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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-27-2019

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14 SPORTS & RECREATION NOV. 27-DEC. 4, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET ball over. The Novans committed a few penalties in the first half that hurt them, but at the same time, the Kilties could do nothing offensively. By halftime, there was no score and puddles on the sideline. The Kilties received the kickoff to start the third quarter and tried to utilize their effec- tive running back, Frederick Mallay, who brought the ball from the Kilties' 38 to midfield. But on Mallay's next carry, he used some quick footwork to gain more yards, but dropped the wet ball for a fumble, and Woonsocket's Terrell Durden was there to pick it up at the Novans' 46. The Novans then went to work offensively with an 11-play, 54-yard drive that saw Coles carry the ball on six of the plays, and on fourth down, quarterback Tarik Robinson-O'Hagan find Eric Agyemang with a 20-yard touchdown pass. Clinton Kittavong kicked the first of his four extra points, and with 6:06 left in the quarter, the Novans were on the board. "That drive all goes to my O-line," added Coles, who ran for 110 yards on 24 carries. "Without them, that doesn't happen and the momentum doesn't go in our favor. That's all that matters." The Kilties could do nothing right the rest of the way. On their next pos- session, they started at their own 20, but Corey Brown got the best of their quarterback with a sack, and six plays later, Mallay fumbled the ball again and Woonsocket's Joshua Pina recov- ered it. The Villa Novans then ran five plays before the quarter ended and kept the ball on the ground, behind the running of Coles and Robinson- O'Hagan, at the start of the fourth quarter. Midway through the quarter, Coles capped the drive with a three- yard touchdown run. "We've been waiting all year for Logan to come out of his shell," Bibeault noted. "Today, he was a bull- dozer. He ran hard and I can't be any more proud of him." The Kilties' bout with fumbles con- tinued on their next possession. With 5 1/2 minutes to play in the game, the Kilties reached their 34 before a holding penalty stalled their drive. This time, the quarterback fumbled the ball inside the five. Woonsocket's Leonardo Garcia picked it up at the 1-yard line and carried it into the end zone for the score. Now up 21-0 with 3:51 remaining, the Novans kicked off again through the end zone, giving the Kilties the ball at their own 20. But they didn't get very far, and the ball came loose again. This time, Brown scooped up the ball, made a block, and ran into the end zone for the 7-yard score. "It's great," Coles said of the Novans' back-to-back championships. "You just have to come out here and work hard; that's what we did all sea- son and it's paid off for us." As for receiving Super Bowl MVP honors, "Without the rest of my team, it doesn't go that way," Coles said. "I just got to shout them out. Our glory goes to God and the rest of my team." WOONSOCKET From Page 13 the first coming on the game's open- ing kickoff. N.S./Mount fumbled the ball away to the Tigers at its 33-yard line, and four plays later, Tiverton took a 6-0 lead on a 12-yard touch- down run by Upchurch. N.S./Mount then responded with a time-consuming 14-play, 74-yard drive that saw Allard cap it with a 1-yard run into the end zone and Pasquale Camastro tack on the first of his three extra points. In the second quarter, N.S./ Mount put together another drive that zapped more than six minutes off the clock. But this drive, which saw the co-op squad march from its 7-yard line to the Tigers' 16 on 11 plays, was moved back five yards on an illegal procedure penalty and ended when Puccetti was intercepted at the goal line by Tiverton's Mike Beaulieu. But with 22.2 seconds on the clock and both teams anxious to escape the rain and head into the locker rooms at halftime, Allard gave N.S./ Mount a 14-6 lead by breaking free for a 41-yard touchdown run. The Tigers tied the score on the first play of the third quarter – a long 65-yard touchdown pass from Gacioch to Nikoli Manchester that was followed by a two-point conver- sion pass from Gacioch to Upchurch – but with 1:26 left in the quarter, Puccetti gave N.S./Mount back the lead by capping a 13-play, 68-yard drive with a 1-yard keeper up the middle. With 3:24 to go in the game, N.S./ Mount tried to go for the knockout punch by sending out Camastro to boot a 41-yard field goal. But his kick came up short, and less than two minutes later, the Tigers sliced their deficit to a point when Upchurch took a simple screen pass and turned it into an electrifying touchdown run. When the Tigers then elected to attempt the two-point conversion, "I was a little shocked," admitted Beausoleil. "I thought they were just going to kick it and wish for the best of luck in overtime, but we were pre- pared for it." "That was the difference in this ballgame," added Pennington. "We were thinking that either they were going to run the ball or try to throw a quick slant, so we just adjusted our guys so that we could stop that slant and make it a tough pass." N.S./MOUNT From Page 12 BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Woonsocket junior running back LOGAN COLES shows off his Super Bowl MVP award after the Villa Novans repeated as Division II champions by defeating Mount Pleasant, 28-0. Coles ran for 110 yards on 24 carries. 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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