Gridiron Club plans abbreviated Awards Night ceremony tonight

Gridiron Club plans abbreviated Awards Night ceremony tonight

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Gridiron Club’s annual Awards Night, which was scheduled for April, but canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will take place tonight at 6 p.m. at the Cranston Country Club, but as an abbreviated ceremony and a photo op session for all the winners of this year’s awards.

Among the winners are former St. Raphael Academy star Trevante Jones, who is an outside linebacker at Central Connecticut State University, and ex-Shea High standout Momadou Mbye, who recently graduated from the University of Rhode Island.

The “Pride of Rhode Island” Award, which is presented to a graduate of an RIIL high school football program who plays for an out-of-state collegiate football program and “does himself and his family, school, community, and state proud,” is going to Jones, and Mbye will receive the inaugural “Home State Hero” Award, which is presented to a graduate of an RIIL high school football program who plays for an in-state collegiate program and “does himself and his family, school, community, and state proud.”

The Lineman, Back, and Coach of the Year Awards in each RIIL division will also be presented, along with the state’s Lineman, Back, and Coach of the Year Awards. Also presented will be the Gilbane Award to the R.I. Football Player of the Year, the Lawrence P. Gallogly Award, and the R.I. Football Officials Award. Recent Shea graduate and University of Rhode Island-bound tailback Jaylen Smith was named the Division I-A Back of the Year.

Coaches, officials, family members, and friends of the award winners are invited to attend. There will be no dinner, but beverages may be purchased.

For more information, contact the club’s president, Bob Izzi, at robert.izzi@aol.com or 401-378-4393.