MILTON — Years from now, Jonathan Dumont can tell his grandchildren he scored two touchdowns to lead Upper Cape over Dorchester, 22-8, and to the Division 5 Super Bowl title at Curry College.
What will make the story more intriguing is that the junior running back and his teammates won the Super Bowl in only the program’s third season, its second of varsity football.
The Rams (10-1), who only won two games last season, handed Dorchester (10-1) its first loss of the season on Saturday afternoon.
“It hasn’t really hit me yet but I’m sure it will hit me soon,” said Dumont, who rushed for a game-high 120 yards on 16 carries.
Dumont’s first TD, a 14-yard rush, came shortly after he fumbled in the first quarter. His second score was a 42-yard scamper that gave Upper Cape a 14-0 lead with 4:53 left in the half.
“You just have to not let it get to your head, things will happen, but you just have to not let it get to you,” Dumont said of his fumble.
Dorchester recovered an onside kick on the opening play of the game, but didn’t score until the last minute of the first half, when junior quarterback Demetrius Leary tossed his first touchdown pass of the season, a 31-yard strike to junior receiver Arrik Bell. Trevaughn McCoy (79 yards on 18 carries) rushed for the 2-point conversion to cut the Bears’ deficit to 14-8 at halftime.
“I had a good feeling that we were going to come back, but stuff happens,” Leary said.
To be precise, a fumble and two interception happened.
First, Leary fumbled with 8:07 left in the third quarter only to get the ball back when he intercepted Rams senior quarterback Edgar Eldredge four plays later. But Leary threw his second interception, Rams junior defensive back Rich Semple with the pick.
A late hit penalty on the next drive led to a 4-yard sneak by Eldredge on the first play of the final quarter to put the Rams up, 22-8.
Dorchester recovered another fumble but its final drive of the game ended when Leary got gang-tackled in the backfield for a 6-yard loss on third down.
“It’s tough having a 2-8 year and getting kicked around like we did last year and these kids vowed that it wasn’t going to happen from Day 1 at the end of last season,” Upper Cape coach Mike Hernon said. “And these seniors have been outstanding. And they put in the time, they put in the work, and they came out.”
Dumont said the victory probably wouldn’t sink in until the long bus ride back to the Cape.
“Looking back, it will be a good memory,” he said.
Dorchester coach Rich Moran told his team to cherish the memory.
“As years go by, you will remember this journey and it will all be worth it,” Moran told his players. “It will be all worth it. Because right now, the pain you feel in your heart, you truly know what it’s like to be a Bear. Right now you know what it’s like to be a Bear. Hold on to that feeling. You hold your head up high and you walk off this field like a family.”