By ALEX SPONSELLER The North Kingstown Skippers would hold off the Cranston West Falcons 28-19 to claim their second consecutive Division I Super Bowl last week at Cranston Stadium. The Skippers would jump out to a 13-0 lead in the first half when
The North Kingstown Skippers would hold off the Cranston West Falcons 28-19 to claim their second consecutive Division I Super Bowl last week at Cranston Stadium.
The Skippers would jump out to a 13-0 lead in the first half when quarterback James Osmanski threw and rushed for touchdowns.
However, West would get right back to work in the third quarter when Brennan Stetson intercepted an Osmanski pass on just the second play from scrimmage. The Falcons would get on the board less than four minutes later when quarterback Cam Alves rushed for a score to make it 13-7.
The two teams exchanged blows throughout the rest of the third, as Osmanski connected with Shane Kenyon to give the Skippers the 21-7 lead, but West responded less than two minutes later when Alves connected with receiver Matt Carvalho for a touchdown to make it 21-13 heading into the final frame.
Osmanski and the NK offense would come up big early in the fourth quarter, converting on a fourth-and-9 when Osmanski connected with Tyler Pezza and brought the ball to the West 1. Osmanski finished the drive with a rushing score to extend the lead to 28-13.
Although the Falcons would take a long drive the distance and Alves rushed for a 5-yard score with 4:42 left, the NK defense would hold strong the remainder of the way and secure the win.
The Falcons had multiple opportunities to take control in the game, but the Skippers defense came up with the timely stops, including two red zone interceptions.
West head coach Tom Milewski was impressed with the NK offense and its ability to come up with the big plays to extend drives.
“(NK) did a nice job. Their receivers went up and caught the ball, came up with some nice plays. We got them into third and longs, fourth and longs, but they always seemed to move it up the field. Hats off to North Kingstown, they did a nice job today. I’m proud of our guys, we battled, kept clawing, it was a great high school football game. I was happy with the way our kids played today,” said Milewski.
The Falcons have traditionally been a run-first offense. However, Alves, along with Carvalho, Kris Degaitas and Andrew Dionizio, gave West a passing attack that allowed the offense to keep up with teams like North Kingstown, and to beat La Salle.
“I’m proud of Cam. Cam has really taken over the passing game and Matt Carvalho came up with some key catches in the second half. Playing a team like, you have to be able to pass the ball,” said Milewski.
Saturday’s Super Bowl marked the final meaningful game that Milewski would coach this senior group. Milewski was proud of his core veterans and will miss them moving forward.
“This is a special group for me personally. They have done everything and anything that I have asked,” said Milewski. “They work hard at practice, they’re great to be around, they’re a lot of fun and I’m going to miss them.”