It was a roller coaster year for the area football teams. All three teams qualified for the MIAA post season, but they all dropped their first round game.
Seekonk, powered by its eye-popping aerial attack, was the only local team to finish over .500 with a 6-5 record. The Warriors earned the TSS sweep with big wins over Case (30-6) and Dighton-Rehoboth (34-6). Dighton-Rehoboth bested Case in their match-up, 12-6.
Seekonk had a late season skid with three consecutive losses at the end of October into November, but righted the ship by closing the season out with two big wins over Bellingham and D-R.
Terry Smith led the area in touchdown passes with 28. Shane Smith was the on the receiving end of 13 of those TD passes to lead the area in touchdown receptions. Brett Mancini led Seekonk’s rushing attack with eight touchdowns on the ground. Ryan Riordan (seven touchdowns) and Cam Sears (five) were also immense in the passing game for the Warriors.
Case started off the season on a high with four straight victories before falling to Seekonk, and finished with a 5-6 record. Despite finishing under .500, the Cardinals were extremely competitive in most of their losses.
Case’s dual threat quarterback, Devin Proulx, threw for seven touchdowns and rushed for 11 more. Chris Costa was huge in both the rushing and passing game as he ran for nine touchdowns and hauled in an addition six touchdown passes. Jeremy Thiboutot and Ty Couto added five rushing touchdowns apiece for the Cardinals.
D-R (4-7) stumbled out of the gate with four straight losses against premier opponents Lincoln-Sudbury, New Bedford, Somerset-Berkley and Old Rochester. The Falcons earned their first win of the season in week five in dominating fashion over Apponequet, 28-0. D-R followed that performance up with a 49-0 shellacking over New Bedford Voke and then earned a narrow 12-6 victory over Case to build a midseason three-game win streak.
The Falcons were the most competitive local team in their play-off game as they nearly pulled off a first round upset, but fell to Silver Lake, 20-18.
Dennis Monteiro was a workhorse for the Falcons as he led the area with 16 rushing touchdowns.
Of all the fall sports, the area schools had the most collective success in boys’ soccer spearheaded by Seekonk winning its first ever South Coast Conference title. All three teams made the state tournament. Case and Dighton-Rehoboth lost in their first round games, while Seekonk made some noise by making it to the sectional semi-finals after beating Hanover and Medway before falling to Dover-Sherborn.
Seekonk finished with a record of 17-1-3 with their only loss of the season coming in the third round of the play-offs. Rony Morales led the area in scoring with 21 points (14 assists and seven goals). Seekonk also received major contributions from Jared Cabral (12 points – 11 goals, one assist), Jake Silvestre (11 points – 10 goals, one assist) and Ethan Paiva (nine points – five goals, four assists). Luke Robitaille was a wall in net with 17 wins and 10 shutouts.
Dighton-Rehoboth and Case both fell in the first round of the state tournament losing to Westwood and Old Rochester, respectively.
Case’s Skylah Dias had a phenomenal year with 19 points on 10 goals and nine assists.
Seekonk continued its recent success under coach Felipe Fontes and was able to qualify for the state tournament, led by the scoring of Trinity Cloud. The Warriors bowed out first round to East Bridgewater, 4-1.
The Case Cardinals found themselves in the post season, benefitting from the league split and earning second place in the small side. They ran into a buzz saw in the state tournament and lost to Archbishop Williams, 9-0.
Dighton-Rehoboth had a little uneven season, but ended the season on a high note winning four out of its last five games, including one in the state tournament against Hanover before losing to Bishop Stang, 2-0. Lexi Lovell and Kaylee Goss were offensive catalysts for the Falcons, finishing the season with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Seekonk Warriors continued their tradition of success with 12 wins, including a state tournament victory over Westport, 2-0, before falling to Dover-Sherborn, 5-0. Liza Gagnon led the way for the Warriors with 16 points.
The Case Cardinals laid the foundation for the future this season by earning a handful of wins with a team stacked with young talent. Elizabeth LePage led the area with 28 points on 19 goals and 9 assists.
The Case Cardinals benefitted long term by creating a challenging regular season schedule by playing state titans Bishop Feehan, Barnstable and Duxbury among others. They were battle tested and marched through three rounds in the state tournament with road victories over Old Colony, Rockland and Ursuline before finally losing to Bourne in the sectional final.
Hailey Armburg dominated this season and led the area in three categories – kills (249), digs (335) and aces (58). Nyah Young led the area in assists with 384 and Amber Arruda led in blocks with 53. Mikayla Bushell was also a top contributor for Case with 212 kills, 196 digs and 34 aces.
The Seekonk Warriors had a dominant fall by sweeping the South Coast Conference boys and girls titles. The boys’ team went undefeated in dual meets and the girls’ team finished 6-1. Freshman Andrew Cabral took the South Coast Conference by storm and won the individual boys title. Sophomore Abigail Tenreiro was crowned champion on the girls side when she edged out her teammate Hannah Bradbury in the conference meet. Tenreiro also clocked the fastest time ever recorded on Seekonk’s 2.8-mile trail.
Other major contributors for the Seekonk Warriors were Julia Rickard and Vanessa Jacome on the girls’ side and Henry Santos, Ross Santos, Hunter Studley and Jacob Klang on the boys’ side.
Dighton-Rehoboth had a great year on the course and finished with a 13-2 record. The Falcons took second place in the South Coast Conference match and finished tenth in D2 south.
Case finished with a match record of 8-8 and earned fifth place at the conference meet. The Cardinals had a great state tournament and finished fourth in D3 south.