Bourne/UCT Football Goes Bear Hunting
By: Dan Crowley
The Bourne/UCT Canalmen (4-2, 2-1 SCC), led by the dynamic duo of running backs John Page and Joe Epps, posted their fourth straight victory in a one-sided 43-13 win over Greater New Bedford Voke Tech on Saturday.
The Canalmen struck quickly with Epps and Page each scoring twice as Bourne/UCT vaulted to a 30-0 lead in the opening quarter. The pair combined for over 150-yards rushing in the first 10 minutes on a combined 13 carries.
“They’re two very good backs,” Head Coach John McIntyre said of Epps and Page. “As a team we were really focused. We had a good week of preparation. We got a little lucky to get up, 30-0. It gave us a chance to give some of the younger kids some playing time.”
The Canalmen added to their lead in the second quarter, first on a six-yard scoring run by Ryan Sweeney, followed by a seven-yard scamper by Sam Schrader that left GNBVT reeling on the short side of a 43-0 score by halftime.
Bourne/UCT threw the ball once with quarterback Jimmy Halliday connecting with Epps in the second quarter on a 30-yard play.
“We did what we wanted to do in the first half,” McIntyre explained. “In the second half we played a basic offense and gave some other kids playing time. Jake Achstetter had a good game, Jesse Burgess made some nice runs, and sophomore Colin Lanoie had a good game defensively at middle linebacker.”
The Bears scored once in both the third and fourth quarters on runs of 30 and 20 yards.
“The kids are showing more confidence,” McIntyre noted. “We have three tough opponents coming up and we’re still not where we need to be.”
The Canalmen will travel to Dennis-Yarmouth High School tonight to take on the Division 2A Atlantic Coast League Dolphins. D-Y (5-1) is coming off a lopsided 35-0 victory over Plymouth South (3-3).
As in past seasons, the Dolphins will rely on their team speed which is strongest outside. Quarterback Matt Montalto threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more on Friday night. He picked up 105 yards through the air and rushed for 110. Montalto has scored six TDs this season and thrown for 13. Montalto’s favorite target is wide receiver Dylan Hodsdon. The two have combined for eight touchdowns through the air.
The Bourne/UCT defense will have to stop Montalto, while offensively the Canalmen will need to mix it up to keep the Dolphins off balance.
“We have to try to contain their quarterback and not give up the big plays,” the coach added. “They are an outstanding team and they have a lot of weapons. They have some athletes who can run but so do we. They’re quick and aggressive and they fly to the football on defense.”
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