UCT’s home game against Carver/Sacred Heart senior Andrew Brightman’s fingerprints all over it.
He caught the game’s first touchdown, added a rushing score when he filled in at quarterback and controlled the offense, caught a two-point conversion and picked off a pass on defense as the Rams’ dominated the Crusaders, 22-6, on Saturday, October 5.
Typically a tough out, coming from the South Shore League-Tobin Division, Carver/Sacred Heart struggled finding yards on offense against a strong UCT defensive unit playing at home. The Rams came up with four sacks—1.5 by Joey Coelho, two by Shawn DiCarlo—and three interceptions by Brightman, Kemrin Glover and Juzary Salim.
UCT took an 8-0 lead early in the second quarter when junior quarterback Thomas Zine found Brightman for a 24-yard touchdown along the left sideline. Zine found Jon Brightman in the far right corner of the end zone on the ensuing two-point conversion.
Three drives later, following a Brightman interception that was returned down to the eight-yard line, Salim scored his only touchdown on the day to take 14-0 lead. Zine’s pass to Andrew Brightman on the two-point conversion good, as the Rams carried a 16-0 lead into the break at halftime.
Salim rushed for 97 yards and a score as he was able to push the pile and keep the chains moving. Glover, however, had a tougher go of it, as the Crusaders showed they could match his speed at getting to the edge. The senior captain finished with 13 yards on 10 touches.
On the Rams’ first drive of the second half, on their seventh play, Zine was injured on a play that flagged for roughing the passer. Brightman took the offense over under center and in two plays gained 29 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown rush that gave the hosts a 22-0 lead. Carver took the ensuing kickoff and put together its best drive of the afternoon, capping a 10-play, 69-yard drive with a nine-yard touchdown that was nearly intercepted by Glover in the end zone.
Glover came up with his interception later in the fourth quarter on a tipped pass before Salim iced the game with a pick of his own.
Up next, UCT hits the road to meet Blue Hills on Friday, October 11 at 6 PM. The Warriors are coming off a 16-8 road lost to unbeaten Old Colony last week in Rochester. It was the first loss of the year for Blue Hills after opening the season 3-0. Last year, the Rams dominated the Mayflower Athletic Conference-Large team, 41-0, in Bourne.
Against Old Colony, Blue Hills had an 8-0 lead until the Cougars scored two unanswered touchdowns late in a game that was dominated by defense. UCT has scored two or more touchdowns in all four games this season and at least three touchdowns in its three wins.
The Warriors are averaging 30.75 points on offense while giving up 14.25 points on defense. UCT is averaging 25 points per game on offense while giving up 14.75 points on defense.
THE PICK: UCT 24, Blue Hills 16—If the Rams are to be taken seriously in the Division 8 South conversation, they’ll need a marquee road win on its resume. A win in Canton will give the Rams just that. But the Warriors will be eager to prove their loss to Old Colony was a fluke and not a trend.