By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West football team was shut out 33-0 by Central last Friday night at Conley Stadium in Providence. The Knights set the tone early, getting a 69-yard score on the first play from scrimmage to take an early lead. Central
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West football team was shut out 33-0 by Central last Friday night at Conley Stadium in Providence.
The Knights set the tone early, getting a 69-yard score on the first play from scrimmage to take an early lead. Central would score in the final three minutes of the half to take a 14-0 lead into the break, and would score on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter to up the lead to 20-0.
“They play hard, they are very physical. We knew that they were going to be very physical and they came right at us. They ran the ball straight at us and made some plays. Offensively and defensively, we just couldn't really get into a rhythm. Their first play from scrimmage was a (69-yard) touchdown. They had big plays and played tough from start to finish. That’s a good football team,” said West coach Tom Milewski after the loss.
Central would add two more scores to push the final score to 33-0.
Although the West offense was able to move the chains at times, it was never able to sustain drives deep into the Central zone to get into scoring position.
“We just couldn't get into a rhythm. We would get a couple of plays but then would have a negative play or two. Or we would get a penalty and end up playing behind the sticks. We just never got into a rhythm offensively, which then made it hard knowing the right play to call since we couldn’t get a feel for the game,” said Milewski. “(Central) brought a lot of pressure, their coaches did a good job of getting as many players up the field as they could. They caused a lot of chaos for us up front.”
Despite the lopsided defeat, Milewski felt that the Falcons still made progress in some areas.
“There were a few positives for us. Steve Girouard stepped up for us in the fourth quarter and had some good runs. Matt DeFusco threw some good balls early on, Marcus (Chung) made a few good plays for us, and at times our offensive line had some blocks. We just could never get comfortable,” Milewski said.
The Falcons will have another tough test this week when they host La Salle. Milewski expects the Rams’ offense to be explosive, but is confident his team will be able to go toe to toe with the Division I power.
“We just need to get our identity back, tonight we got away from a few of the things that we were doing. We need to get our identity back and prepare for La Salle,” said Milewski. “They’re a high-octane, fast-paced team so it’s going to be different. They’re on the ball, they play fast and they play hard. If we do what we know that we can do, then we’ll be able to compete.”