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SMITHFIELD â The score could've been so much worse at halftime, and Cumberland High head coach Chris Skurka knew it.
That's why, after the horn signifying intermission had sounded, Skurka clapped his hands (although not with pleasure but more for self-healing), spoke with a few assistants and shuffled his squad back to its team room underneath Bryant University's Bulldog Stadium.
BURRILLVILLE â In his estimation, the mistakes that Burrillville head coach Gennaro Ferraro saw his football squad make during Saturdayâs 32-0 non-league thrashing of Scituate are easily fixable.
Honestly, when a team romps in the fashion that the Broncos did at sun-splashed Alumni Field, thereâs very little to quibble about.
âWe havenât won a football game where weâve played four solid quarters in almost a year. There were a lot of good things and a lot of things we need to correct as usual, said Ferraro. âI think the work that the kids have put in, it was very evident.â
PAWTUCKET â After suffering a disgruntling 2-0, 14-inning loss to Durham in Game No. 3 of this Governorsâ Cup best-of-five championship final â the two runs both unearned due to a three-base error, throwing miscue and two grounders â the Pawtucket Red Sox hoped to put the ugly, immediate past behind them and look ahead.
They wanted desperately to post a Game 4 win on Saturday night and force a deciding contest today, the lone desire the chance to claim the franchiseâs second straight Cup title and fourth in club history.
PAWTUCKET -- Shea committed 16 penalties for 126 yards, turned the ball over three times, and did a few other things that drew the ire of head coach Dino Campopiano in its regular-season opener against Lincoln on Friday night.
But all that didnât prevent the Raiders from walking out of Max Read Field with a three-touchdown victory, as special teams and defense played a large role in their 28-8 triumph over their longtime foes.
Woonsocket High head coach Carnell Henderson believes it, and so does Shea mentor Dino Campopiano.
Both understand that those teams that make up the stateâs Division I is still superior in talent, but that the league in which they compete is the toughest from top to bottom.
Really, who can argue? This season, the Villa Novans will face in their II-A bracket the likes of Coventry, Chariho, Johnston and Mount Hope, while Campopianoâs Raiders will have the task of battling defending league champion Cumberland, St. Raphael, North Kingstown, Central and Rogers in II-B.
WOONSOCKET â âIâm doing this for the betterment of these two kids,â declares George Nasuti.
It is the intent of the longtime Woonsocket High athletic director to exhaust all options in the hopes of obtaining a hardship waiver for two currently enrolled student-athletes. Due to their circumstances, these Villa Novans â for identity purposes, they are referred to as a boysâ soccer player and a baseball player â do not meet the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâs basic eligibility principles.
WOONSOCKET â Once again, WOON (1240 AM) has staked a claim to become the on-airwaves destination for Rhode Island high school football.
Beginning with Fridayâs non-league game between Woonsocket and East Providence, WOON will feature a 10-game package. All of the games will air live and feature the voice talents of Lou Mandeville, the stationâs sports director, and longtime high school and college football coach Mike Watters.
WOONSOCKET â Head coach Andrew Rao couldnât and wouldnât argue the point that his Woonsocket High club, as depleted as it was, exhibited rather solid play in a 2-0 loss to South Kingstown at Barry Field on Wednesday afternoon.
After all, he had to face his Division I opener without the services of junior sweeper Nathan Sengsavang, who received what Rao deemed an unwarranted red card in a recent non-league game against Mount St. Charles, and also senior captain and forward Tyler Pacheco, who suffered a knee injury just two minutes into this affair.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Tolman High had just dropped the first game of an important, early-season, Division II-North clash against North Smithfield when head coach Roger Tow huddled his girls for a talk.
It consisted of several statements, the lowlights being the Tigersâ committing too many unforced errors, missing serves, not playing their positions and a failure to communicate.
âThey listened; theyâre a very coachable group,â Tow said.
PAWTUCKET â Just because the Pawtucket Red Sox are three wins away from clinching yet another Governorsâ Cup championship, it doesnât mean the roster is untouchable.
Even amidst playoff competition, the Triple-A outfit remains at the beck and call of the parent club. The regular-season practice of providing reinforcements on a need basis does not get a reprieve just because of what teams like the PawSox have lined up over the next several days.