NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The Northmen took care of business on Friday night, outclassing the PCD Co-Op juggernaut by a 35-6 margin.
North Smithfield is now 2-2 in Division IV with three tough assignments left on its league schedule. The Northmen visit North Providence (2-2) next Friday, then host currently unbeaten Mount Pleasant (4-0) on Nov. 4 and then entertain a currently 4-1 Central Falls squad on Nov. 11.
Realistically, North Smithfield needs to win two of those three games to make the four-team playoff field in Division II. And the way the offense was clicking on Friday night, that might be possible.
The Northmen punished PCD with some big plays. After a scoreless first quarter, Jacob Walkowâ€™s 27-yard field goal got the home team rolling.
Safety Justin York then intercepted a pass to set up the Northmen at their own 32-yard line. Quarterback Daniel Jordan lofted a perfect pass to Carlos Guzman running a fly pattern down the right side of the field for what became a pretty 45-yard scoring connection and a 9-0 lead.
The Northmen went 58 yards on four plays midway through the third quarter, capped by Paris Correiaâ€™s 24-yard TD run. Now it was 15-0 with 7:11 left in the stanza.
PCD fell apart in the fourth quarter as the Northmen scored three touchdowns. The visitors couldnâ€™t contain Correia, who kept sweeping right end for large chunks of yardage. The heads-up runner reeled off gains of 10 and 23 yards on an 11-play, 90-yard scoring drive that was set up by Jordanâ€™s interception late in the third quarter. Fullback Chris Mancini covered the final six yards for the touchdown.
Correia would blow the game open with a 35-yard scoring run with 5:31 left in the game. PCDâ€™s elusive QB, Marquis Harper, interrupted the onslaught with a 55-yard touchdown run down the left sideline with 1:53 remaining.
Correia ended the scoring with an interception and ensuing 70-yard run through half of the PCD offense for the coup de grace.