PROVIDENCE — A lot of people around the Chariho area thought that this fall was going to be a rebuilding year for their high-school football team given what the Chargers had lost from the previous season.
All Chariho did as the season progressed was build up to the ultimate goal.
And the Chargers got the first step out of the way in thrilling fashion at Conley Stadium on a cool Friday night.
In a game that started out with both sides throwing haymakers on offense and turned into a defensive slugfest, Chariho survived the onslaught put forth by Central running back Mike Washington and stopped the junior running back on the final play of overtime to seal a 20-14 victory over the Knights.
The win not only ended Chariho’s regular season at 6-1 – all six wins in consecutive fashion – but also clinched the Division II-A championship and home field throughout the Division II playoffs as the top seed.
“This was the hardest game that I’ve played this year,” said quarterback Jansen Williamson, who threw for a pair of touchdowns, including the winning one in overtime. “All game long, fumble after fumble, stop after stop, we finally got that last touchdown. I just can’t talk right now I’m so excited.”
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