For the third time in four years the turkey tasted better in Bourne. The Canalmen made the Thursday morning trip to Wareham and picked up a 23-16 victory over their rivals on Thanksgiving Day.

Bourne outscored Wareham by a combined score of 82-0 in the 2018 and 2019 Thanksgiving games. The 2020 game was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bourne was in for a much tougher contest this year.

The game started slowly as both teams were unable to pick up a first down. On Bourne’s second possession Logan Cook took a pitch and exploded for what appeared to be a 78-yard touchdown, but the score was negated by an unnecessary block in the back penalty inside the five yard line. Two plays later, though, Bourne junior Craig Hill took a handoff up the middle, from the seven, to put the visitors ahead.

In the second quarter Wareham used a big pass play from quarterback Avyn Lopes to receiver Jaren Rose to put themselves in scoring position. Lopes then capped the drive off on a one yard plunge up the middle. Lopes connected with Rose on the two point conversion and the Vikings took an 8-7 lead with just under four minutes left in the first half.

Bourne turned the ball over on downs on their next possession, giving Wareham one more chance to add points before the half. The Vikings capitalized on a 65 -yard touchdown run by Chase Colon. They again converted on the two point attempt to extend their lead to 16-7 heading into the intermission.

The Canalmen made defensive adjustments at halftime and limited the big plays in the second half. Bourne quickly forced a Wareham punt, and then a long run by Hill put the ball inside the Wareham 10 yard line. On third down and goal, from the nine yard line, Hill scored again to trim the deficit to 16-14.

Early in the fourth quarter the momentum swung drastically in each team’s favor. The first swing occurred when Bourne sophomore Ty Kelley was stopped on a quarterback sneak on fourth down. The quarterback took the snap and leaped in the air extending the ball toward the goal line, but was stopped short on a great play by Wareham’s Andre Silvia.

The Vikings took over at their own one yard line, clinging to a two point lead. After a holding penalty on Wareham moved the ball back about a foot the Vikings curiously decided to run a reverse from their own end zone. The Canalmen weren’t fooled and tackled the Wareham ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage, forcing a safety that tied the score at 16-16.

On the next Bourne possession, facing a fourth down and long, Kelley picked up 11 yards with his legs to move the chains and set up a goal-to-go situation for the Canalmen. On the next play Hill took it down to the Wareham one. Kelley wouldn’t be stopped this time, as he scored to give Bourne a 23-16 lead.

With under two minutes remaining Kelley made a huge play on defense, breaking up a long Wareham pass to preserve the win for the Canalmen.

The Canalmen finish the season with a record of 3-8. Bourne can now build on the holiday victory as they head in to the offseason. The lone senior on the Bourne roster is Logan Cook, a two-way standout.

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