SOUTH KINGSTOWN – When the lights are at their brightest, good players need to become great.
Last Friday against No. 4 Portsmouth, South Kingstown’s Nick Neill did just that.
The senior rushed for 162 yards, two touchdowns and the game-clinching interception in double overtime to seal a wild 34-28 win for the Rebels and earn him a spot at the bottom of a celebratory pig pile.
Neill read the eyes of Portsmouth quarterback Bobby Chavous, jumped the route, and cleanly intercepted the ball on the Rebels’ five-yard line.
“It feels good,” said a grass-stained Neill after the game. “It’s a long game you know. You’re tired. When you can make something like that happen [the interception] it definitely helps; it feels good. I just kind of read and reacted.”
Neill’s interception capped a wild finish that saw Portsmouth tie the game on a fourth down with 3:43 to go, the Rebels fumbling in the red zone with less than a minute remaining, and two overtime periods.
The Rebels win was all the more remarkable due to senior tailback Sean Conley not playing due to illness.
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