Huskies coach feels he can get the team on track despite loss to Burillville

Football team loses big, 49-7, in home opener

Photos and story by Richard W Dionne Jr
Posted 9/25/19

Burrillville walloped the Mt. Hope football team 49-7 in their first division home game of the season on Friday afternoon.

The young Huskies are currently 0-1 in Division II-B and are 0-2 overall …

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Huskies coach feels he can get the team on track despite loss to Burillville

Football team loses big, 49-7, in home opener

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Burrillville walloped the Mt. Hope football team 49-7 in their first division home game of the season on Friday afternoon.

The young Huskies are currently 0-1 in Division II-B and are 0-2 overall after losing to Division I East Providence 36-29 the previous week.

“We are a very young team,” said Head Coach Thomas DelSanto Jr. “We got a lot of young guys who are talented and can play, but are still trying to find themselves on the field.”

Coach DelSanto believes that the team’s youth is the biggest reason for it’s inconsistent play.

“Sometimes they are really good and sometimes they are really bad. And I think that’s the issue with kids who are young and inexperienced,” coach DelSanto said.

The Huskies only score against the Broncos came on a Jordan Pompey 25-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Ben Ferreira in the third quarter.

The pass was originally thrown to halfback Brad Denson who ran a down and in route, but the ball tipped off his hands and flipped into the air to Ferreira who was running a cross route behind the play. He caught the tipped ball in stride and ran untouched into the end zone.

Mt. Hope scored 29 points in the 36-29 loss at East Providence. Coach DelSanto thought the Huskies played well in that game against a Division I opponent.

“Despite of the fact that we lost, we put 29 points on the board,” he said. “We were ahead at halftime. We were competitive. We were physical. We were rushing to the ball.”

“Today (against Burrillville) we saw none of that,” said Coach DelSanto.

The Huskies coaching staff isn’t worried about the loss.

“It’s the first divisional game of the season. We got a long way to go,” Coach DelSanto said.

“I think that we can correct a lot of things and hopefully we get on the right track and start winning some games,” he said.

Coach DelSanto believes that winning will help the team mature emotionally.

“It will help build some confidence in ourselves. Help us come out a little faster and be more physical,” he said.

Carnage

The team had a number of injured players after taking the Burrillville beating. Junior quarterback Jordan Pompey and Junior running back Cory Grifka were among them.

Grifka’s injury looked minor, but Pompey’s was more tangible, since he went out in the fourth quarter and didn’t come back.

“Jordan’s kind of unsure (how he feels) right now,” said coach DelSanto. “He’s got a calf issue. I don’t know how bad it is. The trainer will assess him and we’ll see how he is at the beginning of the week. If He can’t go, we have back up, (sophomore) Aidan Ramaglia to step in.”

Moving forward

The Huskies will play only Division II-B games for the rest of the season. The next two weeks they play weaker divisional teams, 0-1 Coventry and 0-1 Mt. Pleasant.

“In my mind, we should beat Coventry,” said coach DelSanto. “We should be Mt. Pleasant. Then we should be 2-1 going into Westerly,” he said.

“They are a good team, like Burrillville. We need to be ready to play Westerly.”

Coach DelSanto is hopeful that the Huskies can play well the next two weeks.

“And go into the Westerly game on a real positive note,” he said.

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