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Novem­ber 15

1967Saint Raphael Academy and North Providence staged one of the most ex­cit­ing foot­ball games of the school­boy sea­son as they bat­tled to a 25-25 draw at McCoy Sta­dium. The Saints jumped out to a 12-0 lead with less than two min­utes re­main­ing in the half on a Johnny O’Con­nor 25-yard re­v­erse romp and a 35-yard pass from sopho­more QB Ed McNaught to end John Car­roll. Af­ter in­ter­mis­sion, SRA scored on a 63-yard dash by Bob Ku­laga and on a spec­tac­u­lar 53-yard punt re­turn by O’Con­nor where three times he shook loose from de­fend­ers at the 50, los­ing his right shoe in the process, and still out­raced the re­main­ing Cougar de­fend­ers to the end zone.

1977Coach Den­nis O’Brien’s Saint Raphael Academy eleven (7-1 in Class B Small) will be try­ing to snap a 13game Thanks­giv­ing Day los­ing streak to coach Gig Pariseau’s Tol­man (2-4 in Class A Small) squad when they meet for the 49th time in the city se­ries ri­valry. This will be Pariseau’s 35th Tur­key Day tilt ver­sus SRA with the Tigers hold­ing an over­all 28-17-3 edge. Of­fen­sively, the Saints are led by run­ning backs Steve Paul­hus and Jimmy Adams, while Tol­man fea­tures QB Jim Pollock and run­ning backs Dave Neill and Jim Mu­ra­tori.

1987John Pi­cozzi rushed for 161 yards on 16 car­ries, scored two touch­downs and de­fen­sively “was in on ev­ery play” ac­cord­ing to coach Howie Cat­ley as his Lin­coln Lions ral­lied for a 19-14 come-from-be­hind tri­umph over West­erly to im­prove to 7-2 in Class B-One play. Pi­cozzi tal­lied his TDs on a 66-yard dash and an 18-yard scoot, while Brad Dupuis gained 92 yards in 17 at­tempts in­clud­ing a game-win­ning fourth quar­ter three-yard buck with 1:40 left in the con­test. Cat­ley cited the of­fen­sive block­ing of Dave Daig­nault, Tim Har­rold and Brian Bouthelette.

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