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.
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)