Burrillville continues to roll
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.
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.
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.