While the first couple of weeks of the season saw some struggles for SEC football teams, there was some better news in Week 3. Dartmouth and Brockton, competing in thrillers, posted their second wins of the year, while Bridgewater-Raynham broke through for its first victory. On the down side, Durfee and New Bedford are still looking for that first taste of victory.
Brockton needed a game-saving extra-point block against Lincoln-Sudbury to force overtime, where the Boxers prevailed 42-34. Brockton built a 28-7 lead at halftime before the Warriors stormed back. Taking advantage of a couple of Brockton fumbles, L-S tied the score at 28.
Brockton’s Cameron Monteiro then scored on an 81-yrad sprint down the sideline to put the Boxers back in the lead. L-S tied the game and was about to kick the game-winning extra point, when Brockton’s Rowan Baptiste made the crucial block. Monteiro scored from 10 yards out in overtime for the win. Brockton is now 2-1 on the season.
The Dartmouth win was equally as thrilling. The Indians, who have been in tight battles all three weeks, emerged with a hard-fought, 24-21 upset win over Old Rochester. After the opening kickoff, Dartmouth drove and scored on junior Louie Freitas‘ 8-yard run for an early 7-0 lead. A 30-yard touchdown pass by the Bulldogs evened the score. Ray Gramlich scored on a 4-yard run for Dartmouth and the Indians went into halftime up 21-7 on a touchdown pass to Graham White.
A Freitas field goal pushed the Dartmouth lead to 24-7 in the fourth quarter but ORR stormed back, scoring two touchdowns to make it 24-21 with just over four minutes left. The Bulldogs had a chance to win but an interception by White sealed the Indians’ victory. Dartmouth is now 2-1 on the year.
After a couple of one-sided losses to start the year, Bridgewater-Raynham put it together in their home opener, defeating Barnstable 26-10. A turnover-filed affair, B-R held a 12-10 edge at halftime. Quarterback Declan Byrne scored three touchdown, while running back Dawson Dubose added another. Dubose had a monster game, rushing for 190 yards. B-R is now 1-2 on the campaign.
For Durfee and New Bedford, it’ll be back to the drawing board, as both will try to get in the win column next week. Durfee fell to Somerset-Berkley, 38-6, while the Whalers lost 20-0 to Attleboro. The Hilltoppers travel to face Barnstable, while New Bedford will hit the road to take on Lincoln-Sudbury.