Bourne High School was unable to build on last year’s victories over Wareham. After dominating the Vikings by a combined score of 87-20 in two meetings a year ago, BHS could not get anything going offensively on Friday afternoon. The Vikings forced five turnovers in a 24-8 win over the Canalmen.
BHS was held to just a single touchdown for the second straight game. Bourne lost its first game of the year to cross-rotary rival, Upper Cape Tech, by a score of 27-6.
Both Bourne and Wareham were sloppy on offense in the early going, combining for six first half turnovers. The first turnover of the game occurred under three minutes into the first quarter. Bourne had a miscommunication in the backfield and the ball hit the turf. It was recovered by Wareham senior Brandon Pham. The Vikings did not capitalize on the turnover.
There would be five more first-half turnovers. Bourne lost four fumbles. Wareham lost a fumble and had a pass intercepted.
Bourne kicked off to begin the second half, and Wareham’s Gilly Jalo burst through the Canalmen’s kick team to put the Vikings in business. Jalo then knifed through the Bourne defense for a gain of 13 on the first offensive play of the second half. Several plays later, Jalo was standing in the end zone and the Vikings broke the scoreless tie. The touchdown was set up by a 23-yard completion from Elijah Carrion to Henry Jones.
There was a scary scene at Spillane Field midway through the third quarter. Bourne’s Logan Cook was down on the field for nearly 20 minutes before he was taken away by ambulance. The sophomore had a nice game for the Canalmen before departing. He touched the ball four times on offense, had a sack on defense and also played a key role on special teams. He is one of the Bourne building blocks moving forward.
The third quarter ended with Wareham in front by eight points. The Vikings put together another strong series, and Jalo went airborne for his second touchdown of the night. Wareham extended its lead to 16-0 with 7:27 left in the game.
Jaimon Scott showcased his incredible speed on the following drive. Scott took a handoff off the left side, bounced it off tackle and out-raced all 11 Vikings to the end zone for a 71-yard touchdown. The senior ended the game with 124 yards and a touchdown.
On the ensuing drive, Wareham’s Rakeem Jackson broke through and capped off the Vikings’ third scoring drive of the evening. Jackson broke multiple tackles on his way to 28 yards to set up the touchdown from the Bourne 4-yard line. Avyn Lopes connected with Desmond Powell for the 2-point conversion to give the game its final score.
The Canalmen fell to 0-2 on the young season but several players should leave fans of the purple and white optimistic.
The aforementioned Scott displayed his game-breaking speed. Cook showed promise in all three phases of the game before being injured. Logan Hawkes had an interception, multiple stops either at or behind the line of scrimmage on defense and also hauled in Bourne’s only completed pass for a gain of 20 yards. Ryan O’Connor also flashed offensively with eight carries for 39 yards.
Up next for the Canalmen is a date with fellow South Conference Small member Joseph Case High School of Swansea. The Cardinals are 2-0 on the season and have not played a conference game.