It was truly a game of two halves for the Upper Cape Tech football team. The Rams stormed out to a 16-0 lead in the second quarter, but Old Colony scored 23 unanswered points in the second half to win, 23-16, in Rochester on Saturday, October 19.
The Cougars scored on a six-yard run from Blake Dennison in the third quarter, followed by a Kyle Scholz two-point run to cut their deficit in half, 16-8. Then, early in the fourth quarter, Thomas Stanton scored from three yards out and Matt Bumpus converted the two-point try to tie the game at 16 apiece with eight minutes to play.
On Old Colony’s next offensive possession, Dennison found paydirt from three yards out for the go-ahead touchdown.
Upper Cape jumped out to an early first quarter lead as junior quarterback Thomas Zine found success through the air. He hit Jon Brightman on a comeback route on the Rams’ opening drive. He finished the drive by connecting with Andrew Brightman on a play-action rollout pass on the goal line. Juzary Salim converted the two-point run to take an 8-0 lead.
On the Rams’ next possession, Salim took a toss to his left and rumbled eight yards before diving for the pylon. He reached the end zone and Andrew Brightman’s two-point run put the Rams out in front 16-0 with 8:02 left in the second quarter.
UCT entered the break at halftime with a 16-0 lead before the Cougars mounted their second half comeback. In the win, Old Colony remained undefeated on the year with a record of 6-0 and 3-0 in the Mayflower Athletic Conference Small Division. With the loss, the Rams fall to 3-3 and 1-2 MAC-Small on the year.
Looking ahead, the Rams host Cape Tech in a divisional battle between two teams that will meet again on Thanksgiving Day. But first UCT clashes with the Crusaders on Saturday, October 26 at noon in Bourne. The Crusaders (1-5, 0-3 MAC-Small) will be well rested as they are coming off a bye week, but before that Cape Tech lost at home to Old Colony, 40-8.
The Rams are coming off back-to-back conference losses and are clinging to their playoff lives. They are averaging 19.6 points per game on offense and are yielding 20 points defensively. And while they welcome a Cape Tech team that has given up 40 or more points in four straight games, numbers get thrown out the window in rivalry games.
Over the previous six meetings, spanning the last three years, the two teams have identical 3-3 records. Cape Tech has won three of the last four meetings, including a 6-0 win last Thanksgiving.
THE PICK: UCT 26, Cape Tech 22 — It’ll be another closely contested game, but I still believe in the playmakers on this team in a must-win situation at home.