Su­per Bowl bound

North Smith­field/MSC dom­i­nates Toll Gate to reach first ti­tle game

Woonsocket Call - - SPORTS - By RYAN D. MUR­RAY

CUM­BER­LAND – Top-seeded North Smith­field/Mount St. Charles squashed the No. 4 Toll Gate 56-8 in the Di­vi­sion IV semi­fi­nals at Tucker Field Satur­day af­ter­noon to earn their first trip to the Su­per Bowl.

North Smith­field ju­nior quar­ter­back Jack Puc­cetti tossed three touch­down passes, all to se­nior wide re­ceiver Ja­son Meri­wether, while sopho­more run­ning back Jor­dan Al­lard added two scores on the ground.

“The kids played re­ally well to­day,” North­men coach Wes Pen­ning­ton said. “So, I’m ex­cited for them and ex­cited for what they’ve been do­ing all sea­son long. We’ve been play­ing with ex­cite­ment all year, so it’s not a sur­prise to me that they came out and played the way they did. And, I think Toll Gate was just a lit­tle down over the year, so I’m just ex­cited to be in the next game.”

The Ti­tans re­ceived the ball first and af­ter a three-and-out deep in their own ter­ri­tory were forced to punt. That punt at­tempt was blocked by North Smith­field ju­nior de­fen­sive end Ethan Garneau and re­cov­ered by the Ti­tans in the end zone, which re­sulted in a safety, putting the North­men up 2-0.

North Smith­field also re­ceived the en­su­ing kick­off, which they re­turned to the Toll Gate 49.

Af­ter an eight-yard run from ju­nior run­ning back Cade Cur­ran, Mount sopho­more full­back Jared Beau­doin took the rock 13 yards up the gut to the 28. Two plays later, Puc­cetti threw a dart to Meri­wether, who took it in for the touch­down and ex­tended the North Smith­field lead to 8-0 with 8:09 re­main­ing in the first quar­ter.

The Ti­tans had a mis­cue on the first play of their next pos­ses­sion when quar­ter­back Greyson Pasquina’s hand­off to run­ning back Ezra Cox was fum­bled dur­ing the trans­fer and re­cov­ered by North­men ju­nior de­fen­sive tackle Cole Dubois at the Ti­tans 15.

Then, on third down, Al­lard rushed up the gut eight yards and into end zone and in­creased the North­men’s ad­van­tage to 14-0 with 6:39 left in the first quar­ter. Sopho­more kicker Pasquale Ca­mas­tro added the ex­tra point af­ter that and made it 15-0

Fol­low­ing that, Toll Gate went for it on a fourth-and-4 from its own 38, but Pasquina’s fourth-down pass at­tempt to wide re­ceiver Anthony Shaw fell in­com­plete, giv­ing North Smith­field the ball at the Ti­tans 38.

On sec­ond down, Cur­ran ran up the gut 13 yards to the 25. Next, Beau­doin plowed his way 19 yards to the 4. Then, on first and goal, Cur­ran took the ball in for the score and upped the North­men’s lead to 22-0 with 1:50 re­main­ing in the first quar­ter.

Af­ter an­other Toll Gate three-and-out, the North­men took over at mid­field.

On first down, Puc­cetti found sopho­more tight end Michael Paiva, who took it to the Toll Gate 28. Next, Puc­cetti con­nected with Meri­wether for his sec­ond score of the con­test and gave the North­men a 29-0 cush­ion with 11:45 left in the sec­ond quar­ter.

An in­ter­cep­tion by North Smith­field ju­nior cor­ner­back Joshua Carufel gave the North­men the rock at the Toll Gate 42 af­ter that.

On sec­ond down, Cur­ran took it up the mid­dle for 10 yards to the 32. Two plays later, Cur­ran rushed again and brought it 12 yards to the 19. Next, Beau­doin took it to the 9 be­fore Al­lard ran it in for the score and put North Smith­field up 36-0 with 7:52 re­main­ing in the first half.

Toll Gate got as far as mid­field on its next drive be­fore turn­ing the ball over on downs.

On a sec­ond-and-9, Puc­cetti launched a 49-yard touch­down pass to Meri­wether and bal­looned the North­men’s ad­van­tage to 43-0 with 4:57 re­main­ing in the half.

North Smith­field got the ball first to start the sec­ond half and got right to work from their own 40.

On sec­ond down, Cur­ran rushed right 17 yards and took it to the Toll Gate 45. Next, se­nior wide re­ceiver Xavier Croteau car­ried it 20 yards to the 25. Then, Croteau took it again, this time left to the 6-yard line. Fi­nally, on a first and goal, Croteau fin­ished the job with a touch­down run up the mid­dle that gave North Smith­field a com­mand­ing 50-0 lead with 9:55 re­main­ing in the third quar­ter.

The North­men started their next pos­ses­sion deep in Ti­tans’ ter­ri­tory at the Toll Gate 8 af­ter Dubois blocked a punt.

How­ever, the Ti­tans de­fense showed up and de­nied the North­men, who had just put in their backup quar­ter­back Colby Shan­non for the drive.

Then, on a third-and-8 from the Toll Gate 25, Pasquina heaved a pass to a wide-open Shaw, who took it all the way to pay dirt for a 75-yard score and that got the Ti­tans within 50-6 with 2:00 left in the third quar­ter. Pasquina also con­nected with Shaw dur­ing the two-point con­ver­sion and inched Toll Gate within 50-8.

The North­men got their fi­nal tally of the game on a 35-yard touch­down rush from Tim DeVries, a se­nior, which made it 56-8 with 44 sec­onds to play.

With the vic­tory, North Smith­field earns a spot in the Su­per Bowl op­po­site No. 3 Tiver­ton next Sun­day at Cranston Sta­dium.

“I think we’re go­ing to go there, hope­fully to play well, and who­ever it is, whether its Pon­a­ganset or Tiver­ton, we’ll game plan and we’ll set it up, and we’ll get ready to go,” Pen­ning­ton said. “This is the first time that North Smith­field has been in the cham­pi­onship game, so we’re just ex­cited right now. We’re go­ing to en­joy this and then we’ll get ready for those guys.”

Xavier Croteau (21, left) gets hauled down by a Toll Gate de­fender dur­ing No. 1 North Smith­field/ Mount St. Charles’ 56-8 Di­vi­sion IV semi­fi­nal vic­tory over the No. 4 Ti­tans Satur­day.

Mount St. Charles sopho­more run­ning back Jared Beau­doin, North Smith­field’s Michael Paiva (cen­ter) and the No. 1 North­men cel­e­brate Satur­day’s Di­vi­sion IV semi­fi­nal win over Toll Gate.

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