Last Season: The Brockton Boxers football team faced a very challenging overall schedule in 2016 and as a result had a number of losses. Playing against Catholic Conference powers including BC High, Catholic Memorial and Xaverian Brothers proved to me more than the Boxers could handle and then Brockton finished their season in the playoffs with an elimination loss to BC High followed by close losses against Wellesley High School and Bridgewater-Raynham High School. In 2017 the Boxers will once again challenge themselves with a very difficult schedule including the same Catholic Conference powerhouse teams from 2016 as well as road games against highly ranked teams Lexington High School and Bridgewater-Raynham High School.
Last Season Record: 5-6
ITHMA 2017 MIAA Preseason Ranking: # 10
2017 Schedule – Key Games: @ (11) Lexington (9/9/17) – This could be a very fun game with two of the best offensive backfields in the state going head to head. (6) Catholic Memorial (9/22/17) – Brockton lost 34-0 on the road at CM last season. @ (3) BC High (9/29/17) – In their two games against BC High last season the Boxers lost both and only scored a total of eight points. @ (4) Xaverian Brothers (10/6/17) – Another very difficult Catholic Conference opponent and this year the Boxers have to travel to Westwood. @ (9) Bridgewater-Raynham (11/23/17) – The Boxers lost to their rivals 15-13 in overtime last season and this year they will have to travel to play at BR.
2017 – Full Schedule – @ (11) Lexington High School (9/9/17), Weymouth High School (9/15/17), (6) Catholic Memorial High School(9/22/17), @ (3) BC High (9/29/17), @ (4) Xaverian Brothers (10/6/17), Durfee High School (10/13/17), @ New Bedford High School (10/20/17), @ (9) Bridgewater-Raynham High School (11/23/17)
Key Returning Players – Offense: Jose Monteiro, Jr. (QB), Tom O’Brien (QB), Eddie Kelsey (RB), Nate Derolus (FB), Segun Okunlola (TE), Matthew Goldstone (OL)
Key Returning Players – Defense: AJ Walker (DT), Kurtis Reace (DT), Anthony Goodwyn (SS), Segun Okunlola (DE), Dexter Cumberlander (OLB), Nate Derolus (LB)
Key Returning Players – Special Teams: Eddie Kelsey (KR)
Breakout Players To Watch – Sophomore Isaiah Laguerre is a 6’1″ and 175 pound wide receiver and junior Taisun Doherty is a 6’4″ and 220 pound tight end / wide receiver and both could have breakout seasons. Laguerre played on the JV team as a freshman and Doherty recently picked up playing football in addition to being a very good basketball player. Look for both of these players to make an impact for Brockton this fall.
Biggest Team Strength – Brockton should have a dynamic offensive backfield featuring a combination of quarterbacks Jose Monteiro, Jr., Tom O’Brien and Mike Norman along with running back Eddie Kelsey. A combination of these players could result in a very productive Brockton rushing attack.
Biggest Team Weakness – Brockton graduated a number of their top players from last season and face just as difficult schedule this season. Losing playmakers like athletic wide receiver Matt Caruso and physical middle linebacker Kingsley Ejiogu-Dike on both offense and defense will force a number of new starters to come in and play at a very high level against some of the top teams in the state.
Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: Given their losses to graduation and their overall schedule difficulty it could be another challenging year for the Boxers in 2017. A number of new starters will have to be plugged in on both sides of the ball and both Monteiro, Jr. and Kelsey will have to perform at an extremely high level on offense. Brockton always seems to find a way to compete so it will be very interesting to see how the coaching staff handles this team going up against many of the top ranked teams in the state and an early season match-up against 11th ranked Lexington High School should tell us a lot more about how far this Brockton team can go this year.