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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-21-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOV. 21-27, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 21 PHOTOS BY CHUCK NADEAU / WWW.CHUCKN.COM Left, North Smithfield senior quarterback JACK PUCCETTI dashes toward the first down marker during last Friday's Division IV semifinal-round game, which was won by the co-op squad, 24-21. Above, North Smithfield senior wide receiver JOSH CARUFEL, #13, pushes away Ponaganset sophomore defensive back TYLER BROWN as he brings the ball down the field on a 16-yard reception on the second-to-last play of the first quarter. game, so we dug through and came out on top." And in the process, N.S./Mount landed back in the Super Bowl against the Tigers, who ruined the co-op team's bid for an unbeaten season and the program's first championship in last year's title game. Not only did N.S./Mount watch a 22-0 lead evapo- rate in that contest, but Tiverton also rallied for 21 unanswered points in the second half to come away with a 43-29 victory. The loss was tough to swallow and tough to forget for N.S./Mount, but it helped fuel the players throughout this season, especially in their regular- season meeting on Oct. 5 in Tiverton, which saw the locals post a 30-12 vic- tory. "There's going to be a lot of emo- tion in that game," Allard said when asked about the Super Bowl, which is scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. at Cranston Stadium. "It's the revenge tour. That's what we're calling this season. We needed to get back to the Super Bowl, and beating Tiverton on that stage would be crazy. It would make our year." While Camastro was obviously the hero of the night with his clutch field goal, the player of the game may have been Allard, who ran for 71 yards and the game's first touchdown on 19 car- ries, but more importantly, scooped up a pair of fumbles on defense, the first on the third play of the game and the latter with 2:33 left in the contest. With the ball on their 20 – follow- ing a missed 33-yard field goal by Camastro – and 4:33 on the clock, the Chieftains set their sights on driving down the field and producing the go- ahead points. But a holding penalty on their second play pushed them back 10 yards, and two plays later, Allard stripped the ball out of the hands of a running back who took a pass from Silvaggio and brought it to the 25. "Michael Paiva, the other middle linebacker, had him wrapped up, and I was like, 'Okay, we got him,'" recalled Allard. "Then I saw the ball, so I ripped it out and took it, and that was pretty much the end of it. It was tough to get out; it wasn't loose. And we're so confident in our kicker that I said (to myself), 'If I get this out, we'll win this game.' That was definitely a momentum changer. If we don't get that strip, there was three minutes on the clock and who know what hap- pens." "That one that he was ripped out of the kid's hands was huge," added N.S./Mount head coach Wes Pennington. "But I told the guys before the game, 'You can make the biggest play of the game on any play, but you have to be looking to do that,' and he was looking to make a play and he made one, and I'll tell you what, it was the biggest play of the game." N.S./Mount then went to work. After a delay of game penalty moved the hosts back five yards, the hosts kept the ball on the ground – kill- ing 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 attempted his kick, Ponaganset head coach Jim Cook called a time-out in an attempt to ice him, but when play resumed, Camastro nailed his game-winning kick straight through the uprights, sending the hosts and their fans into jubilation. When Camastro missed his first field goal, "it was kind of in my head," he said. "But when I went out for that second kick, I washed it all away, focused on my job and what needed to be done, and went from there." "I told him, 'Expect a time-out, and sure enough, they came out and called a time-out," recalled Pennington. "But he came back in and just kicked it through. It was a great game." It was indeed a great game, which got off to an excellent start for the hosts when Allard recovered the game's first fumble, and just 92 sec- onds into play, raced into the end zone on a 20-yard touchdown run. Ponaganset sophomore tailback Ethan Carpenter, who finished the game with 138 yards on the ground on 15 carries, tied the score at 7-7 with a 55-yard TD run with 6:57 left in the quarter, but N.S./Mount quickly reclaimed its lead when a wide-open Ethan Alexander hauled in a 29-yard TD pass from quarterback Jack Puccetti with 3:16 to go in the quarter. On the second play of the second quarter, Puccetti gave the hosts a 21-7 lead with a 17-yard keeper that saw him get stopped at the one-yard line, but reach the ball over the goal line before getting tackled to the turf. For a moment, it appeared as if another N.S./Mount rout was in the making – seven of the co-op squad's N.S./MOUNT From Page 19 See UNBEATEN, Page 22 W inter B all Solstice Ball • Company Party 2044 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 231-2370 • Tis the Season to be Jolly & Smart... Why buy when you can rent? $45 Your Choice Tuxedo or Suit Jan Penkala M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Wishes to announce his retirement from medical practice as of December 31, 2019. Blackstone Valley OBGYN Inc. 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 501, Lincoln, RI Medical records are available through January 2020. Please call 334-2294 during normal business hours.

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