South Kingstown football tops Narragansett in front of a packed house

NARRAGANSETT — Quite a lot, please give us more non-league games like this one on Friday night at Zepp Field.

South Kingstown and Narragansett are a far cry from some lopsided Thanksgiving pageants in the 1990s. They’re two shows currently on something close to an equal footing, and 48 minutes of action was barely enough to separate them.

Amani Boamah’s 3-yard touchdown run with 4:40 left closed the difference. The Rebels cruised to a 23-20 victory in front of a crowd that packed the stands and sat on the hillside overlooking the grass field.

“It just builds our character,” Boamah said. “It’s great for the team.”

South Kingstown is expected to push the contenders into Division II and could have opted for a lighter set-up before battling Woonsocket next week. But realistically, what would the Rebels have learned about themselves while dominating a glorified scrimmage? The Mariners were pretty spirited after a pair of Super Bowl championships and were preparing to take on a reconfigured Division III.

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“The South kids know the Narragansett kids,” South Kingstown coach Gerry Zannella said. “They grew up playing minor league and recreational basketball. The game against whoever, that is something that is forgotten.

Mekhi Wilson had a pair of rushing touchdowns and 107 rushing yards to bring Narragansett to the brink of a mild upset. If the name sounds familiar, it should be: He’s one of the best two-way players in the state and has a unique connection to this rivalry. Wilson’s father, Mike, was a star quarterback and running back for South Kingstown as they hung eight straight losses over the Mariners between 1992 and 1999.

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