Simply put, the Upper Cape Tech football team has been downright dominant at home this season.
The Rams rolled to their fourth-straight home win this year, running over St. John Paul II, 30-6, on Saturday, November 9, in non-playoff action. Senior running back Kemrin Glover had two scoring runs of 20-yards or more and Andrew Brightman added a rushing score to go with three two-point conversions as UCT responded from its one-point playoff loss last week to Old Colony.
Glover’s 20-yard run opened the scoring in the first quarter and Brightman rushed in the extra two-points to open up an 8-0 advantage. In the second quarter the Rams doubled its lead as Juzary Salim rumbled into the end zone from 12 yards out. Brightman then found his younger brother, Jon, on a two-point pass for the 16-0 lead.
SJPII had an answer offensively before halftime. Senior quarterback Aaron Cole scrambled for a 10-yard touchdown run. The two-point attempt failed as the Lions entered the break at halftime down by 10 points, 16-6.
On the Rams’ first drive of the second half, they extended the lead by out-muscling the Lions on a key conversion play. After SJPII had forced Upper Cape into a fourth-and-three situation from near midfield, the Rams elected to go for it. Handing it off to their short, but lightning-quick Glover, the senior sliced through the middle of the defense and ran free for a 42-yard touchdown run. The pass fell incomplete on the two-point try as UCT led 22-6 with roughly six minutes left in the third quarter.
The UCT defense earned a turnover on downs and the offense went right back to work from their own 45-yard line with 2:22 left in the third. On a third-and-three situation, the eighth play of the drive, Brightman called his own number on a bootleg play and scored from 13 yards out. He then found a wide-open Salim for the two-point conversion completion that gave the Rams a 30-6 lead.
Though the game was well in-hand, that didn’t stop the defense from generating pressure late in the fourth quarter. Joe King, playing on the edge, produced back-to-back tackles for loss before Joey Coelho had a well-timed pass break-up to force a punt.
ENTERPRISE SPORTS PLAYER OF THE GAME: Andrew Brightman, QB, UCT — Get the ball in the hands of your best playmakers. That was the logic behind inserting Brightman under center over the last two games. The results speak for themselves as the senior has thrown for two touchdowns and two two-point attempts while adding two rushing scores since being named the starter.
KEY PLAY: On fourth-and-three with 6:13 left in the third quarter as the Rams held 16-6 lead against the Lions, senior co-captain Kemrin Glover cut through the teeth of the SJPII defense and scampered 42-yard for the scores that officially put the game out of reach. It was Glover’s second TD of the game.
NUMBER TO KNOW: 4 — The Rams are 4-0 at home this season following their 24-point beatdown of St. John Paul II. They are scoring 28.2 points per game at the friendly confines of Barry Motta Athletic Complex and giving up a stingy 8 points on defense.
UP NEXT: UCT (5-4) plays its final home game of the 2019 season against Coyle-Cassidy (4-4) on Saturday, November 16, at noon. The Warriors were on a bye last week, but have won their last two games, against Pembroke, 43-22, and Blue Hills, 27-20 — both at home. On the road, they are 0-2 this season. It’ll be a revenge game of sorts as the Rams were ousted at home by Coyle in last year’s Division 8 South Sectional semifinals. In that game the Warriors were trailing before a penalized late hit on Salim put the then-junior tailback out of the game with severe stomach injuries. The Warriors won that game, 22-14.
THE PICK: UCT 28, Coyle-Cassidy 22 — It will be as close to a playoff game as you’ll see in the non-playoff pool with the Rams looking to avenge a 2018 loss that derailed their state title aspirations. UCT will play with an added chip on its shoulder and it will show on Saturday.
SJPII — 0;6;0;0 — 6
UCT — 8;8;6;8 — 30
UCT — Kemrin Glover 20-yard run (Andrew Brightman rush)
UCT — Juzary Salim 12-yard run (Jon Brightman catch from Brightman)
SJPII — Aaron Cole 10-yard run (pass failed)
UCT — Glover 42-yard run (pass failed)
UCT — Andrew Brightman 15-yard run (Salim catch from Brightman)