By Matt Noonan
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – Bridgewater State quarterback Mike McCarthy will suit up for the final time tomorrow as the Bears travel to Massachusetts Maritime Academy to take on the Buccaneers in the 35th Annual Cranberry Bowl presented by Ocean Spray.
McCarthy and his Bears won’t be competing after tomorrow’s final whistle due, but expect to play their best football of the season.
“It’s going to be real emotional game,” said McCarthy. “I’m just going to focus on leaving everything on the field and enjoying it. I am playing with some of my best friends for the last time, so it’s really going to mean a lot to me.”
Bridgewater enters the game with a 5-4 overall record, along with a 25-8-1 mark against the Buccaneers in this particular contest.
We quickly caught up with McCarthy following yesterday’s luncheon to chat about his final collegiate game. Below are highlights from our conversation.
On digesting the Framingham State setback: “Coming into this game with a trophy being involved and being able to compete for the last game with a lot of my teammates, it’s not a problem at all (to get motivated). We always get up for ‘The Scoop,’ and if we win this game then that’s a successful season, so we’re just really focusing on (tomorrow’s) game.”
On what’s been different this season than past seasons: “I think just knowing that it was probably my last year playing (to be honest). I worked as hard as I could (every day) and did not waste anytime during the offseason. Just knowing that (this was my final season) definitely helped. (These) are some of my best friends, so it really meant a lot to me to work as hard as I could.”
On concluding the college career with a victory and trophy: “It’s definitely an honor to play in this game. It’s such a big rivalry and it’s the 35th year (of this game), so I am looking forward to playing one more time, giving my all and do everything that I can to help our team win this game.”