Friday, December 21, 2012

Hawks Wake Up in 2nd Half, Knock Off Bolts, Head to Super Bowl Against LaSalle

November 29, 2012

article by Mr. Feeny
post-game interview by Tyler Lancaster

The re-match is looming, and there'll probably be plenty of copies of "The Catch" floating around Cranston Stadium this Sunday, when our guys meet up with heavily-favored LaSalle for the second consecutive year in the Division I Super Bowl.  The Rams trounced Portsmouth in the other semi-final.

The game last night against the Cranston East Thunderbolts was expected to be a tough match against two even teams.  The Hawks had taken the regular-season contest, 21-14, which was the tie-breaker that gave our guys the home field.  The first half played out pretty much as everyone probably thought it would, perhaps even more nerve-wracking for Hawks' fans than they would have liked.  The Thunderbolts had quite a bit of success moving the ball throughout the half, led by running back EJ Isom, and put up a pretty staunch defensive front against the Hendricken offense.  Just before the half, however, Isom went out with what appeared to be an injured ankle and didn't return, something that had a decided effect on East's offense in the second half.  The Hawks, trailing 14-7 at half, went into intermission determined to make some adjustments.  Coach P explains:

Full-Game Broadcast of the Semi-Final Win over the Cranston East Thunderbolts Available Right Here

Looking toward this Sunday's title game, there's no doubt that LaSalle will be and deserves to be the heavy favorite, as their high-powered offense has pretty much cut a clean swath right through Division I competition all season, including a dominant victory over our guys at Hendricken, 28-7, a couple of weeks back. As with last year's game, however, anything can happen in a single matchup. There's no doubt that the Hawks will have put the earlier loss to the Rams behind them and will be ready to battle for a third consecutive state championship.