Cougars stomp Warriors 56-14

Cougars stomp Warriors 56-14

Football team remains unbeaten in Division IV

NORTH PROVIDENCE - All Cougar football fan eyes are on Nov. 15.

That's when the North Providence High School football team plays Exeter/West Greenwich in what could be the battle to determine this year's Division IV regular season champion.

Setting the stage was Friday night's 56-14 blowout win by the Cougars over Central Falls in a game that was never close.

Head coach Glenn Williams refused to look ahead, pointing out that his team has to play an improved Scituate team first when North Providence celebrates homecoming on Saturday. At the same time, EWG will be visiting Hope in Providence.

"If we play to our capabilities and execute, we should be fine, but I've been around this game too long to take anything for granted," said Williams. "We have to stay focused."

The Cougars upped their record to 4-0 in division play by slamming the Warriors right out of the gate.

North Providence took the opening kickoff, and its juggernaut offense, which is averaging just over 50 points per game, went right to work. A David Santanelli run behind strong blocking produced a first down, and another Santanelli run picked up nine more before quarterback Ian Brown handed the ball to Bevin Ingram and watched as the speedster broke through the line, broke left and raced down the sidelines for a 36-yard touchdown scamper.

A Sebastian Dziadkiewicz boot for the point after made it 7-0.

Dziadkiewicz kicked a squibber on the ensuing kickoff and North Providence pounced on the ball, which was misplayed by Central Falls. Two plays later, Ingram took a handoff, floated in the backfield picking out a seam, and once he found it, burst through and all the way to the house.

Santanelli added the two-point conversion on a run up the middle and it was 15-0 with barely two minutes into the game.

"We came in intending to storm them and swarm them and run over and through them," said Williams. "But we can't let our guard down. We have to play our game."

After North Providence's second score, Central Falls lost yardage on three consecutive plays and had to punt, and a poor punt gave North Providence the ball on its own 31.

After Josh Breggia produced seven yards with a hard run up the middle, Brown hit wideout Dylan Tirrochi with a slant pass and Tirrochi raced to the end zone without being touched for a touchdown, The PAT failed and it was 21-0.

Following the ensuing kickoff, the Cougar defense once again produced a three-and-out as the Warriors punted the ball away. Brandon Nunez ripped off a 20-yard gain to bring the Cougars deep into Central Falls territory, and a completed pass to Matt Frenze gave the Cougars a first and goal.

After a quarterback sack, Brown gained 10 with a keeper, and then Santanelli, on a fourth-down play, burst through the middle and into the end zone for the score. Dziadkiewicz was true on his PAT kick and it was 28-0 with a minute and 20 seconds left to play in the first quarter.

The Cougars kicked off and once again Central Falls could not move the ball, giving possession over on downs at mid-field.

But this time the North Providence boys, set back by a block in the back penalty, could not move the ball and gave it back to Central Falls on their own 45.

The Warriors put together a decent drive, running the ball to pick up a pair of first downs and then tried a double reverse pass. The receiver was wide open and well behind the Cougar defense, but dropped the ball. But on fourth down, the Warriors tried another pass and this time defensive back Nunez picked off the pass and it was clear sailing for 65 yards as he recorded a pick six.

"I jumped the route because I knew what was coming and just took it in stride," said Nunez.

Once again the PAT was good and it was 35-0.

Central Falls took the kickoff on the 45, but following a run for no gain and a pair of incomplete passes, elected to punt once again. But the snap from center went awry, and North Providence took over on the 40.

Ingram bolted for a 20-yard gain and a Brown pass to Breggia brought the ball to the 33.

A Breggia run netted a first down and Ingram raced to the four on the next play, giving the Cougars a first and goal. Brown then hit tight end Frenze with a pass. The throw was low and Frenze made a nice scoop catch of the ball as he entered the end zone.

"That was my first touchdown of the year," he said. "I guess all of that baseball playing paid off because I was able to get low and scoop the ball."

The PAT was good by Dziadkiewicz and the score zipped to 42-0. It was 42-6 at the half

Williams began substituting liberally after that.

"Utilizing mainly substitutes in the second half, North Providence added a pair of scores, with Mohamed Diaby doing the honors on a 36-yard scoring run, and Derek Mancini connecting with quarterback David Tacelli on a 33-yard scoring strike.

The Cougars host Scituate Saturday.