Trailing 15-6 at halftime, Tolman cut into its deficit when Whitaker found Vargulish open for a 24-yard touchdown reception midway through the third quarter.
PAWTUCKET – Six years, and just shy of three thousand miles separated Paula Cadavid from her sport.
To be reunited, it took a passion that wouldn’t fade and the devotion of a handful of sympathetic coaches. Her story is a reminder that sometimes, the well-worn phrase “love of the game” actually means what it says.
WEST WARWICK — Tolman ended West Warwick’s 13-month unbeaten at Maznicki Field thanks to two long runs, some solid defense and an unplanned two-point conversion.
The Tigers and Wizards were knotted at 13 following a seven-yard touchdown run from junior Jacob Vargulish with 5 minutes, 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Tigers lined up for the extra point, but the snap was poor and Vargulish had to improvise.
PAWTUCKET – Unbeaten St. Raphael Academy turned a solid Mount Hope team every which way but loose during a 35-7 romp over the Huskies on Friday night at Pariseau Field.
Raiders start strong before holding on to top Vikings
PAWTUCKET -- Shea jumped out to a 10-0 lead after one quarter before holding on to defeat Division II-A rival Rogers, 23-21, Friday night at Max Read Field.
Anthony Almeida scored on a 12-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to provide the Raiders with the deciding. Yanique Duarte caught a 45-yard touchdown for Shea and also ran for a 3-yard score. Shea, which led 17-14 at halftime, improves to 2-1 in league play.
PAWTUCKET – Virtually every athletics confrontation between archrivals Tolman and Shea is gritty, even chippy. And while “American rules” football may be where the rivalry burns hottest, the other foot ball isn’t far behind.
PAWTUCKET – Now that Rich Sauveur will absolutely not be back with the PawSox in 2015, the search is on for the team’s next pitching coach.
The Red Sox haven’t had to worry about that position since the 2007 offseason (to jog your memory, think back to the heyday of Abe Alvarez) – Sauveur has overseen the pitching staff that long. While the logs to stoke the hot-stove season haven’t even been chopped yet, the early rumblings are that Sauveur’s replacement could come from within the organization.
Lincoln stamps out Hope, 20-0
LINCOLN – Granted, it wasn't the cleanest game in interscholastic history, but Lincoln coach Dave Waycott and Co. could walk to the locker room up the hill with a bit of enthusiasm – Lincoln's defense came up with a monumental collective effort while sophomore signal caller Matt Oakley pitched a pair of TD tosses in a 20-0 rout.
CENTRAL FALLS – Burrillville is making an early-season statement in Division IV. The message is loud and clear: Look out for the Broncos!
Long before the multiple championships, the myriad of individual achievements and a celebrity crossover status that he so desperately tried to conceal, Derek Jeter kept “a razor-thin focus on things” according to Andy Fox, presently the Red Sox minor-league fielding coordinator and a former teammate of Jeter.
“For someone who was 18 at the time, he continually went about his business and it was impressive to see at that age,” Fox said. “Who knows how it was going to end up, but he had the determination to get better.”
CUMBERLAND – Senior signal caller Tyler Calabro accounted for 22 points by his lonesome as the Clippers steamrolled East Providence, 28-0, before a large, thrilled gathering at Tucker Field.
CENTRAL FALLS – After a scoreless initial half, senior quin-captain Alexi Flores scored two tantalizing tallies – the last with only three minutes left in regulation – to lift Central Falls High to a 2-1 Division I conquest of pesky Cumberland at Macomber Stadium on Friday night.
Flores curled in a feed from fellow captain Moises Blanco about 10 minutes into the final session, but the talented Yordano DaSilva evened up the match on a pass from Denser Martinez.
PAWTUCKET – Tolman High is once again starting to throw its weight, and speed, around in Division II. After a brief hiatus in Division I, the Tigers are back where they belong, showing off their explosive offense and smothering defense on a weekly basis.
PAWTUCKET – Despite being twice their age, Rich Sauveur has a lot in common with the numerous Triple-A pitchers who were entrusted to his care during his successful seven-year run as pitching coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The 50-year-old hoped – make that yearned – for a job at the big-league level.
PAWTUCKET – Tyreal Whitaker and his Tolman High teammates had plenty of speed to burn on Friday night.
The definition of a one-person wrecking crew, Whitaker piled up four touchdowns as Tolman blew past Johnston, 35-12, in the Division II-B opener for both schools at Max Read Field. Whitaker rushed for three scores and also passed for one.
PAWTUCKET – In a battle of two hard-hitting Division II squads, St. Raphael Academy landed the last punch and trotted off the Pariseau Field gridiron with a 14-6 victory over Shea High on Friday night.
Alfred Dorbor scored both touchdowns for the Saints on short runs. The senior running back also had the game’s biggest play, a 52-yard rumble on a fake punt midway through the first quarter that set up the Saints’ only touchdown in the first half.
Editor's note: This story originally ran in the print edition of The Times on Wednesday, Sept. 10.
LINCOLN – Despite his squad’s ability to outshoot Davies Tech by an 8-3 count over the first 40 minutes, St. Raphael Academy hadn’t scored.
That’s why veteran mentor Michael Ross Drake assembled his troops at the break and indicated – via whiteboard and black ink – how to pick it up a notch in the final stanza.
PAWTUCKET — Veteran St. Raphael Academy chief Mike Sassi is always so forthcoming as to how a new season will unfold, but admitted this one will be extra special, not to mention memorable.
Instead of playing the primary role of offensive coordinator – as well as overseeing every other aspect of the team – he will turn his focus to defense.
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