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November 30, 2012

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


Fresh off of his 200th career victory Tuesday night, Prep head coach Jim O’Leary knows Brockton’s offense will present a problem tomorrow. But he’s counting on his stingy defense, which has shut out its last two foes (including Xaverian) to shut down the Big 3 champions. The Boxers run a double wing option extremely well, using their speed to quickly get outside for big gains.

“Brockton creates a unique situation with their offense, and Roberts runs the option as well as anybody,” said O’Leary. “They went right down the field and scored two touchdowns against us before (Roberts’ injury). They’re very athletic and they have changed a few things up since we saw them.

“I think it will be our defense against their offense. We want to get our offensive stuff going, (but) our defense is the key. And offensively we have to be patient; Andover blitzed, blitzed, blitzed and made some plays early, but we wore them down. We do that to a lot of teams; two-platooning our offensive and defensive guys helps.”

Lately, the Eagles have been using Thomas more on defense at linebacker because he is such an asset there.

“We want him to be fresh for the offense, but he is such a good defensive player that we’ve plugged him in there at times,” said O’Leary. “(Linebacker) R.J. Pizzano didn’t play much against Andover, but he’ll be in there (tomorrow) because of the matchup against Brockton. They’re a running team and like to run out on the edge.

“When we played them earlier we didn’t throw the ball once, but now we’ve been putting the ball up 10 to 12 times a game. We made a living for about 10 years on the option, but you don’t see a lot of it anymore.”

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