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NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“Kent Crooks realizes that this yearâ€™s squad doesnâ€™t really have a superstar or a good-to guy.
What the Lincoln High coach does know is that he has multiple players that can get the job done.
And that was clearly on display during Friday nightâ€™s non-league Injury Fund contest versus North Smithfield.
Three players scored in double digits and half a dozen netted at least six points as the Lions breezed to a 76-38 win over a somewhat-shorthanded Northmen squad at the Lovett Gymnasium. Lincoln was led by a team-high 16 points from Mike Akanji.
When push comes to shove during Sundayâ€™s Division II Super Bowl between Woonsocket and Tolman, expect both coaching staffs to put the game in the hands of their defensive units.
Each of these championship football teams depended on their defenses in tough games, perhaps never more so than during their Sept. 24 regular season meeting when the Tigers ground out a 6-0 victory over the Villa Novans.
By the end of the league season, Woonsocket had allowed just 20 points in 7 games. Tolman yielded 28.
TE -- Geovanni Heredia, senior
LT -- Manny Heredia, senior
LG -- Matt Sanchez, junior
C -- Desmond Gray, senior
RG -- Joell Sherrod, senior
RT -- Joe Rodriguez, senior
WR -- Jesse Charette, senior
QB -- Kevin Reyes, senior
HB -- Jalen Evans, sophomore
HB -- Orlan Thomas, junior
WR -- Jarome Robinson, senior
E -- Geovanni Heredia, senior
T -- Manny Heredia, senior
T -- Desmond Gray, senior
E -- Joe Rodriguez, senior
LB -- Pepe Torres, senior
LB -- Edwin Jones, senior
LB -- Kyle McKellick, junior
LB -- Jarome Robinson, senior
It appears the Red Sox are leaving no stone unturned as the search for the next PawSox manager remains ongoing. The position has been vacant for nearly a month, yet the organization remains mum on whom Torey Lovulloâ€™s successor will be.
As BoSox farm director Mike Hazen explained Thursday, finding the next Pawtucket manager is a decision best not entered into lightly and one that requires a great deal of homework.
WOONSOCKET â€” After watching host Woonsocket High rattle off six straight points in less than a minute early in the second half of Thursdayâ€™s non-league, season-opener, Ponaganset coach Mike Girard called a timeout.
Just before his squad returned back to the floor, Girard told his players one last thing â€“ â€śGames like this,â€ť he said, â€ścan turn in two minutes.â€ť
He was right. And fortunately for him, it was his Chieftains that turned it around.
When the Rhode Island Interscholastic League decided to dissolve the seven-team Division I-A circuit in boysâ€™ hockey during the offseason, that left Lincoln High with an interesting dilemma.
Do the Lions, who were 13-4-1 and state finalists a season ago, drop down to Division II and become the clear-cut favorites to win that championship? Or do the Lions take a bold step up the ladder and compete with the stateâ€™s premier teams in Division I?
Sundayâ€™s Division II Super Bowl game between unbeaten (in league play) Tolman and defending champion Woonsocket needs no hype from the media. These two teams stand on their own merits.
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION â€” Chariho High got off to a very good start, but Woonsocket High pulled off a fantastic finish.
The Villa Novans scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and saw their lights-out defense force the Chargers to turn the ball over on their final four series in a 21-7 semifinal-round victory on Tuesday night on the Chargersâ€™ turf that put them back into the Division II Super Bowl.
PROVIDENCE â€” During the league season last month, Lincoln High had its way with Moses Brown and handed its Division III foe its first loss of the fall.
Letâ€™s just say the Quakers took that defeat personal.
In the more-important rematch between the two squads â€” a semifinal tilt on Tuesday night â€” Moses Brown returned the favor with a convincing 21-0 blanking of the Lions at Brown Universityâ€™s Berylson Field.
WEST GREENWICH â€” The North Smithfield football threw a lot of punches and had the champ on the ropes.
But just when it looked like the champ was done, they found a way.
The Northmen threw â€“ literally and figureatively â€“ everything they had at Exeter-West Greenwich, but couldnâ€™t close out the defending Division IV champions in overtime, coming up one yard short in the second OT as North Smithfield fell 44-38 in the D-IV semifinals Tuesday night.