Pawtucket Times


November 25



Fullback John Shalpak’s two-yard burst in the fourth

quarter enabled Lincoln to walk away with an 11-6 victory over Pawtucket West before 2,000 frost-bitten Thanksgivi­ng Day fans at Max Read Memorial Field. The Lions’ other points were scored by Walt Donzilla on a 15-yard field goal and when Craig Lund, who intercepte­d the pass to setup Shalpak’s TD, tossed a strike to Peter Allen for a two-point conversion on a successful placement fake. Rick Blanco grabbed an errant Greg Belanger pass and galloped 78 unmolested yards for the Rangers’ lone touchdown.


Coach Howie Catley’s Lincoln offense rushed for 415 yards with Bob Haskins (125 yards), Mike Slattery (110) and Ken Vincenzi (104) leading the way as the Lions crushed coach Fred Pastore’s Shea gridders 31-0 in their annual Turkey Day fray. Runs by Dave Brakenwage­n (oneyard), Vincenzi (nine), Haskins (two), Slattery (66) and Rob Walker (10) led the Lions’ touchdown parade. Lincoln takes an 8-0-2 mark into the Class A Super Bowl while the Raiders finish up a fine season at 6-4.


Gary Dufault, Joel DeMarco and Steve Schmidts each picked off passes and DeMarco recovered a fumble as coach Howie Catley’s defense held Shea’s vaunted ground attack to 113 yards on a wet and muddy Max Read Field en route to a 12-0 Thanksgivi­ng Day win. The Lions tallied their touchdowns on a three-yard run by QB Keith Ramage and on Dufault’s 60-yard intercepti­on rumble. The Raiders (9-2) are headed to the Class D Super Bowl, while Lincoln concluded its season with a 7-3 record.

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