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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-07-2019

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18 SPORTS & RECREATION NOV. 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER the defending champion Tigers, quickly fell behind 4:40 into the game on N.S./MSC quarterback Jack Puccetti's 25-yard touch- down pass to Joshua Carufel. Ponaganset came back with a drive that started at the 50 and reached N.S./Mount's three- yard line. But the drive ended there, when on first-and-goal, the Chieftains fumbled the ball away at the one-yard line. On the Chieftains' next pos- session, they again got the ball into the red zone, but on fourth down, quarterback Zach Silvaggio was intercepted by Ethan Alexander. But on its third series, Ponaganset took a 7-6 lead on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Silvaggio to Nicholas Baccala and the extra point by Ryan DeRoche. The Chieftains carried their one-point lead into halftime and kept the momentum in the opening minutes of the third quarter when they recovered a fumble by N.S./MSC at its 43. But after two false starts and a three-yard run gave the Chieftains a 2nd-and-17 at the 50, Silvaggio saw the snap sail over his head, and N.S/Mount's Ethan Garneau picked up the loose ball and brought it down the field for the go-ahead touch- down. While N.S./Mount was unable to tack on the extra point, the visitors did score two points on a safety to make it a 14-7 game with 1:27 to go in the third quar- ter. Facing a fourth down on their 14-yard line, the Chieftains saw the snap to their punter sail over his head and into the end zone for a safety. "It was a good game, hard fought by each side," Cook said. "We just made too many mental mistakes." Before N.S./Mount took its two-touchdown lead in the game's final minutes, the visitors nearly got on the board again at the start of the fourth quarter. They had the ball on the Chieftains' 1-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs after they lost two yards on a carry and threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-goal. "This is a great football team that we beat tonight," North Smithfield head coach Wes Pennington added. "We're just happy to get out of this with a win." The Chieftains were coming off a 35-7 victory over Davies Tech that saw Silvaggio score a touchdown and throw TD passes to Ryan Smith and Aaron Parenteau, and Marcus Carpenter also scored on TD runs of 50 and 20 yards and ran for over 100 yards. In the victory over the Tigers, Carpenter had a monster game that saw rush for 323 yards and again score multiple touch- downs. And before that victory, Ponaganset rolled to a 38-20 win at home over the Exeter-West Greenwich/Prout co-op team that saw Carpenter run for 226 yards and three TDs, Silvaggio toss touchdown passes to Chris Brennan and Smith, and Baccala also score a touchdown. While N.S./Mount, which will host one-win Scituate on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in its regular-season finale, will be the top seed in the playoffs that will begin next weekend, Ponaganset, which is 4-3 and expected to battle Tiverton (5-2) in next week's semifinals, will visit two-win Hope on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Gallagher girls place third at RIPCOA state championships EAST GREENWICH – The Gallagher Middle School girls' cross country team delighted its retir- ing head coach, Bruce Ewart, at Sunday after- noon's RIPCOA state championship meet at East Greenwich High's two-mile course by finishing as high as third place in the varsity team standings for the first time since 2015. Caroline Bosco led the way for Gallagher by tak- ing 10th place in a time of 12:40.3. Kam Lynch (29th place, 13:27.1) and Julia Cavanaugh (30th, 13:27.4) cracked the top 30, and Ashley Gagner (51st, 13:44.9), Sadie DeMaggio (54th, 13:48.3), Brianna Walsh (56th, 13:52.4), and Rita Howard (65th, 13:58.8) also finished the race in under 14 minutes. Scituate, which took 15th place in the stand- ings, also saw Mia Bettez (18th place, 13:00.7), Ava Gregory (47th, 13:40.1), and Jaicee Downs (50th, 13:43.8) place in the top 50. In the boys' varsity race, the top local finisher was Smithfield's Grady McGinnis, who attends De La Salle Middle School. He took second place in a time of 10:59.5 that was 37.8 seconds behind the winner, St. Philomena's James McCarron. Also placing in the top 10 was Ponaganset's Jeremy Roe, who took 10th place in a time of 11:19. The top local school was Gallagher, which fin- ished 15th in the standings. Ryan Cavanagh was Gallagher's top finisher, as he took 41st place in 12:19.3, and right behind him was teammate Parker Boyd (53rd, 12:26.8). Smithfield's McGinnis finishes second in boys' cross country race; Bosco, Roe take 10th places CHIEFTAINS From Page 17 Connecticut for this weekend's New Englands. Placing 25th in a time of 16:43.18 was Smithfield resident and La Salle senior Allen Currie, who will join his teammates at the New Englands. The Rams handily captured the state title by taking six of the top 10 places. Scituate senior Colin Maher also capped his high school career in style by placing 43rd in 17:13.56. As for the Smithfield High boys' team, the Sentinels placed 11th out of 19 schools and had just two runners place among the top 70. Smithfield junior Ethan Maione took 50th place in 17:19.31 and senior Tim Ferron was 69th in 17:35.21. CROSS COUNTRY From Page 17 PHOTOS BY CHUCK NADEAU / WWW.CHUCKN.COM Left, Ponaganset sophomore linebacker CHRISTIAN PLOUFFE, #54, slams North Smithfield/MSC senior tail- back CADE CURRAN to the ground during last Friday's Division IV game. 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