No­vans topped

Villa No­vans fall to Town­ies

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS - By BREN­DAN McGAIR bm­c­gair@paw­tuck­et­times.com

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.

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