CENTRAL FALLS — To understand how closely the teams from Central Falls and Burrillville highs battled in a Division II-North contest on Thursday night, consider this one statistic: Through four games, the foes combined for 12 lead changes and 18 ties.
Naturally, only one reigned, and it went to the inconsistent yet powerful Warriors, who survived an entertaining but grueling 3-1 triumph over the Broncos before close to 100 fans.
PAWTUCKET – Despite being twice their age, Rich Sauveur has a lot in common with the numerous Triple-A pitchers who were entrusted to his care during his successful seven-year run as pitching coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The 50-year-old hoped – make that yearned – for a job at the big-league level.
BURRILLVILLE – Perhaps the only thing that went wrong for Burrillville High on this cool-turned-sunny Saturday morning was this: Head coach Gennaro Ferraro's bunch scored so often, sophomore Tom Gieseke's PAT boots kept flying into the brush beyond the east end zone.
The Broncos – still reveling in a 32-26 victory over Division II foe East Greenwich in its non-league opener last week – opened their Division IV campaign in style after crushing Tiverton, 34-0, before an Alumni Field crowd of over 300.
WOONSOCKET – On a Saturday afternoon where Woonsocket High's players, coaches, families and friends were enveloped in emotion – hugs and kisses abounded everywhere in memory of the late Athletic Director George Nasuti – interim head coach Brian Bouley responded in kind.
Minutes after his Villa Novans had clinched a well-earned 22-21 victory over gritty Mount Hope in both squads' Division II-B debut, Bouley grabbed young son Brady's hand and asked, “Do you want to come downstairs with Daddy?”
SCITUATE – Wes Pennington doesn’t like excuses – in fact, he abhors them – enough so that he still wouldn’t be coaxed into making them even after his North Smithfield High squad suffered a series of disasters in its Division IV opener against Scituate.
CUMBERLAND – Meets like Friday’s Blackstone Valley Invitational serve as a way to gauge where teams stand in the season’s early going. Judging by the performance turned in by Burrillville High senior Betsy Dumais, it’s clear that this young lady is out to improve each and every time she toes the starting line.
WOONSOCKET – Like a two-minute offense, life has moved fast lately for Brian Bouley and the rest of the Woonsocket High School football team.
Instead of returning to his familiar post as the Villa Novans’ defensive coordinator – Bouley’s position for the past decade – he was asked to step into the breech and serve as interim head coach. The void was created after Carnell Henderson resigned to become the Cass Ave. school’s principal.