s a reason why they are 12-0 and that defense . . . it’s tough to move the ball on them.Phelan, however, made the big play as he found Steve Warren on a play-fake for 22 yards and the eventual game clincher.
“Because we were able to run the ball it gave Alex a couple key passes for us,’’ Stevenson said of Phelan, who finished 2 for 3 passing for 51 yards and ran five times for 45 yards. “He did a great job and made the throws when he had to.’’
Brockton made it interesting as freshman quarterback Austin Roberts found Williams from 27 yards with 1:26 left to pull to 21-14. Brockton almost recovered the onside kick, but it was a half-yard before the 10-yard minimum and Xaverian ran out the clock.
Xaverian will face Everett in the Division 1 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium Saturday at 6 p.m.