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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-05-2019

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LINCOLN – When it comes to varsity experience, there aren't a lot of teams in the state that can match the amount that the players on this season's Lincoln High football team have accumulated over the past few years. Unfortunately for the Lions, almost all of that varsity experience is in other sports, most notably baseball, wrestling, volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse. As for the Lions' experience on the gridiron? Only four starters are back from last year's team, and while there are quite a few newcomers to the program who have been house- hold names in other sports, that's perfectly fine with head coach Sean Cavanaugh. "Our roster is heavy with multi- sport athletes," he said. "That's some- thing (high school football coaches) are trying to promote nationwide. Here at Lincoln, it's fantastic to get these kids out. They're as green as you can be, from a football sense, but they're competitive kids with athletic skills, so we're excited about that." "And (the preseason) has been great," Cavanaugh continued. "There's automatically a little bit of chemistry because the kids know each other from the other sports, and there's been a real competitive nature to practice. It's been really nice." Cavanaugh talked about his squad last Friday afternoon, on the eve of Lincoln's four-team scrimmage at Ponaganset High against the host Chieftains, North Providence, and Ellis Tech of Danielson, Conn., and rattled off the players in each position on his roster as if he was reading a "who's who" of the school's top ath- letes. The most prominent name of the group is senior Randall Hien, a standout in baseball and basketball who is back for his fourth season as the Lions' quarterback, and the other three returning starters are senior center Noah Waite, who Cavanaugh credited as "leading the weight room charge in the offseason" and juniors guards Dylan Balon and Lyric Logan. The Lions' backfield also has a bit of experience in junior wing backs John Jaramillo, Kyle Wilson, Tyler Dusty, and Marcell Rocha, and the senior fullbacks are Andrew King and Allen Setaro. Up front, there has been some com- petition for the tackle spots among juniors Joseph Dufault and Will Postle CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 23 BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Left, Lincoln senior quarterback RANDALL HIEN, shown getting ready to throw a long pass down the field during a scrimmage last Saturday morning against Ponaganset, is back for his fourth season as the Lions' signal caller. Above, Lincoln senior outside linebacker AIDAN MURTHA, left, hauls down a Ponaganset running back during last Saturday's scrimmage. The Lions, who will face Cumberland in a two-quarter Injury Fund game on Friday, will take on former Homecoming Day rival Shea in their non-league opener on Friday, Sept. 13, at Max Read Field. Lincoln brings athletic team to gridiron Football team welcomes four returning starters, multi-sport players to D-II season By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See LINCOLN, Page 25 10 Monument Square Woonsocket RI, 02895 (401)767-1990 100 Old River Rd., Lincoln RI, 02865 (401)333-0780 www.blackstoneriverfcu.org Whatever Color You Decide: New Auto Rates starting at 2.50% * Used Auto Rates starting at 3.40% * *Rates are subject to change and based on credit score. We Have Your Green. Please consider financing your vehicle with us. Also, Re-Finances from other lenders can save you even more. We will give you cash equaling 1% of the finance amount up to $300 for you to refinance from another lender.

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