Pee Wees hang tough, Jr. Pee Wees score key victory over Townies
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Connor Safford and Billy Brogno converge on an East Providence runner.
The Warwick PAL Pee Wee Patriots faced another tough opponent this past Sunday when they took on the undefeated East Providence Jr. Townies. In what was predicted to be a blow out for EP, the Patriots gave the Townies all they could handle for three-and-a-half quarters before giving up a late touchdown and falling 20-6.
It was another hard-hitting game for the Patriots, who had trouble getting their offense into any kind of rhythm due to a quick blitzing defense use by the Townies. Noah Thao had several good runs, but in the end the Pats were forced to punt.
On the defensive side of the ball the Patriots seem to be improving each week. Twice the defense forced EP to turn the ball over on downs. On their third try at it, the Townies managed to get outside and break a long TD run. At the half the score was 8-0 in favor of East Providence.
On the opening kickoff of the second half, Matt Martinez sparked the Patriots with a 65-yard return for a touchdown. James Baldwin’s pass to Cam Reilly for the conversion was short and the scored stayed at 8-6.
EP responded with an 8-play drive for a TD. The Townies added a late TD with three minutes left and held off the Patriots in the final minutes for a hard-fought victory.
Next up for the Pee Wees is a game against rival North Kingstown on Sunday at NK’s McGinn Park. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m.
Junior Pee Wees top East Providence
The Warwick Pal Junior Pee Wee Patriots improved to 5-1 this year with their third shutout of the season Sunday when they beat the East Providence Townies 13-0.
The team captains held a "captains only" meeting to get the team fired up for the game, which had playoff implications, and it clearly was a success.
Leading by example was team captain Anthony Vann, who ran for 145 yards and a touchdown, while also intercepting two passes on defense. Team captain Sothea Minn-Ang led the team in tackles.
Vann got the patriots on the board in the second quarter with a 45-yard touchdown run made possible by fellow team captains Connor Safford and Brett Babcock opening a huge hole in the defense.
Zack Fraser later scored on a quarterback sneak in the fourth quarter to give the Pats a two-score lead and the defense took care of the rest. The Junior Pee Wee Patriots have three games left until the playoffs.