MILFORD — Jonte Roc ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries to lead O’Brien Tech within mere points of the school’s first playoff berth with a 38-20 victory over Platt Tech in the 7-Mile Bowl at the O’Brien Tech Athletic Complex Saturday.
O’Brien Tech completed its regular season with a school-best 8-2 record in just its seventh year of existence. The Condors now await the results of Thanksgiving week to see if they will compete in the Class S playoffs.
“It’s funny, in the postgame I didn’t have a speech prepared because, hey, this is the Tech league anything can happen,” O’Brien Tech coach Nick Aprea said. “I didn’t have anything to say because when I stood in the front of the kids all of these things that have happened over the last seven years went through my head.
“And I caught myself crying — not blubbering or anything — but just taken aback by this. This wasn’t the expectation at all. We thought we could be competitive. The fact that we’re now possibly in the state playoffs still hasn’t set in.”
Roc had scoring runs of 12 and 1 yard, and completed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Hudak. Jommar Roc was responsible for the first two scores of the game for O’Brien Tech with a 27-yard touchdown run and a 17-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Green.
Mason Santa Maria added a 25-yard rushing touchdown for the Condors, while Keenan Little scored on a 98-yard kickoff return and completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Tamburrino for Platt Tech (3-7).
O’Brien Tech will qualify if two of the following teams lose: Cromwell/Portland (8-1) to Rocky Hill (9-0) in the Shunpike Showdown; Stafford/Somers/East Windsor (8-1) to Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby (4-5); Seymour (7-2) to Woodland (5-4).
If only one of those teams lose, the Condors are still in good position to qualify, possibly as high as the No. 7 seed if neither Seymour, Plainfield (7-2) nor Bloomfield (7-2) earn most or all of their bonus games, which is likely.
In other words, it’s improbable that O’Brien Tech will miss out.
“We’re not supposed to do this. Emmett O’Brien is not supposed to be 8-2,” Aprea said. “Most of the people I know who are football people are all like, how could a team like Emmett O’Brien, which makes the most out of what they’ve got, be 8-2? I mean pinch me.”
O’Brien Tech 28, Platt Tech 20
PLATT TECH8 0 6 6—20
O’BRIEN TECH14 6 18 0—38
OT—Jommar Roc 27 run (two-point conversion failed)
OT—Tyreek Green 17 pass Jom. Roc (Mason Santa Maria run)
PT—Keenan Little 98 kickoff return (two-point conversion good)
OT—Jonte Roc 12 run (two-point conversion failed)
OT—Jon. Roc 1 run (two-point conversion failed)
OT—Santa Maria 25 run (two-point conversion failed)
PT—Jacob Tamburrino 45 pass Little (two-point conversion failed)
OT—Bobby Hudak 40 pass Jon. Roc (two-point conversion failed)
PT—17 pass (two-point conversion failed)
Records: Platt Tech 3-7, O’Brien Tech 8-2.