WARWICK — The East Providence High School football team kept things close for almost two quarters against host Bishop Hendricken in its Division I regular season opener Friday night, Sept. 27, before the Hawks eventually showed why they’re odds-on favorites to win a fourth consecutive state title by pulling away for a decisive 38-7 victory.
Remington Blue capped two Hendricken scoring drives with touchdown runs of three and 42 yards. Power Kanga and Terence Gibbs each bulled their way in from a yard out. Senior quarterback Patrick Gill connected on a 44-yard throw and catch with running back Lee Moses for another of the scores for the Hawks. Senior safety John Larkin scooped up an East Providence fumble and returned it back for the other Hendricken touchdown.
The Townies’ lone score came courtesy of a 44-yard run by junior quarterback Trystan Casey. Corey Resendes booted the extra point. East Providence had another potential touchdown called back due to a penalty. The locals also put the ball on the ground going in at the Hendricken three.
The Hawks improved to 2-0 in the D-I standings with the win, having defeated South Kingstown, 36-14, in their league opener the previous week. Hendricken, seeking an unprecedented fourth straight state title in the Super Bowl-era that began in 1972, plays its next D-I in Pawtucket against Tolman, Oct. 4.
For East Providence, the loss was the third for the Townies in as many games this season, including two non-league losses against Woonsocket and Mt. Pleasant leading up to its D-I starter against the Hawks. E.P. returns home to Pierce Stadium Friday night, Oct. 4, to face neighboring Barrington at 7 o’clock. The Eagles enter the contest at 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Division I, having beaten Cranston West 21-7 then outlasting Cranston East, 41-37, in their latest league contest.