Old Rochester gets its fill of touchdowns in Turkey Day game

Nov 27, 2021

LAKEVILLE — The Old Rochester football team gobbled up the competition and left room for dessert on Thursday, Nov. 25 as the Bulldogs squashed the Apponequet Lakers 28-7 in the annual Thanksgiving Day football game.

The win marked the seventh-straight time the Bulldogs brought home the Turkey Trophy but that was just gravy because it also gave Old Rochester the best regular-season record in its division, and thus the division championship.

The Bulldogs started the game hungry for a win after falling to Pentucket in the state tournament two weeks earlier, and feasted on the Lakers’ defense in the first half, scoring three unanswered touchdowns.

As the third quarter got underway, Old Rochester’s players looked like they might have loosened their belts too early after filling up on touchdowns in the first half. Instead, it was Apponequet who trotted down the field to score its first touchdown of the game, making the score 21-7 going into the fourth quarter.

But the Bulldogs weren’t done yet. As time wound down in the fourth quarter, the team went back for seconds, scoring one final touchdown with about four minutes left in the game.

After the game, Head Coach Bryce Guilbeault called the win “huge” for the Bulldogs.

“Apponequet were the league champs last year, but we won it this season,” he said. “We got the Turkey Trophy and we never want it to leave Old Rochester.”