By: Bradley Shatraw
North Kingstown football got the win yesterday evening, spoiling Central High School's senior night with a 19-6 victory.
NK started the scoring off in this one after they were given a short field for their first drive of the game due to a poorly executed snap on Central's punt. Quarterback Eddie Beuhler rushed the first score of the game in himself. The extra point was good, and the Skippers led 7-0.
Central couldn't get anything going offensively following the NK score and they were forced to punt. North Kingstown blocked the punt, once again setting themselves up with a short field. Starting at Central's 37 yard line, the Skippers marched down the field. It was their running back, Andrew Ciarniello, who rushed it in for a touchdown this time to give NK a 13-0 lead.
Central took over again, facing a two score deficit and that's when Armase Edouard made his presence known. Following a first down run, Edouard broke off for a 45+ yard run and ended up getting tackled at the one yard line. Edouard was good all night, showing impressive power with his carries. Quarterback Armani Rodrigues ended up punching it in to finish the drive off, and after a blocked extra point, the NK lead was cut to 13-6.
After a good kick by the Knights, North Kingstown started their next drive at their own 10 yard line. Eventually forced into a 3rd & 5 situation, Eddie Beuhler landed a beautiful pass into the hands of Noah Gincastro for a 30+ yard completion. That wasn't it though, as the Skippers went to this same connection on a 4th & 9 play. Beuhler floated up another dime to Gincastro for a 20+ yard completion. Andrew Ciarniello finished this drive off with his second touchdown of the night, and after a blocked extra point, NK led 19-6.
Right before halftime, Central executed a 2 minute drill really well to get themselves into scoring position with less than a minute to play. It was ruined by the two-way play of Noah Gincastro, who followed his impressive previous drive on offense with a turnover on the defensive side of the ball.
This one went into the half with a 19-6 score and stayed that way for the remainder of the game. It was a defensive battle in the 2nd half, with guys stepping up for their team on that side of the ball on multiple occasions.
Central's Savonn Mom had a big sack for them later in the game. It was eventually followed up by an interception from Theron Zarwea. Despite the great defensive plays, Central wasn't able to capitalize on them.
North Kingstown eventually iced this game with an interception, and came away with the big win. Coach Dempsey had his team ready to play last night, there's no doubt about that.
"I thought the guys met the challenge this week. All 3 phases played really well. We had 2 punt blocks and the defense only let up 6 points. On offense, we established the run early. I'm really happy and really proud of the players." said Dempsey
North Kingstown will travel to Lasalle Academy for their next game on November 11th, trying to carry this momentum into an important league game for them. Don't count these guys out!