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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-21-2019

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16 SPORTS & RECREATION NOV. 21-27, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER For a moment, it appeared that another N.S./Mount rout was in the making – seven of the co-op squad's 10 victories were by 27 or more points – but the Chieftains weren't ready to throw in the towel. After Puccetti's TD, the Chieftains answered back with a time-consuming 11-play, 52-yard drive that brought the ball into the red zone. And even though they turned the ball over on downs at the N.S./MSC 18, they gained a bit of momentum from that drive that only escalated in the second half. On N.S./MSC's opening drive of the third quarter, the co-op team turned the ball over on downs at the Chieftains' 39. And on their next drive, facing a fourth-and-five at their 40, the hosts tried a fake punt, but Ponaganset sniffed it out and tackled the punter, Camastro, at the 43. Five plays later, Ponaganset was back in the end zone, this time on a 17-yard run by Carpenter with 3:36 to play in the quarter, and when Ryan DeRoche tacked on the second of his three extra points, the visitors found themselves down by just one score. Both teams then went three-and- out on their next possessions, and after N.S./MSC was forced to punt again five plays into the final quar- ter, Carpenter broke loose on a 33-yard return to give the visitors a first-and-10 at the N.S./Mount 20. And after two carries by Carpenter brought the ball to the N.S./Mount seven, quarterback Zach Silvaggio called his own num- ber and raced into the end zone on the next play. DeRoche added the extra point, and all of sudden, the game was tied and the drama had intensified. When N.S./Mount got the ball back, the co-op team burned nearly four minutes off the clock as it drove from their 38 to the Chieftains' 21 on seven plays. With 4:33 on the clock, N.S./MSC head coach Wes Pennington called on Camastro to boot a 33-yard field goal, but his kick sailed wide to the left. With the ball on their 20, the Chieftains then went to work, but a holding penalty on their second play pushed them back 10 yards, and two plays later, with 2:33 on the clock, Allard stripped the ball out of the hands of a tailback who took a screen pass from Silvaggio and brought it to the 25. N.S./Mount then went to work. After a delay of game penalty moved the hosts back five yards, they kept the ball on the ground – killing as much time as they could – and brought it to the three before Pennington called a time- out with 13.6 seconds to play and sent Camastro back out for a shot at redemption. Before Camastro attempt his kick, Cook called a time-out in an attempt to ice him, but when play resumed, he delivered his game- winning kick straight through the uprights, sending the hosts and their fans into jubilation. But there was still seconds on the clock when the Chieftains returned the ensuing kickoff to their 14. With time for one final play, they tried a hook-and-ladder play, but were unable to move the ball past the 20 as time expired. "In the second half, the momen- tum was on their side," said Pennington, whose team will face Tiverton on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Cranston Stadium in a rematch of last season's title game, which was won by the Tigers, 43-29. "They're a great football team. They pushed, they came back, and they did what they needed to do to get back in the game." "We'll be okay," remarked Cook, whose team will now focus on its Thanksgiving Eve exhibition game at home against Burrillville. "We'll bounce back; we'll be alright. It was a great game – a great season – and I'm proud of them." Despite the loss, the Chieftains saw Carpenter finish the game with 138 yards on the ground on 15 handoffs. In the Chieftains' last reg- ular-season game, a 43-7 win over Hope on Nov. 9 in Providence, he reached the 2,000-yard mark for the season before exiting the game at halftime with several other start- ers and his team holding a com- fortable 36-7 lead. Silvaggio also connected on five of his eight passes for 37 yards in last Friday's game and ran for an additional 59 on 10 carries. CHIEFTAINS From Page 14 came from Scituate's Sophia DiChiaro (girls' 13-14, 51st, 16:37), Smithfield's Kamryn Lynch (girls' 13-14, 59th, 16:57), Scituate's Lucas Borin (boys' 9-10, 60th, 14:02), and Smithfield's Ben Goodson (boys' 11-12, 65th, 12:33), Parker Gaboriault (boys' 9-10, 70th, 14:40), Mike Goodson (boys' 11-12, 71st, 12:43), Julia Cavanaugh (girls' 13-14, 71st, 17:18), and Martiza Howard (girls' 13-14, 75th, 17:23). The top five teams in each age division, as well as the other runners who placed in the top 30 of their races, will advance to the Region 1 Championships on Sunday at Sunken Meadow State Park in Long Island, N.Y. STRIDERS From Page 15 PHOTO BY CHUCK NADEAU / WWW.CHUCKN.COM Ponaganset sophomore running back MARCUS CARPENTER ran for 138 yards and two touch- downs on 15 carries in last Friday's 24-21 loss to the North Smithfield/Mount Saint Charles co-op team in the Division IV semifinals. do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at valleybreeze.com NRI Pediatrics is excited to introduce our new provider, Matthew Wylie M.D. Dr. Wylie is now accepting newborns and families new to the area. We offer complimentary prenatal consults, please call our office today! For more information about our office please visit our website at www.nripediatrics.com. 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