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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-01-2021

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation @ APRIL 1-7, 2021 JOHNSTON – John Zambarano was in the right place at the right time. The Ponaganset High junior full- back scored his first career varsity touchdown by pouncing on a fumble in the end zone in double overtime to lead the Chieftains to a thrilling 18-12 triumph over the Exeter-West Greenwich/Prout School co-op foot- ball team at Johnston High's Polisena Stadium. It was a wild, yet controversial fin- ish to this Division IV matchup that took place in cold, rainy weather and saw Zambarano's teammate, junior tailback Marcus Carpenter, nearly win the game in the second OT session with a nine-yard run toward the left pilon. Carpenter tried to dive toward the pilon with the ball, but he lost control of it while he was in mid-air. The ball bounced into the end zone, and just when it looked like one of the Knights' linebackers was going to recover it, Zambarano, who made a nice block on a lineman before fol- lowing Carpenter to the pilon, quickly dove on top of it. Ponaganset tops EWG/Prout in double OT Zambarano's fumble recovery in end zone helps Chieftains take season-opening D-IV thriller By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor See CHIEFTAINS, Page 22 BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Ponaganset junior linebacker CHRISTIAN PLOUFFE, #54, is fired up as he and junior defensive lineman NICK VINER, background, celebrate Plouffe's tackle of Exeter- West Greenwich tailback JARED ZALCBERG, #10, which resulted in a loss of four yards, during Sunday night's Division IV season opener at Johnston High's Polisena Stadium. The Chieftains defeated the Knights in double overtime, 18-12. L & N Toasty Totes Quality totes and handbags Handmade by local crafters Follow us on instagram @lntoastytotes

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