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UCT Football Edged In OT By Cape Tech
David Coakley turned a broken play into six points for the Upper Cape Tech Rams on Saturday afternoon, September 24, when he dropped back to pass and, not finding anyone open, tucked the ball and raced 75 yards for a touchdown. Upper Cape Tech could not tack on the two-point conversion, leaving the game tied at 12-12 when time expired at the end of the fourth quarter.
Cape Cod Tech senior quarterback Justin Lukas, who had run for a five-yard touchdown and threw a 31-yard scoring pass for another, took the Crusaders from the 10-yard line to the goal line in overtime and pushed his way across into the endzone from a yard out for an 18-12 win for the Crusaders.
After a scoreless opening quarter, the Rams struck in the second when Greg Vanlier ran the ball in from nine yards out. The attempted two-point conversion failed. The Crusaders came back on Lukas’ five-yard plunge to tie the game 6-6 at the half.
“Our possessions were limited in the first half,” coach Mike Hernon said. “We had that one long scoring drive, but we needed to go 90 yards.”
Cape Cod Tech added their second TD of the afternoon in the third quarter when Lukas hit Sharborne Carter, who made a leaping catch and run to give the Crusaders a 12-6 advantage.
“I thought Cape Tech did a good job taking away what we wanted to do offensively,” the coach said. “That got us out of our game a little bit. They were up for the game. They’re a Thanksgiving Day opponent and we beat them the last five years. Factor that in with our loss at Nantucket, I think our guard was down a little bit. They definitely came out and surprised us, and we can’t have that moving forward.”
Coakley’s touchdown tied the score, but the possible game winning two-point conversion failed.
“We had the call we wanted,” the coach said, “we just didn’t get our head across and it came down to a one-on-one situation and their guy made a play.”
The Rams (1-2) host West Bridgewater today at 4 PM in their home opener. The Wildcats (2-1) are coming off a 30-0 loss to Nantucket.
“They have a lot of team speed,” Hernon said of the Wildcats. “They’re not as big as they were in past years, but they definitely have some speed on the edge. They have some talented kids and their quarterback and sophomore running back will pose some issues. Tackle to tackle, we should hold the advantage, but it’s going to come down to making plays in those critical moments of the game as it has in the past two weeks. We have to be on the other end this week.”