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Devils give Boxers good fight.

Byline: John McGuirk

BROCKTON - Even when Brockton High admittedly doesn't play a great game, the Boxers still are hard to beat.

Leominster High took Brockton right to the edge before succumbing, 13-9, last night at Marciano Stadium.

The Blue Devils outgained the Boxers, 196-162, but didn't win the battle where it mattered most - on the scoreboard.

Leominster fell to 3-5 after suffering its third straight loss.

"We played a great game," Blue Devils coach John Dubzinski said. "I'm proud of these kids. We had our chances. We got beat by a better team, but they weren't that much better tonight."

Leominster kept the Boxers' powerful offense off the scoreboard in the first half. But Leominster also was unable to score. Both teams had one opportunity inside the red zone during the first 22 minutes, but neither produced points.

All that changed after intermission.

Senior Dominique Williams took the second-half kickoff back 79 yards for a touchdown to put Brockton on top, 7-0. Several minutes later, Leominster returned the favor with a score of its own.

"That kickoff return was a killer for us," Dubzinski said. "Our kids played great and I have no complaints. We can build on this."

Leominster's Curtis Ludden recovered a fumble at the Brockton 33, and the Blue Devils needed just two plays to score. Ludden, the quarterback, found sophomore Kyle Sanders in the end zone from the 33 to knot the game, 7-7.

But the Boxers were able to strike back on their next possession. They marched 62 yards with some key runs by Williams, who capped it with a 1-yard dive into the end zone with 4:21 left in the third quarter for a 13-7 lead.

With time running down in the fourth quarter, Brockton opted to take a safety, shaving its advantage to 13-9. Leominster got the ball back on the ensuing kick, but with no timeouts left, time ticked away on the Blue Devils.

"It's a big win," Brockton coach Peter Colombo said. "We're 7-1 right now, which is good. People come to Marciano Stadium and we tend to get their best. That's all part of the Brockton legacy here. Leominster has a great tradition. It's a tough win and we'll take it."

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Oct 31, 2009
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