Byline: Craig Holt
CLINTON - Narragansett Regional cracked the Telegram & Gazette's rankings last week at No. 9. During last night's game against Clinton High, the Warriors showed why they're a top-10 team.
After a sluggish start, Narragansett caught fire, torching the Gaels for 22 second-quarter points en route to a 36-6 Division 3 West triumph at Veterans Athletic Complex.
Narragansett (4-0, 2-0) was led by senior halfback Mike Sears and senior fullback Mike Turner, with two touchdowns each. Sophomore quarterback Stephen Ciaramitaro had a stellar game, uncorking several long passes, including a TD toss in the game-breaking second quarter.
"We're missing some key players, but to have other people step in and play this well just makes me more encouraged," Narragansett coach Joe Mizhir said. "They made a decision that we were going to have to beat them by throwing the ball - all 11 guys on the line of scrimmage. It took us a drive or two before we hurt them with a pass. Then we hurt them a few more times with passes. And then we got the running game going."
The Warriors scored the decisive TD on their first possession of the second period as Ciaramitaro fired a 28-yard scoring strike to Sears on third-and-15, capping an 81-yard drive. Turner caught a pass from Ciaramitaro for the two-point conversion. The Warriors had another big third-down play earlier in the drive when Sears motored 15 yards for a first down.
"The big plays just continue to hurt us, especially third-and-long," Clinton coach Paul Constantino said. "We're also really struggling offensively. But they beat us in every facet of the game."
Narragansett scored on drives of 80 and 61 yards on its next two possessions to increase its lead to 22-0 at intermission.