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The North Providence Breeze 04-07-2021

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North Providence Edition Sports & Recreation APRIL 7-13, 2021 @ NORTH PROVIDENCE – During the past few years of its rivalry with neighbor- ing Smithfield High, the North Providence High football team had seen plenty of points flash on the scoreboard, with both rivals teaming up to score at least 38 points in seven of their last eight meetings. But last Friday night, with tempera- tures hovering in the low 30s at North Providence High, the fans who gathered on the hill to watch the two Division IV rivals witnessed a low-scoring matchup that saw the Cougars control the clock – and the outcome of their season-opening contest. Junior quarterback C.J. Almagno's 47-yard touchdown pass to his classmate, tight end William Wrage, late in the open- ing quarter turned out to be the lone points the Cougars needed in their 8-0 triumph – a game that saw NP possess the ball for slightly over 32 minutes of the 48-minute contest and its defense limit the Sentinels to just 78 yards of offense and two first downs. The victory was the fifth in a row by the Cougars over the Sentinels, who were coming into last week's game looking to even their record after suffering a 19-11 defeat at home to Toll Gate in their open- er on March 26, and the shutout was NP's first since its 39-0 victory over Smithfield on the Cougars' Homecoming Day last season. "Our defense played tremendous tonight," added NP head coach Glenn Williams. "You can't pick one kid and say he did a great job. (Smithfield) is a much better team than they have been in the past, but we were able to shut them down." While the Cougars' defense shined in BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES North Providence senior defensive back DARIAN ACOSTA, #21, breaks up a pass intended for Smithfield senior wide receiver WILLIAM HAWKINS in front of his team- mate, junior C.J. ALMAGNO, #7, in the end zone during last Friday night's Division IV game on the Cougars' campus. The Cougars posted a season-opening 8-0 victory that extended their win streak over the Sentinels to five games. NP holds on for 8-0 win over Smithfield Cougars control clock, watch defense limit Sentinels to 78 yards By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor See COUGARS, Page 9

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