Unfinished business for N.S./MSC

Unfinished business for N.S./MSC

A year after falling short in first Super Bowl appearance, football team has Division IV championship hopes again

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield/Mount Saint Charles co-op football team made some history last November by appearing in its first Division IV Super Bowl.

But before the co-op squad could put the finishing touches on an undefeated championship season, Tiverton ruined the day in their title game by battling back from a 22-0 deficit to post a 49-23 victory.

It was a difficult ending to such a remarkable season, but only four players graduated from N.S./Mount’s team. Forty-two players make up this season’s roster, with 10 coming from the Woonsocket private school.

“If we can stay healthy, it would be good to get back to the championship,” veteran head coach Wes Pennington said. “We want to compete in every game and play the best that we can each week. Then we’ll let the chips fall where they may.”

Among this year’s returning players is senior quarterback and three-year starter Jack Puccetti, who Pennington said “is probably one of the better quarterbacks in the league,” and N.S./Mount also has its backfield returning in senior Cade Curran and juniors Jared Beaudoin (pictured) and Jordan Allard.

“I feel like this could be one of the best combo backfields in the state,” Pennington said.

All of the team’s linebackers are also coming back, including junior Mike Paiva, Allard, and Beaudoin, as well as senior wide receiver Josh Carufel and junior wide receiver Pasquale Camastro, who is also one of the best kickers in the state and was a Second-Team All-State selection at that position last year.

The returning linemen include seniors Cole Dubois, Frank Deluca, Matt Beausoleil, and Matthew McSally, and Dubois, Puccetti, and Carufel are this season’s captains.

“The good thing is we have 13 seniors and 12 juniors,” Pennington said. “We’re an older, mature team. Hopefully, it pans out, but every season is different.”

Among the teams to look out for in the division this season, Pennington said, are Tiverton, which has quarterback (and Super Bowl MVP) Matt Gacioch back behind center, and Ponaganset, which he said has a lot of size.

There’s also Exeter/West Greenwich to watch out for, and Pennington doesn’t know what to expect from Davies, a first-year football program.

Pennington also returns his coaching staff that has been together for the last four seasons. Pennington runs the offense, while the defensive coordinator is Jeff Paiva. Colin Carufel runs the special teams. Paul Garneau is the receivers and defensive ends coach, and Justin Tessier does the offensive and defensive lines.

Pennington also has Jason Dubois, Mike Sircella and Willy Casey on his staff.

N.S./Mount will kick off its season on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Johnston by playing a two-quarter Injury Fund game against Ponaganset, and the following Friday night, the team will bus to North Providence to face the Cougars in their 6:30 p.m. non-league opener.

The team’s Division IV and home opener will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. against Toll Gate.

Jack Puccetti is back for his third season as the North Smithfield/Mount Saint Charles co-op football team’s starting quarterback. (Breeze photo by Eric Benevides)