By RYAN D. MURRAY The Falcons handled the South Kingstown Rebels 26-7 on Saturday afternoon during a Division I football matchup at Cranston Stadium. Brennan Stetson, the Falcons junior running back, rushed for two touchdowns while Cam Alves, West's
The Falcons handled the South Kingstown Rebels 26-7 on Saturday afternoon during a Division I football matchup at Cranston Stadium.
Brennan Stetson, the Falcons junior running back, rushed for two touchdowns while Cam Alves, West’s senior quarterback, scored with both a keeper and a passing touchdown.
“We came out, we battled for the most part and I thought we did a nice job,” Falcons head coach Tom Milewski said. “We did what we needed to do. We practiced hard. I’m proud of the kids. We executed the game plan for most of the game. We’ve got some things to work on and that’s what we go to practice for this week.”
For its first score, West inherited great field position at the South Kingstown 4, when the Rebels’ Andy Sprague fumbled a punt return, which was recovered by the Falcons’ Nathaniel Sena midway through the second quarter.
Next, on first and goal, Stetson took it in for the touchdown and put the Falcons up 6-0. After that, Madison Alves, a sophomore kicker, added the extra point and extended the West advantage to 7-0.
During the ensuing kickoff, South Kingstown’s Jeremiah Smith returned the ball to the Rebels 42, before Rory Hazard, a running back, fumbled the ball on first down and it was recovered by Cam Alves.
Again, West capitalized on that turnover and Stetson capped the 55-yard drive with an 11-yard rushing score, which put the Falcons on top 14-0 with 3:59 remaining in the first half.
“Stetson is really coming into his own the last couple of games,” Milewski said. “He’s really picked up a lot of the slack for us on both offense and defense.”
Then, on the last play of the first half, West extended its cushion to 20-0 when Cam Alves ran a keeper one yard and into pay dirt.
“I thought offensively we started off a little slow,” Milewski said. “We were a little lethargic to start, but we came into our own and did our thing and kind of just wore them down.”
The Falcons forced South Kingstown into a three-and-out during the second half’s opening possession, and then Stetson returned the punt to the Rebels’ 12.
Next, on a second-and-4, Cam Alves connected on a 6-yard TD pass to Noah Robert, a senior running back, and that put the Falcons up 26-0 with 7:09 remaining in the third quarter.
South Kingstown's lone score came with just 3:33 to play when the Rebels put together an 80-yard scoring drive and pulled within 26-7 after Robert Young III, a junior quarterback, tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Hazard. Phoenix Sward added the extra point after that.
“The defense, we brought it,” Milewski said. “Coach (Rob) Malo put a nice scheme together. I thought the kids worked hard with it. We had some breakdowns, but that’s what football is for. But we were very physical again, which I’m happy about because South Kingstown’s kind of a ‘come at you’ team. And they came at us and we were able to stand the time with them.”
With the win, West improves to 2-0 in the league and 2-1 overall. Next, the Falcons travel to Moses Brown (0-1) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to play the Quakers.