Old Colony shines during Homecoming game
ROCHESTER — It was a cold Homecoming game at Oliveira Field. Huddled on the bleachers to stay warm, Old Colony football fans cheered as their team rolled to a 30-6 win over the South Shore Vikings on Oct. 5.
The Old Colony Cougars, coming into the game with a record of 3-1, started red hot and scored within the first two minutes of kick-off. Following a blocked punt for a touchdown and rushing score by the offense, the Cougars ended the first quarter up 23-0.
Old Colony coach Brandon Mendez could be overheard telling his team to remain focused, despite their hefty lead in the game.
On the sideline, fans cheered them on, yelling, “Go Cougars!”
As the night progressed, the temperature dropped below 50 degrees. Fans were undeterred, however, and they cheered as the Cougars continued their dominance.
In the second quarter, quarterback Kyle Scholtz ran for a 59-yard touchdown and put the Cougars up by four possessions.
Old Colony would not score for the rest of the game, but it was enough to hold off the Vikings.
After the half, South Shore tried to crawl back into the game but was held up multiple times by Old Colony’s stout defense. Twice, South Shore drives were ended by timely interceptions made by Matt Bumpus on defense.
Scoring only once, South Shore was decisively defeated by Old Colony.
“We started out with a lot of energy and excitement,” said Mendez after the game. “But we kind of took a step backwards in the second half.”
Mendez would like to see the team maintain their first-half energy throughout the whole game next week.
When asked about the remaining games on the schedule, Mendez said there is a lot of work that still needs to be done to compete with their upcoming opponents.
Next week, Old Colony faces Bristol-Plymouth at home on Friday, Oct. 13.