Week 4: Voc-Tech wins another thriller, Old Colony moves to 4-0, New Bedford falls again – SouthCoastToday.com

For the second straight game, the GNB Voc-Tech football team won in dramatic fashion, this time rallying to beat Dighton-Rehoboth 27-26 on the road Friday night in South Coast Conference action.
It was Voc-Tech’s second straight win over D-R after beating the Falcons in 2019. 
“Guys are doing what they’re supposed to be doing,” said GNB Voc-Tech head coach Justin Cruz. “We’ve got a good squad with us. D-R is a good football team. It’s always good for us to beat them.”
D-R struck first in this one, returning a first-quarter punt for a touchdown.
GNB Voc-Tech senior quarterback Cam Lynch responded by throwing a trio of scoring strikes to seniors Ayden Silva, Avery Sylvia and Aziz Ba to put the Bears out front 21-18 at halftime.
“All those touchdown passes were 40-plus yards,” noted Cruz. “Cam has been great this year as far as running the ball. For him to be able to open it up like he did tonight, he took over. After that punt return, he came back and threw that bomb. It’s nice to see him smile.”
Still the Bears trailed 26-21 in the fourth quarter.
That’s when senior running back Rylan Rose scored the game-winning touchdown on a five-yard run to lift Voc-Tech to its second-straight win. 
“He had a big game for us,” said Cruz of the first-year football player. 
After a defensive stop by Voc-Tech, the Bears ran the clock out.
Voc-Tech (3-1) hosts Bourne on Friday in a SCC crossover game. 
The undefeated Cougars showed they can throw in their Homecoming win as junior quarterback Matt McGuiggan completed 4 of 5 passes for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Shawn Markham.
“Part of the game plan was to see what we were getting and open it up a little bit,” said Old Colony head coach Brandon Mendez. “It snowballed. We executed great. We played tough physical football. 
“We threw the ball early because we had been so run heavy. Matt is a phenomenal quarterback and Shawn is a great target to throw to. We figured the passing would open up the run game more.”
One of the touchdown passes was for 50 yards while the other was 35.
“The 35-yarder was a thing of beauty,” Mendez said. “Matt had to pump fake to get it to Shawn.”
Ryan Silva had a team-high 55 yards on five carries and scored a two-point conversion. Chris Egan had six carries for 48 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Thibault scored on a 1-yard run. 
“You never think you’re going to be 4-0,” Mendez said. “The kids do a nice job of preparing week to week. I knew we were going to be a good football team.
“We’re looking forward to new challenges. They work hard and they practice relentlessly.”
The Cougars (4-0) have a bye next week before hosting Blue Hills, which owns the state’s second longest active winning streak at 11 games, on Oct. 15.
It was a game of missed opportunities for the Whalers, who were able to move the ball, but couldn’t capitalize. 
“We possessed the ball,” said New Bedford head coach Mark DeBrito. “We had some drives. We got stopped on their one-yard line. We had a few drops. We only punted the ball once. We moved the ball, but we couldn’t execute.”
New Bedford trailed just 20-13 until late in the fourth quarter when Falmouth capped its scoring. 
“It was pretty close,” DeBrito said. “We moved the ball, but we just didn’t finish.”
Jayden Frazier scored on a 25-yard touchdown run while Ryan Dosenberg connected with Anthony Diakite on a 60-yard scoring strike for New Bedford’s touchdowns. Anderson Cruz added the extra point.
It was New Bedford’s first game since Sept. 17 after last week’s contest against Attleboro was canceled because of COVID positives on the team.
DeBrito said it’s been hard watching his team battle COVID. 
“I feel so bad for the kids,” he said. “They worked their tails off, but we only had three practices. You don’t get a chance to really prepare. 
“It’s good to play though. We got to get something in. They’ve been great and they’ve been resilient.”
DeBrito is hoping the Whalers (0-3) are fully healthy next Friday when they host Barnstable.