Smith, Garcia set new record in Thanksgiving game

Nov 23, 2017

Old Rochester varsity football players Harry Smith and Will Garcia walked away from a victorious match-up against Apponequet on November 23 with a new record in the hand.

With Garcia's two touchdowns in the game, the two have become the only teammates from Old Rochester (and possibly other area schools) to each score at least 20 touchdowns in a season.

Garcia, a junior, said his goal for the game against Apponequet was to score at least one touchdown. He finished his first year on the varsity team with a season (and career) touchdown record of 21 touchdowns, two of which he scored against Apponequet.

His season-touchdown record ties Old Rochester Athletic Hall of Fame member Patrick O'Connor (a member of the class of 2004) for the second-highest number of touchdowns in a single season; they're behind only Smith.

Going into the game, Smith had already achieved a 24-touchdown season, handily beating out O'Connor's record on November 3, when the Bulldogs defeated Rockland.

Smith's four touchdowns against Apponequet mean that, as a senior, he ends his high school career with a 28-touchdown season—and a 56-touchdown career.

The career touchdown number is a record one; it shuts out a 34-touchdown career record previously held by Frank Oliva (who played from 1974-1976). Smith broke the career touchdown record back in September, during ORR's first game of the season. They faced off against Wareham.

"It was really exciting to break that record, but it was even better that it was in a game against Wareham," Smith said. "They're the big rivals. It felt great to get it against them."

He said that breaking the season touchdown record hadn't necessarily been a goal, but it had always been in the back of his mind. "I wasn't sure it would happen," he explained. "I wasn't specifically working towards it. I was glad it happened though."

Smith reported that he's been scouted by a number of colleges, including Bridgewater State, Assumption, Springfield State and New England State. But, he said, no decisions have been made yet.