Boston High School: Corinne Coia

New England Roundup: Rhode Island

December, 16, 2010
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How many years had elapsed since Bishop Hendricken last won the Division I football championship?

Let’s put it this way:
  • Virtually all of the players on the 2010 team had barely begun to walk and some were still in the crawling stage.
  • The New England Patriots had yet to morph into one of the NFL’s dominant teams.
  • Bill Clinton had yet to begin his second term as President of the United States.
Rhode IslandThe Hawks made up for lost time in a big-time way by edging Portsmouth, 20-17, for their first state title since 1996 plus a brilliant 13-0 overall record (the first time that’s happened in 15 years).

Senior quarterback Mike Maloof was voted the game’s Most Valuable Player after throwing touchdown passes of 22 yards to Zach Padula and 10 yards to Tim Lyons – on the initial play of the final period for what proved to be the winning score.

Maloof also ran the ball 17 times and gained 105 yards.

Ironically, the Hawks (much to coach Keith Croft’s chagrin) followed the same pattern that they did in their 38-35 semifinal victory over East Providence. In other words, the Hawks spotted their opponent the lead before rallying.

The Townies at one time led 35-21 before Hendricken came back to win, 38-35, on an 18-yard field goal by Zach Conte on the game’s final play.

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