EAST PROVIDENCE — The suddenly resurgent East Providence High School football team won for the third weekend in a row after the Townies dispatched visiting South Kingstown, 38-21, in a Division I contest played Friday night, Nov. 1, in city at Pierce Memorial Stadium.
Senior fullback Austin Baptista continued his torrid running for the Townies, scoring twice for the locals on rushes of 75 and 16 yards. Trystan Casey scored twice as well on runs of 15 and 12. Quarterback John Costa snuck in the fifth E.P. TD from a yard out. Corey Resendes added a 25-yard field goal to his five kicks for point.
More important than the third win in as many weeks, included in the streak is two consecutive league victories. The Townies improved to 2-3 in D-I standings and though much work remains, East Providence has put itself back into the playoff discussion.
The Townies face formidable opponents in postseason contenders Portsmouth, Nov. 8 on the road, and LaSalle, on Thanksgiving, around a game against 1-4 Cranston West, Nov. 15. It’s likely the locals need to win all three to earn one of the four berths in the state championship playoffs.
E.P.’s win Friday, which came following a non-league victory over Westerly and a D-I win over Tolman, moved the locals into a share of fifth place with Cranston East (2-3). LaSalle, at 3-2, currently holds the last playoff spot.
Two postseason berths have already been decided. Reigning state champ Hendricken (6-0) clinched its bid a week ago with a 42-21 win over Portsmouth. Barrington, likewise unbeaten at 6-0, earned its playoff spot Nov. 1 with a 7-6 win over LaSalle.