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November 27th, 2013
LINCOLN â€“ The hope was to blend in as the new kid in a new high school.
But that wasnâ€™t a luxury afforded to Thaddeus Moss, and it didnâ€™t take this precocious young football player long to realize that he wasnâ€™t in Kentucky or West Virginia any more.
Moss arrived at Lincoln High School in March, and the schoolâ€™s lights seemingly became more luminous the moment he was spotted in the hallways. He was commanding nonstop attention, though in an entirely different fashion as what he was accustomed to on the gridiron.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Bitterness can serve as an amazing motivator.
Carnell Henderson is electing to draw from the acidic flavor that crossed the taste buds of his Woonsocket High football program two weekends ago, when St. Raphael ended the Novansâ€™ Division II playoff pursuit with a 15-14 quarterfinal-round loss. The gargantuan head of steam that has been pent up since that Saturday afternoon of heartbreak figures to get unleashed come Thursday morning when longtime holiday rival Cumberland treks to Barry Field.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” For the first time in recent memory, North Smithfield High's Thanksgiving morning tilt at Division IV rival Scituate will have more on the line than mere casual alumni interest and bragging rights for the victor.
With a triumph, the Northmen â€“ which have already sealed a semifinal berth â€“ will earn the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and battle Exeter/West Greenwich at its home at 7 p.m., Tuesday.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” It was early in the second quarter of a non-league tilt against Plainfield, Conn. on Friday night, Nov. 1 when North Smithfield High junior tailback Nick Cicerone hustled out of his stance to snag a middle screen pass from classmate Cody DeMarie.
Little did he know at the time it could be his last snap of the Northmen's so-far successful campaign.
â€śA lineman tipped it, but I went up for it and caught it,â€ť the younger Cicerone stated while watching a recent practice from the sideline. He immediately paused and looked at a teammate.
There was nearly an oversight committed as Cumberland and Woonsocket looked to stay the course in the high school football playoff arms race.
Now that the postseason sabers have officially been placed in the Villa Novansâ€™ closet and off to the side for the time being for the Clippers, itâ€™s officially time to talk turkey â€“ as in the annual Thanksgiving Day contest involving these two longtime Blackstone Valley rivals. The latest chapter takes place this Thursday morning with a scheduled 10:30 a.m. kickoff at Woonsocketâ€™s Barry Field.
LINCOLN â€” In the days leading up to his main event fight on Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.â€™s â€śPride & Powerâ€ť card, Peter Manfredo Jr. referred to himself as a boxer who was â€śpast his primeâ€ť and dearly hoped to bring back â€śthe Peter Manfredo Jr. of oldâ€ť one more time.
Not only was Manfredo facing a very tough super middleweight in Lincolnâ€™s Rich Gingras, but he also dedicated his fight to one of his good friends, Cranstonâ€™s Gary Balletto, the former EBA and IBU lightweight champion who was paralyzed from the waist down following an accident at his home in July.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Lecture Room A is located a screen pass away from the main entrance of the cityâ€™s public high school.
On this particular November afternoon, the activity inside this theater-esque setting features a business tone. Upon veering off the corridor and through the door, you are greeted by a handful of Woonsocket High football players. They are huddled around a square-shaped table, some with textbooks lying flat on the surface while others elect to rest such important reading material in their laps.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Life is much calmer, less harried, nowadays for C.J. Dandeneau.
For weeks, he admitted being stressed out about which school to choose for his higher education, but no more. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, he signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Connecticut at Storrs; it will be there that he not only will labor in his eventual academic field of choice, but also represent the Huskies' baseball program on a scholarship.
CUMBERLAND -- Courtesy of a fierce and furious ground attack, Cumberland High not only claimed a thrilling 49-35 victory over St. Raphael Academy in a R.I. Division II semifinal at Tucker Field on Friday night, but also snagged its second consecutive Super Bowl appearance.
Can another title be far behind?
If ever there was a career night posted by a Clipper, junior Mike Stock would own it. While bulling his way to 144 yards and four touchdowns on 29 handles, he added a fifth on an 11-yard scoring toss from classmate and quarterback Tyler Calabro.
PAWTUCKET â€” The saying goes that you can't look ahead without fully understanding where you've been â€“ and why.
Both Cumberland High chief Chris Skurka and St. Raphael Academy mentor Mike Sassi are utilizing that philosophy as they prepare their clubs for a monumental R.I. Division II semifinal, slated for Tucker Field at 7 p.m., Friday.