East Providence edges Mt. Hope in non-league football opener

Dias, Davis Pinto lead Townies past Huskies

Photos by Tyler Maxwell
Posted 9/16/19

EAST PROVIDENCE — Juan Diaz scored three of the five East Providence High School football touchdowns, including two 20-plus yard rumbles in the third quarter to put the locals ahead for good as the …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Not a subscriber?


Start a Subscription

Sign up to start a subscription today! Click here to see your options.

Purchase a day pass

Purchase 24 hours of website access for $2. Click here to continue

Day pass subscribers

Are you a day pass subscriber who needs to log in? Click here to continue.


East Providence edges Mt. Hope in non-league football opener

Dias, Davis Pinto lead Townies past Huskies

Posted

EAST PROVIDENCE — Juan Diaz scored three of the five East Providence High School football touchdowns, including two 20-plus yard rumbles in the third quarter to put the locals ahead for good as the Townies defeated visiting Mt. Hope, 36-29, in their non-league 2019 season opening contest played Friday night, Sept. 13, at Pierce Memorial Field.

Mt. Hope scored first, before Diaz put the Townies on top 7-6 with his first score, five yards, in the opening period. But the Huskies answered with two more scores to regain the advantage. The Townies cut into their deficit before the break on a 50-plus yard TD pass from quarterback Justin Pena to freshman wide out Jahad Davis Pinto, leaving the locals trailing 21-13 at intermission.

Diaz, E.P.’s senior featured back then rushed for his pair of TDs in the third quarter giving the locals a lead they would not relinquish. Later, defensive end Richard Maciel dropped into coverage to intercept a Mt. Hope pass, which helped set up Davis Pinto’s 28-yard TD to cap the E.P. scoring.

“The guys never quit. Even when we were down, they were confident we were going to win game and they never stopped,” EPHS head coach Jay Monteiro said.

The Townies improved to 1-0 overall. East Providence begins its Division I league schedule Saturday, Sept. 21, at Pawtucket’s Pariseau Field against St. Raphael. Kickoff is noon. The contest was moved from its expected Friday night spot because of the continued concern about the EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) virus outbreak.

2020 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Jim McGaw

A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.