BOSTON — There was a wonderful sort of symmetry to the whole thing.
Over the years, Brockton coach Peter Colombo has had some great quarterbacks. But his best offenses have usually come behind a mammoth offensive line and a punishing ground attack.
On Wednesday night at Fenway Park, Colombo coached his last game leading the Boxers in much the same manner he’s won with other squads. Behind the running exploits of Cam Monteiro and Kole Osinubi, Brockton earned a 31-20 win over Bridgewater-Raynham to complete a 9-2 and 4-0 in the Southeast Conference season.
Bridgewater-Raynham falls to 5-6 and 3-1 in the league.
“It’s a little surreal,” Colombo said of coaching his last game. “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.”
The explosive running game carried the Boxers all season, and that was the case again Wednesday. Monteiro rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Osinubi rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 14 attempts. Wide receiver Michael Victor rushed for the fifth Brockton touchdown from 15 yards out in the fourth quarter.
Most of that came out of the single wing look with Monteiro playing quarterback and Osinubi lining up at running back. Osinubi played some of this year at quarterback, too. But no matter where the Boxers lined up those players, they usually found a way to make plays.
That was true again Wednesday night, and especially in the third quarter.
That frame started a bit ominously for Brockton, which led, 6-0, at the half. But the Trojans took a 7-6 lead on a 15-yard Dawson Dubose rushing score to give B-R a 7-6 lead.
That deficit did not last, though, as Osinubi took the very 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.”