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Andrew Andella Blackmon Rowley Combine

Andrew Andella’s Master Plan to Get Noticed

Will Blackmon, the 12 year-NFL veteran and Rhode Island native paid close attention to the 120 plus area high school football players who participated in the second annual Blackmon/Rowley Combine held over the summer at Bishop Hendricken. “Who is that?" asked Blackmon as he watched two players battle in a fierce one-on-one competition at the...
Bishop Hendricken football Tom Comella Nic Comella

Hendricken Twins Working Hard to Repeat as State Champs

Tom and Nic Comella sat down at a picnic table adjacent to the Bishop Hendricken football field. Practice hadn't started yet, but the twins were stretched and ready to go - eager for the season to start.. Distinguishing between the two Hendricken seniors is not easy. They have matching smiles, dirty blonde hair and chiseled,...
Blackmon Rowley Combine Camp

Will Blackmon & Kyle Rowley Team Up for 2nd Annual Combine Camp

Jordan Monk stood in front of 120 high school football players on a recent steamy July Sunday at Bishop Hendricken High School and shared his story. He grew up in Providence, played high school football at St. Raphael Academy and then continued his career at North Carolina State. The path was not that easy. “I...
Will Blackmon Kyle Rowley Combine

Blackmon / Rowley Combine Gets RI Gridiron Athletes Noticed

Carl Greene doesn't hesitate - not even for a second - when asked if he would recommend the upcoming Blackmon/Rowley Combine Camp to high school football players in Rhode Island who are looking to work on their skills and ultimately get recruited. “100 percent. I would absolutely tell everyone to go. Attending the combine helped...
Central Falls Dutchie Arroyo

Caring Role Models Inspire Central Falls’ Dutchie Arroyo to Meet Life’s Challenges Head On

Dutchie Arroyo remembers the first time he stepped on a football field. “I didn't like it. I was a soft little boy..maybe seven or eight. I didn't like football at all. I quit," said Arroyo. But he decided to give football another shot. This time, his attitude changed. Dramatically. “I thought I could be pretty good at...
Xavier Truss All-American Bowl

Hendricken’s Xavier Truss Ready to Strap on His Helmet at All-American Bowl This January

After shaking hands, hugging, bumping or exchanging high-fives with nearly everyone in attendance in the Bishop Hendricken auditorium, Xavier Truss took his seat on the stage. When the 6'7, 325 pound offensive lineman was called up to podium and put on his 2019 All-American jersey, he tried his hardest to keep a straight face...
Jaylen Smith

Shea High Junior Jaylen Smith Already Attracting Scouting Attention

The future changed for Jaylen Smith this past summer. A 5'10", 170 pound junior running back and track standout at Shea High, Smith was invited to attend a football camp over the summer at the University of Rhode Island. Smith, 16, was among the several hundred high school football players participating in the camp and showcased...
Central High Coach Mike Washington

Central High’s Mike Washington Prepares Students For Life Beyond the Gridiron

Candles, stuffed animals, flowers and handmade cards flank the sign outside the front of the Providence Career & Technical Academy, the spot where William Parsons, the 15-year-old Central High student was shot and killed just the second day into the new school year. Shamar Craig, 17, was among the Central students at the school at...
Lee Moses U Mass

UMass CB Lee Moses: “Hendricken Did A Great Job Preparing Me to Play at This Level”

When Lee Moses lived with his grandmother in the rough Hartford Housing Projects in Providence, she had just one rule for her young grandson to follow. “You only had to follow one rule. Just one. Stay out of trouble.," he recalled. “She always said “stay out of trouble. Go play football.''" Moses obeyed his grandmother's rule. His...
Henry Adeoluwa Adewamika

Nigerian Native Henry Adeoluwa Adewamika Finds Brotherhood on the Gridiron at Tolman High

Henry Adeoluwa Adewamika and teammates jog onto the practice field at Tolman High, their heads hidden by black helmets. If you look closely at the sea of red and black heading towards the field, one player sticks out ever so slightly. Adewamika, a burly junior lineman, walks with a slight limp. The rumors circulating around...
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