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TN's Tidbits: Division II football playoffs update

November 13, 2010

I didn't get to see any football games last night because somebody has to put the sports section together. But the scores were interesting. Woonsocket hammered Central 34-14 and Tolman squeaked by Westerly, 6-0. All you can say, at first glance, is Tolman probably drew the tougher opponent in the quarterfinals.

Woonsocket, 6-1 in Division II-B during the regular season, now visits Chariho, which shared the II-A title with a 5-2 record. That semifinal pairing is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 30. Chariho landed the top seed in II-A in a tiebreaker process with Johnson and Central, which were also 5-2. (Westerly somehow ended up 4-3 in II-A.)

Chariho closed its regular season last weekend with a 40-12 home loss to Central, the same team Woonsocket handled last night. Only fools believe in comparative scores so just forget what you just read. Woonsocket coach Carnell Henderson will probably hack into this website and delete the paragraph before his players see it.

On the other side of the D-II bracket, Tolman eagerly awaits the winner of tonight's SRA at Johnston game. The Tigers, 7-0 during the regular season, own home field advantage.

The Saints, who finished 5-2 after losing 37-0 to Tolman and 16-0 to Woonsocket in September, are the most improved team in the state. Coach Mike Sassi boldly junked the Spread offense and went back to the
Wing-T after the Woonsocket game, and the Saints went 4-0 in league games the rest of the season.

If the Saints somehow beat Johnston, and that would be a minor upset, then they would visit Tolman on Nov. 30 for a quarterfinal matchup that would draw a huge crowd to Pariseau Field. An estimated 1,000 fans came to the September meeting between these two city rivals.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Saints still have to win tonight. If they do, Pawtucket football fans are in for a big treat.


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