2007-11-29 / News

Football ends season on winning note

By Stephanie H. Cotsonas

The North Kingstown High School football team capped their season with a win over South Kingstown on Thanksgiving Day at the University of Rhode Island.

Islander John Perrotti finished his high school career with a solid performance and was named defensive MVP of the game. He scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with a minute left to play to win the game.

The Skippers scored on their first drive. Quarterback Dave D'Errico capped a 12-play drive with an 8-yard touchdown run to give the Skippers a 6-0 lead.

The Rebels led 7-6 heading into the fourth quarter and added to their total when they scored another touchdown, giving them a 13-6 lead. D'Errico scored again on a 6-yard run and Perrotti ran the 2-point conversion in to give North the lead 14-13.

Perrotti scored North's last touchdown after South had taken a 19-14 lead. North's 20-19 victory over South was secured when Cord Lopez intercepted the pass on the final play of the game at the goal line.

When asked if he was happy with the team's performance head coach Keith Kenyon said, "Winning three of the last four games gave us confidence as a team and the kids were playing very well at the end of the season. Even though we had our ups and downs this fall, our kids never quit and always played hard. I personally think that we played Hendricken and St. Ray's as tough as anyone in the state. I am very happy for our seniors who finished with a 6-5 winning record and an important victory in their last high school game."

Looking back on the season Kenyon said, "It was a successful year in many ways. We installed a new offense and lost several outstanding players to graduation. We had only eight returning varsity lettermen and were fairly young and inexperienced playing in the toughest division in the state. Sixteen of our kids earned first year varsity letters which speaks to our youth."

Jamestown is well represented on the 2007 All Division teams. Perrotti was named 1st Team All Division, Ryan Morris was named 2nd Team All Division and Brian McDevitt was named to the 3rd Team All Division.

McDevitt and Morris have been chosen as two of the four 2008 captains. Commenting on next year, Kenyon said, "I believe that the foundation is set for success next season. We have 20 returning juniors and 12 varsity lettermen. The seniors have left us in good position for next year through their efforts this season and a win last Thursday. The kids are very excited to get going."

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