Villa Novans fall to Townies
EAST PROVIDENCE – In a game that went down to the final seconds, East Providence held on for an 8-5 win over Division I-A rival Woonsocket at Pierce Stadium on Friday night.
The Novans (1-2, 1-3 overall) had the ball on Townie 20-yard-line with 33 seconds left when quarterback Geraldi Paniagua sailed an incomplete pass over the head of senior Ke’Vaughn Davis. Woonsocket was given new life after East Providence was flagged for pass interference with 1:16 remaining, this after the Townies elected to take an intentional safety rather than put the ball away from deep inside their own territory.
“We’re competitive. Last year, that wasn’t the case,” said WHS head coach Charlie Bibeault. “We just have to clean up the silly mistakes and penalties.”
Woonsocket took a 3-2 lead into the fourth quarter. The visitors trailed 2-0 at halftime after the first play of the second quarter resulted in a safety in the Townies’ favor.
The 35-yard field goal Woonsocket junior Zachary MacIntyre nailed at the 2:17 mark of the third quarter came after East Providence ran into the Novans punter on fourth down and were called for a personal foul.
The game’s lone touchdown that was scored by the Townies (2-1) was aided when the Novans were flagged for a personal foul that gave the home team 15 free yards. East Providence capitalized as Zachary Fanara took a short pass from quarterback Aaron Parsons and raced into the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown at 9:13 of the final quarter.
Trailing 8-3, Woonsocket saw a drive thwarted when Paniagua was intercepted by East Providence’s Anuoluwapo Ogunronbi with 2:17 left.
The Novans got the ball back one more time after the intentional safety, but Woonsocket couldn’t get close enough for a potential gametying field goal.