THANKSGIVING FOOTBALL: Dumond’s last-minute interception seals Old Rochester win over Apponequet, 13-7
Courtesy photo by Rick Manning
By Nick Walecka
Posted Nov. 26, 2015 at 4:07 PM
Updated Nov 27, 2015 at 12:24 PM
Old Rochester has found a way to close.The Bulldogs (5-6) won for the fifth time in six games in a scrappy 13-7 win over Apponequet (5-6) after losing their first five of the year, including a Week 3 loss on the road against the Lakers where they blew a late scoring chance on the Laker goal line“This was the game we wanted to win because they beat us the first time,” said senior defensive back Darian Dumond, whose goal-line interception of Apponequet quarterback Chad Gaucher sealed the win for the Bulldogs. “We had ‘em and they came back.”Quarterback Cam Hamilton led the way for the Bulldog offense, catching a wide-open touchdown on a tricky halfback pass from running back Corey Dias to start the scoring in the first quarter. He added a six-yard rushing TD in the second quarter to give the Bulldogs all they would need with their defense standing strong
.Dumond’s pick came after Gaucher led the Laker offense with under five minutes remaining down only six to the Bulldog 17-yard line with under ten seconds remaining. Dumond, who has missed several games with different injuries, flew from inside the end zone to intercept the pass and run the remaining last few seconds of the clock.“Having him out there on defense — we didn’t play him on defense last week — it certainly changed things,” said Kogler of Dumond, who also caught a 34-yard pass from Hamilton that set up his rushing touchdown.”The defense really carried us this game,” said Hamilton, who finished the game 4-8 with 98 yards passing. “The whole game, the defense was strong
.”Tight end Grant Reuter led the way with three big grabs for the Bulldogs for 64 yards.“Me and Grant have been playing all our lives,” said Hamilton of the special connection the two share. “In the offseason, we work really hard. We know what we want to do and we got it done.”He said his own touchdown reception wasn’t too out-of-the-ordinary despite being on the passing side all season long.“Last year, I played a little wide receiver, so coach put in a little trickery and it worked,” said Hamilton. “He called it at the right time and I was open.
”“I want to thank the seniors,” said Kogler, noting in particular the turnaround from the slow start to the season. “When we were 0-and-5 they could have tanked it. We could have had a horrible season and gone 0-and-11, but they didn’t quit and they turned it around. I’m really proud of the way they played and the way they played today.\
Apponequet’s only touchdown came when Jacob Hryzan scored on a three-yard TD. Gaucher and wide receiver David Lewis set up the score after connecting for gains of 16 and 19 yards in the second quarter, evening the game at seven apiece
.Bulldog defenders, including big defensive end Jarrett Johnston, were in the face of the talented Gaucher all day, forcing two interceptions. They also forced a fumble late in the second half as Apponequet drove deep into Old Rochester territory.The game marked the first ever “Blue and Red Turkey Day Classic,” with a brand new trophy going to the Bulldogs.“We had two coaches who are in their first year, and we talked to Apponequet, and we thought it was very fitting for these guys. Both of us (athletic directors) plan on these guys being around for a long time and keeping this rivalry going.”
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