Old Colony football improved to 2-0 on the season after its Saturday 21-14 win over Keefe Tech.
The Cougars controlled the tempo of the contest at Oliveira Field, rushing for 342 yards on 40 rushing attempts throughout the contest. But in the end, it was one play that set the two teams apart.
Old Colony led 14-7 with seven minutes left in the contest. Instead of punting with the ball on their own 25-yard line, the Cougars elected to run on fourth-and-2. Quarterback Kyle Scholzfed the ball to running back Mitchell Wilsonand he went off to the races, scoring on a 75-yard touchdown.
“I knew we’d get the first down: I knew we’d get the yards,” Wilson said. “Because we always run that play great, our guys are always good at blocking for it. I saw the opening, but I’m kind of used to plowing through for five yards. But I saw it off to the sideline, I’m pretty sure it was Kyle (Scholz) who kicked the guy back in and I just shot up.”
Old Colony coach Brandon Mendez made the call with full confidence in his running back and offensive line, though he did not expect the result he witnessed.
“I believe in the kids,” Mendez said. “I called [Scholz] over and told him, ‘You need to get on them and tell them this is the play.’ I believe in them and they believe in themselves.
“Once we got the first down my thought was ‘cover the ball up’ and all of a sudden it popped,” Mendez continued. “I knew [Wilson] would run hard; we had kids chasing downfield trying to block. They made good blocks, tried to keep it in front and be smart football players. The play call itself was belief in the kids and their ability, and then the rest just took over.”
Wilson would finish with 126 yards and a touchdown on only eight rushing attempts. Matt Bumpusalso scored a touchdown and ran for 101 yards on 15 attempts. Scholz was the first Cougar to rush for a touchdown in the win, gathering 69 yards on 10 attempts. Rounding things out was Phil Proctor, who had 46 yards on seven attempts.
“I have complete faith in all four of them,” Mendez said. “And it starts up front. Those kids block hard and block well. I don’t have a problem putting the ball in any one of [our running backs’] hands. You go with what’s working. We take what the defense is giving us and go from there.”
The Cougars start Mayflower Athletic Conference Small Vocational Division play on Saturday at 1:00 pm when they host Cape Cod Tech.
Old Colony (3-1, 0-1 Mayflower Small Vocational) volleyball rallied past Diman’s opening set win in Monday’s match to win 3-1. Kat Kirbyhad eight kills and six aces for the Cougars. Hannah L’Heureuxfinished with three kills and two blocks in Old Colony’s win.
Old Rochester Regional
Never mind not losing a game, Old Rochester Regional football has yet to allow another team to score through the first two weeks of play, shutting out Apponequet 39-0 in their Friday night matchup. The Bulldogs have now outscored their opponents 81-0.
Will Garciaonce again led ORR in rushing, scurrying for 138 yards on 15 attempts, while scoring once. Anthony Childs(70 yards on one carry),Jackson Cote(66 yards on 10 carries), and Desmond Dias(54 yards on six carries) each scored once, as well.
But it was quarterback Cole McIntyreand wide receiver Tyler Noewho were responsible for the most points on the day, connecting twice through the air for touchdowns. McIntyre finished with 93 yards on 3-4 passing. All three of McIntyre’s completions were to Noe. Old Rochester (2-0) visits GNB Voc-Tech on Friday at 7:00 pm.
ORR (5-1, 4-0 South Coast Conference) girls soccer remains undefeated in the South Coast Conference play after winning Monday’s 4-1 matchup against Apponequet. Meg Hugheshad another big game for the Bulldogs, scoring three goals and assisting ORR’s fourth.
“I think Meg has a really good I.Q. of how the game is played,” ORR coach Jeff Lombard said. “She’s got a really great touch with the ball and her speed with the ball is almost as fast as others without the other ball. Right now she’s a major part of what we’re trying to do.”
Jillian Kutashscored the Bulldogs’ fourth goal and also assisted one of Hughes’ goals. Mary Butlerand Kate Beaulieueach assisted a Hughes’ goal, as well.
High School Sports
By Nick Friar