Before the fall sports contests truly began at ORR this week, a lot of rumors were swirling concerning a few hot topics. Would the Phillips brothers help lead a young football team to victory over Martha’s Vineyard? Would boys’ and girls’ soccer be able to win over Seekonk despite losing a considerable amount of seniors? Would the girls’ field hockey team look to win their fifth straight SCC title with an opening victory over rival Dighton Rehoboth?
The first week of games helps to make a first impression on students and fans of ORR athletics to see how their teams will perform during the season. This week, the teams did not disappoint.
The ORR football team started off their season with a 25-0 victory over Martha’s Vineyard. Quarterback Nolan Bergeron ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns, while his brother Hayden Bergeron provided a key interception in the third quarter to halt a Vineyard drive. Richie Phillips ran for 115 yards on 10 carries and supplied the Bulldogs with a touchdown. The football team looks to go 2-0 with a game against Bishop Stang at home on September 14.The game’s time is undecided due to a recently issued EEE curfew.
The football program was not the only team with early season success. Both the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams won their games against Seekonk on Friday. The girls won 2-0 with key goals from freshman Midfielder Sarah Beaulieu and senior Forward Hannah Walsh. Senior captain Alison Francis assisted Beaulieu in her first-half goal. Sophomore Goalie Mikayla Demanche made seven stops in net, lifting the Lady Bulldogs to their first victory of the season. On the boys’ side, senior Alex Milde scored the lone goal of the game to lift the boys to a 1-0 victory over Seekonk.
The ORR field hockey team tied their first game against rival Dighton Rehoboth with a scoreless game. According to Coach Polly Lawrence, senior Forward Katie Wilbur and Defender Madison Durr both played well.