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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-18-2021

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18 SPORTS & RECREATION MARCH 18-24, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION he continued. "You have to look at today, what we can do today to get better, and what we can do tomorrow if we get to tomorrow, because realistically, you never know. If there's a (COVID) case, you could get shut down, I know I say that we take it day-by-day every year, but that's more than true this year. You have to enjoy every single day, because tomorrow's not guaranteed." The Clippers will be led by their five captains: senior linemen Emmanuel Ireland, Adam Barboza, and Nick Chowning; senior wide receiver/defensive back Ryan Larson, and junior wide receiver-turned- quarterback Jaden Pimentel. Ireland, who is back for his second year as a captain, Larson, who will continue his football career this fall at D-III Western New England University in Springfield, Mass., and sophomore tight end/defensive lineman Patrick Conserve were Second-Team All-Division selections last season. Larson also scored five touchdowns and led the Clippers in receptions (21) and receiving yards (371), and Ireland was among the team's leaders in sacks (4.5) and tackles for a loss (9.5). Pimentel, meanwhile, was third on the team in catches and reception yards last season, but will step behind center this spring, and Lima has been very pleased with Pimentel's work in the preseason. "He's a great kid," Lima said of Pimentel, who is also a defensive back. "He's super-cerebral, knows the game inside and out, and wants to get better every single day. And he's a film junkie; he'll call me or text me and want to do Google Meets non-stop to watch film or go over old game film. We are super confident in him and what he can bring to the table. "We've had a really good group of QBs over the years, from Tyler Calabro to Jake Salisbury to Joe Leonard to Dante (Aviles-Santos), and I think Jaden's going to fall in line with them," added Lima. "I think he could be the best one out of all of them, so we're really excited about Jaden and what he has for us." Defensive back Joey Disalvo, whose four interceptions last season led the Clippers, and lineman Oswaldo Aldana are two more seniors to watch on defense, and also back are junior wide receivers/defensive backs Jack Proctor and Cam Pedro, junior lineman Dylan Powers, and sophomore linebacker Miguel Garcia. The Clippers will kick off their season on Friday, March 26, by hosting Shea in a 7 p.m. matchup at Tucker Field. Games at East Providence and against Hendricken at home will follow, and after a bye week, made possible by Woonsocket opting out of the spring season, the Clippers will visit Burrillville for their first meeting in recent memory. CUMBERLAND From Page 14 seniors, including three who earned All-Division honors last season, two- way linemen Dylan Balon and Lyric Logan, who Cavanaugh hailed as "two of the better football players in the state, regardless of the division," and free safety/running back John Jaramillo. Also returning are senior lineman Joe Dufault, junior offensive tackle Will Bowler, tight end/offensive lineman Evan Brigido, and junior wide receiver Damian Terrizzi. Senior Erick Solorzano is back for his fourth season as the Lions' kicker, and senior Aidan Gould, who was a wide receiver last season, will join Jaramillo in the backfield, as will sophomore Christian Petrone. Four years ago, Cavanaugh started a freshman at quarterback, Randall Hien, who turned into one of the best signal-callers in the program's history before graduating last year. This spring, Cavanaugh is putting another 9th-grader behind center, Sean Clifford, and he has done a great job in the preseason. Five more players to watch are senior defensive back/running back Jacob Devoe, sophomore lineman Caden Watters, junior tackle Zach Lecours, and junior newcomers Jonathan Wetmore and Sebastian Pacheco. "We're getting kids into the mix," said Cavanaugh. "They seem to love football, and that's step one." The Lions will play five games in a new-look division that only has two familiar opponents, est Warwick and Mount Pleasant. Down from D-I are St. Raphael Academy and Moses Brown, and up from D-III is Tolman, which lost to Pilgrim in last season's Super Bowl. "We're not expecting to set any records, but that's okay," said Cavanaugh, whose team will open its season on Friday, March 26, by hosting Moses Brown in a 6 p.m. affair. "We're hoping to get better everyday we get out there, and so far, we've seen progress." 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