Mt. Hope charged up after 27-7 win Saturday
The third time was the charm for the Mt. Hope Huskies football squad, putting up a 27-7 win against the Chariho Chargers on Saturday. The game, postponed from its Friday schedule due to rain, was a boost to the team that suffered early setbacks.
“We played some tough teams right off the bat,” said coach Brian Cote. “When you lose a couple of games early, a win is a big shot in the arm.”
Besides the win being a motivator, it also solidifies what Mr. Cote has been telling the team since the season began. The coaching staff brought some new schemes into the huddle this season. While introducing new plays can be a challenge in a season with only a handful of games, the victory is a positive sign for the team.
“It takes time. I let them know that when we execute and do the things we’ve worked on, this is what can happen,” Mr. Cote said.
On Saturday, turnovers kept the game scoreless for the first half of the game with a Huskies’ fumble taking away a scoring opportunity in the second quarter. But the team came back strong early in the third quarter. After connecting on a 30 yeard pass, quarterback, Kyle Valenzuela (#2) handed the ball to Jesse Raiola (#25) for a four-yard run into the end zone. Jacob Silva (#12) added the extra point giving the Huskies a 7-0 lead. Again in the third quarter, Raiola was handed the ball, this time for a three yard run for a touchdown, putting the Huskies up 14-0.
For the Huskies, the fourth quarter was equally productive, with an 18 yard pass completion by Tevin Jones (#3).
Chariho’s only touchdown came as a 37-yard run in the fourth quarter, aided by an extra point kick, only to be answered with a 44-yard run by Valenzuela who carried the ball after receiving the snap.
Huskies’ kicker, Silva, made three of the four extra point attempts helping the Huskies to their 27-7 win.
Mt. Hope lost 65 yards on penalties. Although Chariho was dealt a similar amount from officials, Mr. Cote views the penalties as “more mental mistakes than physical.”
The Huskies offensive made 400 yards of offensive gains. Six of their 11 passing attempts were completed and their ground game added 272 rushing yards.
“We finally put things together on both sides of the ball. There weren’t as nearly many mistakes as there were in previous games. Chariho was a good opponent,” said Mr. Cote.
The Huskies improved their regular season record to 1-2, and will travel to face Woonsocket (1-1) this coming Saturday, Oct. 6.