Egan reaches rushing milestone as Old Colony brings home Cougar Cup

BELLINGHAM — A memorable season for the Old Colony Cougars was capped off with the Cougar Cup returning to Rochester for the first time since 2017 after a 30-0 win over Tri-County.

Senior running back Chris Egan led the way on the ground for the Cougars on Wednesday night as he surpassed 1,000 yards on the season, securing a school-record 10th win of the season.

“It’s crazy that our names will be on plaques and papers forever for everybody to see until someone beats it,” said Egan.

Old Colony senior running back Chris Egan surpassed 1,000 yards on Wednesday night against Tri-Couny.
Old Colony senior running back Chris Egan surpassed 1,000 yards on Wednesday night against Tri-Couny.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Old Colony forced a quick three-and-out on Tri-County to kick off the game. The Cougars responded with a four-play, 65-yard drive that finished with a 41-yard connection between Matt McGuiggan and Shawn Markham.

Tri-County would be suffocated again by a fast and physical Old Colony defense, which held them to eight total yards on their first two possessions of the game.

Following a punt which yielded no return, senior running back Mike Willwerth broke through the Tri-County defense and out-sprinted would-be tacklers for a 59-yard touchdown run. Old Colony, which went up 16 to 0 following the converted 2-point conversion by McGuiggan, got the ball back on offense following an interception by Markham. A drive dominated by Egan runs would be finished with a 10-yard run by the senior running back.

Old Colony senior quarterback Matt McGuiggan carries the ball against Tri-County.
Old Colony senior quarterback Matt McGuiggan carries the ball against Tri-County.

Tri-County gained traction as the host Cougars begin a drive deep into Old Colony territory, aided by two defensive pass interference penalties. Although, the drive would end when McGuiggan leaped into the air for a 50/50 ball and came down with the second Old Colony defensive interception of the night. This interception cemented a 22-0 lead for Old Colony going into the halftime intermission.

Egan would capitalize off a big kickoff return from Markham with a 15-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the second half.

Old Colony held Tri-County to 95 yards of total offense.

“I’m happy to end it the right way with this group," said Old Colony head coach Brandon Mendez. "They’ve worked hard and deserved the chance to bring this trophy home. I hope they always remember it. The seniors are great role models for the younger kids, and showed how much that hard work pays off.”

Old Colony beat Tri-County 30-0 to capture the Cougar Cup.
Old Colony beat Tri-County 30-0 to capture the Cougar Cup.

WHAT IT MEANS: Old Colony finishes its 2022 season at 10-2, breaking the record for most wins in a single season, which was set in 2019, and brings home the Cougar Cup for the first time since 2017. Tri-County falls to 1-9 to finish the season.

KEY PLAY: Following a big stop by Old Colony to halt Tri-County’s first drive, McGuiggan connected with Markham on a 41-yard touchdown strike to open the scoring for Old Colony.

SOUTHCOASTVARSITY PLAYER OF THE GAME: Egan led the ground attack for Old Colony as he accounted for two of the Cougars’ touchdowns and 135 out of the 318 total yards of offense. “It’s really special achieving the 1,000-yard rushing mark," Egan said. "I had about 700 [in the seventh game] and I knew I was getting close. It felt good to finally achieve the 1,000-yard mark.”

MENDEZ: “Really proud of these student-athletes. This is a tremendous group and have done everything we’ve asked as coaches all year long and for their whole career. Fighting through a shortened COVID year and being freshman during that 2019 season. Even last year with them winning a league title and fighting adversity as a young group. So happy for them, individual records, team records, and it all.”

TRI-COUNTY COACH ANDY GOMES: “I’m looking forward to the start of next season. We have a very young team and we’re definitely trending in the right direction. Old Colony has a strong team this year, and they ran the ball well, they were successful throwing the ball and have some good athletes apart of a strong senior class. Number 4 [Chris Egan] is a 1,000-yard rusher. Shoutout to them for being good. We are trying to build something that we can be proud of at a vocational school that can hopefully end up where Old Colony is. It’ll take some time, but I love these kids, we can get in the weight room and start doing some work.”

OLD COLONY TEAM STATS: Old Colony accounted for 318 yards of total offense — 52 yards of passing and 266 yards of rushing. The Cougars also accounted for two defensive interceptions.

TRI-COUNTY TEAM STATS: Tri-County accounted for 95 yards of total offense — 40 yards of passing and 55 yards of rushing.

NOTES: Old Colony sends off its strong senior class with a win, along with cementing their legacy in the school’s record books.

OLD COLONY 30, TRI COUNTY 0 

OLD COLONY;16;6;8;0 — 30

TRI-COUNTY;0;0;0;0 — 0

Scoring

First Quarter

Old Colony: Matt McGuiggan to Shawn Markham for a 41-yard touchdown pass. (2P Good; Silva); 8:10

Old Colony: Mike Willwerth 59-yard touchdown run. (2P McGuiggan Good) 4:06

Second Quarter

Old Colony: Chris Egan 15-yard touchdown run. (2P O’Neill Good) 0:57

Third Quarter

Old Colony: Chris Egan 10-yard touchdown run. (2P No Good) 5:37Fourth Quarter

None

Individual Statistics

Rushing — Old Colony: Chris Egan: 16-135-2, Mike Willwerth: 3-71-1, Ryan Silva: 2-34, Jake O’Neill: 3-21, Matt McGuiggan: 1-9, Shawn Markham: 1-5, Max Finney: 1-5, Colin Monahan: 1-4, Josh Tavares: 1-2, Matt Pitts: 1-1

Passing — Old Colony: Matt McGuiggan: 2-3-52-1-0

Receiving — Old Colony: Shawn Markham: 1-41-1, Stuart Burnham: 1-1

This article originally appeared on Standard-Times: Old Colony vs. Tri-County football on Thanksgiving Eve 2022