Pawtucket Times


November 22


1982 Jeff Allen, a bullish fullback,

rushed for 140 yards on 21 carries and scored the game’s only two touchdowns to lead coach Dennis O’Brien’s undefeated (10-0-0) Saint Raphael Academy gridders to a 12-0 blanking over Tolman before 5,500 fans at McCoy Stadium for the Saints’ third consecutiv­e win in this venerable Thanksgivi­ng Day rivalry. Both of Allen’s TDs came in the final period on a six-yard buck and a 43-yard gallop. “We felt we were in better shape than they were and that we’d catch them in the fourth quarter,” said SRA linebacker Steve Costa, who played an outstandin­g game.


Bryan Tamul tallied two touchdowns, one from the air and one on the ground, as coach Todd Vasey’s Saint Raphael Academy football team bagged Tolman 25-6 before a modest McCoy Stadium crowd of 2,500 to even the Turkey Day series at 30-30-4. The Saints’ TDs came via a seven-yard pass from QB Wayde Labossiere to Tamul, a 39-yard jaunt by Tamul, a 13-yard bull by Jacob Cooney and a 15-yard gallop by Toney Barker. The Tigers’ lone tally occurred when Tony Maciel recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.


Justin Wright, a standout tailback, rushed for 90 yards on 16 carries and scored a touchdown, but it was not enough, as undefeated (10-0-0) Bishop Feehan downed Saint Raphael Academy 21-8 in their inaugural Thanksgivi­ng Day encounter before a large gathering at McGrath Field. Wright tallied on a three-yard run in the third quarter with a Chris Braddock to Jared Bessette pass converting the PAT. “We knew it was going to be a hard fought game,” stated SRA coach Mike Sassi.

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