Gallery: EPHS football vs. Cumberland

Clippers rally to defeat Townies, 30-21

Photos by Tyler Maxwell
Posted 9/28/19

CUMBERLAND — The fourth of quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos’ touchdown passes and a field goal, both coming in the final quarter, were the difference as Cumberland handed visiting East Providence …

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Gallery: EPHS football vs. Cumberland

Clippers rally to defeat Townies, 30-21

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CUMBERLAND — The fourth of quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos’ touchdown passes and a field goal, both coming in the final quarter, were the difference as Cumberland handed visiting East Providence High School a 30-21 loss in a Division I football contest played Friday night, Sept. 27, at Tucker Field.

The host Clippers leveled their league record to 1-1, the same mark of the Townies. Cumberland lost its D-I opener the week prior to Hendricken while E.P. defeated St. Raphael.

Aviles-Santos threw touchdowns of 35, 17, 22 and six yards in length. Ben Fogel connected on three of four extra point kicks for the Clippers and, after missing his last conversion attempt, booted a 25-yard field goal in the fourth quarter as Cumberland scored nine points while holding the Townies off the board.

E.P. QB Justin Pena had one TD strike, a 20-yard pitch to Kaleb Almeida, and later another of 33 yards to Jahad Davis-Pinto. Juan Diaz scored the other touchdown for the locals on an eight-yard run. Davonte Symonds kicked all three point afters.

The second of Aviles-Santos’ scoring throws, the 17-yarder to Isaiah Cole, came in the final minute of the first half and knotted the contest at 14 heading to the break.

The Townies answered, finishing off their first possession of the third quarter with Pena’s pass-and-catch to Davis-Pinto, who took it in over the middle, broke free of a couple would-be Cumberland tacklers, then reached the endzone to complete the 33-yard score. Symonds’ PAT gave the locals the 21-14 lead.

The Clippers, however, eventually answered on a pretty throw lofted by Aviles-Santos to Ryan Larson, who made an over-the-shoulder catch in the endzone for the TD. Fogel’s PAT again tied the score at 21-all.

Cumberland’s defense made the next key play of the game as Shane Meerbott intercepted a Pena pass at about the E.P. 45 and brought it back inside the 10-yard line. Later, on fourth-and-goal early in the fourth quarter, Aviles-Santos scrambled to his left and hit Cole on the sideline for the six-yard score to put the Clippers on top for keeps.

One of E.P.’s last possessions of the contest ended in a disputed fumble by Pena, which Cumberland recovered. The Clippers turned the turnover into the final points of the game, Fogel’s 25-yard field goal.

The Townies are back in action this weekend against North Kingstown. East Providence hosts the Skippers Saturday afternoon, Oct. 5, at Pierce Stadium. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. The date and time were changed due to the ongoing EEE virus threat. N.K. enters the game with the same 1-1 record as the Townies after beating Moses Brown, 38-0, and losing to Hendricken, 42-34, last week.

East Providence Post and eastbayri.com contributing photographer Tyler Maxwell shot the accompanying gallery of photos.

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