Apponequet vs. Old Rochester football for South Coast Conference title

MATTAPOISETT — It was a moment Jackson Moore will never forget.

The Apponequet junior had the game-changing play on Thursday to lift the Lakers past rival Old Rochester 22-3 at David S. Hagen Memorial Field.

The victory not only secured the South Coast Conference Blue Division title for Apponequet, but was the Lakers’ first over ORR on Thanksgiving since 2014 when Apponequet beat the Bulldogs 38-14.

“It’s awesome,” said Apponequet head coach Zane Fyfe. “It’s a Thanksgiving Day game. We wanted to give these seniors something to remember. They’ve given so much this year and they’ve been so impactful that we just wanted to make sure they walked away with something awesome.”

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Apponequet's Jackson Moore makes the interception for a pick-six at the Apponequet High School versus Old Rochester Regional High School Thanksgiving Day football game held at ORR.

With the Lakers clinging to a five-point lead and the Bulldogs driving down the field late in the fourth quarter, Moore picked off a short pass by Old Rochester senior quarterback Noah Sommers and returned it 45 yards to paydirt. 

“Just to have that kind of momentum swing was huge for us,” Fyfe said. “He’s a former running back so he knows how to get to the edge and get up the sideline and get up there and score. I’m so happy for him and I’m so happy for the team. They worked so hard.”

Apponequet's Jackson Moore makes the interception for a pick-six at the Apponequet High School versus Old Rochester Regional High School Thanksgiving Day football game held at ORR.

It was Moore’s first career interception and first career touchdown.

“That was amazing. Words can’t describe how I felt,” he said. “I didn’t expect it to happen and it wouldn’t have happened without someone hitting the quarterback. 

“I was like, ‘Oh my God, I need to run as fast as I can.’ I just did what I had to do.”

Fyfe added, “Memories are made on Thanksgiving and that’s going to stick with him forever.”

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