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Burrillville Hands Westerly its First Loss in a Thriller

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Burrillville Hands Westerly its First Loss in a Thriller

Andrew Fiore, Staff Reporter

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All good things must come to an end, as did the Bulldogs’ bid at an undefeated season. It was easy to tell from the beginning that this game was going to be different. Westerly did not score its first touchdown until early in the second quarter, but Burrillville responded with a 49 yard touchdown run. Then they retained possession on a muffed punt return. Before Burrillville could get a lead, the Bulldog defense stopped them in the red zone at the one yard line to regain possession.

Jalen Valentin broke the deadlock with a 90 yard touchdown run, but Burrillville created a whole new one with a quarterback sneak touchdown to tie the game at 14.

The two teams fought for the elusive lead. The Bulldogs thought they finally had it after a punt return touchdown, but it was overturned due to a penalty. Burrillville had a good opportunity to score later on after an interception, but they could not cash in.

After several drives by both teams, the stalemate was finally broken by a Burrillville touchdown with 11:17 left in the game. The Westerly still had chances to score, but were unable to, as the Broncos won 21-14.

If the Bulldogs had to lose at one point, last week was the perfect time. They had already secured a home playoff game, and this game was not part of the playoffs, so their season has not ended yet. It provided motivation to do their best in Sunday’s game against West Warwick at 6pm in Westerly. The image of the Broncos players mounting their flag at the 50 yard line of Sal Augeri field after Friday’s game will remain in the minds of the Bulldogs, and that is not a good thing for the Broncos if they have the misfortune of facing Westerly again in the playoffs.

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Andrew Fiore, Staff Reporter

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