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Football Wins Homecoming Game

ORR Sports Update

By Michael Kassabian

Here is a look at the seventh week of results in scheduled games for all Old Rochester Regional athletic teams.

Football: The highlight of this week was the big Homecoming football game against Wareham, in which the Bulldogs defeated the Vikings 21-12 to take home the annual Cranberry Bowl. The Bulldogs got off to a shaky start, opening their first three plays with a fumble and two false starts, but managed to get on the board first with a 33-yard touchdown run by Ethan Lizotte. Later, junior Sean Hopkins ran for a 37-yard touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 14-0. However, the Vikings countered quickly, and with 2:43 remaining, the Bulldogs were only up 14-12, with Wareham going for an important two-point conversion. Luckily, the ORR defense made a huge stop to halt the Vikings, and Lizotte clinched the win with a 14-yard touchdown run. The game was well attended, and the victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bulldogs who return to action at Seekonk on October 24 at 7:00 pm.

Field Hockey: The Lady Bulldogs only had one game this week, but made it count, as they crushed Case in a 7-0 blowout. ORR scored six second-half goals, with mostly freshmen and sophomores leading the way. Hannah Riberio notched a hat trick, Morgan Middleton scored two goals, and Devyn O'Connor and Hannah Guard each added a goal apiece. The girls only have two regular season games remaining before they make a playoff run.

Boys' Soccer: After a 5-0 shutout over Apponequet and a 2-2 draw against Dighton-Rehoboth earlier in the week, the Bulldogs played Seekonk under the lights before the Homecoming football game. There, the boys defeated Seekonk 2-1 in an exciting game. Mason DaSilva and Shane DeSousa each scored goals in the second half. DeSousa's goal would prove to be the game winner. With four minutes remaining, Seekonk scored. Luckily, the Bulldogs were able to hold out until the end of the game to clinch the SCC victory. Defensively, ORR played well, with Goalie Melvin Vincent making three saves in net.

Girls' Soccer: The girls started their week off strong with two shutout victories. After a 1-0 victory over out-of-conference New Bedford, the girls defeated Dighton-Rehoboth 4-0, with Kaleigh Goulart (2), Amy Bichajian, and Ava Ciffolillo scoring goals for the Bulldogs. Unfortunately, the girls were not able to continue the momentum, as they suffered a tough 2-1 loss to Seekonk at the close of the week. Senior Chloe Riley scored the lone goal for the Lady Bulldogs. Despite the loss, the girls are still in first place for the SCC title race, but they cannot afford to lose another game to an SCC opponent if they wish to clinch it.

Boys' and Girls' Cross Country: Both teams this week had great performances, as they each squared off against Dighton-Rehoboth and GNB Voc-Tech in a tight SCC race. On the girls' side, the Lady Bulldogs swept places 2-12 to secure their fourth-straight conference championship. Nina Bourgeois was the top finisher for the Lady Bulldogs in an impressive 20:50. On the boys' side, the Bulldogs easily defeated GNB Voc-Tech 19-42, but had a close finish with Dighton-Rehoboth. After the top five runners were scored, the score was an even 28-28, meaning the meet could come down to a tiebreaker. Freshman Evan Tilley, who was the Bulldogs' sixth finisher, ended up winning the meet for ORR, as he came in two seconds ahead of Dighton-Rehoboth's sixth runner to clinch the win.

Volleyball: The girls had a fantastic week, winning both of their games in shutouts to SCC opponents. The girls first defeated Dighton-Rehoboth 3-0 thanks to a strong performance by Michaelah Nunes, who recorded five aces and fourteen assists to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Later in the week, the girls swept Seekonk 3-0, this time with Olivia Bellefuille leading the way. Bellefuille notched five aces, seventeen digs, and ten kills to give the Lady Bulldogs their seventh victory of the season. Junior Maddie Lee played consistently well in both games.

Below are the overall team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of October 19.

Football: (4-2-0) (4-2-0); Field Hockey: (12-3-1) (11-1-1); Girls' Soccer: (12-2-1) (11-2-1); Boys' Soccer: (10-4-2) (10-3-2); Golf: (15-1-0) (15-1-0); Volleyball: (7-11-0) (7-9-0); Boys' Cross Country: (5-1-0) (5-1-0); Girls' Cross Country: (6-0-0) (6-0-0).

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