Newport County School Football Teams Prepare for Week 4
Middletown and Rogers high school football teams are set to face teams that were unable to compete last weekend due to COVID concerns. Toll Gate, which will host Middletown, and Coventry, heading to Newport on Friday evening, have apparently been allowed to adapt.
“We hear we’re playing,” Rogers coach Frank Newsome said earlier this week. “Even though we’re screwed, we want to play. Hope all goes well. “
Portsmouth will look to return to the winning column after its the last-ditch effort has officially failed in a loss to Central last Friday night. Tiverton has the chance to rest physically while continuing to learn during training as he has a bye this weekend.
Here is the schedule:
First division: Portsmouth at Cranston East, 7 p.m.
Section II: Coventry at Rogers, 7 p.m.
Section III: Middletown to Toll Gate, noon
Islanders are still trying to gauge Saturday’s opponent
As Middletown claimed their first win of the season last Friday night, Toll Gate was sidelined. The Titans last played on September 17, a 32-8 loss to Johnston. Two weeks earlier they had played West Warwick in a match against Injury Fund.
“It would have been nice to have a movie of their game last week because they have a movie of our game,” said Middletown coach Matt Kestler. “I imagine they would have some new things to show now that they have had a second week to prepare us.”
The Islanders have an idea of how the Toll Gate offense works, but aren’t sure which formations the Titans will use.
“They didn’t use anybody under the center, and they ran power stuff and spilled stuff,” Kestler said. “So, are they performing multiple sets or are they maybe still looking for their identity?” We’re going to have to figure it out and make adjustments on the fly. “
Islanders understood a few things last week in their 18-10 win over Central Falls / Blackstone Valley Prep and hope for another victory on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s definitely another winnable game for us,” Kestler said. “The most important thing for us is not to be satisfied with the victory. We need to maintain our focus.
“After watching last week’s movie regarding homework, we were mostly on point. There were a lot less corrections to be made than before. It was a good sign. “
Last week’s game between Pilgrim and Toll Gate was called off earlier this week due to COVID concerns in the Toll Gate program.
Glimmer of hope on injury front for Portsmouth
Cranston East is 0-3 this season, but such an important school still has some talented athletes the Patriots should be aware of, especially heading into next week’s return game.
“They can use the spread and they have speed at the receiver and the running back and a left quarterback,” said Portsmouth coach Dustin Almeida. “Then they can come back to you and refuel the old fashioned way and hit you with the running game.”
“Defensively they can go 5-2 or look 3-4 which we haven’t seen in a few weeks. We’ll have to get our guys used to blocking this again. “
On the Portsmouth injury front, three players – RB / LB Marcus Evans, H-back / LB Tommy McGraw and OL / DL Jake Ruttenberg – underwent knee surgery and all procedures went smoothly. Ruttenberg is still out for the season, but seniors McGraw and Evans could return.
“Tommy’s ACL wasn’t as bad as expected and Marcus had a 4-6 week deadline and could potentially return for the playoffs,” Almeida said. “Maybe we are lucky that it happened at the start of the season.
“We have time to develop players for them and when we get to the playoffs and they potentially come back, we’ll be deep in those positions. This is good news and we are cautiously optimistic. We have to see how they heal and potentially when they can come back. “
Until then, the Patriots need to maintain their focus and focus on the ABCs of football.
“For us, it’s back to basics again this week. We want to play at a fundamentally high level, ”said Almeida. “This is the biggest message we are trying to accomplish this week. If we can accomplish this, we can be successful. “
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Rogers starting quarterback Darian Piker was unable to play in his team’s Division II loss to Westerly last week, and Bryan Robar started in his place. Robar was injured and JV quarterback Nixon Brownell was forced into action.
“Darian is still touching and going,” said Rogers coach Frank Newsome. “He had a knee to the thigh and that limits his mobility. He’s doing all he can to get back on the pitch.
Brownell got his feet wet last week, but may have to dive fully into the fray on Friday night.
“Nixon took pictures in practice,” Newsome said. “He’s a confident child. He believes he can do whatever is put in front of him. He can throw the ball. Speed isn’t his forte, but he makes up for it by being smart and coachable. It is not a child who is afraid or who is afraid of the moment.
Coventry, the Division III champion in the spring, lost to Mount Pleasant 38-22 on September 17, a week after defeating Division I Cranston East 14-6 in a non-league game.
“They have a good size. They throw the ball a lot from (shotgun training), ”Newsome said. “Or they can use the double wing and play rugby. If we give up on the long runs or the big winners, it’s physical wear and tear on you. That’s what we want to do to them.
Coventry was due to play at St. Raphael last week, but the game was called off less than six hours before kick-off after the State Department of Health identified a large majority of the squad as contacts narrow.