NKHS falls to South Kingstown in finale
The good news for the North Kingstown High School football team is that on Thanksgiving morning they were involved in one of the more exciting games of the holiday, helping to combine for 60 points during their contest against cross-town rival South Kingstown.
The bad news is that they were on the wrong end of 48 of those points.
South Kingstown routed the Skippers 48-22 on Nov. 25 as seven different Rebels scored touchdowns for SKHS. The loss put the final touches on the Skippers second 0-8 finish in the division in as many years.
But for the Skippers, they showed great resilience after falling down 21-0 to the Rebels in the first quarter. Their willingness not to quit on head coach John Horseman was no more evident than the fourth-quarter score: 16-0.
Starting quarterback and Jamestowner Jake Morris connected with Alex Sabitoni in the second quarter for a 35-yard touchdown putting the Skippers on the board. But interception returns for touchdowns by South Kingstown’s Brandon Sierra and Rory McEntee proved to be too much.
Down 48-6 going into the fourth quarter, NKHS continued to battle until the very end. A 12- yard touchdown run by Sabitoni was followed by a Morris-to- Sabitoni two-point conversion, making the score 48-14. The Skippers played solid defense in the fourth, and a five-yard touchdown run by North Kingstown’s Justin Zeramby – with another Morris-to-Sabitoni two-point conversion – settled the scoring.
There should be many returning Jamestowners on the team next year. Morris, a junior, will return for his season season and 11 other island underclassmen should be returning as well: sophomores Eric Stroup, Kevin McDermott, Alex Burke, Matt Rafanelli, James Chamberlain and Drew McIntyre; and juniors Shane Farrelly, Jacob Gomez, Will Sheppard, Emmett Noonan and Nick Luges.
Islander Eric Holtzman, a starter on the offensive and defensive line, will graduate this spring.