Ryon Thomas taking control for ORR football

            With Bryce Guilbeault taking over for Ryan Kogler as head coach of Old Rochester Regional football, and with the roster experiencing a lot of turnover following the graduation of 22 seniors, it wasn’t going to be an easy task for the 2019 Bulldogs roster to maintain the same level of success the program has in years past.

            Naturally, a significant amount of the pressure falls on the quarterback, Ryon Thomas.

            It’s the nature of the position.

            Well, the junior continues to rise to the occasion on a weekly basis, most recently leading the Bulldogs to a 42-7 over GNB Voc-Tech to improve to 2-1 on the season.

            Thomas finished with three scores on the day, rushing into the end zone twice and connecting with Cam Brezinskiin another instance.

            Following the win over the Bears, Brezinski had high praise for his quarterback.

            “He reminds me of Tom Brady a little bit with the way he reads the defense,” the senior said. “He gives audibles during the play when we’re setting up. He just changes the play based on the defense.”

            A quarterback couldn’t ask for a better compliment than to have his ability to read a defense compared to the Super Bowl-winning Patriots quarterback.

            Thomas’ coach, however, knows there’s still plenty of room for the quarterback to grow, but he feels Thomas is taking the appropriate steps to do so.

            “I think he’s settling in nicely and he’s doing some great things for us,” Guilbeault said. “When he makes mistakes, he tries to learn from them… He’s doing a good job.”

            Meg Hughesremains one of the area’s top goal scorers in girls soccer. In ORR’s last two wins, Hughes has scored five goals. She also logged four assists for the Bulldogs between the two matches.

Old Colony

            Thomas Stantoncontinues to run all over the opposition for Old Colony football. In the Cougars’ 43-12 win over Bristol-Plymouth, Stanton set the tone early with a nine-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter. The running back would go on to score two more times, once in the second quarter and again in the fourth. He finished the game with 126 rushing yards on 13 attempts.

            Although Stanton had a dominant game on the ground all around, he actually finished second in rushing for Old Colony. Blake Dennisonled the way with 156 yards on 14 carries, averaging 11.14 yards per carry to Stanton’s 9.69. Dennison also scored once.

            Matt Bumpusand Phil Proctorscored Old Colony’s other two touchdowns, finishing with six as a team on the day.

            Luke Butlerwas the low medalist in Old Colony golf’s latest match. He shot a 39 against Bristol-Plymouth at Scotland Links, pacing the Cougars to a 6-3 win to improve to 6-3-1- on the season.

            Old Colony volleyball continued its strong start to the season with a 3-1 win over Cape Cod Tech, only losing the second set of the match. The Cougars are now 8-1 in 2019.

            Kat Kirbyhad 16 kills in the win while Savanna Hallehad six blocks and Nina Castillohad three. Jordyn Dexterfinished with 14 assists against Cape Cod Tech.

High School Sports Update

By Nick Friar

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