NARRAGANSETT — Westerly High and Chariho High will have plenty of homework this week after their performances in the Injury Fund football jamboree Friday night.
Both teams lost to Division I schools. The Division II Bulldogs fell to North Kingstown, 13-7, while the Division III Chargers lost to South Kingstown, 21-6. The contests were just two quarters long.
Chariho hosts Westerly on Friday at 7 p.m. in the season opener for both squads.
Both teams will both be looking to reduce the numbers of penalties they committed and be more accurate with their direct snaps.
Westerly’s first drive of the contest was its best possession. The Bulldogs moved 71 yards in eight plays, capped by a 14-yard touchdown run by senior Tristan Turano around right end. Westerly overcame a holding penalty during the march.
Turano, a first-team All-State running back last season after rushing for more than 2,000 yards, opened the game with a 29-yard run. But after the first drive, the Bulldogs struggled on offense, finishing with just 11 total yards in three series. A number of direct snaps failed to reach the intended targets resulting in wasted plays.
“That’s exactly what we call them — a wasted play,” Westerly coach Duane Maranda said. “We haven’t had a problem all preseason with snaps. But we can fix that.”
Turano finished with 64 yards on nine carries.
NK, which won the Division II Super Bowl last season and moved up to Division I this season, scored twice in the second quarter on a 1-yard run and a 30-yard pass.
“They went uptempo, and we kind of lost our intensity,” Maranda said. “We have to be able to match that better and we will.”
South Kingstown 21, Chariho 6
Chariho had no problems matching up physically with the Rebels, but penalties were an issue for the Chargers.
During one drive in the second quarter, the Chargers had two holding penalties, two motion penalties and a high direct snap that led to a 19-yard loss.
“We have to clean that stuff up. One thing we need to change from last year to this year is when we are driving down the field we can’t stall,” Chariho coach Rick Martin said. “It’s an easy fix. We will look at the film, and we got some insight from the refs. I think we will be OK.”
Chariho’s first touchdown was set up by a long fumble return by Ricky Evola. The Charger defense stripped the ball from an SK running back and it came to Evola. He ran 64 yards to the Rebels 1.
Two plays later, Tom O’Horo scored on a 1-yard run. O’Horo finished with 39 yards on five carries.
“We came out of this healthy and it gave us a good chance to see what we have,” Martin said.