The Old Rochester Regional High School football team got a touchdown from Gavin Martin and a two-point conversion from Devin St Germaine, but a stingy Shawsheen Tech defense ended the Bulldogs’ postseason run with a 28-8 victory in the teams’ MIAA Division 5 quarterfinal on November 10 in Billerica.
“We had our chances twice with the ball inside the 20-yard line in the first half and came away with zero points. We are proud of the boys,” said ORR Head Coach Bryce Guilbeault. “They played hard and left everything on the field. At the end of the day, that’s all you can ask.”
ORR (5-5) still has a big game on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, against Apponequet (4-6) in Lakeville.
ORR’s girls’ volleyball team also advanced in the playoffs, but its season came to an end on November 9 with a 3-0 loss at third-seeded Weston (18-5) in the MIAA Division 3 state quarterfinals.
“Although it was not the ending we hoped and planned for, there is a lot to be happy about,” said ORR coach James Oliveira. “This team improved tremendously throughout the season and truly seemed like one of the more close-knit groups I’ve coached at ORR.”
The sixth-seeded Bulldogs finished the season at 17-5.
The ORR boys and girls cross-country teams ran their respective, MIAA Division 2 state-meet qualifying races on November 11 at the Wrentham Developmental Center and came away with great performances.
For ORR girls, Emily Abbott placed 24th in Wave C with a time of 20:56.3, while Hannah Whalley (21:10.5) and Aubrey Heise (21:11.1) finished 31st and 32nd. For the boys, Tyler Young finished fifth in Wave C in 16:11.6, and Aidan Silk finished 11th in 16:58.
With these performances, the girls placed fourth in Wave C as a team and the boys finished sixth in Wave C, qualifying both teams for the All-State meet to be held on Saturday, November 18, at Fort Devens (Willard Field – intersection of Sherman Avenue and Antietam Street in Devens.)
By Aiden Comorosky