Awards night highlights the talent of Old Colony football
ROCHESTER — After ending the football season 4-6, the Old Colony Cougars celebrated the bright spots of the team during their awards night on Dec. 11.
Both team and individual awards were handed out, but a standout honor was the 2018 Team Sportsmanship award from the Mayflower Small Vocational Conference. The Cougars were awarded the honor after demonstrating their commitment to sportsmanship on the field throughout the season.
In the same vein, senior Devon Amaro was awarded the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Award of Excellence for exemplifying the spirit of interscholastic athletic competition and sportsmanship.
Though they ended with a losing record, the Cougars are built with a talented roster of players. Many of those players were recognized by the Mayflower Conference as all-stars, including Elijah Smith, Ryan Rego, Phillip Proctor, Matt Bumpus, and seniors Daniel Lawrence and Mitchell Wilson.
Noah Perdigao was recognized as the most improved player on the team, while Austin Mendes was given the coaches award.
Running back and inside linebacker Mitchell Wilson rounded out the night with a series of awards. He was named Old Colony MVP and the Mayflower Small Vocational MVP for his on the field efforts.
Wilson was the signal caller for the defense and finished the season with a whopping 95 tackles, including 25 for a loss. He also ended the season with two sacks and a forced fumble.
On the offensive side of the ball, Wilson tallied 606 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns.
“In past years I’ve never really had the chance to score and lead the team, but I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity this year,” said Wilson. “The first time I heard I got the league MVP and the league all-star it was very surreal to hear. I remember hearing Jared Gagne last year getting it and to follow in his footsteps was something I’ll never forget.”
Wilson’s award sweep wasn’t finished there. He also was given the Otto Graham Achievement award, which is given to the top senior players on the South Coast.