Can’t Touch This…..JSEC Cavaliers Pick Up Their 1st Win of the Season


Providence Journal, Journalist

The JSEC Cavaliers pick up their first win of the shortened 2021 Season.  The article below is from the Projo and details of game shared by our cities Providence Journal Bulletin.  JSEC would like to congratulate our team for all their hard work that resulted in it’s first win of the season.

PROVIDENCE — Noel Torres has played quarterback before — just not in an official capacity with things like helmets and pads and matching uniforms and on a regulation field with sanctioned officials.

“It’s a lot more different from playing pickup football, backyard football with your friends,” said Torres, who is starting at QB for the Juanita Sanchez/Providence Country Day football team this spring. “It’s a tough position, honestly.”

He made it look pretty easy on Saturday.

Don’t be mistaken — Torres isn’t playing the position to chuck the ball all over the yard. The junior is small, shifty and puts on moves that break his shadow’s ankles. Davies’ defense did what it could to contain him, but one move and a burst up the sideline was all it took to make a house call. Torres’ 46-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter were the only points of the day in the Cavaliers’ 6-0 win over the Patriots.

“Everyone got their blocks right, it was a great team effort, punched it in,” Torres said. “I was really happy to have that happen. It was my first career touchdown, too.”

The nonleague contest between Division III JS/PCD and Division IV Davies was a great warmup for both teams as they began league play.

While 6-0 reads like a defensive battle, both teams received an education about what they need to clean up going forward. Offensively, just when it seemed someone was taking a step in the right direction, they’d take a couple back with penalties or some other mental mistake that prevented a scoring opportunity.

Torres was a model of consistency but it wasn’t until Amet Rodriguez put on his chef’s hat in the second half that the Cavaliers started cooking.

Rodriguez had only three carries in the first half — he did have a 10-yard run — and after not touching the ball on JS/PCD’s first possession in the second, the coaches decided to get him back in the mix.

He popped off back-to-back 10-yard runs with a 15-yard penalty attached, getting the Cavaliers across midfield as they headed to the fourth quarter.

“My teammates, they hyped me up,” said Rodriguez, who finished with 52 yards on seven carries. “We could do better, the offense is way better. We just had to turn it up a notch. We started getting the beast out.”

That beast was Torres. On the first play of the fourth quarter, he kept the ball on an option read up the middle, cut to the right and found his way through traffic before hitting the sideline for a 46-yard touchdown.

Torres finished with 127 yards and the touchdown and the dance moves he used to elude tacklers were just as effective on the football field as they would be at a prom.

“Don’t sleep on me,” Torres said. “I can lower my shoulder a little bit.”

He did on defense. The Cavaliers did a solid job up the middle, taking away any shot Davies had of gaining yards on power runs. The Patriots — who are in their second year as a program — relied on quarterback Antonio Cabral to find yards wherever possible.

“It was a team effort; it’s not all on me,” Torres said. “D-line did their stuff, DBs, linebackers, we all did great.”

Davies did make a late trip to the red zone, highlighted by 19- and 17-yard runs by Cabral. The Patriots got the ball to the 19, but on fourth down, a pass from Cabral fell incomplete at the 4. The turnover on downs was followed by the Cavaliers’ TD drive.

“We executed everything; we just had a few bad plays,” Cabral said. “I feel like we played great.”

Cabral wasn’t wrong. For a second-year program still in search of its first win, the 6-0 loss to a D-III team did more good than bad as league play approaches.

“We have a lot of confidence,” Cabral said. “This week of practice we’re going to put in a lot of work and we’ll be ready for next week against Hope.”

Juanita Sanchez/PCD 6, Davies 0

Fourth quarter

JSPCD — Noel Torres 46 run (run failed), 11:48


RUSHING — Davies 28-66, JSPCD 41-195. PASSING — Davies 5-10-71, JSPCD – 0-1-0. FIRST DOWNS — Davies 6, JSPCD 10. FUMBLES/LOST — Davies 2-1, JSPCD 4-1. TOTAL TURNOVERS — Davies 1, JSPCD 1. PENALTIES-YARDS — Davies 11-65, JSPCD 7-50. PUNTS-YARDS — Davies 4-106, JSPCD 4-119. TIME OF POSSESSION: Davies 21:15, JSPCD 26:45.


RUSHING: Davies — Damien Scott, 6-35; Antonio Cabral, 13-25; Matt Patenaude 6-9; Anthony Silva 1-1; Daniel Rose 1-0; Joe Brooks 1-(-4). JSPCD — Noel Torres 18-127, TD; Amet Rodriguez 7-52; Josh Torres 12-17; Orlando Torres 1-0; Ziondre Ogiba 3-(-1).

PASSING: Davies — Cabral 4-9-49; Patenaude 1-1-12. JSPCD — Noel Torres 0-1-0.

RECEIVING: Davies — Patenaude 3-38; Nick Maston 1-14; Rose 1-11.