By ALEX SPONSELLER After being shut out 33-0 to Ponaganset the week prior, the Toll Gate football team bounced back in a big way by cruising past visiting Davies 42-14. "It's great, it's great for the seniors to get the win on senior day. It was a great
By ALEX SPONSELLER After being shut out 33-0 to Ponaganset the week prior, the Toll Gate football team bounced back in a big way by cruising past visiting Davies 42-14.
“It’s great, it’s great for the seniors to get the win on senior day. It was a great team win and they worked hard,” said Toll Gate Head Coach Jim Stringfellow.
Toll Gate running back DeVaughn Meade led the way for the Titans, picking up three rushing touchdowns on the day.
“(Meade) played how we expected him to play and we’re going to expect a little more from him next week against Narragansett. We expect a lot from him as we do with everybody,” Stringfellow said.
Toll Gate took an early 7-0 lead after Meade rushed for a score. Davies responded on the following drive by picking up a big touchdown pass on a broken play and following up with a 2-point conversion to take the 8-7 lead.
It was all Toll Gate from there, as quarterback Greyson Pasquina led a drive downfield and rushed for a score of his own the following drive. He would then connect with Domenic Calise on the 2-point PAT to give the Titans the 15-8 lead after one quarter.
“We had to respond quickly (after falling behind 8-7), they knew how important this game was. They didn’t get down, it was a botched play so it wasn’t something that was devastating but they knew they had to respond and they did. It was something we practice, it is what we preach. It’s in the past and we can’t get it back,” said Stringfellow.
Pasquina later rushed for another score, as well as Oman Abatiello, who rushed for two scores of his own to wrap up the victory. Calise would also haul in another 2-point conversion.
“It depends on the score, we like to get two points but we had to see what they were doing and make the decision,” said Stringfellow on the multiple 2-point attempts.
The Titans improved to 2-1 on the season and will head south this Saturday to take on undefeated Narragansett.
The Titans are excited for the challenge and hope to make a statement this weekend.
“It’s going to be hard, Narragansett is tough and well-coached, they’re always very good,” Stringfellow said. “They’re going to give us a run for our money so hopefully the way we played today carries over into next week. It’s going to be a good game, we need the win, and they’re undefeated so we want to upset them.”