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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-21-2019

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22 SPORTS & RECREATION NOV. 21-27, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION hard-nosed football, and we know that if (our opponents) can't score, we can't lose. That's kind of a saying we use." The Novans will certainly need to play its very best defense on Sunday when they face the Kilties, who are making their first trip to the Super Bowl since winning the Division IV title from 2010-12 and the D-III cham- pionship in 2013. Mount Pleasant has been lighting up scoreboards across the state this month, starting with its 40-15 triumph over playoff-bound Middletown in its regular-season finale on Nov. 1. In the D-II quarterfinals against Lincoln at the Lions' Ferguson Field, the Kilties rolled to a 64-28 victory, and in last weekend's semifinals against Burrillville, they posted a wild 46-40 win that was decided in triple over- time. The heart of the Kilties' offense has been senior tailback Frederick Mallay, who received statewide atten- tion for his astounding performance against the Lions, which saw him run for a whopping 427 yards and five touchdowns on just a dozen handoffs. Against the Broncos, he ran for 210 yards and a touchdown, but needed 31 carries to reach the 200-yard mark. "Ever since we've been healthy, I don't think anyone's run for 100 yards against us," Bibeault added. "We think our strength is our run defense, so I think we'll be alright." As for some of the other things the Novans will need to do on Sunday if they plan to repeat as champions? "We need to stop getting all these penalties," Bibeault said. "That's been our Achilles heel. We have to limit the penalties and limit the turnovers." 10 victories were by 27 or more points. But the Chieftains, who were seeking their first Super Bowl appearance since capturing the D-III crown in 2009, weren't ready to throw in the towel. A 17-yard touchdown run by Carpenter with 3:36 to play in the third quarter put the visitors down by a score, and with 8:23 left in the game, quarterback Zach Silvaggio motored into the end zone on a seven-yard keeper and Ryan DeRoche tied the score with his third extra point. "In the second half, the momentum was on their side," noted Pennington. "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. But we showed a little char- acter. We got a drive when we needed a drive, and Pasquale kicked it through when we needed it." Minutes after the victory, word trickled around the field that Tiverton had rolled to a 52-30 victory over Toll Gate, thanks to the play of senior Matt Gacioch, who fired three touchdown passes to Mike Beaulieu and scored three TDs. In last year's Super Bowl, Gacioch torched N.S./Mount by com- pleting 21 of 29 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns. "They have their quarterback, they have a great running back, and they have a couple of guys who can catch the ball," reported Pennington. "They're a challenge to defend. In the game (on Oct. 5) that we played against them, we did a decent job holding them, but they're probably better than the first time we played them, so we're just going to expect another great game. Hopefully, we'll get that and we'll come out on top." BREEZE PHOTOS BY KAYLA PANU Woonsocket junior tailback LOGAN COLES and his team- mates are head- ing back to the Division II Super Bowl, thanks to the Novans' 7-6 win over previ- ously undefeated East Greenwich last Saturday afternoon at the Avengers' com- plex. The Novans, who have won six straight games after their 0-4 start, will take on Mount Pleasant on Sunday at noon at Cranston Stadium. VILLA NOVANS From Page 20 UNBEATEN From Page 21 TARIK ROBINSON-O'HAGAN 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. Please include your age, name, and complete address with telephone number on the back of your drawing. PLEASE HURRY! You must send us your drawing (or drop it off to our office) by Friday, December 6, 2019 at 5 p.m. All drawings become the property of The Valley Breeze Newspapers and entry grants us permission to use in our newspapers. Children from the towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, North Smithfield, Woonsocket, Blackstone, Smithfield, Scituate, Foster, Glocester, North Providence and Pawtucket are eligible to enter. THANK YOU! Hey Kids...please help

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