BURRILLVILLE – Paris Correia ran wild on Saturday afternoon and his North Smithfield teammates followed suit.
The speedy senior scored four touchdown and fellow senior Carlos Guzman added two more as the Northmen claimed the coveted Lovett-Hauser Trophy with a 55-26 squashing of Burrillville in a non-leaguer at Alumni Field. North Smithfield garnered more than 400 total yards in the two-plus hour affair, held under a hot sun.
“When we came out I guess they were ready to go,” said NS coach Wes Pennington. “Things just kind of came our way. The guys played well today. They came ready to play.”
The Northmen began their scoring barrage early by taking a 14-0 lead by the first quarter. Correia found the end zone for the first time on a 31-yard TD run and Guzman also scored by hauling in an aerial from quarterback Daniel Jordan for a 73-yard pass play. Correia would score two more times before the Broncos got on the scoreboard with a 70-yard punt return and a three-yard run with still 6:05 left in the second quarter.
The backbreaker for the Broncos came after their first touchdown, a 21-yard run by QB Glen St. Pierre with 30 seconds until the break. Thanks to a 30-plus yard run by Correia, the Northmen were able to close out the half with one more score when Jordan spotted Peter Keenan for a 35-yard TD pass with less than five seconds on the clock for a 34-6 advantage
Guzman added to the Broncos’ frustration to begin the third quarter, breaking free for a 70-yard punt return and the win became inevitable. The Northmen, who are coming into this fall after a successful 6-2 season in Div. IV last year and their first playoff appearance in school history, also had a score from Chris Mancini on a 13-yard run in the third quarter. Correia scored his fourth TD on a 60-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter.
“He’s a player in the making,” said Pennington, about Correia. “He did a great job for us today. He stepped up. Carlos Guzman stepped up. Chris Mancini stepped up. We had all our guys that we looked to make plays for us step up, which was the difference in the game.”
The NS coach enjoyed the strong start to the regular season and is hoping his squad will feed off the victory as it tries to finish business in the Div. IV ranks.
“We had 22 returners from last year’s team,” he said. “Their potential is where they take it; how hard we work, how much we prepare. I think if they get it together, we can make a run at this thing. We’ll see what happens, though.”
Burrillville was playing the game without its star running back Kevin Deschamps, who was nursing a leg injury. The Broncos, who finished 4-4 in Div. III last season, scored three times in the second half. Jon Thornhill had a 27-yard run in the third quarter. In the final stanza, Troy Roman ran 40 yards for a TD and Thornhill had a 15-yarder.
North Smithfield 14 20 14 7 – 55
Burrillville 0 6 6 14 – 27
NS – Paris Correia 31 run (Jake Walkow kick)
NS – Dan Jordan 73 pass to Carlos Guzman (Walkow kick)
NS – Correia 70 punt return (Walkow kick)
NS – Correia 3 run (kick failed)
B – Glen St. Pierre 21 run (kick failed)
NS – Jordan 35 pass to Peter Keenan (Walkow kick)
NS – Guzman 70 kickoff return (Walkow kick)
NS – Mancini 13 run (Walkow kick)
B – Jon Thornhill 27 run (kick blocked)
B- Troy Roman 40 run (Jacob Hagerty kick)
NS – Correia 60 kickoff return (Walkow kick)
B – Thornhill 15 run (pass)