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October 12th, 2011
Three competitive non-league games on Friday night and a Division IV clash for second place on Saturday afternoon highlight what appears to be a â€˜ho-humâ€™ high school football schedule this weekend in the Blackstone Valley.
On Friday at 7 p.m., there are a handful of non-league games around Rhode Island pitting Division I teams against Division II teams, and three of the games involve schools in our backyard, East Providence, Tolman, and St. Raphael.
The Division I Townies will host nearby Division II-B foe Mount Hope at Pierce Field in a showdown thatâ€™s sure to attract many East Bay fans.
CUMBERLAND â€” After a little more than an hour on Wednesday afternoon, Cumberland High coach John Jasionowski watched his squad suffer a quick 7-0 loss to Division I power Mount St. Charles Academy.
While most of their matches havenâ€™t been quite as quick, the end result has been status quo for the winless Clippers this fall, owners of an 0-10 mark and last place in I-North. Last year, Cumberland had a similar record in its first season in the stateâ€™s toughest division, finishing 2-11 overall.
Sheâ€™ll be wearing a white tennis skirt with a veil on her head and heâ€™ll be wearing shorts and a Tuxedo T-shirt.
About 150 guests have been invited to attend their wedding next weekend, but Geralyn Hoffman and Larry Ducady arenâ€™t planning on getting too dressed up for their big day.
After all, running a race wearing a full tuxedo or a wedding gown isnâ€™t exactly comfortable. Neither is dress shoes or heels.
WOONSOCKET -- Fantastic finish for Ponaganset. Heartbreaker for Woonsocket.
Connor Mathieuâ€™s three-yard touchdown run with 37.8 seconds to play broke a 6-6 tie and lifted the Chieftains to a much-needed 13-6 triumph over the winless Villa Novans on Saturday afternoon at Barry Field.
Seems the Interscholastic League is revising its realignment policies, which could be interpreted as a sign that the stateâ€™s governing body for high school athletics is not turning a deaf ear when its constituents speak up.
Sticking primarily with how these tweaks impact the football side, the idea of altering everything from how often realignment takes place to the specific formula that mathematically helps place teams in one division as opposed to another is something that will surely help to keep the overall product fresh.
Weekends donâ€™t get any bigger than this one when it comes to the race for the Division II-B title and the other three playoffs spots up for grabs.
On Friday night, Tolman carries its 3-0 record into Pariseau Field for a 7 p.m. contest against Mount Hope (2-1), while on Saturday afternoon, the divisionâ€™s other 3-0 team, West Warwick, hosts St. Raphael (2-1) in a 1:30 p.m. affair.
CUMBERLAND â€” Longtime coaches John Menna of Lincoln and Joe Bennett of Smithfield have had their share of success over the years in their respective programs and enjoy winning just as much as anyone else.
But neither coach was concerned about beating unbeaten Cumberland on Tuesday in a Northern Division dual-meet finale at the Monastery. The primary concern for Menna and Bennett was on the competition between their two teams.
WOONSOCKET â€” Woonsocket High coach Tony Ciresi and Shea mentor Kate Corry didnâ€™t expect anything different when their Division III squads faced each other on Monday afternoon.
After two-plus hours at the Aylsworth Ave. Courts, it was the Villa Novans that earned the win, defeating the Raiders, 4-3. The last match to leave the courts proved to be the difference as the No. 3 doublesâ€™ team of Janessa Shyabouth and Diana Inthisone breezed to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over the Raidersâ€™ Emenzialina Moreira and Vanda DeBrito.
BURRILLVILLE â€” It was only fitting that two winless teams aiming to jump start their respective seasons â€” or save, depending if youâ€™re a pessimist or an optimist â€” engaged in a serious tussle in which the outcome wasnâ€™t settled until the dying seconds.
In the end, Lincoln proved to be a bit more resilient in an 18-12 win over Burrillville Saturday at Alumni Field. Kyle Jackson broke a 12-12 affair with 30.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, the senior wideout hauling in a 36-yard pass that gave the Lions the lead for the first time.
PAWTUCKET â€” This yearâ€™s Woonsocket High football team bears little resemblance to the Villa Novan squads that captured Division II Super Bowl victories at the end of the previous two seasons. Graduation took its toll, along with injuries to two or three key players expected to lead the 2011 squad.