BLACKSTONE VALLEY MEMORIES
Bobby Allen, the four-time R. I. Amateur champion from the Pawtucket Country Club, continued his sparkling play in the National Amateur golf championships by defeating John Owens of Lexington, Ky. in a 19-hole duel at the rugged, mountain-rimmed 7,010-yard, par 36-35-71 Broadmour Country Club course in Colorado Springs. It was the second close battle for Allen in the 59th USGA classic. Allen’s victory over Owens, considered one of the outstanding amateur golfers in the Blue Grass State, moved him into the third round against John Guenther of Hershey, Pa.
A punishing ground attack led by Dave Labossiere, Nick Asermelly and Mark Groves together with some sharp passing by Jim Lund brought Saint Raphael Academy a pair of second half scores for a 14-0 shutout over a well-regarded Middletown eleven in a Class B Eastern Division tilt. Lund, who had four completions in six pass attempts, hit Groves and Joe Arruda on 15-yarders and Labossiere capped the march by blasting over from the five-yard line and rushing the PAT. Asermelly tallied the final TD late in the fourth quarter on a three-yard rush after Charley O’Malley recorded a three-yard sack on a fourth down attempted screen pass.
QB John Santos rushed for two touchdowns, including the game-winner, and passed for another as the Raiders presented first-year coach Steve Alves with his initial victory as Shea came from behind to hold off Narragansett 20-18 in a Class B cross-over contest. Santos’ tallies came on runs of seven and four yards and a six-yard aerial to Bob Tonucci, while Humberto Cruz converted two out of three PAT kicks. Al Dantzler chalked up 69 yards on 21 carries to lead the Raider ground attack and Dino Georgopoulus added 43 yards on just three carries. “Tidge” Parker, who had three receptions, sealed the win by intercepting a Mariner pass at midfield late in the fourth quarter.