Avengers use first-half explosion to down Pats

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East Greenwich raced out to a quick start on Friday night, scoring the game’s first 35 points in just a quarter and a half en route to a 45-14 victory over Pilgrim in Division II play.

It didn’t take long for the Avengers to jump out to a lead on their home turf, with southpaw quarterback Andrew Blessing completing a pass to John Anderson, who bolted to the end zone for a 78-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage to make it 7-0.

Just north of two minutes later, East Greenwich’s Grant Driscoll intercepted a James Baldwin pass to the left side and took it back 21 yards for a pick six.

The Avengers struck once more before the first quarter was up too, with junior running back Kevin Licciardi capping an Avengers’ drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to up the lead to 21-0.

However, the second quarter belonged to Kevin Licciardi’s brother, senior wideout Andrew Licciardi.

Blessing would connect with Andrew Licciardi for three touchdowns in the second quarter alone on strikes of 52, 26 and 14 yards, with the second touchdown coming via a highlight reel grab, as Andrew Licciardi went over the defense and hauled in a 50/50 ball before racing to pay dirt.

Baldwin scored the lone touchdown for the Pats in the first half with 2:08 to go in the second quarter, muscling in on a keeper from four yards out, but the Avengers were still able to hold a 42-7 lead at halftime.

Pilgrim did, however, settle in better after the break, outscoring the Avengers, 7-3, in the final two quarters.

East Greenwich scored the only points in the third quarter on a 24-yard field goal from senior kicker Eamon Keenan. The Pats were then able to answer with a touchdown in the fourth quarter when Baldwin found Ethan Asadoorian for a 13-yard score to bring the final to 45-14.

Pilgrim (0-2) and Smithfield (0-2) will both be looking for their first league win on Friday when the Pats host the Sentinels. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

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