In a game that meant a ton for both sides, Cranston West High School managed to pull off a 19-15 defeat of the Cumberland Clippers Friday night.
The Clippers came into this game 4-1 to start the season but were without their starting Quaterback, Evan Spencer. West on the other hand was coming off of a 2-3 start, and injuries weren't kind to them either. The Falcons were missing 4 of their starters, something running back Marcus Chung thinks "really just shows the group we have, we're willing to step up." He continued by saying "You know, big game, loud, crazy game, crazy ending, but it really just shows we fought through adversity."
Cumberland showed why they were such a tough opponent many times throughout the game. Replacing the injured Spencer, Andrew Ray made his presence felt all night, tossing a 70 yard dime to wide receiver Tayee Meerbott and running a TD in himself as well. Penalties were what really hurt the Clippers in this one. Multiple times in the 4th quarter they were fooled by the hard count, resulting in automatic Cranston West 1st downs. Pat Conserve on the defensive side of the ball was also a menace all night, showing why he's top 3 on his team in total tackles.
Marcus Chung was the star of this game, dominating both sides of the field. He finished the night with 2 touchdowns and one was a 73 yard break off from the pack. That wasn't all though, as he contributed many times throughout the night on the defensive side of the ball as well. West's head coach Tom Milewski says "he's our go to guy" when talking about Chung, mentioning "Marcus has really emerged in the role as leader of our backfield, on defense, and just the team in general." Cranston's QB Kelan Cornell also scored a running touchdown in this one and Domenic Schiavulli added some very important tackles down the stretch.
This one came down to the very last play of the game when Cranston West was forced to make one final stop in their own endzone, game on the line. They did just that, intercepting the pass attempt and transitioning right into celebrating the huge win. Coach Milewski said after the game that "I'm happy for our guys. We've been working on finishing playing 4 quarters and we did. We made it a little bit more exciting than we needed to at the end, but hats off to Cumberland." Beaming in the happiness of victory, Coach finished by saying "It was just a great high school football game." Indeed it was.