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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-07-2021

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Henrique Ross, teamed up to total 79 yards on the ground and each score a touchdown, and McCann-Carter ended his fine day with three catches for 82 yards. "We rolled with these young guys the last couple of years and we had our growing pains a little bit, but we had those growing pains in Division I," said Sassi. "And now they're sea- soned veterans. A lot of these guys are in their third year starting and they're juniors because we had no choice and we had to play them as freshmen. We're seeing the benefits now of kind of rebuilding over the last couple of years." The Saints quickly took charge of the game by grabbing a 7-0 lead 5:25 into the game on a 1-yard dive into the end zone by Ross and the first of three extra points by sophomore line- man Jonah Costa. The Tigers then went three-and-out on its opening series and was forced to punt from its 20, and that's when one of the strang- est plays in the rivalry's recent history took place. Tolman senior Leandro Depina saw his punt blocked by Meus, who along with Debarros, dove to get his hand on it. But while Meus and Debarros were on the ground, Depina wheeled around, scooped up the loose ball at the Tigers' five-yard line, and returned it 27 yards for an improbable first down. Six plays later, the Tigers had a first-and-10 on the SRA 34, but Gray snuffed out the drive by picking off Cooper in the end zone with an all- out diving grab. After McCann-Carter's second TD catch in as many contests gave the Saints their two-touchdown lead, they rolled into halftime with a 19-0 com- mand on an 8-yard run into the end zone by Debarros with 1:35 on the clock. Tolman scored its points on the opening drive of the second half, as an excellent 76-yard kickoff return by senior Alex Medeiros set the stage for a 3-yard touchdown run by senior tail- back Jamarus Godette and the extra point by Depina. Godette finished the game with 93 yards on 19 carries and a 13-yard catch, but the rest of the day belonged to the Saints' defense. "Our defensive coordinator, Nick Landry, did a great job putting a gameplan together," said Sassi. "In our meeting last Sunday, we talked about it, and we thought they would have a lot of trouble with our move- ment. They're bigger than us, so we were hoping to use our speed and try to move around a lot on both sides of the ball to create confusion." Gray scored his two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, with the first coming on a 5-yard run with 8:14 to play in the game and the other one on a 38-yard bootleg with 2:34 on the clock. While the Tigers will look to bounce back on Saturday at 10 a.m., when they face winless West Warwick at Scituate High's turf field, the Saints will visit also-winless Lincoln on Friday at 6 p.m. This matchup will pit two head coaches who were former players at SRA – Lincoln head coach Sean Cavanaugh starred for the Saints in the '90s. "I have a lot of respect for him and his staff – they do a nice job," added Sassi. "I told the kids, 'This is a nice win. Let's enjoy it today, but tomorrow, it's on to the next game.' Ultimately, our goal going into the season wasn't to beat Tolman. It was to compete for a championship." 12 SPORTS & RECREATION APRIL 7-13, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES St. Raphael Academy sophomore linebacker MOSES MEUS, #7, shown sacking Tolman senior quarterback JORDAN COOPER, #3, in front of team- mate NAPOLEON DEBARROS, #34, ended the game with 12 tackles (four of them for a loss of yards), two sacks, and two blocked punts. He also added two catches for 22 yards. PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Slaterettes Girls' & Women's Baseball League is currently accepting online registrations for the upcom- ing spring recreational sea- son, and interested players are encouraged to visit www. slaterettes.com and click on the "Register to Play" link on the home page to sign up. The league will offer four age divisions (T-ball for play- ers ages 3-6, Instructional for ages 6-10, Junior for ages 10-13, and Senior/Women's for ages 13+), and girls of all skill levels are encour- aged to register. There are no residency requirements for the Slaterettes, and the league draws players from around this state and nearby Massachusetts. Practices for the T-Ball, Instructional, and Junior Divisions will begin the week of April 26, and Opening Day is scheduled for May 15. Practices for the Senior/ Women's Division will begin in early June, and games will begin the week of June 28. The league is also looking for individuals who are inter- ested in coaching, assisting, and volunteering. Email slat- erettesgirlsbaseball@gmail. com for more information. Signups continue for Pawtucket Slaterettes Girls' & Women's Baseball League FOOTBALL From Page 11 WESTERLY – The St. Raphael Academy girls' volleyball team raised its record to 6-1 last Thursday night by coming home from its longest road trip of the Division III season with a 6-1 triumph over Westerly High. The Saints, who won the match by scores of 25-20, 25-17, and 25-9, received 11 kills from junior Victoria Adegboyega, eight kills and 14 digs from senior Tatyana Vicente, and 22 assists from senior setter Madison Nault. Prior to that victory, the Saints pulled out a 3-2 win in Newport over Rogers, as junior Allajah Perryman (10 kills, 9 digs), Adegboyega (18 kills), Nault (31 assists), and Vicente (seven kills, 14 digs) led the way. The Saints will return home on Friday for a 3 p.m. match against Block Island in a rematch of last sea- son's D-III championship match in 2019 that SRA won in three sets. SRA girls' volleyball team improves to 6-1, tops Westerly, Rogers on road

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