West Warwick football returns to top Cranston West in season opener

WEST WARWICK — Thursday was finally the night.

The start of this Interscholastic League football season coincided with the validation of Shaun Shultz and DionDre Chase. West Warwick has officially come back from the cold.

The Wizards looked down and out in the third quarter against Cranston West, but that was far from the case. His elders have been through enough adversity on the field during their first three seasons: It was time to fight back. They did it in the form of 20 unanswered points.

Chase broke up a kickoff return for a touchdown. Shultz intercepted a pass for another touchdown. He went on offense for the clincher, hitting from 3 yards out with 4:01 left, giving West Warwick a slight 30-27 upset.

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“We told ourselves we’ve overcome adversity before when we were younger,” Shultz said. “We knew we could get it out of ourselves. He plays all four quarters to the end.”

A pair of league wins last fall represented a real step forward. The Wizards were a breather on the schedule in years past and have lost three in a row to Thanksgiving rival Coventry. They had strayed far from the championship standard set by some of their predecessors.

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