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November 6th, 2010
WOONSOCKET â Carnell Henderson had a hunch that West Warwick wouldnât be a pushover. After watching game film of Saturdayâs Division II-B opponent this week, the Woonsocket High coach felt the Wizards were a much better outfit than their 1-5 league mark indicated.
He was rightâŠat least for the second half.
Luckily for Hendersonâs crew, it took care of nearly all of its business in the gameâs first two quarters en route to a 29-0 blanking of the Wizards on Senior Day at Barry Field. For the leagueâs top defensive team, the shutout is the Villa Novans fifth of the season.
CUMBERLAND --- Itâs been seven years since Cumberland High last captured a playoff game, but on Thursday night, the Clippers ended that drought in a big way in its Division II preliminary-round match with Warwick Vets High.
Michaela Leblanc and Michelle Malboeuf had solid games at the net and Robyn Andrade and Jessica Larivee keyed a strong showing from the service line for the Clippers in their easy 3-0 triumph at the Clippers' Wellness Center.
While the fates of politicians were decided on Election Day, the fates of five playoff-hopeful Blackstone Valley clubs could be determined as early as this weekend or as late as Thanksgiving morning.
When October ended, so did much of the drama in the Division II-B playoff race. Last weekendâs play saw the top three seeds etched in stone in Tolman (6-0), Woonsocket (5-1), and St. Raphael (4-2) and the final spot still up for grabs between Mount Hope and Toll Gate.
WOONSOCKET -- Last yearâs Division II Super Bowl championship season is a distant memory for players on the 2010 Woonsocket High squad.
âThatâs gone,â head coach Carnell Henderson admitted on Tuesday night. âWe were a senior-heavy team last year. The kids on this yearâs team feel like they were recipients of a championship last year. They want to win one for themselves.â
The Villa Novans are 5-1 with one game left in the regular season. That one loss came against unbeaten Tolman by a 6-0 score back in mid-September.
Based on their records and how theyâve played against their league opponents, the Division I semifinals should include top-seed Barrington and No. 2 Shea from Division I-East and third-seeded Bishop Hendricken and No. 4 seed La Salle from Div. I-South.
Familiar area rivals like Cumberland, Lincoln, Smithfield and recently Mount St. Charles have consistently sent teams to the state championships and in some cases have done well.
Back in 2004, Cumberland shocked pre-race favorite Bishop Hendricken for the boysâ state crown. Last year, Mount St. Charles made big strides in its program by placing seventh among the 18th schools. In 2005, the Cumberland girls qualified for the New England Championship by finishing sixth, a point ahead of Lincoln.
WOONSOCKET â For Lincoln High, Mondayâs task was as straightforward as youâll get. A win against Woonsocket High meant the Lions would clinch no worse than a share of the Division II-North crown.
Mission accomplished as Lincoln, buoyed by two goals from Jillian DeSimone, took care of business with a 4-0 win over Woonsocket at Barry Field. The Lions finish the regular season 12-1-5. The Villa Novans completed their first â and possibly last â in Division II with a 1-17 mark.
Ponaganset football coach Brian Gendreau has developed a good perspective on two of the toughest teams in Division II this season â unbeaten Tolman and once-beaten Woonsocket. His Chieftains have lost to both Super Bowl contenders.
âTolman is the fastest team in the league,â Gendreau admitted on Sunday, âbut I would say Woonsocket is more balanced. They can run and throw the ball. You can see why they played a 6-0 game earlier this season. Both teams have great defenses.â
WOONSOCKET --- Woonsocket High is back in the Division II playoffs, but before the defending state champions could stamp their return ticket to the postseason on Saturday afternoon, they needed to overcome their worst half of football against a tough opponent in Mount Hope High.
Quarterback Kevin Reyes threw three touchdown passes, including a 43-yarder to Jessie Charette with 2:08 to play in the third quarter that snapped a 14-14 tie, and the Novansâ defense ruled the entire second half in a 34-14 triumph before an energetic Homecoming Day crowd at Barry Field.
BURRILLVILLE -- Burrillville Highâs high-scoring offense has received plenty of credit for the teamâs strong run in the Division III ranks this season, but on Saturday morning, it was the Broncosâ defense that led the way to a very impressive Homecoming Day victory over Narragansett High.
The Broncosâ âDâ forced five turnovers and limited the Mariners to 145 yards of offense en route to a 33-0 shutout before a big gathering at Alumni Field that moved Burrillville one win away from its first playoff berth since 2006.