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BURRILLVILLE â€” In a competitive game that went down to the wire, visiting East Greenwich held on for a 13-7 victory against host Burrillville at Alumni Field.
The Avengers trailed 7-6 in the fourth quarter before grabbing a key turnover that turned the tide in their favor. Alex Cleary came up with an interception have a Burrillville receiver failed to haul in a pass from quarterback Glen St. Pierre.
Taking over at the Burrillville 35 with 7:34 remaining, East Greenwich pieced together a drive that featured a steady diet of tailback Carney Crawford, whose two-yard score in the second quarter gave the visiting Avengers a 6-0 edge at halftime. Crawford kept the chains moving by converting twice on third down.
The decisive play came when E.G. quarterback Andrew Miner hit Carl Lebovitz on a crossing pattern from 10 yards out, the go-ahead score coming with 3:32 to play.
â€śWe knew it was coming,â€ť Burrillville head coach Gennaro Ferraro lamented afterwards. â€śIt was just that the kid was late getting there.â€ť
Burillvilleâ€™s last stand ended on a sour note when St. Pierre had trouble with the exchange from center. The miscue occurred on fourth down and left the Broncos a few chain links shy of picking up the first down. All that was left for East Greenwich to do was run out the final minute, a cause that was aided tremendously by Crawford converting once again on third down.
The Broncos got on the scoreboard at 7:02 in the third quarter when St. Pierre hit Pat Scotland on a slant pattern from 39 yards out. The scoring drive saw the Broncos go for it twice on fourth down and achieve success each time.
Now working with the lead, Burrillvilleâ€™s offense went right back to work after Crawford fumbled the ball on the first snap of E.G.â€™s ensuing possession. Taking over at the Avengersâ€™ 36 with 6:42 left in the third, the Broncos saw the golden bid dry up after another ball went off a receiverâ€™s hands and into the awaiting arms of an East Greenwich defender for an interception.
â€śWhen the ball hits us in the hands, weâ€™ve got to catch it. When the quarterback takes the snap, we canâ€™t fumble it,â€ť Ferraro said. â€śWe need to do the things that need to be done.â€ť
Now 0-2 in Division III and 0-3 overall, the Broncos will look to break into the win column this Saturday at home against Lincoln High.