PAWTUCKET â€“ The past week has featured plenty of heavy lifting at McCoy Stadium. No, this particular exercise has nothing to do with removing the Governorsâ€™ Cup trophy from its on-display perch in the team store and whisking the hardware away to the latest destination on the touring caravan.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ As he stood before a jubilant group of Burrillville players, head coach Gennaro Ferraro raised his right index finger and emphatically pointed in the direction of the Alumni Field scoreboard.
All eyes remained dead set on Ferraro as he rattled off the words the Broncos have longed to hear: â€śItâ€™s a win.â€ť
CRANSTON â€“ In a game that featured two squads that dug in defensively and refused to give any ground, Cranston West walked off with a 10-7 overtime victory against Tolman Friday night at Cranston Stadium.
The Falconsâ€™ Stefano Marziale played the role of hero with a chip shot 20-yard field goal that proved to settle this Division I tussle. Cranston West opted to settle for three points on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line after Tolman held its opponent to three yards spanning three snaps (the Falcons started out at the 5 after the Tigers were penalized for too many men on the field).
CUMBERLAND --- For the past four years, Cumberland and Shea have thrown their records out the window and hooked up in some thrilling battles that were decided by a handful of points.
For three-plus quarters of their Division II-B game on Friday night, the undefeated Clippers and the struggling Raiders were locked in another close contest, but the Clippers, thanks to a pair of touchdowns in the final 8:46 of play, were able to create some distance between themselves and their visitors and come away with a 28-9 victory.
In the throes of a tough and challenging season, there lies comfort in knowing youâ€™re not the only one in said predicament.
For Burrillville and Lincoln, Saturdayâ€™s Division III encounter at the Broncosâ€™ Alumni Field has â€śsomethingâ€™s got to giveâ€ť written all over it. The setting is this: you have two squads that have combined to drop all nine of its league chances, meaning the opportunity for a team to finally break the ice and walk off the field with a win tucked in its back pocket has never been more within reach (overall the Lions are 0-6 while the Broncos are 1-5).
WOONSOCKET â€” Mount St. Charles had plans of issuing Lincoln High a mild upset loss on its â€śSenior Day,â€ť one in which underclassmen traditionally honor their 12th graders for four years of devotion to the program.
Unfortunately for the Mount, a Lionsâ€™ sophomore ruined the party.
Erin Gannon notched a pair of goals in the span of four minutes not long after the opening touch, and the last proved to be crucial as Lincoln manufactured a 3-1 Division II victory on the lower-campus turf on Thursday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â€” Under normal circumstances, Tolman High veteran head coach Bel Pereira would be both irked and disappointed after his girls suffered a defeat, but that was hardly the case after the Tigers fell to Middletown, 4-3, in a Division III-A tilt on Wednesday night.
â€śIf we had tied them, that certainly would've been a moral victory,â€ť Pereira stated later. â€śWe played probably the best team in all of Division III, and it was a great effort â€“ actually, an outstanding effort â€“ by the girls.
PAWTUCKET â€” Given the way the Division I contest between Central Falls and Tolman highs took shape â€“ that is, with officials whistling players from both sides for a total of four yellow cards and one red â€“ it's amazing how Warriors' mentor Carl Africo and Tigers' head coach Jack Couto praised to the hilt how well their opponents played.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” East Providence had the spirit and emotion of Senior Night, an adrenaline rush from an energetic section of students rooting them on in the bleachers, and a six-game win streak on its side in Tuesdayâ€™s showdown at home with Mount St. Charles.
But the Mounties were able to overcome all that and grab one of their biggest victories of the season -- a win that snapped a tie for first place in the Division I-North standings with the Townies and gave them sole possession of the top spot.
LINCOLN â€“ Despite having a significant edge in the categories of shots on goal and corner kicks, Lincoln High suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Narragansett in a pivotal Division II clash at Chet Nichols Memorial Field on Monday afternoon.
The two squads had entered the contest tied for second in the division with 20 points, and the Lions managed to produce seven more shots and a stunning 10 more corners than the Mariners. Still, senior Evan Carvalho's tally just 5:59 into the final stanza sealed Lincoln's fate.