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CRANSTON -- Some thoughts on Woonsocket's 28-14 victory over Tolman in Sunday's Division II Super Bowl:
Woonsocket just had too many weapons, too many ways to win the game, than Tolman did. The Villa Novans had a big size advantage in the middle of both lines, they had way more seniors than Tolman in their starting lineup, and they had a better game plan.
Woonsocket coach Carnell Henderson wanted to try to beat Tolman's constant blitzing tactics by throwing the ball, getting it out on short slants to receivers Jesse Charette, Jarome Robinson and Geo Heredia. Quarterback Kevin Reyes threw the ball on seven of Woonsocket's first 10 plays from scrimmage (he was sacked trying to pass on another one). Reyes showed a strong arm while completing six of 14 passes for 103 yards.
Charette scored two touchdowns, one on a 25-yard pass from Reyes, the other on a 41-yard scamper down the left sideline that left people shaking their heads in disbelief at his athletic skills.
Woonsocket just had too many playmakers for Tolman. Tight end Geo Heredia eluded defensive back Josey Knapp's chuck at the line of scrimmage and caught an 18-yard TD pass. Heredia also intercepted two of Knapp's passes and caught Mamour Samb from behind after a 40-yard kickoff return.
Woonsocket's defensive linemen -- Manny Heredia, Desmond Gray, Joe Rodriguez, Geo Heredia and Joell Sherrod -- were just too big, too strong, too tough for Tolman's undersized linemen to deal with. If games are won in the trenches, this is where Woonsocket demonstrated its superiority.
Those big linemen allowed people like Oswald Torres, Jarome Robinson and Kyle McKellick the chance to fly to the football. It was pretty impressive to see Torres run down the speedy Knapp. Tolman just could not turn the corner on its sweeps and reverses, a staple of the Tigers' offense all season long. Halfback Ousmane Samb, who ran for 165 yards last week against St. Raphael, got 12 yards on 15 carries.
Knapp finished with 59 yards on 23 carries.
Tolman deserves credit for hanging around and trying to make a game of it in the fourth quarter. The Tigers recovered two straight onsides kicks, which is pretty amazing. But Woonsocket's defense just wouldn't let them convert on a short field.
Woonsocket was clearly the better team today. Tolman made too many mistakes, right from the start of the game. Woonsocket made mistakes, too, otherwise the final margin of victory might have been three or four touchdowns.