The tough times against Case continued for the Bourne football team. Entering Friday’s, September 27 home game having lost four straight against the Cardinals, the Canalmen couldn’t find their offensive footing.
Case scored the first 14 points of the game and carried a 28-7 halftime lead to a 35-14 home win that gave Bourne its third-straight loss to open the season.
Senior quarterback Daniel Silva led the Case offense to the tune of 241 total yards — 104 through the air and 137 on the ground—and two touchdowns. He was aided by tailback Brady Thiboutot, who only needed five touches to rack up 119 yards and two rushing scores for the Cardinals.
Despite the big offensive numbers put up by the visitors, the Canalmen defense played well in quite a few spots. Seniors Jerome Packard and Logan Hawkes each came up with interceptions while Ripley Vaughn had a strip-sack and Nick Santucci also had a sack. In total, the Bourne defense generated three turnovers on the night.
The issue was the offense hitting its groove. They capitalized on Jaimon Scott’s 66-yard touchdown run through the heart of the Case defense in the first quarter to pull within seven, 14-7. Junior quarterback Shawn McDonough started the game before giving way to freshman Jojo Carrara as the Canalmen offense shifted from a spread formation to a T formation from the start of the game. Both were dealing with injuries of sorts, but gutted out the performance for their team. Carrara had a touchdown called back in the third quarter on a rush up the middle that was blown dead as the freshman broke free from a pile with nothing but green in front of him.
By the second half, with the game out of reach, Bourne began to move the ball better on the ground. Senior Josh Gonzalez had a number of good runs as did junior Ryan O’Connor. Junior Alexander Duval capped off an impressive fourth-quarter drive, pushing the pile for five yards for Bourne’s final score.
Looking ahead, Bourne will host Martha’s Vineyard in a battle of teams that both wear purple and white. Last season, the Canalmen scored a 40-13 win against the Vineyarders on the island. Martha’s Vineyard (2-1) is coming off a bye week, but in their previous game, MV won, 22-8, against Southbridge at home on September 20. It also beat Mystic Valley on the road, 33-6. The island team opened the season with a 40-6 home loss to the South Coast Conference-Small’s Seekonk.
Sophomore running back Antone Moreis has more than 200 yards rushing in three games and scored four times on the ground. He’ll be the player the Canalmen must zero in on if they hope to win their second-straight game against the Vineyarders.
The teams will meet Friday, October 4 at 6:30 PM at Jackson Field.
THE PICK: Martha’s Vineyard 26, Bourne 20 — The signs of the offense finding some rhythm were there in spots against the Cardinals. If Bourne can continue its progress they’ll get on the winning side sooner than later, especially with how its defense has played thus far.