It was one of the few times this season when the Bourne High football team took the lead and never looked back en route to their third win of the season.
Playing Southeastern in non-playoff action on November 7 in South Easton, the Canalmen ran wild over the Hawks to the tune of 400 rushing yards in their best offensive performance of the season, 40-6.
Despite a cold, persistent rain, Bourne never lost its foot as the offense was fueled by two touchdown runs and a two-point conversion from senior running back Jaimon Scott. His five-yard run opened the scoring for the game in the first quarter followed by a Shawn McDonough run of 20 yards that gave the Canalmen a 14-0 lead.
Bourne continued its offensive onslaught in the second quarter, as the visitors scored the first three touchdowns of the game. Quarterback Joseph Carrara connected for a 35-yard touchdown strike to receiver Brady Fitzpatrick and the point-after kick from Logan Hawkes gave the Canalmen a 21-0 advantage.
Southeastern stopped the bleeding and scored its only touchdown of the game in the second quarter, following Bourne’s TD pass. Nicholas Levine capped the Hawks’ drive with a seven-yard scoring pass to Jamari Ellerbe-Cundiff. The kick failed as Southeastern trailed, 21-6. The Canalmen pushed their lead back to 21 points as Carrara tossed his second touchdown pass of the 35-yard variety to Hawkes.
Bourne carried a 27-6 lead into halftime against a Southeastern team that earned the seventh seed in the Division 7 South Sectional tournament just a few weeks ago. The Hawks lost to second-seeded Abington, 48-0.
Following a third quarter that saw nothing but punts, the Canalmen got reacquainted with the end zone in the fourth. Scott’s second rushing touchdown came from seven yards out and Carrara scored for the third time in the game when he returned an interception 60 yards to give the game its final score of 40-6.
The win marks back-to-back victories for Bourne for the first time this season following its 14-13 road win against Diman last week. It’s the first time the Canalmen have won back-to-back games since September 28 and October 5 of last year, when Bourne scored 40-13 and 47-19 wins against Martha’s Vineyard and Fairhaven, respectively.
ENTERPRISE SPORTS PLAYER OF THE GAME: Joseph Carrara, QB, Bourne — The first-year starting signal called scored three touchdowns and orchestrated an offense that gained nearly 500 total yards. He had two touchdown completions of 35 yards and showed his ball-hawking skills on defense with a 60-yard interception return.
KEY PLAY: Jaimon Scott’s five-yard touchdown run in the first quarter put Bourne in an unfamiliar position — playing from ahead early in the game. It was the perfect cap to tone-setting drive and allowed the Canalmen to dictate their style of play.
NUMBER TO KNOW: 2,594 — The amount of days that have passed since the Canalmen last won back-to-back games on the road. The year was 2012 and Bourne, the defending state champions from the season prior, had defeated Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech, 30-13, and Case, 26-8, in the first month of the season.
UP NEXT: Bourne (3-7) will look to make it three in a row when welcoming Bristol-Plymouth (4-5) to Jackson Field on Friday, November 15, at 6:30 PM. The Craftsmen are coming off three-straight wins, including a 14-12 home win against Wareham last week. In nine games, B-P averages 16.4 points on offense and gives up 23.2 points on defense per game, but over their last three games the Craftsmen are scoring 14 points and giving up 10.6 points.
THE PICK: Bourne 26, Bristol-Plymouth 18 — The Canalmen scored more than two touchdowns in a game for the first time this season quickly grew accustomed to scoring points. Their defense has played well in the latter part of the season and will make it three straight games allowing less than 20 points.
Bourne — 14;13;0;13 — 40
Southeastern — 0;6;0;0 — 6
BOU — Jaimon Scott 5-yard run (kick failed)
BOU — Shawn McDonough 20-yard run (Scott run)
BOU — Brady Fitzpatrick 35-yard catch from Joseph Carrara (Logan Hawkes kick)
SRVT — Jamari Ellerbe-Cundiff 7-yard catch from Nicholas Levine (kick failed)
BOU — Hawkes 35-yard pass from Carrara (kick failed)
BOU — Scott 7-yard run (kick failed)
BOU — Carrara 60-yard interception return (Hawkes kick)