Bron­cos cruise

Bur­ril­lville con­tin­ues to roll

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS - By JON BAKER jbaker@pw­tuck­et­times.com

WAR­WICK – Vet­eran men­tor Gen­naro Fer­raro of­fered mixed feel­ings af­ter his Bur­ril­lville High grid­ders pasted Toll Gate, 36-0, in a Divi­sion III-B clash un­der the lights at War­wick Vets Mid­dle School Fri­day night.

First, se­nior re­ceiver Nick Deer­ing didn’t play a role in his of­fense, as he broke his foot three days be­fore train­ing camp and still isn’t quite up to par. Sec­ond, the Bron­cos com­mit­ted five penal­ties for 55 yards.

The vis­i­tors, how­ever, took ad­van­tage of a ster­ling ef­fort from ju­nior sig­nal caller Jake Geli­nas and his skill-po­si­tion play­ers to im­prove to 3-1 over­all and 2-0 in league ac­tion.

Geli­nas not only com­pleted 14 of 21 ae­ri­als for 160 yards and two touch­downs, but also rushed for 37 more on four keep­ers. His fa­vorite tar­get – no sur­prise given Deer­ing’s ab­sence – was class­mate Ryan Lockwood, who snared seven balls for 106 yards and the two pay­dirts.

(It should be noted thar all of those statis­tics came in the first half, and on BHS’ first­drive of the third quar­ter).

Se­nior quad-cap­tain Tyler Richards, who ex­celled on de­fense, man­u­fac­tured only six yards on tbree han­dles, but two of them went for one-yard plunges.

“We were with­out Nick, who broke his foot, but we’re hop­ing to get him back soon,” Fer­raro stated af­ter­ward. “I thought we played pretty ag­gres­sively, but we still have to clean up some things, like penal­ties, get­ting bet­ter run-block­ing on the edge, stuff like that.

“I’m most pleased with our pass pro­tec­tion, and the fact our quar­ter­back made good de­ci­sions,” he added. “Our re­ceivers did a good job of catch­ing the ball, and our over­all ex­e­cu­tion was OK.

“But that doesn’t mean that we’re where we should be.”

The Ti­tans fell to 2-2 over­all and 2-1 in III-B.

The Bron­cos stoned the hosts on its first pos­ses­sion, then man­u­fac­tured a brief four­play, 52-yard drive end­ing on Geli­nas’ 10yard touch­down pass to Lockwood in the right front cor­ner of the end zone. Be­cause Toll Gate jumped off­sides on what would have been an ex­tra point, Fer­raro chose to go for the two-point con­ver­sion with the ball closer to the goal line.

Richards bulled over right guard to give BHS an 8-0 lead with only 3:08 elapsed.

Three plays later, se­nior Josh Newell picked off TG fresh­man quar­ter­back Greyson Pasquina at the Ti­tans’ 48 and re­turned it for a touch­down. Of­fi­cials, though iso­lated Lockwood for an il­le­gal block, and nul­li­fied the score.

Af­ter the Ti­tans man­aged their ini­tial first down with 3:49 re­main­ing in the open­ing pe­riod, they nev­er­the­less were forced to punt, and Bur­ril­lville made quick work of that pos­ses­sion, ma­neu­ver­ing 72 yards on eight plays cul­mi­nat­ing on Richards’ one­yard blast with 10:22 left be­fore the break.

On its next drive, the Bron­cos rolled 61 yards on nine snaps, and Richards sealed thar once more with a one-yard dive.

Later in the quar­ter, ju­nior Matt Gon­goleski re­cov­ered Kaleb Ken­dal’s fum­ble at the TG 31, yet Fer­raro’s crew did noth­ing with it. The Ti­tans took over with 1:54 left, and Fer­raro called two time­outs to save time for per­haps an­other chance at scor­ing.

TG had to punt with 53.3 ticks left be­fore half­time, and the ploy worked won­ders. Lockwood hauled in a 34-yard aerial on the first snap, then made an eight-yard catch deep in the left sec­tion of the end zone with 10.3 re­main­ing to make it 29-0.

In the end, ju­nior sig­nal caller Nate Tayes (who also played out­stand­ing on the de­fen­sive front) di­rected a solid 67-yard, 12-yard pos­ses­sion end­ing on his own four-yard keeper up the mid­dle. That came with 10:03 re­main­ing in the fourth quar­ter.

In that stanza alone, se­nior tail­back Dy­lan Bou­vier pro­vided 31 yards on six car­ries, while Tayes scooped up 30 on four.

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Pho­tos by Ernest A. Brown and Jerry Sil­ber­man / risport­sphoto.com

Ju­nior run­ning back Mar­cus Audet (5, be­low) and the Bur­ril­lville foot­ball team is now 2-0 in Divi­sion III af­ter crush­ing Toll Gate, 36-0, Fri­day night at War­wick Vets. The Black­stone Val­ley’s Divi­sion I schools, Cum­ber­land (bot­tom), St. Raphael and Woonsocket all suf­fered de­feats.

Pho­tos by Jerry Sil­ber­man / risport­sphoto.com

The com­bi­na­tion of wide re­ceiver Ryan Lockwood (9) and ju­nior quar­ter­back Jake Geli­nas (4) tore apart an­other Divi­sion III se­condary Fri­day night against Toll Gate. Geli­nas threw a 10-yard touch­down pass to Lockwood to open the scor­ing and he threw an eight-yard touch­down pass to his class­mate in the sec­ond quar­ter of a 36-0 road vic­tory. The Bron­cos are now 3-1 over­all.

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