The Pilgrim football teamed remained unbeaten by toppling visiting North Providence 50-0 during its annual Pink Out game last Friday afternoon.
Pilgrim quarterback Mike Borges tossed two touchdowns in the win. Borges hit Connor Fallon on scores of 15 and six yards, and also connected with Ethan Laramee on a two-point conversion.
The Pats have relied heavily on their rushing attack this season, but decided to throw a few pass plays into the gameplan.
“We played up tempo late in the first half. We have been working on our tempo passing in case a situation comes up where we need it like a two-minute drill. We tested it out and put together a nice string of plays which worked out pretty well,” said Pilgrim head coach Blake Simpson. “We wanted the kids to be comfortable with it now so they would be comfortable with it in the future. We had been repping it in practice for a few weeks so we wanted to show the guys that we weren’t practicing it for nothing.”
Although the Pats expanded their gameplan last Friday, their rushing attack was still potent. Demitri Ayres continued to add to his stellar campaign, scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter. Borges and Danny Halliwell also ran for scores in the win.
Simpson and company hope to keep opposing defenses guessing each week.
“It’s going to depend on how defenses play us. If teams are going to stack the box with eight or nine guys then we’ll have to show them that we can pass. It takes one good completion for the kids to settle down and get into a groove. It’s just another weapon for us to have,” said Simpson.
The Pilgrim defense was stout in the win. On top of the shutout, the defense also added points on the board when Fallon returned an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter.
“Guys staying home on their assignments and being the more physical football team. Linebackers shed blocking, flowing toward stretch runs, they gang tackled really well and kept them off the scoreboard,” said Simpson of what worked for his defense.
Firday’s win also marked the first time that the Pats earned a victory in their alternate uniforms for the annual pink out. This year’s game honored Michelle Doti, who is the aunt of Max Brown and former Pilgrim captain Mark Brown.
“It was a great way to celebrate it. It’s to celebrate those who have battled through cancer and those who are affected by it. This year we celebrated Michelle Doti so it was a special moment for them as a family,” said Simpson.
The Pats improved to 4-0 with the win and will host 3-1 Chariho this Friday for their homecoming celebration.
“They’re good,” said Simpson. “They’re tough to decipher on film since they can run for scores and can throw the ball well. It’s a tricky game, it’s a huge game for both teams.”