By Stuart Hallagan
The Red Sox and the Yankees, Auburn and Alabama, East Greenwich and Middletown – no matter the level, rivalries make sports great. The Middletown vs East Greenwich playoff rivalry came about after the 2014-2015 sports season. First off, the Avengers football team had a spectacular season in 2014, making their way all the way to the championship at Cranston Stadium. The game didn’t start off well for the Avengers – they entered halftime with a 14-0 deficit. However, the Avengers did not give up, coming all the way back to have a 15-14 lead with three minutes left in the game. Despite the comeback, the Middletown Islanders still managed to win with a last minute drive to win the game 21-14.
Now onto the winter sports: boys basketball made it to the playoffs and were set to face the winner of the first round – Middletown. East Greenwich entered the playoffs with a 2nd seed and a bye round. Middletown entered with a 7th seed and beat Portsmouth in the first round, 55-50. The second round was set: East Greenwich vs Middletown. The game did not go the Avenger’s way, losing 53-45 to the Islanders. The fan sections began to bicker, continuing later on social media after the game. However, the winter was not over for the Avengers: the boys hockey team was still going strong. They entered the playoffs with the 3rd seed and were bound to face the sixth seed, the Middletown co-op team. Avenger’s hockey entered the series knowing the history of the two teams and the pressure that came along with it. The Avengers proceeded to win the first game 2-1, and after a 1-0 nail biting road win, they won the series.
Now onto 2015: the super bowl rematch was set for September 18th, the first home game of the season for the Avengers. It was bound to be a big game, prompting the football team to have a Middletown week. A week dedicated to focusing on the Super Bowl rematch. They also encouraged students to show up with camo, as members of the “East Greenwich Army.” With the support of the EG Army, the Avengers had a great game.
To start off the game, the Avengers stopped Middletown after allowing only one first down.
The first drive for the Avenger’s offense ended with a 12 yard touchdown pass to senior Brian Gemma. The defense was strong yet again, limiting Middletown to a three and out. Senior quarterback, Nick Andreozzi, made quick work with the ball connecting with Brian Gemma for a 47 yard
touchdown to end the first quarter.
Junior Matt Sylvia, had an interception early in the second quarter and took it all the way to Middletown’s 7 yard line. On the next play Andreozzi connected with senior Egan Reale who came down with a spectacular one-handed catch. The Avenger’s defense continued its high performance with another interception, leading to a 46 yard drive and ending in a 1 yard touchdown run by junior Donny Carcieri-Cassidy. The Avengers went into halftime with a 28-0 lead over the Islanders.
To open the second half scoring, Andreozzi ran in a 4 yard touchdown and completed a 2 point conversion.
Now with a 36-0 lead, they still didn’t let up. Junior Mitchell Gemma, ran 25 yards for another touchdown. Middletown’s only points came from a 10 yard pass with a minute remaining in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter cowboy sensation, James “Seamus” Hanover, scored with a one yard run. The game was a tremendous start for Avenger football, with a final score of 50-6.
Spectrum Star of the Game: Brian Gemma – 3 receptions, 67 yards, 2 TDs