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Thanksgiving Day games offer interesting conundrum

November 27, 2010

At this time of the year, many college and high school football teams compete against traditional Thanksgiving opponents. We call them rivalry games, contests that are played for “bragging rights” and even, in rare cases, for league championships.
The advent of playoffs has diminished these games over the years. In college ball, radical reformers want to take it one step farther, creating a national championship for Division I teams that would completely dilute the meaning of bowl games while also extending the season deep into January or even into the first weekend of February.

La Salle beats E.P., gains playoff berth

November 25, 2010

EAST PROVIDENCE – It’s hard to boil down four quarters of action into two calls that weren’t on the side of Sandy Gorham and his East Providence Townies. Listen to Gorham, however, and it became clear that the two judgment calls by the officiating crew played a big part in La Salle Academy waltzing out of Pierce Stadium with a 14-6 win on Thursday morning before an estimated crowd of 3,000.

Shea shocks Tolman, 14-7

November 25, 2010

PAWTUCKET – There was no quit in Freddy Gobewole.
On a night in which his heart was his biggest ally, Gobewole willed his way to a 16-yard score with 46.7 seconds remaining. That snapped a 7-7 game and gave Shea an eventual 14-7 triumph over semifinal-bound Tolman Wednesday night at student-dominated crowd at Max Read Field. The Raiders lead the holiday series by a 5-4 count.

Johnston pays Saints back for playoff defeat

November 25, 2010

PAWTUCKET -- This wasn’t a three-hour barnburner, nor was it as high-scoring as their memorable Division II quarterfinal-round playoff game that transpired 11 days ago.
Instead, the inaugural Thanksgiving Eve showdown between St. Raphael Academy and Johnston High turned into a letdown by the Saints, who turned in a lackluster showing in a 30-6 loss to the Panthers at McCoy Stadium.

E.P. faces hungry La Salle team on Thanksgiving

November 24, 2010

EAST PROVIDENCE — Sandy Gorham has the sentiment of the holiday season down pat – from a football perspective, of course. The veteran East Providence High head coach is thankful that his Townies don’t have the playoffs-at-stake drama that’s hovering over La Salle Academy heading into Thursday’s renewal of the longest running holiday sports rivalry between any two Rhode Island high schools.

Iannetta needs strong start to 2011 season

November 24, 2010

There’s no need to panic over the Red Sox losing Victor Martinez to Detroit in a free agent signing on Tuesday. The Red Sox will find a catcher somewhere. It would be better if they could develop one through their farm system but their best prospect is at least two years away from competing for a big league job.

Tolman-Shea holiday series ‘natural fit’

November 22, 2010

PAWTUCKET -– It’s just a natural fit, having Tolman and Shea as Thanksgiving rivals. The holiday series may still be in its early stages — Wednesday night at Max Read Field marks the ninth installment, with each side winning four — but the way the two sides appreciate what the game truly means, it’s as if the Tigers and Raiders have been doing this for many moons.
For that, the credit belongs to the two men responsible for shepherding the programs: Tolman’s Dave Caito and Dino Campopiano of Shea.

Playoff-bound SRA refused to throw in towel

November 21, 2010

PAWTUCKET — It’s a long journey from early September to late November for most football teams. Very few have covered as much distance as the 2010 St. Raphael Academy football team.
The Saints, who dropped down from Division I this year, opened their Division II-B season with a 37-0 loss to Tolman that had been a long time in the making for the Tigers, who were on a mission that night. Two weeks later, the Saints dropped a 16-0 decision to Woonsocket and seemed dead in the water.

Lions prepare for holiday game, playoff opener

November 21, 2010

LINCOLN — Dave Waycott is currently bouncing around the same dilemma 14 other playoff-bound head coaches around the state are pondering as they prepare for their respective Thanksgiving matchups.
“Do you play (your players) to keep them sharp or rest them to avoid getting hurt?” the Lincoln head coach asked. “I’ve been going back and forth with this. I haven’t really decided what we’re going to do when we play them.”

Tough task ahead for C.F. gridders

November 20, 2010

CENTRAL FALLS — Mo Jackson has endured only a few rebuilding years during a decade-plus tenure as the head coach of Central Falls, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any of those seasons as difficult as this one.
With just four returnees and a wealth of first-year players and junior varsity call-ups at his disposal, Jackson saw his inexperienced squad battle through a lot of growing pains and wrap up its Division IV season with a 2-6 record.

 

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