North Kingstown football finishes season with 20-16 win
The North Kingstown varsity football team defeated rival South Kingstown on Thanksgiving Day, 20-16. The Skippers finished the season 3-7 overall, 1-6 in Division II.
It is North Kingstown’s best season since 2008; the Skippers were held winless in each of the past three seasons.
The Skippers took the early lead when quarterback Matt Deignan hit Nick Chevalier in the first quarter. A two-point conversation made it 8-0. The Rebels answered back and scored 10 unanswered points. Down 10-8 with the less than five minutes to play in the first half, Deignan connected with Jake Porter for his second touchdown pass of the half. But South Kingstown ran a trick play on the ensuing kickoff and returned it back for a touchdown.
After a scoreless third quarter, North Kingstown, trailing 16-14, gave the ball to Chevalier who ran it in for his second touchdown of the game. The two-point conversion was no good, giving the Skippers a 20-14 lead.
North Kingstown’s defense came up big late in the game. With a first down at the Skippers’ 9-yard line, the Rebels needed a touchdown to tie. North Kingstown stopped South Kingtown’s offense on four straight plays, including a game-ending tackle by David Poirier on fourth down.
Deignan was named offensive MVP, and Justin Zeramby was named defensive MVP. Jamestowner Drew Macintyre broke his leg in the contest and had to be taken to the hospital. South Kingstown finished the season 0-11 overall, 0-8 in Division I.