Townies fall to Falcons, still make football playoffs

EPHS and Cranston West ready for rematch in Division I quarters

Photos by Tyler Maxwell
Posted 11/4/19

CRANSTON — The East Providence High School football team dropped its 2019 Division I regular season finale Friday night, Nov. 1, to host Cranston West at Cranston Stadium by a 41-28 count, but the …

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Townies fall to Falcons, still make football playoffs

EPHS and Cranston West ready for rematch in Division I quarters

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CRANSTON — The East Providence High School football team dropped its 2019 Division I regular season finale Friday night, Nov. 1, to host Cranston West at Cranston Stadium by a 41-28 count, but the Townies still did just enough during the fall to qualify for the league championship playoffs.

The Falcons improved to 6-1 on the I-B side of the bracket after scoring the game’s first 20 points. The Townies, who wound up with a 2-5 mark in I-A, got on the board in the second quarter, but never really challenged West.

Quarterback Justin Pena threw for one of the E.P. scores, a 74-yard completion to Alex Rodriguez, and rushed for another, a five-yard run. He also ran for a two-point conversion. Juan Diaz (29 yards) and Elijah Owens (18) ran for the Townies’ two other tallies.

East Providence’s two league wins, including one over fellow 2-5 St. Raphael, allowed the Townies to earn the fourth and last playoff spot from I-A into the eight-team division playoff field.

E.P. will head back to Cranston Stadium Friday night, Nov. 8, for an immediate rematch with Cranston West. Kickoff is 7 p.m. The Falcons shared first place in I-B with Portsmouth, but lost to the Patriots during the regular season. Portsmouth will represent the side opposite unbeaten I-A winner Bishop Hendricken in the state championship game. Cranston West is the one seed from I-B in the Division I tourney.

The East Providence-Cranston West winner meets the winner of the Shea-Central quarter in the semifinals the weekend of Nov. 15. Shea (4-3) is the I-A two seed. Central is the I-B three seed (3-4).

The division championship game takes place the weekend of Nov. 22. North Kingstown (6-1) is the one seed from I-A and faces I-B fourth seed Barrington (2-5). The winner of that game plays the winner I-B between two seed LaSalle (5-2) and I-A three seed Cumberland (3-4) in the other semi.

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