Ponaganset finishes up with solid victory
Ponaganset's Connor Mathieu scores touchdown as Burrillville's Jacob Merchant pursues the play in vain. (ERNEST A. BROWN photo)
FOSTER -- Hereâ€™s a strange, but true fact: heading into its Thanksgiving Day duel with Burrillville, Ponaganset had lost its last four games, and seven of its last eight, at home on The Reservation.
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But the Chieftains silenced their home woes and a four-game losing streak on Thursday by riding a solid effort from their senior class to a 27-0 victory over the Broncos before a large gathering.
â€śWe had a rough stretch at the beginning of the season, but the seniors really brought everything they had to this game,â€ť admitted Ponaganset coach Brian Gendreau, whose team ends the season with a 5-6 overall record. â€śIâ€™m really proud of the way they played.â€ť
Senior Connor Mathieu scored Ponagansetâ€™s first two touchdowns (his team-leading ninth and 10th of the season) on runs of 1 and 11 yards to help give his team a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
His classmate, Sam Fasano, added the other two TDs by hauling in a six-yard pass from senior quarterback Chris Larabee late in the opening half and then scoring on a 10-yard run in the third quarter.
â€śI thought we did a great job running the ball,â€ť said Gendreau. â€śOur line did a very good job and we used a lot of people in the backfield. And defensively, we were really solid. We had a great game.â€ť
The Broncos, who finish the season with a 2-9 mark, but still lead the holiday series, 14-12, were led offensively and defensively by their best player, senior fullback/linebacker Kevin Deschamps.
â€śHeâ€™s all blood and guts,â€ť Gendreau reported with a touch of admiration. â€śHe gives everything he has on every play. Heâ€™s an impressive young man.â€ť
Burrillville 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Ponaganset 6 14 7 0 --27
P -- Connor Mathieu 1 run (kick blocked)
P -- Connor Mathieu 11 run (Will Girard pass from Chris Larrabee)
P -- Sam Fasano 6 pass from Chris Larrabee (kick blocked)
P -- Sam Fasano 10 run (Scott Peterson kick)