By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West football team hit the road and fell to host South Kingstown 21-0 last Friday night. The Rebels jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first when quarterback Cameron Holland connected with Chris Nhem for the score. The
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West football team hit the road and fell to host South Kingstown 21-0 last Friday night.
The Rebels jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first when quarterback Cameron Holland connected with Chris Nhem for the score. The Falcons continued to play solid defense, however, SK would break off a big touchdown pass in the second to double the advantage to 14-0 at the break.
Holland would rush for a score in the second half to put the game out of reach and secure the SK win.
West dropped to 0-3 on the season with the loss, but put on a much better performance than the prior week against East Greenwich.
“We’ve made some improvements since East Greenwich, we definitely had more positives this week than the prior week. We were bitten by the big play, we had them third and long and gave up the long touchdown. We punted the ball but ended up giving them perfect field position. They just made more plays than we did,” said West head coach Tom Milewski. “Offensively, we couldn’t seem to get much momentum, we would have a couple positive plays but then a negative one so we couldn’t really get into a groove.”
With two games remaining on the schedule, Milewski hopes to see the team regroup.
“We’ll get back at it and tweak a few things at practice, take a look at the things that didn’t work and try to fix them. We’ll try a few new things out, too. The kids are working hard and putting the work in so hopefully we can build some momentum,” said Milewski.
Next up for the Falcons is crosstown rival Cranston East in this week’s home finale at the newly-renovated field at West. The two teams are searching for their first wins, and Milewski expects a tight battle between the young rosters.
“The rivalry is there and that’s a good thing. It’s different with it not being on Thanksgiving, but it’s there. It’s our last home game of the year for us, it’s always a competitive game with Cranston East,” Milewski said. “It doesn’t matter what team is struggling, which isn’t, you can throw records out the window. The last few years it has been a healthy rivalry which is good, the kids get up for it. We’re very similar in what we are trying to do, trying to find some traction. It’s a rivalry game so expect the unexpected.”
Although it has been an unusual season in their return to the field at West, the Falcons have been excited to be welcomed back after nearly two decades away and to have a home of their own.
“It’s been a bright spot. These guys volunteered during the construction and renovation process so they’ve gotten to see the fruits of their labor. Practicing on the synthetic surface has taken away the weather issue, playing on our own campus has been great, once the crowd really opens up I feel that it will be one of the best atmospheres in the state,” said Milewski. “It adds a little extra motivation for these guys to want to perform and work.”