Portsmouth advances to D-1 semis with win over Cumberland

Patriots will face North Kingstown on Saturday

Posted 11/15/21

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Patriots will have a chance to avenge their last-second loss to North Kingstown in the regular season when they face the Skippers in the Division I semifinals …

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Portsmouth advances to D-1 semis with win over Cumberland

Patriots will face North Kingstown on Saturday

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PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Patriots will have a chance to avenge their last-second loss to North Kingstown in the regular season when they face the Skippers in the Division I semifinals this Saturday, Nov. 20.

Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. at Cranston Stadium.

The Patriots advanced via an impressive 24-7 win in the second round against Cumberland on the road Friday night.

On a foggy night following heavy rains that subsided before game time, the Patriots used a strong running game that took precious time off the clock, wearing down the Clippers’ defense and giving the home team few opportunities to score.

Portsmouth started the game with an eight-minute drive that ended with Marcus Evans running the ball into the end zone.

He wasn’t the only one who had a successful rushing game. Quarterback Benny Hurd scored two touchdowns and gained nearly 180 yards on 19 carries, while Dylan Brandariz, Connor Conheeny and Jack Cianciolo also ran the ball well.

The Patriots advanced to face North Kingstown, seeded No. 2 in Division 1-B, in the semifinals on Saturday. The Skippers lost to Bishop Hendricken in the semifinal round of the state championship playoffs, which placed them in the Division I semis.

North Kingstown beat the Patriots during the regular season, 31-28, with a field goal in the game’s waning seconds.

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