Lions Open the Season with a Win
QB Christian Pinto hit Nick Souffrin with a 4-yard TD pass to tie the game. Chris DiGiacomo’s extra point put the Lions ahead 21-20 with 20 seconds remaining in the game.
SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- Last year, Monsignor Farrell opened the season at home against Bishop Hendricken with a 31-27 come-from-behind win.
Saturday in the Hawks’ home state, the Lions won in similar fashion as they recorded a 23-20, non-league triumph at Bryant University.
“It’s a huge win for us heading into our league games,” said Farrell head coach Rocco Del Priore. “(Bishop Hendricken of Warwick, R.I.) has a very good coaching staff and program. They have a really legit QB and a big O-line and D-line that gave us fits all day. ”
Trailing 20-7 midway through the fourth quarter, Farrell refused to die.
First, William Andrade returned the ensuing kickoff and Farrell kicked the extra point to cut the lead to 20-14.
And they did.
That’s when Farrell senior quarterback Cristian Pinto led the Lions on the winning drive, completing 3 of 4 passes and picking up two first downs via the run.
Pinto capped the 55-yard drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Nicholas Souffrin, which tied the game. Chris DiGiacomo’s PAT kick put the Lions ahead 21-20 with 20 seconds remaining in the game.
“His three-year varsity experience really showed,” said Del Priore of Pinto. “He wanted the ball. He had an energy about him that we knew were going to win. I saw it in his eyes. He had two nice runs, one coming on a fourth-down play on a designed QB keeper which was great call by our offensive coordinator (Joe Mariconda) that kept the drive going.”
The Lions would then record a safety on the ensuing kickoff. BH then recovered the free kick, but Farrell stopped the Rhode Islanders as time expired.
Earlier in the game, BH would take a 7-0 lead right out the gate on a block punt scoop and score.
Farrell’s defense would force two turnovers in the first half, the first coming on a 16-yard interception return by Mikai Gamble, but the Lions couldn’t capitalize on that.
But a few minutes later they did when Michael Zaremba intercepted a pass, setting up Farrell in the red zone. That’s when Pinto scrambled down to the 5. Four plays later, Pinto visited the end zone on a fourth-and-3 play to tie the game at 7 in the second quarter.
Hendricken dominated the entire third quarter as the Farrell offense only ran three plays.
BH would score before the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run, after a 45-yard completion, but it missed the PAT and led 13-7.
BH would go up 20-7 midway through the fourth on 35-yard TD pass, which came on a fourth-and-8 play.
The Lions host highly touted and CHSFL power Archbishop Stepinac on Friday.