Patriots beat Falcons 14-6, remain undefeated in league play

QB Ben Hurd scores two touchdowns

Photos by Richard W Dionne Jr
Posted 10/11/19

Portsmouth quarterback Ben Hurd scored two touchdowns as the Patriots beat Cranston West, 14-6, in the team's home opener on Friday evening. The Patriots are now 4-0 in Division I-B.

Hurd scored …

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Patriots beat Falcons 14-6, remain undefeated in league play

QB Ben Hurd scores two touchdowns


PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth High quarterback Ben Hurd scored two touchdowns in leading the Patriots to a 14-6 win over Cranston West  in the team's home opener Friday evening. The Patriots are now 4-0 in Division I-B and 4-1 overall.

Hurd scored on the Patriots’ first play from scrimmage with the ball on their own 30-yard line. The quarterback bolted up the left sideline on an off tackle run and sprinted 70 yards into the end zone for the touchdown. Andrew Perry kicked the extra point to make the score 7-0 in the first quarter.

Cranston West possessed the ball practically the whole third quarter, but failed to get into the end zone. Falcons quarterback Cameron Alves threw a desperation pass in the red zone on fourth down with just seconds on the clock, but Patriots defensive back Eric Federico intercepted the pass.

Alves and the Falcons’ offense finally got into the end zone at the start of the fourth quarter to make the score 7-6, but the Patriots defense stuffed the two-point conversion to preserve the 1-point lead.

Hurd brought the Patriots right back, ripping off a 45-yard run to Cranson West’s 2-yard line. 

Much of the Falcons’ defense bit on a nifty fake hand-off by Hurd before he burst through the left side of the line with Cranston defenders giving chase, finally catching him on the 2-yard line.

Hurd later scored on a quarterback keeper from the 1-yard line. Another Andrew Perry kick made the score 14-6.

The Patriots only loss came in their first game of the season, when they dropped a 41-20 decision in a non-league game against North Kingstown

Next game

The Patriots will next face La Salle Academy at home at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18.

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