By ALEX SPONSELLER The undefeated Pilgrim football team improved its overall record to 4-0 this fall by rolling past visiting North Smithfield/Mount St. Charles 55-13 last week. Pilgrim quarterback Connor Widmer is in the middle of a breakout campaign
By ALEX SPONSELLER The undefeated Pilgrim football team improved its overall record to 4-0 this fall by rolling past visiting North Smithfield/Mount St. Charles 55-13 last week.
Pilgrim quarterback Connor Widmer is in the middle of a breakout campaign and continued to stay hot by throwing four touchdowns to four different receivers in the win. This comes just one week after he tossed five scores against Middletown to lead Pilgrim to a 40-21 victory.
“Connor has been an absolute machine out there, a field general. Making the right decisions in all his reads, getting the ball in the right spot for his receivers to make these plays. He’s been under the wing of our offensive coordinator Bill King for four years, things were bound to happen. Everything is slowing down for him and opening up his game,” said Pilgrim head coach Blake Simpson.
Danny Halliwell rushed for two touchdowns and hauled in a pass from Widmer against NS/MSC. Alex Pinheiro, Brady Burke and Brandon Whitman also tallied receiving touchdowns in the win.
Burke has also been enjoying a massive start in the receiving game with six touchdowns to date.
“They’ve all been great, huge contributors. Going into the year, Brady kept saying, ‘I can’t wait to get my first varsity touchdown.’ He’s been waiting to shine on offense and he’s been shot out of a rocket this year,” said Simpson.
Pinheiro made a splash on the special teams unit with a pair of return touchdowns in the second half.
“Some people just glance over the special teams unit but that’s something that we take pride in. We have a few different blocking schemes on returns that we try to mix up and we have some speed in back,” said Simpson.
The Pats have another tough test this week when they travel south to take on 3-1 Narragansett. Simpson feels that his team’s confidence is peaking and is ready to make a statement against the tough Mariner team.
“We haven’t been putting in anything new each week, we’ve just been trying to get better with what we started with. We started with two tough opponents in East Greenwich and Tolman, and getting two wins against them really helped their confidence,” said Simpson. “(Narragansett is) a strong team, well-coached. I think that they are worried about the Pilgrim team from 2019, but it was a totally different team offensively. That team was ground and pound, this year, people weren’t expecting us to throw the ball.”