Old Rochester Regional football almost did it again. They had the same opponent from 2018 in No. 3 Ashland – though both team’s rosters weren’t the same – and the fourth-ranked Bulldogs had a shot to win another MIAA Division 6 South Sectional title, but they came up short, filing 20-19.
With time winding down in the fourth quarter and ORR down 20-13, Ryon Thomas ran for a touchdown to cut Ashland’s lead down to one point. The Bulldogs elected to go for two and the win in regulation after they’d gone 1-for-2 on the previous point-after attempts.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the run play they called was snuffed out by Ashland, who is now set to play the Div. 6 Central Sectional champion, Millbury, in the Div. 6 semi-final for a shot to play the Div. 6 North Sectional champion, Bishop Fenwick, in the state title game at Gillette Stadium.
Thomas scored two of ORR’s three touchdowns and knocked their one successful point-after attempt through. He also passed for 131 yards on 12-for-19 passing. Seven of those passes were caught by Dylon Thomas, who accumulated 41 receiving yards.
Cam Brezinski scored the other Bulldogs touchdown – their first of the game – on a 40-yard rush. He finished with 100 yards on 12 carries (8.3 yards per carry). Brezinski also caught two passes for a total of 20 yards.
Jackson Cote handled most of the workload on the ground for ORR. He had 18 rushes and logged 72 yards (four yards per carry).
The Bulldogs drop to 8-2 and finish off their 2019 season with a Thanksgiving Eve matchup against their South Coast Conference rival, Apponequet.
Old Colony football had a huge game on the ground against Randolph in their 38-32 non-playoff matchup.
Blake Dennison nearly ran for 200 yards in the win. He finished with 197 on 26 carries (7.6 yards per carry). He also scored a touchdown for the Cougars.
Thomas Stanton handled the majority of Old Colony’s scoring. He punched in three scores. He also has 26 rushes in the win, logging 153 yards in the process (5.9 yards per carry).
Matt Bumpus scored Old Colony’s other touchdown, which also came on the ground. He ran for 29 yards on eight carries (3.6 yards per carry).
Old Colony improves to 8-2 on the season, giving the Cougars the opportunity to set a new program record for wins in a single season when they visit Tri-County on Thanksgiving Eve for the Cougar Cup. Old Colony also won eight games in 2017 and 1988.
Tabor Academy girls soccer concluded its regular season with a five-game winning streak to improve to 12-5. During the stretch, the Seawolves outscored their opponents 23-4, logging two shutouts in the process.
Tabor’s highest output came in the 6-2 win over Southfield School. Jaydah Bedoya scored twice, once on an assist from Brooke Ingemi and again on a pass from Cat Barry. Julia Rood also scored a goal with help from Bella Garces. Barry led the Seawolves with three goals in the win.
High School Sports Update
By Nick Friar