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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-20-2019

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10 SPORTS & RECREATION NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU St. Raphael Academy junior captain and set- ter MADISON NAULT, shown getting ready to serve the ball during Sunday afternoon's Division III championship match at Rhode Island College, dished out 28 assists to help the Saints defeat Block Island by scores of 25-19, 25-22, 25-19. TIGERS From Page 9 wants to try to match that success. It was a cold night last Friday at Max Read Field as the Tigers blanked the Chargers for their fifth shutout of the season. The Tigers, who had four interceptions in the game, saw their quarterback, Jordan Cooper, throw a pick of his own on the game's first play. But Chariho was unable to capitalize on it, and thanks to a sack by Andrew Valentin, the Chargers couldn't advance the ball past Tolman's 20-yard line. "Our defense has been playing lights out," DeLawrence said. "They're big, fast, and aggressive, and they didn't let that turnover hurt us." After the Chargers punted the ball and pinned the Tigers at their own three-yard line, Tolman put together a 12-play, 97-yard touchdown run that saw Cooper hit Daniel Akinsheye and Aaron Carrion with key passes before tailback Cute Today capped the drive with a nine-yard touchdown run with 2:18 to go in the first quarter. Late in the second quarter, Tolman's Anthony Morrison intercepted a pass and returned it 23 yards to the Chargers' 22, and that led to the Tigers' next score, a four-yard touch- down pass from Cooper to Carrion. "We knew (Chariho) was going to throw the ball," DeLawrence said. "That's how they beat Narragansett, and that's how they played tough against Pilgrim when they played them. We knew the pass was going to come, but I felt that my front four were aggressive and I have speed." The Tigers scored their other two touchdowns in the third quar- ter, the first on a 42-yard pass from Cooper to Isai Prince and the second on a 12-yard run by Elijah Osei. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they went 0-for-4 on their two-point conver- sion attempts. "We're a difficult team to stop offen- sively," DeLawrence said. "I have speed outside, I have big wide receiv- ers, and now I have all my running backs in my backfield. It's pick your poison. Do you want to stop the run or do you want to stop the pass? You decide." Saints also held a 2-0 lead, only to drop the third set and come back to top the Knights in a close fourth set. In the win over Block Island, which had split its regular-season series with the Saints, "We took it to a whole other level," SRA head coach Cory Linhares said. "Our offense is great; Maddie's the best setter (in Division III) in my opinion, and we have the middle and the outside (hitters) that all do a great job. And our defense was a big thing. Athena (Rodrigues) played out of her mind today, and Ava Tavares also played great as a fresh- man, which is crazy." There were mixed feelings about the Saints' opponent, as Nault said she wanted to play Rogers to get revenge from last year, while Linhares said he was glad Rogers fell short in its semifinal-round match against Block Island and the ghost of last year was officially gone. This year, as a second-year program, Block Island captured the regular-season with a 16-1 mark, with the Saints topping the Hurricanes, 3-2, on Sept. 20 at SRA's Alumni Hall, but suffering a 3-1 loss at Block Island in their regular-season finale. While it was a new experience to see a team have to be ferried over to the mainland to play in a champion- ship match, playing in the finals was old hat for the Saints. "We expected to be here," Linhares said. "The expectation was to come here and win it all, and I thought we did that pretty well. We wanted it and we got it." Both teams were on top of their service to start the day, especially the Saints, who went up 5-0 in the first set on Nault's serve and never trailed in taking the first set. "We knew we had this game," Nault said. "No nerves were in it as we came in. We were just ready to go." The Hurricanes jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set, but the Saints came back to tie the contest at 6-6, and from that point on, both teams continued to battle for the lead. The Hurricanes' last lead was 21-20, but thanks to Nault's service and Victoria Adegboyega's game-clinching kill, the Saints were able to take control of the match. "It was our defense," Linhares said about the key to his team's victory. "Our offense is our hallmark, we make it off kills; but our defense, especially Athena Rodrigues and Tatyana Vicente, was awesome. No ball hit the ground for us, and that was the big thing for us. Going in, if our defense was good, we were going to be good." The third set was another close one, with a handful of ties at the start of it, but Adegboyega delivered a kill to give SRA an 11-10 lead that eventually grew to 21-13. The Hurricanes managed to cut their deficit to SAINTS From Page 8 See CHAMPIONS, Page 12 We want your Holiday Drawings! Send or drop off entries to: HOLIDAY DRAWINGS c/o The Valley Breeze Newspapers, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865. fill our pages with your drawings this holiday season. Please draw your best Christmas Holiday season picture and send it to us. We'll select drawings to be published in our newspapers between now and Christmas. Thousands of local people will get to see your beautiful work – with the little artist's name included, of course! Any young artist, age 4 through 12, may enter. Send us a clean drawing on a sheet of 8.5"X11" plain white paper. Make it colorful! It may be religious or non-religious. All drawings are welcome. 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