Speaking of interceptions, the Eagles’ defense has 14 picks on the season while allowing just five touchdown passes. The Prep enters the Super Bowl with two consecutive shutouts and lowered their average points allowed per game to 7.3.
The Eagles have conceded just 21 first half points all season, allowing a total of 15 in the first quarter, six in the second, 20 in the third and 40 in the fourth.
Senior placekicker Stephen Cammaro has been just about automatic for the Eagles this year, converting 38 extra points and adding one field goal for 41 points. He is the Prep’s third-highest point-getter behind Thomas (110) and Moore (102).
The Eagles will be playing in their seventh Super Bowl and sixth under O’Leary. The Prep won its first state title under long-time head coach Fred Glatz in 1982 (a 7-0 win over Whitman-Hanson) and also shut out New Bedford in the Division 1 Super Bowl (25-0) in 1997. The Eagles have fallen on Super Saturday four times — to Brockton in 1991, to Peabody in 1993 and to Everett in 2002 (a Sunday night game) and 2010.
Brockton is playing in its 19th Super Bowl, with the Boxers holding an 11-7 mark in those contests. It will be the fifth Super Bowl for head coach Peter Columbo, who took over for his legendary father Armond in 2003. The younger Columbo won Super Bowls in 2004 and 2005 while falling in the finale in 2006 and 2008.