PAWTUCKET â€” This is a victory that Cumberland High soon wonâ€™t forget.
Boasted by a strong defense that came up huge when it mattered most, Cumberland held on for a 14-7 final against Shea High in the Division II-A for both schools Friday night at Max Read Field. The Clippers scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter behind a one-yard run by Ryan Gaumond â€“ one of two in the contest â€“ before surviving a frantic finish in which the Raiders let a first-and-goal opportunity at the Cumberland 4 with less than a minute remaining slip through their grasp.
PAWTUCKET â€” In one of the greatest games ever played between Tolman and St. Raphael Academy during their 82-year rivalry, the Tigers rallied on Friday night for a 22-14 Division II victory over the Saints at Pariseau Field.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Lincoln High was a state runner-up last year in Division II and lost five players from that squad, but it has a solid nucleus that has come back.
After back-to-back state crowns in Div. IV, Woonsocket was moved up two divisions last fall and struggled with just one victory. This seasonâ€™s team has some talented players, but is still fairly young.
FOXBORO --â€“ Devin McCourty heard the same question a year ago.
â€śDo you think theyâ€™ll challenge you deep?â€ť
Even after a Pro Bowl rookie season from the cornerback out of Rutgers, it seems McCourty will once again be a target of opposing offenses in 2011.
The Patriotsâ€™ 2010 first-round draft pick totaled seven interceptions last season, tied for the second most in the NFL and one behind the Ravensâ€™ Ed Reed for the league lead.
It would stand to reason, then, that quarterbacks might not be so eager to throw passes in McCourtyâ€™s direction this year.
Think again, McCourty says.
Most folks around Pawtucket are expecting Tolman High to handle crosstown foe St. Raphael Academy with ease on Friday night in their Division II-B opener at Pariseau Field, and those people have their reasons.
They remember last seasonâ€™s 37-0 regular-season stomping by the Tigers and Tolmanâ€™s two-touchdown triumph over the Saints in the playoffs. They know that the Tigers have a seasoned junior- and senior-ladened team and the Saints lost quite a few key players to graduation.
PROVIDENCE - Besides looking at the thousands of runners and walkers lined on Francis Street for the start of the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K, thereâ€™s something else that puts a smile on the face of race director Charlie Breagy.
Itâ€™s good weather.
Carnell Henderson is aware of the burden heâ€™s placed on his Woonsocket assistant coaches. The head coach, who continues to come along after undergoing surgery in early August to repair a torn tendon in quadriceps muscle of his left leg, knows that just like the players have to step up their game whenever thereâ€™s an absence, so too does his staff.
The idea is to keep things as close to the status quo as possible until Henderson returns to the sidelines, which he is optimistic will happen this season.
PAWTUCKET â€” Seems like everyone is in agreement. Shea High once again has an extremely talented soccer team.
â€śShea is the best team in the state in terms of skills,â€ť Providence Country Day coach Stacey DeCastro admitted on Monday after his shorthanded team dropped a one-sided 6-1 verdict to the Raiders.
â€śThere is one thing about Shea,â€ť DeCastro added. â€śThe only one that can beat them is themselves. Sometimes they forget what they do best. I thought they were too casual today on our one goal.â€ť
If you blinked, chances are you missed out seeing the Pawtucket Red Sox in the 2011 Governorsâ€™ Cup playoffs. The three-game sweep administered by Lehigh Valley was that fleeting.
In a weekâ€™s time the PawSox went from mighty division champs to postseason wallflowers. One Saturday night, theyâ€™re basking in the glow of winning the I.L. North. The next Saturday sees the clubhouse resemble that of a funeral parlor, with players quietly exchanging farewell handshakes and hugs while gathering up their personal belongings for the trip back home.
PAWTUCKET â€” With the season now over for the Pawtucket Red Sox, several players and coaches now set their sights on the winter ball addresses theyâ€™ll hold from October through New Yearâ€™s.
After spending a few weeks catching up on rest and letting the body recover from the grind of a long season, many of the PawSoxâ€™ players will depart for warmer climates, utilizing the opportunity to further augment oneâ€™s skills or put extra cash in oneâ€™s pocket.