They dress between 25 and 30 players on any given gameday and since opening night that number has been in a gradual decline.

“We’re in a situation where we can’t afford to lose too many people,” Wareham head coach Bob Lomp said as he prepared his thin but still-talented squad for what he hopes will be a title-clinching victory in Swansea Friday night.

The Vikings enter the game with an overall record 4-1. They are 3-0 in the Small Division of the South Coast Conference and assured of at least a share of the crown. By beating Case, Lomp and company would claim the title outright.

“That’s our goal and we’d like to go into the (Super Bowl) playoffs with momentum,” he said.

Along with a healthy roster.

The injury bug hasn’t bitten as hard as it has deep since the start of the season. In the season opener, team co-leader Dylan DeWolfe suffered a second knee injury that replaced the question mark with a period on his future playing status. The team’s starting fullback and middle linebacker was lost for the season.

“As good as Dylan was on offense, he was a bigger key to our defense and we knew finding someone to plug his spot at linebacker was going to be a problem,” Lomp said. Thanks to the emergence of sophomore running back Seth Andrade, who has meshed well with offensive leader Isaac Nascimento, Lomp was confident the offense would adjust to the loss of DeWolfe.

Until Andrade went down with an injury four games into the season.

“He injured his knee in the first half of the Seekonk game and hasn’t been able to play since,” Lomp said.

All Andrade did with score three touchdowns in each of his first two games and had found the end zone twice against Seekonk before being forced to the sidelines. Thankfully another sophomore, Guilherme Jalo Jr., stepped in and, so far, the Vikings’ high-scoring offense hasn’t missed a beat.

“Gilly is a very talented player and he’s played very well over the last game-and-a-half. But as thin as we are, we can’t keep getting injuries. We’ve already lost two key starters from our backfield,” Lomp said.

Andrade’s injury isn’t season-ending and he should be back soon. Meanwhile Elijah McAllister has stepped into DeWolfe’s spot at fullback and has responded with touchdowns in back-to-back games, while sophomore Erik Zine has divided time between the quarterback and running back positions and Nascimento leads all area players in touchdowns with a dozen.

The Vikings may be thin, but, so far, they continue to be lethal.


APPONEQUET (1-4): After scoring a season-high 21 points, all in the second half of a 21-7, come-from-behind victory at GNB Voc-Tech, the Lakers were blanked for the second time this season in a 28-0 loss to Dighton-Rehoboth last week. Both shutout losses came in the team’s only two home games to date. Old Rochester won a 30-0 decision back on Sept. 15. … NEXT UP: The Lakers are back on the road Friday night when they travel to Somerset to take on the South Coast Conference Large Division champion Raiders in a 7 p.m. clash. “Somerset Berkley is good,” Apponequet head coach Zane Fyfe said. “There’s no doubt in that and (quarterback Chase) Stafford is a very talented athlete that is capable of stretching (the field) and making plays on his own. We will need to contain him and try to slow down their offense.”

BISHOP STANG (1-4): The Spartans were blanked for the second time this season when visiting Coyle-Cassidy squeezed out a 6-0 overtime victory at Spartan Village last Friday. While the offense struggled, head coach Dennis Golden had plenty of praise for a variety of players on the defensive side of the football. “The defense did a great job stopping Coyle and Cassidy throughout the game,” he said. “Linebackers Alex Govoni and Doug Chicca were in on a number of tackles all night long and defensive linemen Brian Lester, Josh Pierre and Logan Brierley did a great job.” … Sophomore Vito Consoletti made a crucial stop on fourth-and-goal situation in the opening quarter and Chris McGuire was outstanding at his outside linebacker position. … Eric Camacho intercepted a pass and supported the run defense from his end position. NEXT UP: The Spartans play host to EAC rival Martha’s Vineyard Friday night at 6.

DARTMOUTH (2-3): It’s been an every-other-week-win-lose scenario for the Indians who care coming off a 35-14 loss to perennial Old Colony League power Bridgewater-Raynham at home last Friday. In their first game without their starting quarterback, who is out for the season following an operation on his injured leg, sophomore Nolan Ellis stepped under center for his older brother Nate, and had a hand and legs in both Dartmouth touchdowns (a pass to Ben Aaronson and a run) and will be back under center this Friday when the Indians play the first of back-to-back road games at New Bedford and Barnstable on Oct. 20. “Our goal is to win the next two games so we can qualify for the playoffs and have momentum going in,” head coach Rick White said. “We played three Top-10 teams in Massachusetts/Rhode Island (Central Catholic and B-R of Massachusetts and LaSalle Academy of R.I.) on our schedule, so now it is time to make a run.” NEXT UP: The Indians head for Paul Walsh Field to take on the Whalers in a 7 p.m. game on Friday.

FAIRHAVEN (2-3): The 46 points registered in last Friday’s 30-point rout of Bourne is the most points scored by a Blue Devils’ offense since Oct. 23, 2015, when Fairhaven cruised to a 50-21 win over Case. … Sophomore Owen Cebula found the end zone via the pass and run en route to his first varsity touchdowns in the rout of Bourne and Zach Guillotte managed to find the end zone for the fourth game in five starts. Cebula is the first Fairhaven player to score three touchdowns in the same game since Noah Furtado scored four in that 50-21 rout of Case… Brady Bennett became the first Fairhaven player to throw two touchdowns in the same game since Andrew DeMello threw a pair in a 14-8 victory over GNB Voc-Tech on Sept. 23 of last season. ... Luis Cintron, a transfer from Syracuse, has blended in with the defense playing several positions across the line and at linebacker. … Senior Tyson Dargis had the biggest game of his high school career in the win over Bourne. In addition to catching a 2-point conversion pass, he had two other receptions for 34 yards and, defensively, he was all over the field. Senior Isaac Medeiros and junior Cayden Alves also played well on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, respectively. NEXT UP: The Blue Devils are home to host Old Rochester Friday night at 7.

GNB VOC-TECH (0-5): Add bad luck to the list of maladies plaguing this Bears’ team. After being blown away by an average 26 points a game in an 0-4 start, the offense scored multiple touchdowns for the first time and had a chance to either tie the game or go for a 2-point conversion that could have produced the first win of the season. The decision was easy — go for the win and generate some much-needed confidence and momentum. So what happened? The attempt for the 2-point conversion failed, swelling the team’s losing streak to five this year and six-in-a-row dating back to last year. It was a good call by the coaching staff but, realistically speaking, any confidence and momentum will have to wait until after this weekend when the team begins play in the non-playoff bracket of the Super Bowl playoff. Why? NEXT UP: The Bears head for Dighton-Rehoboth for a Friday the 13th game against a team they haven’t beaten in the last 22 matchups.

NEW BEDFORD (2-3): As far as Mark DeBrito is concerned, this season can be summed up in one word. “Inconsistent. That’s what we’ve been and until we can straighten that out, we (coaching staff) will continue to be frustrated.” That frustration peaked last Friday night when the team was plagued by a slew of physical and mental errors in a 38-12 loss at Cohasset. “We had guys lined up wrong, in motion at the same time and a bunch of other blown assignments … the kind of stuff that shouldn’t happen this deep into the season.” The effort came on the heels of a 30-point rout of Barnstable in what was the team’s most explosive outing of the season. … The coach had words of praise for Edgar Semedo, the veteran wide receiver/free safety who continues to play well on both sides of the ball. “He’s just a quality person,” DeBrito said of the 6-2 senior. “He’s always around the ball and plays hard on every play and, in the classroom he carries a 3.7 GPA.” NEXT UP: The Whalers play host to Dartmouth in a 7 p.m. game at Paul Walsh Field.

OLD COLONY (4-1): The Cougars will try to extend a regular-season winning streak to five games this weekend and for the first time since the 1997 team closed that season with five consecutive victories to finish 7-3. Since losing this year’s season-opener to Sacred Heart, 20-0, the Cougars have reeled off four consecutive wins, including last week’s dramatic, 22-14, overtime victory at Bristol-Plymouth and will be home to face an Upper Cape team that’s hammered them six times in the seven times they’ve played. … The Cougars are the area’s only team boasting three players who have scored four-or-more touchdowns this season. Brad Plissey leads the way five while Matt Bumpus and Jarred Gagne each have four. All three have also thrown at least one touchdown pass as well. NEXT UP: That big game at home against Upper Cape at 7 p.m. on Friday night.

OLD ROCHESTER (4-1): Harry Smith became the first area player to score four touchdowns in a game twice this season when the big running back bulled his way into the end zone for four scores in a wild, 36-33, loss to Somerset Berkley last Friday night. Smith’s other four-touchdown game came in a 41-40 season-opening win at Wareham. The last spree of six-pointers helped Smith tie teammate Will Garcia for the team lead in touchdowns with 11. Garcia scored his 11th of the season in the loss to the Raiders and joins Wareham’s Issac Nascimento as the area’s only two players to score at least one touchdown in every game to date. NEXT UP: The Bulldogs travel to Fairhaven for a Friday night game against the Blue Devils. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

WAREHAM (4-1): Running back Seth Andrade who was forced out of the game with a knee injury against Seekonk two weeks ago and missed the Nauset game last week was scheduled to see the doctor yesterday and could see some action Friday night at Case. However, the likely scenario, is for a completely healthy Andrade to return to fulltime action a week from Friday. … Sophomore Guilherme “Gilly” Jalo, Jr. has filled in admirably in Andrade’s absence and the 6-foot sophomore scored the first touchdown of his varsity career in the 28-21 win at Nauset. … Hard-luck Dylan DeWolfe, who suffered injuries to both knees this pre-and-regular season, had surgery on one of the limbs this week. … The offense continues to run wild and is putting up an average of 35.6 points through the first five outings. A lot of that credit goes to the people in the offensive line in general and to senior tackles Mason Hendricks and Brad Harunkiewicz and senior guard Nick Perry in particular. All three have blocked exceptionally well all season. NEXT UP: Wareham travels to Swansea to take on Case in a Friday night game scheduled for 7.


Area rankings after Week 5

Information includes: ranking, school, (overall record), last week’s ranking and latest result

1t - Old Rochester (4-1), No. 1 - Lost to Somerset Berkley, 36-33

1t- Wareham (4-1), No. 2 - Defeated Nauset, 28-21

3 - Old Colony (4-1), No.5 - Defeated B-Plymouth, 22-14 in OT

4 - Dartmouth (2-3), No. 3 - Lost to B-Raynham, 35-14

5 - Fairhaven (2-3), No. 8 - Defeated Bourne, 46-16

6- New Bedford (2-3), No. 4 - Lost tio Cohasset, 38-12

7 - Apponequet (1-4), No.6 - Lost to D-Rehoboth, 28-0

8 - Bishop Stang (1-4), No. 7 - Lost to C-Cassidy, 6-0 in OT

9 - GNB Voc-Tech (0-5), No. 9 -Lost to Latin Academy, 14-13.7


Through last Saturday’s games

Information includes: player, (school), touchdowns, total extra points, field goals, total points

1 - Isaac Nascimento (Wareham), 12-12-0- 84

2 - Will Garcia (Old Rochester),11-6-0- 72

3 - Harry Smith (Old Rochester), 11-2-0-68

4 - Seth Andrade (Wareham), 8-2-0- 50

5 - Brad Plissey (Old Colony), 5-4-0-34

6 - Zach Guillotte (Fairhaven), 5-2-0-30

7t - Nate Ellis (Dartmouth), 5-0-0- 30

7t - Nygel Palmer (NB High), 5-0-0- 30

9t - Jarred Gagne (Old Colony), 4-2-0- 26

9t - Matt Bumpus (Old Colony), 3-8-0-26


1 - Tru Williams (New Bedford High), 8

2 - Isaac Nascimento (Wareham), 4

3 - Brady Bennett (Fairhaven), 3

4 - Brad Plissey (Old Colony), 2

Several players tied for fifth with one.

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