Huskies football squad posts loss in home opener



Mt. Hope unable to hold half-time lead against Westerly

Struggling for a gridiron win this season, the Huskies suffered a 30 – 7 loss in their first regular season game at home on Friday, Sept. 14. The loss was not due to lack of effort on the part of the Huskies who rushed for a total of 139 yards and completed four of their nine passing attempts.

Scoring began early when Westerly put up six points early in the first quarter. Mt. Hope responded with a 90 yard drive to set up a scoring attempt within four yards of Westerly’s end zone. Quarterback, Kyle Valenzuela (2), handed the ball to Bailey Ziobro (33) who ran it in for the Huskies. Corey Gendreau (4) then put up an extra point, giving Mt. Hope a 7 – 6 lead going into halftime. Unfortunately, that would be the only touchdown scored for the home team.

Westerly dominated the rest of the game, with two more goals, a six yard run and a 16 yard run, the result of an intercepted pass play attempt by Mt. Hope. The Huskies gave up two possessions on fumbles. The Bulldogs continued their attack, putting up two more goals in the fourth quarter. Despite Westerly’s success at scoring touchdowns, they were unable to add to their scoring potential, failing to convert on extra point attempts.

Defensively, the Huskies’ David Ramos took down the Bulldogs’ ball carrier on 13 plays. Ryan Bartell and William Francis III made 9 tackles each. Key defensive linebacker, Nick Murgo, is out of the line-up, after suffering a broken hand during a recent practice.

“I’m disappointed,” said head coach, Brian Cote, following the loss.

“Our offense needs to be more driven. We tried a couple of new things this week. Some guys did not step up,” he said.

Mt. Hope will travel to Johnston on Friday, Sept. 21, and play at home against Chariho on Sept. 28.


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