CRANSTON - One town, two schools, two victories. Whether they are going up against the Thunderbolts or the Falcons, the East Greenwich football team has had their way with teams from Cranston in 2021, dismantling each of them with relative ease through the first two weeks of the season.
A 37-0 shutout at home over Cranston East in Week 1 served as the perfect introduction and confidence-booster for the Avengers in their inaugural season as members of Division I.
Seven days later, EG appeared entirely adapted to their new environment and set of opponents as they posted a 42-6 rout over the Bolts’ crosstown rivals, the Cranston West Falcons on a frigid early April evening to run their record to 2-0 in the pandemic-shortened season.
“Two good weeks in a row. I thought our kids played well,” head coach John George said of his team which has outscored its opponents by a 79-6 margin thus far.
Quarterback Parke Hardesky overcame a pair of interceptions by tossing a total of four touchdown passes, all of which came in the opening half, helping lead the visitors to a 28-6 lead at the break.
Wide receiver Jack McMullen caught two of those four touchdown passes, including one that went for 48 yards, while a four-yard pass to Tim Votta and a 33-yard pass to Aydin Kocak rounded out the 28-point surge by the Avengers through the first 24 minutes of play.
The Falcons, now 0-2 on the year, were limited to just a single score coming on a 33-yard pass to Kris Degaitas from quarterback Matthew DeFusco, followed by an unsuccessful PAT.
“Parke turned the ball over a couple of times, but then he came back after that,” George said, pleased with his quarterback’s overall performance against the state’s top programs.
The Avengers added two more scores before night’s end, the first coming on a six-yard run by Jonah Hill and the last on a 20-yard pick six by Andrew Plympton which helped put a rubber stamp on a win made all the more impressive given that it came following an injury to one of the team’s starting players.
“I was especially pleased after one of our seniors, one of our leaders got hurt and the kids responded well and played hard after that,” George said of a play earlier in the game.
“Sometimes when that happens, kids can lose their edge and stuff like that, but I think we have a lot of good leaders in the senior class and I think that speaks to it right there. I was really happy to see that.”
The Avengers will travel to Providence this coming Friday, looking to make it three wins in a row as they square off against Central, a team that bear Cranston West two weeks prior.
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