Make no mistake about it: the Cranston West Falcons are a very good football team.
Before we delve into the account of the game, let's give a tip of the hat to our Sports Network on a night when most of the facets of our production finally came together.
Anchors Cam Brennan and Stone Freeman continued to be the pros that they are, bringing sound analysis, research, and knowledge to the production. The voice of the basketball Hawks, Johnathan Feeny, provided stellar assistance by working the social media angle throughout the course of the game, passing along any score updates from around the state via the Tweetdeck service and by keeping all followers of The Network on Twitter and Facebook up-to-date on each of the game's developments. Max Zweiner also chipped into the production with invaluable sideline assistance by utilizing The Network's Instagram link to record some great moments, which can be seen in this account of the game. Official team statistician Ben Macksoud also was on stand-by to contribute via Instagram if called upon. It all went soundly enough that Coach Dan Brennan texted to us during the game that he was able to watch the game from his hotel lobby in Manhattan. All involved did a great job.
Now, as for the game....
Much like the Hawks' season-opening Division I game at South Kingstown, the Hawks knew that they had everything that they could handle after one half of play. In fact, any objective viewer of the game would have called the game an even struggle by intermission, as the Hawks held a slim 7-3 lead.
Once again, however, much like that South Kingstown game, the Hawks slowly but surely asserted themselves over the course of the second half and won going away, 33-10 - though it should be noted that with about nine minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Hawks led by only three, 13-10.
No one at the game - fans of either team or any of the Hendricken players (who always take each opponent seriously) - should have been surprised, as the Falcons went to the final seconds last Friday night against LaSalle in a game played at Cranston Stadium before losing a tough one, 22-21. With the loss to the Hawks, the Falcons now drop to 1-4 on the season, but that is as deceiving a record as there possibly can be. They are much better than their record indicates.
As for our guys, the train that they're attempting to ride to RI schoolboy history - a fourth consecutive State Super Bowl title - remains steadily and smoothly on the rails. All-State running back Remy Blue continued his weekly game-changing running act, rushing 12 times for 118 yards, including touchdown runs of 41 and 35 yards. The first of those two gallops can be seen right here:
Quarterback Pat Gill kept the offense sure and steady throughout the course of the night and contributed with a 57-yard scoring strike to Lee Moses and a 16-yard TD run for himself. Running back Gary Gibbs contributed the other Hawks' touchdown on a seven-yard run.
As the Falcons' ten points indicates, the Hawks' defense was tough over the course of the entire game. Two outstanding plays can be seen right here:
case you missed it, the entire second half of the game can still be seen right here on The Network, at the top of the site.
Up next for the Hawks are the Thunderbolts of Cranston East, who, along with the Hawks, were one of the pre-season favorites to go all the way. The 'Bolts walloped East Providence last night, 48-12. The Hawks will travel to Cranston Stadium to face East next Friday night at 7pm. At the very least this is a potential preview of a playoff matchup, if not a Super Bowl matchup; of course, there's always our archrival LaSalle who will always be in the mix, and they await our guys for another showdown on November 15th on Academy Avenue.
The Network will be at Cranston Stadium next Friday night. Let's travel well and support our guys in Game #5.