Upper Cape Tech gave up a touchdown to visiting South Shore Vocational Technical High School in the fourth quarter Saturday, but prior to that it was all Rams as they rolled to a 41-8 victory over the Vikings. The win secured for UCT the Mayflower Athletic Conference Small championship. The Rams have a 4-1 league record, the same as Nantucket, but UCT defeated the Whalers in head-to-head competition on September 28 by a score of 34-28.
UCT took control in the opening quarter as quarterback Rich Semple hit Isaac Cardoso on a 17-yard pass play for a touchdown and Jon Dumont ran one in from 17 yards out for a quick 14-0 UCT lead.
The Rams continued to fire on all cylinders in the second quarter as Dumont broke free on a 76-yard scoring run, Semple plunged in from a yard out and Dumont carried the ball 10 yards for the fifth UCT touchdown and a 35-0 lead for the Rams at the half.
In the third quarter Semple topped off the afternoon for the Rams by intercepting a South Shore pass and running it back 38 yards for a touchdown.
“I think we played our best game of the year,” head coach Mike Hernon said of the win over South Shore. “We have been seeing everyone’s best, it’s been their Super Bowl against us. This one was like a playoff game and it was—you either won or went home. I think we played our best game on both sides of the ball.”
Quarterback Rich Semple scored a touchdown on the ground, passed for a TD and intercepted a pass and took it back for a touchdown. “it was his trifecta,” the coach said. “I’d say Rich had his best game of the year so far. He has developed a lot of confidence and become a really good leader.”
The seventh seeded Rams (4-3) advance to the Division 6 quarterfinal round to face Mayflower Athletic Conference Large champion and second-seeded Diman Voc (6-1) Saturday in Fall River tomorrow at 7 PM.
The Bengals wrapped up the MAC Large last week with a 16-13 victory over Bishop Connolly High School.
Trailing 7-0 in the opening quarter Saturday, Diman took an 8-7 lead on a 15-yard touchdown run by Aaron Reed-Coward, who also ran in the two-point conversion. Bishop Connolly went ahead 13-8, but in the final seconds of the opening half Diman quarterback Austin Crowninshield threw the ball up for grabs and wide receiver Phillip Dube came down with it for the Bengals, giving them a 16-13 lead at the half.
Diman then showed some very good ball control in the fourth quarter, maintaining possession for over eight minutes as they ran 18 plays and kept the ball out of the hands of Cougars.
Diman Voc’s only loss this season came at the hands of Southeastern by a score of 36-34 back on October 11.
Senior Johnny Padilla is the workhorse out of the backfield for the Bengals, entering Saturday’s game with nine touchdowns this season. He had two big 100-yard plus games to open the season for the Bengals in wins over Old Colony (26-18) and South Shore (34-0). Two of the Bengal victories came by one point as they squeezed by Bristol-Plymouth (14-13) and Blue Hills (15-14).
“They are a big and physical team,” coach Hernon said. “We have some familiarity with them having played them last year and the year before. They’ll come right at us. Hopefully, we can use our speed to our advantage.”