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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-07-2018

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CRANSTON – For the second straight year, the Shea High football team's postsea- son ended in the quarterfinals, but unlike last season, the Raiders fell in the Division I playoffs, suffering a 34-14 defeat to Cranston West last Saturday night at Cranston Stadium. Last season, the Raiders hosted Westerly in the Division II quarterfinals. It was cold and raw, and the Raiders fell, 32-7. From there, the Raiders were elevated to Division I and posted a 3-4 mark in the state's top divi- sion. They had won their first three games, including their season-opening non-leaguer with Lincoln, before losing to Cumberland, 20-14. The Raiders rebounded after that loss to defeat Barrington, 27-10, but pro- ceeded to lose their next four games. "Our first year in D-I, we did some good things, but I thought we could have done better," Shea head coach Dino Campopiano said. "Unfortunately, we didn't tonight." Because of last Friday night's forecasted rain and high winds, the game was moved to Saturday night. Last Friday was balmy and did not hold much rain until later in the night, while on the other hand, Saturday night was cold and windy. The wind decided to pick up toward halftime and did not let up until Cranston West was celebrat- ing its victory. The Raiders' defense was basically non-existent in the first quarter, as the Falcons scored touchdowns on their first three possessions. Shea scored a touchdown with 3:17 left in the quarter, as a 48-yard pass from quarter- back Eric Palmer to Gregory Williams set up a four-yard touchdown run by Malik Jackson, but the Falcons went into the second quarter with a 20-7 lead. Shea's defense rebounded in the middle quarters of the game, received an inter- ception from Travaughn Famogun in the third quarter, and didn't allow another score until the final quarter, but the Raiders didn't get back on the board until midway through that quarter on a 56-yard touchdown pass from Palmer to Jaylen Smith. The Raiders were also 1-for- 6 on fourth-down conversions in the game. "Cranston West, definitely in the first quarter, controlled us up front and moved the PAWTUCKET – The St. Raphael Academy girls' volley- ball team wanted to accomplish a couple of things during its Senior Night last Thursday, and one of them was to clinch the seven-year-old program's first regular-season championship. And the Saints were able to do that by posting a 3-1 triumph over Division III-A rival Shea that not only secured their title, but also gave them the top seed in the six-team D-III playoffs. "And we finally broke the curse of playing Shea on Senior Night," SRA head coach Eric Silveira said. "We were up two sets (when we played them) last year and lost in five. We defi- nitely broke the curse this year and I'm happy about that." It was no easy feat, as the Saints took the first two sets by scores of 25-21 and 26-24, but 20 SPORTS & RECREATION NOVEMBER 7-13, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Saints net historic regular-season title Girls' volleyball squad takes 15-1 record into next week's Division III semifinals vs. Shea By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU St. Raphael Academy senior captain SYDNEY CHARETTE, shown bumping the ball during last Thursday night's match against Shea High, had seven kills, 11 aces, and 14 digs to help lead the Saints to a 3-1 victory. See RAIDERS, Page 21 Falcons bounce Raiders from Div. I playoffs Cranston West scores TDs on first three possessions, captures quarterfinal-round duel, 34-14 By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com Continues on next page

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