Wareham Vikings fall to Bourne Canalmen during Thanksgiving day showdown
Although the Vikings saw some success in the first half of the game, Wareham ultimately lost its Thanksgiving game against Bourne, 16-23.
The Nov. 25 faceoff, which was the team’s final game this season, drew a large crowd of supporters who packed the stands to cheer on the home team.
Senior Chase Colon generated excitement at the end of the second quarter, scoring a touchdown that left the Vikings with a 16-7 lead.
Despite ending the first half on a high note, the Vikings struggled to hold off the Bourne Canalmen in the second.
The loss came as a disappointment to the Vikings and the team’s coach, Fran Cass.
“We lost — I don’t like that,” Cass said. “You gotta give credit to Bourne. They kept it conservative and their offensive line did a great job.”
He attributed some of the problems during Thursday’s game to a rocky week of practice.
“We should have had a better week of practice,” Cass said. “The execution was poor in a lot of the areas, and we couldn’t make the big play on offense at the end.”
Cass shared praise as well.
“I thought Ajay Lopes ran the ball and caught the ball well for us,” he said, noting that Lopes is a sophomore. “He did a nice job. And I thought Avyn Lopes also did a nice job, especially on the punt return to give us hope at the end.”
Although those efforts weren’t enough to secure a win for the Vikings, that didn’t stop fans from cheering on the team until the very end before they set off for the rest of their Thanksgiving plans.