WOOD RIVER JCT. — Friday night's frigid temperatures did nothing to slow the surging Chariho High football team.
Zoot Boschwitz threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns, Rogan Wotherspoon and Tom O'Horo each had long scoring runs and the Chargers defeated Narragansett, 27-8, in a Division III game.
Playoff-bound Chariho (6-3, 5-2 Division III) has won two in a row and four of its last five. Narragansett (7-2, 5-2) tasted defeat for just the second time this season.
"It's awesome," said Boschwitz, who completed 12 of 18 throws and had one intercepted. "They came into the game with just one loss. It just feels good to beat them."
Despite the 29-degree weather, the Chargers came out throwing. And on their second possession, they got the spark they needed.
Facing a second and 22 from his own 24, Boschwitz threw the ball deep over the middle that Nick Corrente hauled in about midfield. Corrente then broke a tackle and outraced Mariners defenders to the end zone for a 76-yard scoring play and a 6-0 Chariho lead.
"They brought a blitz, and it was one-on-one backside," Boschwitz said. "I threw it up and he made a nice catch and a nice play after the catch to take it all the way."
Narragansett followed by fumbling, and Coval Wild recovered at the Chariho 44. One play later, Wotherspoon went off tackle to his left, found a seam and ran it in from 51 yards out.
Andrew Havens' PAT made it 13-0 with 11:23 left in the second quarter.
"It's important to get out to a fast start, but also realizing if you don't it's not the end of the world," Chariho coach Nick Russo said. "You just gotta stay mentally tough. Even for high school teams, 13-0 in the first half is not a lead you're guaranteed to keep."
Russo needn't have worried. Not with the way his team was playing on both sides of the ball.
Chariho benefited from good field possession for its third score.
On their second possession of the third quarter, the Chargers took over at the Narragansett 42. Six plays later, Caleb Maggs caught a 2-yard TD pass from Boschwitz.
The key play on the short drive was the first one: an athletic catch by by the 6-6 Levi King in which a defender deflected the ball but King was able to snatch it on the way down for a 27-yard gain.
Meanwhile, the Chariho defense was forcing Narragansett into punt after punt. And with about two minutes left in the third quarter, O'Horo blocked one, giving the Chargers the ball at the Mariner 32.
Two plays and a penalty later, O'Horo ran it in from 39 yards out, leaping over a defender on the way. Havens' kick made it 27-0 with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Mariners finally got on the board on their next possession, a 10-yard scoring pass from quarterback Eddie Blessing to Colby Corson. But after a Chariho punt, the Chargers stopped them on fourth down at the 21, all but ending the game.
Blessing, Narragansett's quick, elusive quarterback, rushed for 119 yards on 28 carries and was 18-of-25 passing for 151 yards and the one TD.
Blessing was intercepted once, by Nolan Murphy, and sacked five times. Matt Corrente had two sacks, Sean Goulet and Wild each had one, and Josh Pater and Dominic Bonanno combined to sack Blessing on the Mariners' final offensive play.
"I think we executed pretty well," Russo said.
"The key was staying mentally tough, and taking it play by play and just trying to execute and playing all three phases the best we can."