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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-27-2019

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CRANSTON – After losing its first four games of the season, the Woonsocket High football team has climbed all the way back to the top to repeat as Division II champions. Weather-wise, the day was far from ideal, but with their tough defense and persistent offense, the Villa Novans not only took advantage of five Mount Pleasant turnovers, but also did all their scoring in the second half to post a 28-0 victory in Sunday's Super Bowl at Cranston Stadium. "It's been an unbelievable year," Woonsocket head coach Charlie Bibeault said. "And we did it in the complete opposite way of last year. Last year, we had the (number) one seed and ran the table, but this year, we had to do it all on the road." "This is a resilient group of guys," he continued. "The adversity they handle is unbelievable. I'm just extremely proud of them." After riding into the sunset last year with their first Super Bowl title since 2010, the Villa Novans got off to a rough start this season. The lost their non-league opener and first three Division II-A games, but weathered some injuries and adversity to make their way back into the picture. With a victory over West Warwick, the Novans grew from there and put together a seven-game win streak that included heading down to Westerly to roll past the Bulldogs in the quarterfi- nals, 33-15, and toppling an unbeaten East Greenwich team in the semis, 7-6. "We knew we had the injuries, but we never really lost sight of what the plan was," Bibeault said. "We knew we were going to make our run. We just needed to get our guys back." Sunday was miserable, with rain, wind, and a just overall raw feeling, but Woonsocket running back and eventual Super Bowl MVP Logan Coles said that they had practiced with wet balls that had been soaked the previous day to get used to what they would have to face. "In the first half, (the weather) affected us," Coles said. "In the sec- ond quarter, we got used to it and we started playing better, and the second half, we just came out and got the job done." This type of weather usually helps out the defense, while the offense has to be extra careful not to turn the NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | NOV. 27-DEC. 4, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 13 Villa Novans repeat as D-II champs Defense, Coles help Woonsocket rule Mount Pleasant, 28-0, for seventh straight win By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU The WOONSOCKET HIGH FOOTBALL TEAM shows off its Division II championship plaque on Sunday afternoon at Cranston Stadium after defeating Mount Pleasant, 28-0, for its second straight title. See WOONSOCKET, Page 14 See Our Class Schedule Online at: 1280 Oaklawn Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 401-463-8824 sewing machine center Sales & Service Since 1950 Bernina • Babylock • Elna • Janome • Necchi • Juki Factory Trained Service Technicians provide on site repair for all makes & models S STANLEY TREE Since 1986 • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby Mass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner N. Smithfield, Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems Fully Insured Free Estimates 401-765-4677 Tree Removal Pruning Cabling Brush Mowing Stump Grinding Crane Service Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems Stump Grinding Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS 401-766-7583 RI 508-883-2980 MA Family Owned Since 1955 Call now to take advantage of our Roll-Off Special 15 yd. Roll Off Container with 2 ton weight limit Only $360 For home clean-outs ONLY • No demo or construction 10/3/19 through 12/31/19 REALTOR ® Licensed in RI & MA Eric Brouillard PROPERTIES 261 Main St., Suite 201 North Smithfield Rhode Island 02896 Cell: 401-569-2725 Office: 401-356-1519 Stearns/McGee Team

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