PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High football team’s quest for a Division I state championship came to an end Saturday at the hands of North Kingstown, who used a strong second-half …
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High football team’s quest for a Division I state championship came to an end Saturday at the hands of North Kingstown, which used a strong second-half running game to defeat the Patriots, 30-10, in a semifinal matchup at Cranston Stadium.
Portsmouth’s season is not done just yet however. The Patriots travel to Gaudet Middle School on Thursday, Nov. 25, to play the annual Thanksgiving Day game against island rival Middletown. Kickoff for the non-league game is at 10 a.m.
Saturday’s game was close at halftime, with the Skippers clinging to a slim 9-7 lead.
Portsmouth’s scoring in the first half came by way of a 4-yard touchdown run by quarterback Benny Hurd, giving the Patriots a 7-3 lead with about six minutes left in the second quarter.
That would be the only time Portsmouth would see the end zone, however. The Patriots’ other 3 points came on an Andrew Perry field goal in the second half.
Hurd threw for 99 yards and was 5 for 11 in passing. He also rushed for another 64 yards.
Marcus Evans was busy, carrying the ball 62 yards on 15 runs.