NSMSC over­comes slow start

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS - By BRAN­DEN MELLO bmello@woonsock­et­call.com

NORTH SMITH­FIELD — With un­de­feated Pon­a­ganset com­ing to town next Fri­day night, strug­gling Ex­eter-West Green­wich/Prout co-op’s visit last night ap­peared like a per­fect letdown spot for un­de­feated North Smith­field/ Mount St. Charles.

Through the first 4 min­utes, 17 sec­onds of the Di­vi­sion IV con­test, North­men-Moun­ties were fo­cused on the Scar­let Knights. The hosts pro­duced a three-and­out and then Mount sopho­more Jared Beau­doin scored a four-yard touch­down to build a seven-point ad­van­tage.

The rest of the half, how­ever, NS/MSC coach Wes Pennington would rather for­get. The North­men-Moun­ties didn’t find the end zone again thanks to penal­ties and a pair of turnovers. The hosts woke up in the sec­ond half be­hind a pair of touch­downs from run­ning back Jor­dan Al­lard to earn a 35-6 vic­tory, but Pennington was hop­ing for a bet­ter per­for­mance headed into the big­gest reg­u­lar-sea­son game for the pro­gram in the last five sea­sons.

“We came out re­ally flat and not re­ally ex­cited like we nor­mally are, and when that hap­pens, the foot­ball gods tend to go against you,” Pennington said.

“The ball doesn’t bounce your way and the calls go against you. Then you al­low the other team to stay in the game. The longer they stayed in it, the more hope they got.

“Good teams, when things like this hap­pen, find a way to turn it around and that’s what we did. In the past, we prob­a­bly would’ve given this game away, but not this year.”

North Smith­field/Mount St. Charles (50, 4-0 Di­vi­sion IV) is 5-0 for the first since the pro­gram started play­ing foot­ball back in 1968. As a mat­ter of fact, the North­men have never fin­ished with fewer than two league losses, but this sea­son’s squad will al­most as­suredly ac­com­plish that feat.

The North­men can clinch the No. 1 seed in the Di­vi­sion IV play­offs with a vic­tory over the Chief­tains next Fri­day at 6 p.m. The No. 1 seed is cru­cial be­cause NS/MSC, Pon­a­ganset and Tiver­ton have pulled away from the other five teams in the di­vi­sion.

“I’m ex­tremely proud of what we’re do­ing and how hard we’re work­ing,” Pennington said. “We’re look­ing for­ward to ev­ery time they step out on the field be­cause they re­ally are a good bunch of kids to coach.”

Ex­eter-West Green­wich/Prout (0-5, 0-5 Di­vi­sion III) scored its only points in the fi­nal sec­onds of the third quar­ter when ju­nior Malakie Si­mao took a re­v­erse on a kick­off 83 yards for a touch­down to cut the Northd men-Moun­ties’ lead down to 21-6. t NSMSC’s pro­duced four turnovers and sacked a pair of EWG/Prout quar­ter­backs twice. The fi­nal points of the game came on d

k a sack and the en­su­ing fum­ble was picked up by North Smith­field ju­nior Matt Beau­soleil, who rum­bled 10 yards for a touch­down.

“The de­fense played great, we shut them out es­sen­tially,” Pennington said. “I’m happy with what we’re do­ing. We just need to come back work hard and con­tinue to fo­cus on what we’ve been work­ing on.”

With star run­ning back Cade Cur­ren out for pre­cau­tion­ary rea­sons af­ter suf­fer­ing a tweaked ham­string dur­ing the bye week, Pennington turned to a com­mit­tee of run­ning backs to sub­due the Scar­let Knights. Beau­doin car­ried the ball 11 times for 76 yards and a pair of touch­downs, while Chris Marsella, Al­lard and Xavier Croteau also ran the ball.

Al­lard, who didn’t carry the ball two weeks ago against Tiver­ton, scored twice in third quar­ter to break the game open. The sopho­more made it a 14-0 game with a three-yard touch­down run 5:26 into the third and then he added a five-yard touch­down run prior to Si­mao’s kick­off re­turn. Beau­doin added a five­yard touch­down run 3:28 into the fi­nal quar­ter.

“We rested Cade tonight and Al­lard looked good and Jared looked good and so did Rocco Marsella,” Pennington said. “We have some depth at run­ning back, but we still want to get Cade back next week.”

Se­nior quar­ter­back Jack Puc­cetti strug­gled to con­nect with his re­ceivers for long stretches of the con­test, as the se­nior fin­ished 10-of-22 for 150 yards. Re­ceiver Ja­son Meri­weather caught four passes for 45 yards. The se­nior also had a 50-yard touch­down re­cep­tion called back in the first half be­cause of an il­le­gal-man-down-field penalty.

John­ston (0-5 Di­vi­sion IIA) had a promis­ing first-quar­ter drive snuffed out as LHS se­nior Michael Mar­cac­cio came away with an in­ter­cep­tion in the end zone. Mar­cac­cio brought the ball out to the eight-yard line but a Lin­coln penalty pushed the Lions near the goal line. The only point the Pan­thers recorded on the night came when Ju­lian Kar­raz was tack­led in the end zone for a safety.

Lin­coln quickly moved past the safety with an ex­plo­sive sec­ond quar­ter that fea­tured touch­downs on three straight drives. Kar­raz broke free for a 52-yard score and Hien passed for touch­downs to Toro (30 yards) and Moi­son (31 yards). Just like that, the Lions en­joyed a 29-2 lead.

Lin­coln kept it go­ing in the third quar­ter. Hien’s fourth and fi­nal scor­ing strike of the con­test was a thing of beauty as he rolled right, which bought a few ex­tra sec­onds for Moi­son to find some space in the end zone. The end re­sult was a 19-yard score that was Moi­son’s sec­ond touch­down grab of the game.

The capped on what was Se­nior Night for Lin­coln came at 10:23 of the fi­nal quar­ter when Erick Solorzano con­verted a 35yard field goal. John­ston 2 – 0 – 0 – 0 --- 2

Lin­coln 8 – 21 – 7 – 3 --- 39

L – Kyle Moi­son 59 pass from Ran­dall Hien (Ni­cholas Toro pass from Hien)

J – Safety, Ju­lian Kar­raz tack­led in the end zone L – Kar­raz 52 run (Erick Solorzano kick)

L – Toro 30 pass from Hien (Solorzano kick)

L – Moi­son 31 pass from Hien (Solorzano kick) L – Toro 19 pass from Hien (Solorzano kick)

L – So­larzano 35 field goal

Photo by Ernest A. Brown

Mount St. Charles sopho­more run­ning back Jared Beau­doin (right) scored a pair of touch­downs to help North Smith­field/MSC over­whelm vis­it­ing Ex­eter-West Green­wich/Prout, 35-6, Fri­day night.

Photo by Ernest A. Brown

Lin­coln quar­ter­back Ran­dall Hien (cen­ter) threw four touch­down passes to lead the Lions to a 39-2 vic­tory over John­ston Fri­day night at Fer­gu­son Field.

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