The ORR football team was knocked out of the state tournament by Abington High School two weeks ago. Even though their chances at a state title had been destroyed, the Bulldogs set their sights on the annual Thanksgiving game against Apponequet. The game had extra weight, as the outcome would determine the SCC Championship, a title ORR has not claimed since 2002. The Bulldogs did not disappoint, defeating the Apponequet Lakers 14-6.
It was truly a team effort for the Bulldogs, as several players contributed offensively. Richie Phillips put the first points on the board for the Bulldogs with a one-yard rush in the first quarter. Phillips would go on to rush for 103 yards on 16 carries. Apponequet countered with a touchdown from Matt Michaels, but missed the extra point. At the close of the first half, the Bulldogs walked away with a slight 7-6 lead.
The Bulldogs dominated defensively throughout the game, but particularly in the second half. The defense made several key stops, including a pivotal fourth-down play by Apponequet. The Lakers, who have been averaging over 40 points a game, were held to just 6 points the entire game. Chris Demers provided another strong defensive game, intercepting a pass by Apponequet Quarterback Cam Costa early in the third quarter to halt an Apponequet drive. The strong defense paired with another touchdown by the Bulldogs, this time a 28-yard reception from Haydon Bergeron, catapulted the boys to a 14-6 lead, which they would hold for the remainder of the game.
Though the boys suffered their first loss of the season against Abington, the Thanksgiving win keeps their SCC record at a perfect 7-0. The SCC Championship is a huge victory for the Bulldogs, as the team has struggled in the past few years, and it validates all of the hard work put into the program. The Thanksgiving victory also officially ends the fall sports season at Old Rochester. Athletes will now be looking to winter sports.
Below are the final overall team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties for the 2013 fall sports season.
Football: (10-1-0) (7-0-0); Field Hockey: (12-4-2) (11-2-1); Girls’ Soccer: (10-6-5) (8-3-5); Boys’ Soccer: (10-5-4) (9-3-4); Golf: (l0-6-0) (10-6-0); Volleyball: (1-17-0) (1-15-0); Boys’ Cross Country: (4-2-0) (4-2-0); Girls’ Cross Country: (6-0-0) (6-0-0)
By Michael Kassabian