ROCHESTER — Old Colony relied on its ground game in Saturday’s 21-14 football win over Keefe Tech much like it has in most wins under coach Brandon Mendez, only this time it was a bit different.

The Cougar faithful at Oliveira Field witnessed a ground game that accrued 342 yards on 40 rushing attempts. But Mendez isn’t relying solely on one running back or a running back and his quarterback like he has in the past. He’s actually utilizing four rushers this season: Kyle Scholz, Matt Bumpus, Phil Proctor and Mitchell Wilson.

There isn’t much separating the foursome at this point either. Bumpus led the Cougars with 15 carries and finished second with 101 yards. Proctor was the low man on carries with seven, but he still averaged 6.6 yards per attempt (46 yards). Wilson only had one more carry than Proctor, but led Old Colony with 126 yards.

“I just try to do my job and I try to make blocks for the other guys and they try to make blocks for me,” Wilson said. “We end up doing a good job at it.”

The cohesion between the foursome, and the offensive line, is making life very easy for Mendez in the early going.

“I have complete faith in all four of them,” Mendez said. “And it starts up front. Those kids block hard and block well. I don’t have a problem putting the ball in any one of (our running back’s) hands. You go with what’s working. We take what the defense is giving us and go from there.”

Though Old Colony never punted, the Cougars weren’t able to capitalize on some drives, turning the ball over four times. The one time where it seemed the Cougars might punt was on fourth down in the middle of the fourth quarter at the Old Colony’s 25-yard line, with two yards to go. Mendez elected to hand the ball to Wilson, who found a hole in Keefe Tech’s line with the help of his quarterback, Scholz, and blew past the first-down mark to score on a 75-yard rush.

“I knew we’d get the first down, I knew we’d get the yards,” Wilson said. “Because we always run that play great, our guys are always good at blocking for it. I saw the opening, but I’m kind of used to plowing through for five yards. But I saw it off to the sideline, I’m pretty sure it was Kyle (Scholz) who kicked the guy back in and I just shot up.”

The play would be the difference in the win, with Keefe Tech scoring on its next drive to make it 21-14. The Broncos then tried an onside kick, but Old Colony’s Kraig Pratt recovered the ball, securing the win.

Mendez did not anticipate the outcome he received on Wilson’s long touchdown run, but, like Wilson, he fully believed his players would execute the play. He was willing to take a major risk that could have cost Old Colony the game. But instead, it was the play that sealed the victory.

“I believe in the kids,” Mendez said. “I called (Scholz) over and told him, “You need get on them and tell them this is the play.’ I believe in them and they believe in themselves.

“Once we got the first down my thought was ‘cover the ball up’ and all of a sudden it popped. I knew (Wilson) would run hard, we had kids chasing downfield trying to block. They made good blocks, tried to keep it in front and be smart football players. The play call itself was belief in the kids and their ability, and then the rest just took over.”

WHAT IT MEANS: Old Colony (2-0) starts Mayflower Small Vocational play on Saturday at 1 p.m. when Cape Cod Tech comes to town. ... “They’re much improved from where they had been last year,” Mendez said. “Their quarterback is a real good quarterback. They’re improved, so it’s going to be a very big challenge for us.” ... The loss dropped Keefe Tech to 0-2.

DEFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Old Colony had three sacks and four additional tackles for a loss in the win. ... Ryan Rego had a sack on the final play of the first half for a loss of six yards. ... Elijah Smith also had a solo sack, his for a loss of one yard. ... Blake Dennison and Wilson were in on a sack together for a loss of a yard. ... Dennison had two additional tackles for a loss, including one on a fourth down deep in Cougar territory that forced the Broncos to turn the ball over on downs. ... Bumpus and Proctor both had a tackle for a loss, as well.

RUN TO THE TOP: The Broncos' Miguel Perez led all rushers with 163 yards on 16 carries. He finished with 198 yards of total offense and his longest run of the day was a 50-yard score in the second quarter.

OLD COLONY 21, KEEFE TECH 14

Keefe Tech;7;0;7 — 14

Old Colony;7;7;0;7 — 21

Scoring

First Quarter

OC: Kyle Scholz 2 run (Phil Proctor kick good), 0:12

Second Quarter

KT: Miguel Perez 50 run (Marden kick good), 5:37

OC: Phil Proctor 10 run (Proctor kick good), 1:45

Fourth Quarter

OC: Mitchell Wilson 75 run (Proctor kick good), 6:20

KT: Emmanuel Capellan 5 run (Cal Marden kick good), 0:32

Individual Statistics

Rushing — KT: Miguel Perez 16-163-1, Emmanuel Capellan 4-6-1, Grady Kaufman 2-6, Rolando Velazquez 5-13, Andrew Boudreau 1-1; OC: Mitchell Wilson 8-125-1, Matt Bumpus 15-101, Kyle Scholz 10-69-1, Phil Proctor 7-46-1

Passing — KT: Grady Kaufman 8-10-96; OC: Kyle Scholz 1-4-3-0-1, Matt Bumpus 0-1

Receiving — KT: Emmanuel Capellan 5-52, Miguel Perez 1-35, Andrew Boudreau 2-9; OC: Matt Bumpus 1-3