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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-27-2019

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North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 CRANSTON – The North Smithfield/Mount Saint Charles co-op football team finally won its championship. The squad also earned a bit of redemption from last season's Super Bowl loss to Tiverton. But it was far from easy. As a matter of fact, the Tigers nearly won Sunday's Division IV Super Bowl with 1:44 to play. Down by a 21-14 score, the Tigers bravely came back to cut their deficit to a point on a 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Gacioch to Nate Upchurch, and instead of trying to tie the score by kicking the extra point into the wind, they decided to roll the dice and attempt the two-point conversion. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Gacioch was unable to complete the pass that would have gave his team the lead. And fortunately for the co-op squad, it was able to recover the ensuing onside kick and burn the clock out by taking three straight knees before celebrating in the rain its 21-20 victory. "It's been a fight," N.S./Mount head coach Wes Pennington said as he clutched his team's cham- pionship plaque in the middle of a rain-soaked Cranston Stadium. "Last year, we came here and were undefeated, but we lost to Tiverton. But this year, all these guys returned, they really were focused, and they really wanted it." "This feels great," added senior lineman Matt Beausoleil, who quietly had an excellent game in the trenches. "We've been working for this the whole offseason and during the season. It shows with all the hills and snake drills we had been doing." "It was tough season – it was a long season – but we stuck together," noted senior quarterback Jack Puccetti. "And Tiverton played a great game. Obviously, it came down the the wire. How else would it come out? It was a great game." The championship was the first in the four-year existence of the undefeated co-op squad. North Smithfield High had never won a title in its 48-year history as its own team, and before its program dis- banded in 1963, Mount Saint Charles actually won the Class B title in 1941. And the secret to N.S./Mount's success? The ground game, which was keyed by Super Bowl MVP Jordan Allard, who ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries, and kept the co-op team's offense on the field for 30:39 of the game's 48 minutes. "In this kind of weather, we knew that being a running team, that was kind of going to go in our favor," added Pennington. "That's why we kept the ball on the ground and just wore the clock down, to not give their offense any time to kind of come together and start really moving the football. And we were able to get some scores and really get them to push the whole game." If there was one down note to the day for N.S./ Mount, it was the four turnovers it committed, with The members of the NORTH SMITHFIELD/MOUNT SAINT CHARLES CO-OP FOOTBALL TEAM were celebrating their Division IV championship in the rain on Sunday night at Cranston Stadium after holding off Tiverton, 21-20. The victory capped an amazing 10-0 season for the co-op squad. N.S./Mount takes thriller for title Co-op team caps 10-0 season by topping Tiverton in Division IV Super Bowl By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See N.S./MOUNT, Page 14 Local Eats Start here for stocking stuffers! Get your holiday shopping done early this year with pancakes for the whole family. And for a limited time, your gift can keep on giving. Get a $5 bonus card with any gift card purchase of $25 or more. Free $5 bonus card with purchase of a $25 gift card Open Thanksgiving 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Open Black Friday 6 a.m.-3 a.m. Family owned & operated 622 George Washington Highway Unit 70, Lincoln, RI 333-1593

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