Lawrence School Bulldogs Football Season Wrap-up
by Nick Carlino, Grade 7, Lawrence School
At this time of year, when Falmouth football is mentioned, most people think of the annual FHS Thanksgiving game. Football and Thanksgiving go together like, well, turkey and mashed potatoes. The football season is over for my team, the Lawrence School Bulldogs. It seems like it was over before it really even started. That’s because, due to budget cuts, our season was shortened from eight games to only four. I am thankful, still, that we were able to play those 4 games.
Due to a technicality, our first scheduled game of the season was considered a scrimmage. The team had only one full day of hitting in pads at practice before this match up on Wednesday, September 29, against Nantucket’s Cyrus Pierce Middle School. Since it couldn’t be considered an official game, a win or loss would not count toward our already shortened season. It was our first opportunity to see how the Bulldogs would work together as a team on the field. The Bulldogs’ defense made some great tackles and was quick to act when Nantucket fumbled the ball. Our offense ran fast and made some nice blocks. Even though the score didn’t count, this would be our only tie of the season.
We would face a tougher opponent in our next, and officially first, game. Friday, October 8, 2010, we hosted the Mashpee Falcons on our home field at the Lawrence School. Compared to last year’s match-up against Mashpee, the Falmouth Bulldogs showed a big improvement, but it wasn‘t enough for a win. Mashpee’s team put up a two- touchdown lead early in the game. The Bulldogs put up a good fight, but fell short with 27 points to Mashpee’s 33.
On Wednesday, October 20th we traveled to Orleans for our only away game of the season. The Bulldogs’ football team was ready for a win when we stepped on the field to face Nauset Regional Middle School.
The game went better for the maroon and white than it did for the black and yellow. Lawrence scored three touchdowns, thanks to our running back’s ability to break tackles, and some nice blocking by the Bulldog offense. Falmouth’s defense made some good tackles. The defense also intercepted a pass by Nauset’s quarterback in the second half of the game. It was caught and ran for a few yards, giving the Bulldogs great field position. The end result was Falmouth 22, to Nauset 14.
The Bulldogs hosted the Vineyarders at Fuller Field on October 28th for the last game of the year. Throughout the game, our team kept strong and focused. Keeping blocks and making great tackles, everyone did their jobs. The Bulldogs beat the Vineyarders, 28 to 14.
I look forward to playing football again next year at Lawrence, when I am in the 8th grade. With any luck, we will have a full 8 game schedule. But, I will be thankful if there is money in the athletic budget for any schedule at all.