What a difference a year makes. Last year the East Greenwich Avengers fell to the Tiverton Tigers in a tough 41 to 14 loss. Now, in its third game of the season, the East Greenwich High School (EGHS) varsity football team walked away with a 28 to 6 win. The Avengers currently stand with a 2-0 division record and an overall 3-0 record.
Under the watchful eye of a small but vocal fan base, the Avengers did not put up any points until the second quarter when Carney Crawford ran in the first touchdown of the game with Alex Cleary making the extra point kick. The Avengers came on strong in the third quarter with Cleary returning a Tiger fumble for a touchdown, followed by a long run for a second touchdown by Cleary. Cleary made both extra point kicks. The Tigers came back with a touchdown by Robert Kiser, resulting in EG leading 21 to 6 going into the fourth quarter. With 5 minutes left in the game, Crawford ran the ball in once again with a successful extra point kick by Cleary. The Avenger defense proved tough for the Tigers, resulting in a final 28 to 6 win for East Greenwich.
In recapping the game, quarterback Andrew Miner said, "The run game was great today,” especially in the second half. East Greenwich coach John George also noted he was “happy with the way the offense played” and “our defense did a good job”. When asked about how well the team was positioned to play for the Division III title, Coach George reflected that “I’d like to think we’re in the mix.” Quarterback Miner noted that the team next plays Lincoln, who shut out the Avengers last year in their own homecoming game.