When the Bourne football teams’ offensive unit stepped to their own 31-yard line with two minutes left in the third quarter, little did they know they’d be starting a game-sealing drive.
The Canalmen, holding a 19-7 lead over visiting Bristol-Plymouth last Friday, November 15,at Jackson Field, embarked on a 20-play drive—all of the running variety—and chewed up 13:05 of clock as Bourne won its third straight game, 25-13.
On that drive Bourne went four-of-five on third down conversions and converted a fourth down as they kept the clocking running and drastically shortened the field. That proved to be 69 of the team’s 255 rushing yards against the Craftsmen.
For the second straight week Bourne was able to play from out in front as the offense capped its opening drive in the first quarter with a five-yard run from Shawn McDonough. The junior added his second score of the quarter when he found paydirt from two yards out to give the Canalmen a 13-0 lead in the first frame.
McDonough then came up big on the defensive side of the ball in the second quarter. After failing to convert a fourth-down run on his previous play to give the ball back to Bristol-Plymouth, he came in on defense and recovered a fumble on the Craftsmen’s ensuing first down. Now playing with a short field, the Bourne offense needed only three plays to go 37 yards with freshman quarterback Joseph Carrara broke free for a 30-yard touchdown run.
The Canalmen entered the break at halftime with a 19-0 lead. It was the fourth consecutive quarter that the defense did not allow a point, dating back to last week’s contest against Southeastern. Bristol-Plymouth failed to pick up a first down in that first half. But the defensive dominance was put on hold as the Craftsmen needed less than two minutes to score on their opening drive to pull within 12 points, 19-7. Backup quarterback Sean Cochrane threw the first of his two touchdown passes on the day to Anthony Fratelli.
The two teams traded punts until the two-minute mark in a third quarter that saw Jerome Packard record a tackle for a loss and a sack on the same defensive stand that resulted in a turnover on downs.
Then the hosts began their 13-play, 69-yard game-sealing drive that resulted in a one-yard drive from Carrara—his second rushing score of the night. Bourne scored at least four touchdowns in back-to-back games.
Bristol-Plymouth wouldn’t go down without a fight to the finish, however. Getting the ball back at midfield with 45 seconds left, the Craftsmen marched down the field on three plays before Cochrane completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Sam Svagdis as time expired.
Junior running back Ryan O’Connor led the team in rushing with 79 yards on two attempts. He was the workhorse on that 13-play drive, getting nine carries, including eight straight at one point. He ran admirably in place of senior running back Jaimon Scott (four carries, 18 yards), who left with an apparent ankle injury in the first half. Carrara rushed for 77 yards and two scores.
ENTERPRISE SPORTS PLAYER OF THE GAME: Shawn McDonough, RB, Bourne—The junior athlete added 59 rushing yards to his two-score evening against the Craftsmen. He set the tone offensively with two first-quarter touchdowns that gave his team an early 13-0 advantage. Defensively, McDonough recovered the game’s only turnover.
KEY PLAY: McDonough’s fumble recovery was not only the turnover in the game, but it completely sucked the life out of visitors. Four plays after his fumble recovery the Bourne offense scored to up 19-0 at halftime and changed the complexion of the game.
NUMBER TO KNOW: 7—How many years you’d have to go back to find the last three-game winning streak from the Bourne football team. The year was 2012 and the Canalmen responded from a season-opening 34-12 loss to Sandwich with consecutive wins against Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech, Seekonk and Case by an average score of 29 to 11.
UP NEXT: Bourne (4-6) will have the week off in preparation for its annual clash with Wareham (4-5) for the right to hoist the Superintendent’s Cup on Thanksgiving morning at Jackson Field at 10 AM. The Vikings are coming off a 14-7 home win against Southeastern last week and have won two of their last three games. Historically, Wareham has dominated the Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Canalmen, holding a 56-31-1 all-time record in the 86-year rivalry. Last year, however, Bourne came away with a dominating 39-0 road win against Vikings to win its first Superintendent’s Cup since 2015.
9:36 — Shawn McDonough (B) 5-yard run (Logan Hawkes kick)
0:18 — McDonough (B) two-yard run (kick failed)
5:30 — Joseph Carrara (B) 30-yard run (run failed)
9:37 — Anthony Fratelli (BP) 13-yard catch from Sean Cochrane (Max Carroll kick)
0:55 — Carrara (B) one-yard run (kick failed)
0:02 — Sam Svagdis (BP) 10-yard catch from Cochrane (pass failed)
Rushing — Ryan O’Connor (B) 17 attempts, 79 yards; Shawn McDonough (B) 13 attempts, 59 yards, 2 TD; Joseph Carrara (B) 8 attempts, 77 yards, 2 TD; Jaimon Scott (B) 4 attempts, 18 yards; Logan Cook (B) 1 attempt, 1 yard; Anthony Fratelli (BP) 2 attempts, 3 yards; Tyler Karch (BP) 3 attempts, -2 yards; Mikey Bruner (BP) 3 attempts, 5 yards; Cody Guild (BP) 2 attempts, 6 yards; Jared Lynds (BP) 1 attempt, 6 yards; Sean Cochrane (BP) 2 attempts, 0 yards
Passing — Joseph Carrara (B) 2-for-3, 28 yards; Sean Cochrane (BP) 5-for-12, 80 yards, 2 TD
Receiving — Brady Fitzpatrick (B) 2 receptions, 28 yards; Anthony Fratelli (BP) 2 receptions, 45 yards, 1 TD; Sam Svagdis (BP) 1 reception, 10 yards, 1 TD; Cody Guild (BP) 1 reception, 19 yards; Anthony Milso (BP) 1 reception, 6 yards