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November 30, 2012

Prep more than ready to put up a fight against Boxers in Division 1 Super Bowl

When the St. John’s Prep and Brockton High football teams meet in tomorrow’s Division 1 Super Bowl at Bentley University in Waltham (6 p.m.), there won’t be many secrets they don’t know about each other.

The Boxers are a regular on the Prep’s schedule; the two teams met exactly nine weeks ago and the visiting Eagles prevailed, 27-12, on a raw and rainy night. Tailback Johnathan Thomas ran wild for the Prep (221 yards, 3 touchdowns) while senior Alex Moore had 134 yards on a dozen carries, including a 70-yard TD run. In addition, Brockton quarterback Austin Roberts suffered two fractures in his vertebrae when he rushed in for the second Brockton TD to put his team up, 12-6, early in the second quarter.

“I’m expecting a very physical, tough football team (tomorrow),” said Brockton coach Peter Colombo, whose 9-3 club has won six straight games. “I have huge respect for St. John’s Prep. We’ve been playing them for decades and have had some tremendous battles. This year they have the best backfield tandem in the state in Thomas and Moore.

“After we lost Roberts against St. John’s we had a bit of a slide, but he’s back now. We’re playing well since we got our leader back.“

In 11 regular season games, Brockton averaged 24.5 points per game and allowed 10.6. They rolled over Weymouth in the playoff semifinal round Tuesday night (33-7) at the same time the Prep was blanking Andover (21-0).

This marks the second time the two teams have squared off in the Super Bowl. In 1991 the Boxers — who lost an overtime game at St. John’s Prep during the regular season, won the rematch, 13-7, at Boston University’s Nickerson Field.

“I think if it’s a high-scoring game we’re in trouble,” said Colombo. “Both teams have a lot of offensive weapons, but I expect this to be a defensive battle. We need to contain their running backs and prevent long runs.”

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