The Upper Cape Tech football will once again look to respond after a tough loss.
In a Mayflower Athletic Conference Small Division showdown last Friday, October 11,the Rams fell to Blue Hills in Canton, 34-8. It was a battle for second place in the division, behind unbeaten Old Colony, whom UCT faces this week.
The Cougars (5-0, 2-0 MAC-Small) are averaging 29.2 points per game on offense and have scored 40 or more points in three games, including a 40-8 road win against Cape Tech last week. Defensively, the division leaders are yielding a paltry 6.8 points per game on defense. The Rams giving up 19.4 points per game on defense while scoring an average of 20.4 points on offense. The only common opponent is Blue Hills, which lost to Old Colony, 16-8, on October 5 in Rochester.
While the defense of the Rams has been impressive for the majority of the season, they’ll have their hands full with the Cougar offense, led by running back Blake Dennison. The senior added to his rushing totals with a five-touchdown, 165-yard performance last week. He now has 495 rushing yards on the year. And much like the Rams, the Cougars feature two star backs in Dennison and backfield mate Thomas Stanton, who has 438 yards in five games.
The Rams’ defense should feel comfortable loading the box against Old Colony, as they rarely pass the ball. Against Cape Tech last week, the Cougars only attempted two passes and gained 22 yards through the air while racking up 344 yards on the ground.
There’s little love lost between these two division rivals. Last season, the Rams beat Old Colony in an old-fashioned slugfest in Bourne with a 13-6 win on October 20 that clinched the division title. Six days later UCT used a similar formula to beat the Cougars again, 17-7, in the first round of the Division 8 South Sectionals. In 2017 UCT fell in Rochester, 20-14, but swept the two meetings against the Cougars in 2016 by scores of 42-12 and 30-6, respectively.
The game will be played on Saturday, October 19, at 2 PM in Rochester.
THE PICK: UCT 18, Old Colony 14—It’ll be another hard-fought, closely played contest between these two bitter rivals. If the Rams hope to keep their championship aspirations alive, they’ll need a signature road win outside of their season-opening win against Bourne.