Who’s No. 1 in Divi­sion III?

Un­de­feated War­riors ‘host’ un­beaten Tigers at Max Read Field

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

It would be wise for some­one from the Pawtucket Parks & Re­cre­ation De­part­ment to head over to Max Read Field and make sure the bulbs on the score­board are work­ing prop­erly.

Satur­day af­ter­noon’s Divi­sion III clash of league un­beat­ens prom­ises to be a high-scor­ing af­fair, thus the last thing any­one wants to see is a score­board that re­sem­bles an in­com­plete pass.

Both head coaches, Cen­tral Falls boss Jeff Lapierre and Tol­man men­tor Ja­son DeLawrence, feel that points will be avail­able by the bushel. Thus, the pres­sure is on each team’s de­fense to min­i­mize the dam­age and pro­vide the of­fense with even greater odds to find­ing the end zone.

The War­riors are av­er­ag­ing 46.6 ppg en route to a 5-0 start with four of those wins com­ing against league op­po­nents. In three D-III con­tests, the Tigers (3-0 Divi­sion III, 3-1 over­all) are av­er­ag­ing 45.3 points. See what we mean about mak­ing sure the Max Read Field score­board is primed and ready? An­other of­fen­sive as­sault should be on dis­play – fans of both sides can bank on an en­ter­tain­ing two-plus hours.

“They’re a great team and they’ve got some ridicu­lously fast ath­letes. We’ve got to make sure we slow them down. If you give up the big play against them, you’re done. You’ve got to make them earn ev­ery piece of land they get.”

— Tol­man coach Ja­son DeLawrence on Cen­tral Falls

At this stage, the marked men in each camp have been de­fined. For Cen­tral Falls, it’s about try­ing to con­tain Tol­man se­nior quar­ter­back Justin Kle­manchuck. That starts by mix­ing up the cov­er­ages so that Kle­manchuck can’t lock in on one or two looks.

“We know he’s very tal­ented, but if he kills us with his arm, my hats off to him. I don’t want him to kill us with his feet,” said Lapierre, ref­er­enc­ing Kle­manchuck’s 99-yard touch­down run against Pil­grim last week. “We can’t chase ghosts. Pil­grim had him in the back­field and it was al­most a safety, then it took it to the house. That’s a con­cern.”

At the top of DeLawrence’s todo list is mak­ing sure that Cen­tral Falls’ dynamic duo of Dutchie Ar­royo and Jor­dan Al­varado don’t get into the open field. Each player scored two touch­downs in the War­riors’ re­cent con­test, a 41-6 blowout of Nar­ra­gansett.

“They’re a great team and they’ve got some ridicu­lously fast ath­letes. We’ve got to make sure we slow them down,” DeLawrence said. “If you give up the big play against them, you’re done. You’ve got to make them earn ev­ery piece of land they get.”

Satur­day’s 1:30 p.m. kick­off is also home­com­ing for Cen­tral Falls, mean­ing Lapierre’s crew gets to don their blue uni­forms. For the Tigers, Satur­day marks one of the pro­gram’s big­gest games in re­cent years. Tol­man en­dured tough times over the last few years in Divi­sion I be­fore re­align­ment in­ter­vened and placed DeLawrence & Co. in a divi­sion that’s en­abling them to re­turn to their win­ning ways.

Given the land­scape of Divi­sion III at the mo­ment – af­ter Satur­day, they’ll only be one un­beaten team in the league re­main­ing – it wouldn’t reg­is­ter as a shock to see Tol­man and Cen­tral Falls meet up down the line with even big­ger stakes up for grabs.

“There’s a good chance we could see them again, but it’s a long way away,” DeLawrence said.

The Tigers and the War­riors aren’t the only lo­cal teams en­ter­ing this week­end’s ac­tion with a flaw­less league record. Bur­ril­lville (4-0, Divi­sion II-B) and the North Smith­field/Mount St. Charles Coop team (3-0, Divi­sion IV) will be putting per­fec­tion on the line come Fri­day night. At 6 p.m., the North­men will host win­less EWG/ Prout Co-op while the Bron­cos travel to Gaudet Mid­dle School for a 7 p.m. matchup against 2-2 Mid­dle­town.

Also Fri­day night, Lin­coln (13, Divi­sion II-A) has a chance to jump back in the play­off pic­ture as win­less John­ston comes to Fer­gu­son Field for a 7 p.m. con­test. A key Divi­sion I-A clash is set at Max Read Field as Shea (3-1) hosts East Prov­i­dence (2-2). That game is at 7 o’clock as is an­other I-A con­test that fea­tures St. Raphael (0-4) trav­el­ing to North Kingstown (3-1).

Satur­day’s slate in­cludes a matchup of 3-1 teams in Divi­sion II-A as West War­wick vis­its Woonsocket in a 1 p.m. con­test at Barry Field. At 2:30, Cum­ber­land (2-2, Divi­sion I-A) will take the field at 1-3 South Kingstown.

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SQUIB KICKS: The order of the four Su­per Bowls sched­uled for the week­end of Nov. 17-18 has been de­ter­mined. Di­vi­sions I and II will be held on Satur­day, Nov. 17 while Di­vi­sions III and IV are set for Sun­day, Nov. 18. All games will be held at Cranston Sta­dium.

File photo by Jerry Sil­ber­man / risport­sphoto.com

Leonardo DaVeiga (6), Jor­dan Al­varado (1) and the un­de­feated Cen­tral Falls foot­ball team trav­els to Max Read Field to­mor­row af­ter­noon at 1:30 to face un­de­feated Tol­man for the No. 1 seed in the up­com­ing Divi­sion III play­offs. Both squads en­ter the con­test un­de­feated in the divi­sion.

File photo by Ernest A. Brown

The un­de­feated Tol­man foot­ball team faces its tough­est league test to date when un­beaten Cen­tral Falls comes to Max Read Field to­mor­row to play for the top spot in Divi­sion III.

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