BRIDGEWATER — The Brockton football team could not overcome a mess of self-inflicted wounds, falling to Bridgewater-Raynham, 36-15, on Thursday in the Cape Cod Cafe Bowl at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High.
It was the 194th career win for Bridgewater-Raynham coach Dan Buron, who, was simply grateful for the continued opportunity to coach what he calls “a real special group of kids.”
“We’ve had some ups and downs, but it’s really the kids that just go out and play, and I’m just proud that, for 25 years, the B-R kids have come out and played hard, win or lose . . . I can’t believe it’s been 25 years, but it’s a great way to end the season.”
“Every kid that’s ever played for me has a special place in my heart. I’d do anything for them.”
Quarterback Corey Sullivan and receiver Joey D’Emilia linked up seven times for 116 yards and two touchdowns, including a 65-yarder in the second quarter that opened a 15-0 lead for Bridgewater-Raynham (9-2).
D’Emilia, a senior, ended his high school career on a high note by being awarded the game’s Most Valuable Player.
“Everyone did their job, and we came out on top,” said D’Emilia. “It feels unreal. I couldn’t have done it without these guys, and I’m really going to miss it.”
It was the third consecutive Cape Cod Cafe Bowl win for the Trojans, who are 7-1 against the Boxers since the teams began playing on Thanksgiving in 2010.
The Boxers (3-8) committed 11 penalties for nearly 100 yards, including a combination of five personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct violations, and fumbled twice in the first quarter.
Despite the chippiness, Buron complimented Brockton’s effort and program.
“They’re a good football team, so we were expecting a tough battle today,” said Buron. “They never quit, so hats off to them . . . it’s a heated rivalry, and that’s what you want.”
B-R secured its 14th season with nine or more wins in its 57 years.Henry Brechter can be reached at [email protected].