NORTH SMITHFIELD — 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 Walkow’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 Correia’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 couldn’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 Jordan’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. PCD’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.