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October 28th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€“ The past week has featured plenty of heavy lifting at McCoy Stadium. No, this particular exercise has nothing to do with removing the Governorsâ€™ Cup trophy from its on-display perch in the team store and whisking the hardware away to the latest destination on the touring caravan.
Itâ€™s less than an hourâ€™s drive to Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island, and Roger Williams University, but starting tomorrow and continuing for the next two weeks, several local high school soccer, girlsâ€™ volleyball, and field hockey teams will begin their long roads towards state championship glory.
WOONSOCKET â€” The vision, the quickness, the bursts of acceleration â€¦ Woonsocket senior Jalen Evans was the complete package.
More important than any of the other listed attributes, Evans was the picture of perfect health. The fact he was running just as hard in the fourth quarter as he was during the opening stanza proved that he was over the knee ailment that sidelined him last week. Evans just kept on wielding the hammer, running in and around Charihoâ€™s defense in what amounted to a 34-13 runaway performance for Woonsocket on Saturday afternoon at Barry Field.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ As he stood before a jubilant group of Burrillville players, head coach Gennaro Ferraro raised his right index finger and emphatically pointed in the direction of the Alumni Field scoreboard.
All eyes remained dead set on Ferraro as he rattled off the words the Broncos have longed to hear: â€śItâ€™s a win.â€ť
CUMBERLAND --- For the past four years, Cumberland and Shea have thrown their records out the window and hooked up in some thrilling battles that were decided by a handful of points.
For three-plus quarters of their Division II-B game on Friday night, the undefeated Clippers and the struggling Raiders were locked in another close contest, but the Clippers, thanks to a pair of touchdowns in the final 8:46 of play, were able to create some distance between themselves and their visitors and come away with a 28-9 victory.
In the throes of a tough and challenging season, there lies comfort in knowing youâ€™re not the only one in said predicament.
For Burrillville and Lincoln, Saturdayâ€™s Division III encounter at the Broncosâ€™ Alumni Field has â€śsomethingâ€™s got to giveâ€ť written all over it. The setting is this: you have two squads that have combined to drop all nine of its league chances, meaning the opportunity for a team to finally break the ice and walk off the field with a win tucked in its back pocket has never been more within reach (overall the Lions are 0-6 while the Broncos are 1-5).
WOONSOCKET â€” Mount St. Charles had plans of issuing Lincoln High a mild upset loss on its â€śSenior Day,â€ť one in which underclassmen traditionally honor their 12th graders for four years of devotion to the program.
Unfortunately for the Mount, a Lionsâ€™ sophomore ruined the party.
Erin Gannon notched a pair of goals in the span of four minutes not long after the opening touch, and the last proved to be crucial as Lincoln manufactured a 3-1 Division II victory on the lower-campus turf on Thursday afternoon.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” East Providence had the spirit and emotion of Senior Night, an adrenaline rush from an energetic section of students rooting them on in the bleachers, and a six-game win streak on its side in Tuesdayâ€™s showdown at home with Mount St. Charles.
But the Mounties were able to overcome all that and grab one of their biggest victories of the season -- a win that snapped a tie for first place in the Division I-North standings with the Townies and gave them sole possession of the top spot.
LINCOLN â€“ Despite having a significant edge in the categories of shots on goal and corner kicks, Lincoln High suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Narragansett in a pivotal Division II clash at Chet Nichols Memorial Field on Monday afternoon.
The two squads had entered the contest tied for second in the division with 20 points, and the Lions managed to produce seven more shots and a stunning 10 more corners than the Mariners. Still, senior Evan Carvalho's tally just 5:59 into the final stanza sealed Lincoln's fate.
LINCOLN â€“ Pawtucketâ€™s Thomas â€śThe Souljahâ€ť Falowo and Woonsocketâ€™s Joe Gardner did their respective hometowns proud on Thursday night and were among the big winners on Jimmy Burchfieldâ€™s Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ€™ â€śClosing Statementâ€ť show at the Twin River Event Center.
Falowo picked up his second knockout victory in three months with a fifth-round TKO of Michael Walchuk of Ontario, Canada, a bout that saw the Manfredoâ€™s Gym middleweight dominate his opponent from start to finish and deliver one of the best efforts of his young two-year career.