BOSTON — In the first half of Wednesday night’s game against Bridgewater-Raynham, the vaunted Brockton rushing attack was held mostly in check, settling for smaller runs rather than big chunks.
But the Boxers knew all they had to do was wait a little and those sizable gains would come.
Riding that running game that has been so potent all year, Brockton exploded for three third-quarter touchdowns and earned a 31-20 victory at Fenway Park.
The win came on the last game of the career for Brockton coach Peter Colombo, as his Boxers finished with a 9-2 record, and 4-0 in the Southeast Conference.
Bridgewater-Raynham drops to 5-6 and 3-1 in the league.
“It’s a little surreal,” Colombo said. “It’s been mixed emotions. My dad (the late Armond Colombo) talked about the sadness giving this job up, so I know what he meant. We’ve been looking forward to this since the summer, knowing we’d be here at Fenway. I kind of knew we had a special group. I’m very proud of the way they played. (At) 9-2, it’s a great way to wrap it up.”
For most of the year, junior Cam Monteiro and senior Kole Osinubi have been dominant on the ground out of single-wing looks. Wednesday night, Monteiro rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, while Osinubi had 127 yards and two touchdowns on 14 attempts. Michael Victor had the fifth Brockton touchdown on a jet sweep in the fourth quarter.
But it was the third quarter that was most decisive for the Boxers. Leading 6-0 at the break, Brockton allowed B-R to pull ahead for the first time on a 15-yard Dawson Dubose rushing score as the Trojans led, 7-6.
That deficit did not last, though, as Osinubi took the next play and rushed for a 64-yard touchdown off the right side.
Bridgewater-Raynham turned it over on downs, and Monteiro then went to work and busted loose on a 77-yard touchdown to help give the Boxers a 19-7 lead.
Dubose (159 yards on 23 carries) answered with a 44-yard score, but again Monteiro went back to work. He completed a 21-yard pass to Christenson Paul to convert a big fourth and 5 in B-R territory. Monteiro then went off the right side and scored a 6-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 25-14.
“We went into the halftime and said we’re one block away from big plays,” Monteiro said. “Our line made adjustments, and we got the one blocks and we ended up making big plays.”
Victor added his touchdown late in the fourth, and B-R quarterback Declan Byrne hit Matthew Mullins for a 15-yard touchdown as time ran out.
The first half was a little slower, as Osinubi’s 1-yard touchdown on fourth and goal in the second quarter was the only scoring. But it picked up in the second half, where Brockton had more firepower.
“This is my life,” Colombo said. “Fifty years ago, we won a Super Bowl, me and my dad, just up the street at BU. The legacy and brotherhood of Brockton football. It’s really a special thing. It’s been 125 years, since 1897. It’s a special place. I guess I’ve been around for a lot of it. It’s been awesome.”