Football – Non-Playoffs
Foxboro, 28 vs. Norton, 14 – Final 1st Quarter: (N) Tyler Elliot 12-yard pass to Hunter Murphy, XP blocked; (F) Keyshawn Sanders 44-yard rush, Russell Neale XP good.
2nd Quarter: (F) Phil Thomas 36-yard pass to Shayne Kerrigan, R. Neale XP good.
3rd Quarter: (F) K. Sanders 2-yard rush, R. Neale XP good.
4th Quarter: (F) Mike Luong 5-yard rush, R. Neale XP good; (N) Nate Sicard 5-yard rush, 2pt conversion good.
Attleboro, 24 vs. BC High, 41 – Final 1st Quarter: (A) Justin Cote 1-yard rush, XP failed; (BCH) Brendan Cassamajor 5-yard rush, #84 XP good; (BCH) Kaleb Moody interception return, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (BCH) Jacob Perez 40-yard rush, XP good; (BCH) K. Moody 34-yard rush, XP good.
3rd Quarter: (BCH) Bobby Wiesenhahn 2-yard rush, XP is good; (A) Jason Weir 24-yard pass to Alex Rodriguez, 2pt pass failed.
4th Quarter: (A) A. Rodriguez 14-yard rush, 2pt pass is no good; (BCH) B. Wiesenhahn 5-yard pass to Aidan Sullivan, XP failed; (A) J. Weir 11-yard pass to Justin Daniels, 2pt rush failed.
Stoughton, 0 @ Braintree, 26 – Final
Girls Soccer – Non-Playoffs
Milford vs. Hopedale, 3:30
Field Hockey D1 South
#13 Franklin, 9 vs. #20 Durfee, 2 – Final – Franklin’s offense was nearly unstoppable in the first half, scoring seven goals in a big win over visiting Durfee in the playoff opener for both sides. Amanda Lewandowski scored four goals all in the first half as Franklin raced out to a 5-0 lead in the first 22 minutes. Ashley Reutlinger added two assists in a goal in the first half while Victoria Quinn finished with two goals, Cassi Ronan had two assists, Sara Carney had one helper, and Regan Paterson and Olivia Rondeau each scored once for the Panthers. Franklin advances to play #3 Notre Dame Academy in Hingham on Saturday at 4:00.
#16 Mansfield, 0 vs. #17 Scituate, 1 – Final (OT)
#18 Taunton, 2 @ #15 Wellesley, 3 – Final – Taunton took a 1-0 lead in the game and were tied 1-1 at halftime, but Wellesley built a two-goal advantage in the second half. The Raiders scored the first two goals of the second half to go up 3-1 before Taunton made it a one-goal game. Alana Tavares and Cierra Bartel scored for Taunton, Caitlin Connors and Jillian Pagliuca each had an assist, and Emma Sheehan made seven saves in net.
#21 Oliver Ames, 0 @ #12 Braintree, 1 – Final
#1 Foxboro, 1 vs. #16 Falmouth, 0 – Final (2OT) – Foxboro senior Sophia DiCenso scored the game-winning goal 25 seconds into the second overtime to help the top-seeded Warriors advance to the D2 South quarterfinals. Foxboro will play the winner of #8 Cohasset vs. #9 Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday at 7:00 at Mansfield High School.
Field Hockey – Non-Playoffs
Milford, 2 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Milford senior Emily Haley scored her first career goal to help the Scarlet Hawks end the season on a high note. Junior Tatiana Martinez also scored in the win while Paige Reisman recorded the shutout in goal.
#9 King Philip, 3 @ #8 Medford, 0 – Final – King Philip opened the postseason with a 3-0 sweep over Medford (25-14, 25-8, 25-10) Catherine Waldeck had 11 kills and a pair of blocks, Nicole Coughlan added five aces, six kills, two blocks, and 19 service points, and Shayla Weitzman chipped in with four aces, a kill, and 12 service points. KP will take on top-seeded Newton North (12-2) on Monday at 5:00 at Newton North High School.
#15 Milford, 1 @ #2 Groton-Dunstable, 3 – Final
Injuries hampered Attleboro right from the start of the 2017 season, but the 2018 Bombardiers are healthy and hoping for a big turnaround this fall to compete with the top teams in the Kelley-Rex division and make a return to the postseason.
The graduation of quarterback Cam Furtado is a significant loss on offense, but the Bombardiers will hand the ball to junior Jason Weir, who has a big arm and a lot of potential at the QB position. Size and strength won’t be a problem for Weir, who played defensive end as a sophomore. Seniors Justin Cote and Alex Rodriguez will be the primary backs for Attleboro this year and give the Bombardiers dynamic weapons out of the backfield. The offensive line is bolstered by 6-foot-6, 290-pound junior Qualeem Charles and 6-foot-3, 265-pound senior Nick Evans. At 6-foot-3, junior Nolan Jaeger will be a weapon at receiver along with senior Josh Therrien and sophomore tight end Michael Strachan.
Evans battled injuries at the start of last season, but he is one of the top defensive linemen in the league and is drawing Div. I college offers. Attleboro will be a tough team to run against this season with Evans on the end and Charles (who is also getting DI looks) and 6-foot-3, 365-pound senior Eddie Porreca on the inside. Strachan and junior Isaac Gudiel will be starting at inside linebacker, while senior Desmond Woodson will be starting on the outside. Therrien is capable of making plays downfield at his free safety position and will be the leader of the secondary.
“I am looking forward to the 2018 season,” said Attleboro coach Mike Strachan. “We have a strong senior class and we have strong leadership on our football team. Our team worked out hard in the off-season and I am looking forward to that hard work paying off this season.”
Third-year head coach Eian Bain is optimistic about the 2018 season, and the long list of players returning with plenty of experience is a big reason why. The Panthers have over a dozen players back that started or saw significant time on offense and the same goes for the defense, include a very seasoned secondary.
Franklin must replace three-year starter Jake Noviello at quarterback but Bain is confident that a healthy competition between senior Nick Gordon and junior Thomas Gasbarro will result in a strong option starting under center for the opening week. While Franklin has to replace its quarterback, they return a ton of skill players on offense including senior tight end Sean Leonard, who hauled in a league-best eight touchdown passes last season. Ryan Driscoll (five touchdowns), Jack Nally, Will Davis, and Jake Davis will fill out the receiving corps while Sean Hofferty and Owen Palmieri man the backfield. Seniors Riley Downing and Liam Arsenault are experienced and will anchor the offensive line.
Junior Evan Wertz will be a key piece in the middle of the Panthers’ defense after having a breakout campaign last year with nearly 100 tackles from his linebacker spot. Senior Spencer Briggs and sophomore Alex Honor will also see time at linebacker while Downing is joined by Jack Jarosz, Dom Natale, and Keenan Bassma on the defensive line. The Panthers boast a seasoned secondary with Nolan McLaney and Driscoll both back, along with Palmieri, Jake Davis, and both Gasbarro and Gordon.
“We have experience on both sides of the ball,” Bain said. “It is a cohesive group that has been working hard together for our first two years and they are eager to the turn the corner with our program.”
The target on King Philip’s back is bigger than ever as the Warriors pulled off a second straight undefeated season and another state championship.
So how will head coach Brian Lee get this year’s team to focus on 2018 and not the past two seasons?
“The work and preparation have been the same but now it’s up to this season class to leave their legacy,” Lee said. “The previous two classes had their moments, now it’s up to these seniors to make their own moment. This team will go as far as these seniors lead them.”
The seniors will have plenty of opportunities to make their mark because King Philip doesn’t have a returning starter on offense. The Warriors need to replace quarterback Brendan Lydon, who didn’t lose a game as a starter. Junior Robbie Jarest looks poised to take over under center this season. While it isn’t a lot of experience, Jarest took over in the second half of the state final after Lydon got hurt and helped the Warriors finish off Lincoln-Sudbury. The toughest shoes to fill will be those of Shane Frommer, who will go down as one of the best players in KP history.
Junior Ryan Halliday will be the feature back while Aidan Bender and Sam Callanan will be in the mix as well. Jack Webster and Jack Collentro will be keys to the offense from the fullback position. Senior Terrell Jacobs Bastons has some experience on both sides of the ball and will likely start at guard while classmate Josh Fice will fill in the other guard spot. Junior Nolan Gunning is likely to get a starting spot as well, either at center or tackle.
Defense has been a staple for the Warriors throughout their successful run over the last couple of years, and that’s what KP will count on again this season. The strength will come from the linebackers with Webster back in an outside spot and Max Armour returning in the middle. Jacobs Bastons will be a big presence in the middle of the defensive line while the secondary will have familiar faces back in Aidan Bender, Timmy Nault, and safety Luke D’Amico.
And as we saw in the state final, having a reliable kicker is priceless. Cole Baker, who booted the winning field goal in the final, is back for his third year. Not only will he be a big help on offense, his kickoffs will be a weapon for the defense.
Mansfield has finished second in the Kelley-Rex in each of the past three seasons and the Hornets will be counting on experience under center and depth at the skill positions to end King Philip’s two-year reign atop the division and return to the top of the league standings for the first time since 2013.
Senior Damani Scott will be the starter at quarterback for the second straight season and he will be backed up by the capable Jack Mousette, giving the Hornets plenty of experience and reliability from their signal caller. Scott will also have a ton of weapons to call on this year with a skill position group that head coach Mike Redding calls one of the best that Mansfield has had in a while. Khristian Conner and Aidan Sacco will be weapons in the passing game while junior Vinnie Holmes is back in the backfield. Juniors Makhi Baskin, Michael DeBolt (who was also an outstanding kicker last year), and Nick Marciano will provide depth in the slot/running back positions. Senior Daenin Walker and junior Jason Comeau will add experience to the offensive line.
Defensively, Holmes will return to the linebacking corps after setting a program record for tackles in a season as a sophomore. Seniors Chris Copponi and Philip Dinov also return and can play as linebackers or as defensive ends depending on matchups. The secondary will be strong for the Hornets this year with Conner and Sacco at the corners and Marciano and Baskin at the safety positions. The only new additions on the defense are Anthony Capece at noseguard and junior Joe Plath at linebacker.
Redding said, “We have an experienced, athletic, aggressive defense that should be tough to score on and we’re young on offense, but have a ton of depth and talent at skill positions. Just need to gain some experience up front with our new guys on OL and DL.”
The 2018 version of the Oliver Ames Tigers have already had to make an audible after star running back Anthony Berksza suffered a season-ending injury over summer. Berksza had a breakout year last season, rushing for over 1,100 yards and finished with 16 total touchdowns, 15 of those rushing.
With Berksza out, Oliver Ames will rely heavily on the rest of its returning starters to carry the load. Junior Cam Perron returns under center after taking over the starting job during the regular season last year. While Perron looks to find some of his options, he has an offensive line protecting him that has some experience but will be looking to form cohesiveness throughout the year. Dean Pacini, Shane Murphy, Billy Tat, Luke Thibeault, and Garrett Wood all return with experience playing on the line. One challenge will be finding someone to step up and be a leader of that group after the graduation of two-time all star Jack Mills.
Nathan Cabral takes over as the feature tailback and OA head coach Mike Holland is confident the junior can get the job done. Holland says Cabral runs hard and is a tough player. Perron will also have the likes of Shane Kilkelly, Jake Erlich, and Evan Craig to work with as targets.
The heart of the defense will be at the linebacker position. Both Pacini, Murphy, and Darnele Ryan return after starting there last year and Holland will count on both senior captains to lead the way for the Tigers. Sam Stevens is back in the secondary at the safety position but OA will need some new faces to emerge alongside him.
“We’re looking forward to the start of the season,” Holland said. “We have a great group across the board. We have some experienced players back and some talented players competing for jobs.”
Taunton started last season with a 3-0 record, one of the program’s best starts in years, but then lost five straight games, including a playoff game against BC High, the top seed in Div. 1 South. The Tigers turned it on again from that point, winning the final three games of the season, including an impressive win against Brockton, to finish with a winning record under second-year head coach Brad Sidwell.
Experience will be a key for the Tigers this season, as Taunton tries to build on that playoff appearance and the momentum from a strong closing stretch. Senior Noah Leonard will be the starting quarterback for the third straight year and is now fluent in Sidwell’s offensive system. Leonard will have familiar targets in senior wideouts Brayden Merrill, Tryton Zavala, and Wesner Charles, while junior Cam Carroca looks to step in as a feature running back and junior Javon Franklin is a new target in the passing game. On the line, Taunton returns plenty of size in 6-foot-3, 337-pound tackle Christian Tourinho and his fellow senior Cam Correiro. Senior Ryan Williams will be the center, while junior Mason Frank, listed at 6-foot-2 and 274 pounds, will be back to battle at the line of scrimmage.
Size and athleticism will be strengths for Taunton on the defensive side of the ball as well. Tourinho, Correiro, and Frank can bottle up opposing running games and will be joined on the line by seniors Corey Pintabone and John Rockwood. Williams will lead the linebacking corps along with classmates Max Moitoso and Kyle Cuoto. Senior Prince Brown will be back at corner and senior Sebastien Celestin looks to step into the safety position.
“Taunton football is progressing forward,” said Sidwell. “Like all teams, we’d like to gain some confidence early in the season and carry it on. The Kelley-Rex division is challenging with great programs, coaching staffs, and communities. We are happy to be a part of it and want to represent Taunton High well by competing at the high standard set by the other league members.”
Football – Playoffs D2 South Final
#1 King Philip, 29 vs. #3 Bridgewater-Raynham, 19 – Final 1st Quarter: (BR) Corey Sullivan 12-yard pass to Jeff Ciccio, XP good; (KP) Jack Webster 2-yard rush, Cole Baker XP good.
2nd Quarter: (BR) Devante Greaves 2-yard rush, XP failed; (KP) Shane Frommer 65-yard rush, C. Baker XP good; (BR) C. Sullivan 1-yard rush, 2pt pass failed.
3rd Quarter: (KP) S. Frommer 2-yard rush, S. Frommer 2pt rush.
4th Quarter: (KP) S. Frommer 8-yard rush, C. Baker XP good.
D3 South Final
#1 North Attleboro, 35 vs. #2 Duxbury, 0 – Final – Click here for a recap and photo gallery of this game. 1st Quarter: (NA) Brendan McHugh 3-yard rush, Geoff Wilson XP good; (NA) Chad Peterson 11-yard pass to Jonathan James, G. Wilson XP good.
2nd Quarter: No scoring.
3rd Quarter: (NA) B. McHugh 1-yard rush, G. Wilson XP good; (NA) Zach DeMattio 18-yard interception return, G. Wilson XP good.
4th Quarter: (NA) Nick Raneri 18-yard rush, G. Wilson XP good.
Football – Non Playoffs
Attleboro, 34 vs. Weymouth, 7 – Final 1st Quarter: (A) Cam Furtado 5-yard rush, Joseph Llanos 2pt rush; (A) Alex Rodriguez 44-yard rush, 2pt rush failed; (A) J. Llanos 12-yard rush, Tyler Evans XP good.
2nd Quarter: (A) J. Llanos 4-yard rush, T. Evans XP good.
3rd Quarter: (A) Justin Cote 17-yard rush, T. Evans XP good.
4th Quarter: (W) Seth Mullen 3-yard rush, S. Mullen XP good.
Canton, 28 vs. Norwood, 8 – Final 1st Quarter: (C) James Murphy 9-yard rush, XP failed; (C) Kyle Fitzgerald 76-yard rush, J. Murphy 2pt rush.
2nd Quarter: (C) Johnny Hagan 45-yard pass to Tony Harris, XP failed.
3rd Quarter: (C) Gersom Rivera 8-yard rush, K. Fitzgerald 2pt rush.
4th Quarter: (N) Norwood 4-yard rush, Norwood 2pt pass conversion.
Foxboro, 6 vs. Medfield, 15 – Final 1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (M) Medfield 1-yard rush, XP failed.
3rd Quarter: (F) Devin Hassett 3-yard rush, XP failed; (M) Medfield 19-yard rush, XP failed.
4th Quarter: (M) Medfield field goal.
Franklin, 0 vs. Wellesley, 21 – Final
Oliver Ames, 6 vs. North Quincy, 0 – Final 1st Quarter: (OA) Cam Perron 4-yard pass to Anthony Berksza, XP failed.
2nd Quarter: No scoring.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: No scoring.
Sharon, 20 @ Norton, 31 – Final
Stoughton, 10 @ Hingham, 13 – Final 1st Quarter: (H) Will Thomas 2-yard rush, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (S) Ruben Gonzalez 9-yard rush, Justin Ly 2pt rush.
3rd Quarter: No scoring
4th Quarter: (H) Mike Hannon 5-yard rush 2pt failed; (S) Safety.
Football – Playoffs D2 South
#4 Mansfield, 11 @ #1 King Philip, 13 – Final – Click here for a recap and photo gallery of this game. 1st Quarter: (KP) Shane Frommer 6-yard rush, Cole Baker XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) Damani Scott 1-yard rush, Mike DeBolt 2-point conversion rush; (KP) S. Frommer 10-yard rush, 2-point failed; (M) M. DeBolt 33-yard field goal.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: No scoring.
#4 Stoughton, 12 @ #1 North Attleboro, 35 – Final – Click here for a recap and photo gallery of this game. 1st Quarter: (NA) Chad Peterson 5-yard rush, Geoff Wilson XP good.
2nd Quarter: (NA) C. Peterson 3-yard rush, G. Wilson XP good; (S) Evan Gibb 41-yard pass to Ruben Gonzalez, XP failed; (NA) Nathan Pearce 16-yard rush, G. Wilson XP good.
3rd Quarter: (NA) C. Peterson 2-yard rush, G. Wilson XP good; (NA) Brendan McHugh 7-yard rush, G. Wilson XP good.
4th Quarter: (S) Justin Ly 11-yard rush, 2pt failed.
#5 Foxboro, 7 @ #1 Dennis Yarmouth, 43 – Final 1st Quarter: (DY) Rob Evans 19-yard rush, 2pt conversion good; (DY) B. Evans 61-yard rush, XP good; (DY) Jonah Arsenault 5-yard rush, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (DY) Daryan Thompson 68-yard rush, XP good; (DY) J. Arsenault 6-yard rush, XP good; (DY) R. Evans 38-yard rush, XP good.
3rd Quarter: (F) Liam Foley 48-yard pass to Jake Addeche, Russell Neale XP good.
4th Quarter: No scoring.
Football – Non Playoffs
Attleboro, 20 @ New Bedford, 19 – Final 1st Quarter: (A) Alex Rodriguez 5-yard rush, 2pt conversion failed.
2nd Quarter: (NB) Tru Williams 7-yard pass to Edgar Semedo, 2pt conversion failed.
3rd Quarter: (A) Joseph Llanos 9-yard rush, XP failed; (NB) Baron Hilton 35-yard fumble return, Victor Lopez XP good.
4th Quarter: (A) Jason Weir 3-yard rush, Justin Cote 2pt pass to James Weir; (NB) T. Williams 39-yard pass to Kolby McCoy, 2pt conversion failed.
Canton, 29 @ Medway, 16 – Final 1st Quarter: (C) Alec Ragusa 8-yard rush, Owen Lehane XP good.
2nd Quarter: (C) Gersom Rivera 40-yard rush, XP no good; (M) Medway rush touchdown, 2pt conversion good; (C) G. Rivera 42-yard rush, 2pt failed.
3rd Quarter: (C) Kyle Fitzgerald 1-yard rush, O. Lehane XP good; (M) Medway rush touchdown, 2pt conversion good; (C) O. Lehane 32-yard field goal.
4th Quarter: No scoring.
Franklin, 13 @ Braintree, 33 – Final 1st Quarter: (B) Braintree 69-yard rush, XP failed.
2nd Quarter: (F) Jake Noviello 20-yard pass to Will Davis, XP no good; (B) Braintree 6-yard pass, XP good.
3rd Quarter: (B) Braintree 19-yard pass, XP good; (F) J. Noviello 4-yard pass to Sean Leonard, Matt Zucco XP good.
4th Quarter: (B) Braintree 16-yard rush, XP good; (B) Braintree 38-yard rush, XP failed.
Milford, 36 vs. Holliston, 6 – Final 1st Quarter: (M) Ryan O’Toole 11 yard rush, Sean Lehane XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) R. O’Toole 24 yard rush. S. Lehane XP good; (M) S. Lehane 28 yard field goal; (H) Holliston passing touchdown, XP no good; (M) Colby Pires 49-yard pass to Shapel Feaster, XP good.
3rd Quarter: (M) R. O’Toole 16-yard rush, XP failed; (M) Chris Rivera 40-yard interception return, XP failed.
Oliver Ames, 10 @ Plymouth South, 9 – Final 1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (PS) Plymouth South passing touchdown, XP no good.
3rd Quarter: (PS) Plymouth South field goal good.
4th Quarter: (OA) Matt Berksza 10-yard rush, Derick Hanscom XP good; (OA) D. Hanscom 25-yard field goal.
Sharon, 10 @ Westwood, 35 – Final 1st Quarter: (S) Mitchell Director 24-yard field goal.
2nd Quarter: (S) Chris Gong 80-yard punt return, M. Director XP good; (W) Westwood 1-yard rush, XP good.
3rd Quarter: (W) Westwood 1-yard rush, XP good; (W) Westwood 60-yard punt return, XP good; (W) Westwood 12-yard pass, XP good.
4th Quarter: (W) Westwood 1-yard rush, XP good.
Field Hockey D2 South
#5 Foxboro, 2 vs. #12 Martha’s Vineyard, 1 – Final (OT) – Sophia DiCenso scored both goals for the defending Div. 2 South champions, including the game-winner 45 seconds into the overtime period to earn Foxboro the first round win. Katie Notarangelo assisted on the first goal and the Warriors advance to face No. 3 Dover-Sherborn on Sunday.
ATTLEBORO, Mass. – During the first three weeks of the season, Attleboro struggled to live up to the preseason hype against a difficult stretch of opponents and a roster in flux from a series of injuries that ensured trainer Wes Pondolfino was earning his paycheck. The Bombardiers lost key players on both sides of the ball and lost the opening three games.
But, over the last two weeks, the injured players have returned to the field and Attleboro has looked like the explosive team that many predicted. On Friday night at Tozier-Cassidy Field, the Bombardiers put it all together, dominating in all three phases and posting 38 points in the first half of a 44-0 victory over Oliver Ames.
“That’s what happens when you get healthy,” said Attleboro coach Mike Strachan. “We’ve got a lot of good seniors and they worked hard all week. We had a good week of practice and we’ve just got to build off this win.”
Attleboro took control right from the opening kick-off, marching 58 yards in eight plays to take a quick lead. Alex Rodriguez had a pair of carries for 31 yards and senior quarterback Cam Furtado scored from 11 yards out. Furtado then took a hit, but completed the conversion pass to Nathan Barboza to make it 8-0.
The Bombardiers quickly got the ball back when running back Anthony Berksza fumbled trying to stretch a screen pass into extra yards, Desmond Woodson recovered for the hosts, but, after Furtado hit James Weir (one of the players back from injury) for 12 yards down to the OA 10, the Tigers held firm and forced a turnover on downs.
OA could not build momentum off the defensive stand, as Curtis Cann’s third down deep pass was intercepted by Josh Therrien. Attleboro moved the ball rapidly down field, showing balance between run and pass. Justin Cote extended the lead when he cut back against the grain on a sweep to the left and weaved his way for a 23-yard scored. Furtado got the pylon at full stretch for another conversion.
“Unfortunately, a lot of things went wrong for us,” said OA coach Mike Holland. “A few mistakes here or there that Attleboro capitalized on and Attleboro, their record is misleading and we knew that they’re a good team.”
Matt Corrado stuffed Berksza (12 carries, 63 yards) behind the line and Qualeem Charles batted down a Cann pass to end the next OA drive. Elvin Sam returned the punt 28 yards to the OA 42 and Attleboro again went to work offensively. This time the Bombardiers got to the end zone through the air, as Furtado (4-9, 70 yards) hit Cote in stride for a 41-yard score and added another conversion run.
“Lot of balance,” said Strachan about the Attleboro offense. “We’ve got a lot of senior leadership back, but now we’ve got a lot of the younger kids who’ve played the last four weeks and are really starting to put it all together. I’m very, very happy.”
On the ensuing kick, the up-back Darnele Ryan, who had a strong game for the OA defense, could not handle the bounce and Rodriguez was first to the loose ball for Attleboro. Furtado (nine carries, 35 yards) went 15 yards on the first play and then sophomore Joseph Llanos went straight up the middle for 12-yard touchdown.
“We’re getting better,” said Holland, “but we have to play mistake-free, which we didn’t. We have to hold onto the ball, which we didn’t, and if something goes wrong then you’ve got to keep fighting and we didn’t.”
Berksza broke a 19-yard run on the first play of the next OA drive, but Charles pressured Cann on third down and the pass fell incomplete. Berksza’s punt was fielded on a short hop by Sam at his own 26. The senior wideout took the ball straight up the middle and then cut to the far sideline where he found an opening to take it all the way to the end zone to make it 38-0.
“It was a tough few weeks for us but these kids have responded,” said Strachan. “This was a good week for us to get momentum and obviously Mansfield (Attleboro’s next opponent) is a great program and we’ll do our best to be ready for them.”
With an eye towards next week’s showdown with the Hornets, Attleboro turned to its bench in the second half, giving some of the younger players an opportunity. Dante Williams (eight carries, 46 yards) was one of those and with 1:46 remaining he punched it in from three yards out to put the icing on a dominant performance by the Bombardiers.
“Our team is getting better, but we have to be perfect for four quarters,” said Holland. “We have talent, we’re getting stronger, we’re getting bigger, but you just can’t make mistakes and tonight we made some mistakes.”
When asked if there was a different atmosphere in the Bombardiers’ locker room than during the first three weeks, Strachan responded, “Oh yeah. Oh yeah there is. We’re excited about where we’re at right now.”
Attleboro (2-3, 2-1) remains a game behind King Philip in the race for the Kelley-Rex division crown. The Bombardiers are currently tied with Mansfield and will host the Hornets next Friday night. Oliver Ames (2-3, 1-2) will try to play spoiler next week with a trip to Macktaz Field to take on league-leading KP.
TAUNTON, Mass. – It had been a rough opening three weeks of the season for the Attleboro football team, losing all three games against strong opposition (two by a combined seven points) and seeing the roster decimated by injuries.
But on Friday night at Aleixo Stadium, the Bombardiers got healthy and got on the board with their first win, beating Taunton 45-21 to end Tigers’ perfect start to the season.
Senior quarterback Cam Furtado led the way for Attleboro once again, running for a pair of touchdowns and throwing for two more while amassing nearly 250 yards of offense. The Bombardiers also showed off an array of skill position players, with seven players getting at least one carry and six players having at least one reception.
“He had great poise tonight,” Attleboro coach Mike Strachan said of Furtado. “He handled things, getting guys lined up, and I thought that was really important for him. He’s a had a good year for us and he’s done it with really not the full cast of characters, so hopefully we can build off this.”
Penalties killed Attleboro’s first possession of the game, which got as far as the Taunton 15 before stalling and ending in a punt. The Tigers immediately took advantage and took the lead. T.J. Mendes gave warning with an 11-yard draw up the middle and then broke through the line again on the next play, racing 53 yards for the opening score.
Attleboro bounced right back with a 73-yard drive, keeping the ball on the ground almost the entire way. Junior Alex Rodriguez (eight carries, 73 yards) had three rushes on the drive, senior Marcus Blaise had three and Furtado (16 carries, 86 yards) had back-to-back keepers that totaled 31 yards.
He capped the drive by hitting senior tight end James Weir (just back from injury) for a seven-yard score. Furtado then completed a pass to Justin Cote for the conversion.
Nathan Barboza picked off Leonard on the first play of Taunton’s next possession and returned it to the Tigers eight-yard-line. Two plays later, Furtado’s six-yard keeper and ensuing two-point conversion made it 16-7.
Taunton was not going away in the first half and answered right back. A 55-yard kick-off return by Tryton Zavala gave the Tigers ideal field position at the Attleboro 20. On fourth and 11, Leonard threw a receiver screen to Collin Hunter on the near sideline and the senior wideout broke tackles on his way to the end zone.
The game changed on Attleboro’s last possession of the half. Starting in Taunton territory, it looked like the Bombardiers were going three-and-out, but a running into the punter penalty on fourth and four kept the drive alive. On fourth and six from the 22, Furtado and Barboza hooked up for a seven-yard completion.
Again the Taunton defense held and had the Bombardiers on the edge. Senior Billy DeRosa sacked Furtado on third down for a 12-yard loss pushing the visitors back to the 26 and facing fourth and 21. Attleboro tried a trick play with wideout Elvin Sam tossing a pass, but it was incomplete. Taunton celebrated and both teams walked to the sidelines thinking the drive was over. No one noticed the flag sitting next to the Tigers sideline.
The call was unsportsmanlike conduct on the Taunton bench. The official explained later during a timeout that he had warned the Taunton coaches to give him room on the sideline, but during the fourth down play he ran into a coach and gave a penalty. Taunton was stunned and Attleboro made it worse on the next play as Furtado threaded the needle to Sam (three catches, 68 yards) for a 13-yard score and a 24-14 lead.
“That was a difficult call,” said Taunton coach Brad Sidwell. “On a fourth down, when we’re getting the ball back…but even that, the roughing the punter we had before that was killer.”
Strachan said, “I don’t know what happened, I just know that we had opportunities all half and we just kept getting a penalty here and a penalty there. We just couldn’t seem to get going and then we settled in and that gave us a lot of momentum. That was a huge moment for us.”
Attleboro came out of the locker room fired up and took control of the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Sophomore Qualeem Charles (also back from an injury) blocked a Taunton punt to give the Bombardiers the ball at the Tigers 29. After a 20-yard screen pass from Furtado to Cote, Rodriguez went up the middle for a seven-yard touchdown.
Taunton scored on its next possession with Leonard (4-11, 78 yards) finding Brayden Merrill underneath the coverage and the junior breaking it for a 41-yard touchdown. But that renewed energy was short-lived, as the Tigers had no answer for Furtado.
The senior signal caller kept a third and nine play alive, scrambling to his left, and then firing a perfect deep ball to Josh Therrien for a 50-yard completion. Cote punched it in from a yard out. Barboza added a one-yard run on the next Attleboro possession and Nolan Jaeger added an interception in a dominating second half for the Bombardiers.
“Attleboro is a good team,” said Sidwell. “They had a couple games that they should’ve won and they’re a big, strong team and they took it to us in the second half. We’ll keep working.”
Strachan was happy to welcome a few of his key players back, including junior Nick Evans who had a cast on his arm, and also to have players that could make plays and take some of the pressure off Furtado.
“We’re getting some kids healthy in the backfield,” he explained, “and it takes a lot of pressure off him and we’re throwing the ball and getting Elvin on the outside. We just had to be patient. It’s been a frustrating three weeks but this was good for us.”
When asked if this might be a turning point for the season, Strachan replied, “I just told the seniors that it gets the monkey off our backs. We just have to keep working hard. There’s a good team every single week.”
Attleboro (1-3, 1-1) will try to build on the first win of the season when it hosts Oliver Ames next Friday. Taunton (3-1, 1-1) will look to get back on track next Friday when it travels to Alumni Field to take on Mansfield.
Attleboro, 45 @ Taunton, 21 – Final 1Q: (T) T.J. Mendes 53-yard run, John Teixeira XP good; (A) Cam Furtado 7-yard pass to James Weir, C. Furtado to Justin Cote 2-point conversion.
2Q: (A) C. Furtado 6-yard run, C. Furtado 2-point conversion; (T) Noah Leonard 21-yard pass to Collin Hunter, J. Teixeira XP good; (A) C. Furtado 13-yard pass to Elvin Sam, J. Cote 2-point conversion.
3Q: (A) Alex Rodriguez 7-yard run, E. Sam 2-point conversion; (T) N. Leonard 41-yard pass to Brayden Merrill, J. Teixeira XP good; (A) J. Cote 1-yard run, Conversion no good.
4Q: (A) Nathan Barboza 1-yard run; Tyler Evans XP good.
North Attleboro, 27 @ Milford, 6 – Final 1st Quarter: (NA) Brendan McHugh 2-yard rush, 2pt failed; (NA) Chad Peterson 4-yard rush, Geoff Wilson XP good.
2nd Quarter: (NA) B. McHugh 1-yard rush, G. Wilson XP good.
3rd Quarter: (M) Colby Pires 14-yard pass to Tyler Joyce, XP missed.
4th Quarter: (NA) C. Peterson 20-yard pass to Nolan Buckley, G. Wilson XP good.
Stoughton, 0 @ Norwood, 1 – Final
Stoughton, 1 vs. Norwood, 1 – Final – Chinazo Odunze scored the Black Knights’ goal off an assist by freshman Mackenzie Manning. Stoughton coach Tara Daniels said Victoria Fallon played a “great game” in defense.
Attleboro, 1 @ North Attleboro, 4 – Final
Mansfield, 2 @ Foxboro, 5 – Final
Foxboro, 1 vs. Norton, 3 – Final
Milford, 0 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final – North Attleboro defended its home court with a sweep, winning 25-10, 25-10, 25-20. Kezia De La Cruz had 11 kills while Amelia Murphy finished with 10 kills. Anna Caristi added eight kills and three blocks in the win.
Below are the official 2017 Hockomock League Wrestling All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
Matt Kelley, Foxboro
Hockomock League All Stars
Eddie Marinilli, Canton
Anis Chakir, Canton
Matt Kelley, Foxboro
Brian Kelley, Foxboro
Matt Mullally, Foxboro
Phil Dure, Foxboro
Ian Bakalars, Franklin
Jordan Carlucci, Franklin
Mike Racca, Franklin
Dylan Maclean, Franklin
Nick DeGloria, King Philip
Bradley Oliverio, King Philip
Vinnie Holmes, Mansfield
Antonios Sevastos, Mansfield
Ryan Gray, Milford
Brett Kimball, Milford
Nick Gould, North Attleboro
Brad White, North Attleboro
Liston Funai, Oliver Ames
Yosef Ellis-Rech, Sharon
Wilhelm Bolt, Sharon
Lino Azul, Stoughton
Alex Rodriguez, Taunton
Justin Dickie, Canton
Max Dorman, Foxboro
Ed Cropper, Franklin
Cameron Smith, King Philip
Will Stratton, Mansfield
Carlos Terrinha, Milford
Brady Folan, North Attleboro
Dean Pacini, Oliver Ames
Matt Callan, Sharon
Andrew Iverson, Stoughton
Nuno Camara, Taunton
North Attleboro, 2 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Sophomore Anthony Zammiello and freshman Jack Connolly each scored a goal and had in an assist in the first period for the Rocketeers.
Canton, 6 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Freshman John Hagan netted a hat trick to lead the Bulldogs to a division win on the road. Stoughton head coach said goalie AJ Scott played well in goal for the Black Knights.
Taunton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Cullen Gallagher registered three points, with two goals and an assist to pace the hosting Tigers. Juniors Eric LeBlanc and Rory Madden each had a goal while senior Jared Costello had two assists. OA Goalie Zach Walsh made nine saves to record his first shutout of the season.
St. John’s Shrewsbury Quad (Canton) – Canton went 0-2 at the meet, falling to both Lynnfield-North Reading and St. John’s Shrewsbury.
Foxboro @ Duxbury Quad – Foxboro went 2-0-1 on the day. The Warriors rolled past Quincy 70-6 then beat No. 8 ranked Marshfield 42-33. Foxboro finished the day with a 39-39 tie with No. 4 ranked Methuen.
Franklin @ Merrimack Duals, – Franklin finished second out of 11 teams at the team duals, going 4-1 overall. Franklin beat Biddeford (Maine) 48-19, Alvirne (N.H.) 46-22, St. Johnsbury (Vt.) 49-6, and Lawrence (Mass.) 40-20. The Panthers lost to Marshwood (Maine) 45-18 in the final match.
Whitman-Hanson Quad (King Philip, Sharon) – Sharon went 3-0 at the Whitman-Hanson Quad. The Eagles beat KP to start the day, 51-21, and then followed it with wins against North Quincy (60-24) and Whitman-Hanson (54-18).
Cape Cod Invitational (Mansfield, Taunton) – Mansfield claimed the team title at the Cape Cod Invitational with 136.5 points. Freshmen Antonios Sevastos (106) and Vinnie Holmes (170) both finished first at their weight classes, while Will Stratton (126) and Ford DelVecchio (22) both took second place finishes. Taunton had three wrestlers place: Alex Rodriguez (138) placed second, Nuno Camara placed (182) was third and Woudanly Danger (220) placed fourth.
Milford @ Hopkinton, 10:00AM
Canton, 120.8 @ Franklin, 123.4 – Final – Franklin junior Liz Traphagen won the all around with a 34.7 – scoring a 8.3 on vault, 8.7 on bars and beam and a 9.0 on floor – to lead the Panthers to their first win since reestablishing the program. Sophomore Sadie Rondeau was second in all around with a 33.2 – scoring an 8.1 on vault, 7.4 on bars, 8.0 on beam and 8.2 on floor.
Canton, 4 vs. Sandwich, 2 – Final – Senior Rebecca Eckler scored two goals while sophomore Maggie Malloy added two assists.
Franklin, 4 @ Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake, 11 – Final
King Philip, 6 @ St. Joseph Prep/Mt. Alvernia, 0 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 0 vs. Medway/Ashland, 2 – Final
Stoughton, 2 vs. Quincy/North Quincy, 11 – Final
Attleboro, 128 vs. Lowell, 119 – Final
Stoughton, 2 vs. Pope John Paull II, 1 – Final – Brendan Campbell and Jon Lessa each scored once to pace the Black Knights to their first win of the season.
Scituate Tournament (Canton) – Canton placed second overall as a team at the tournament. First place finishes for the Bulldogs were Eddie Marinilli (126), Anis Chakir (132) and Brandon Lentol (170).
Mt. Hope Tournament (Foxboro, Franklin, Stoughton) – Foxboro finished first at the Mt. Hope Holiday Tournament with 180 points. Franklin’s “A” team finished third with 171 points, Stoughton finished eighth with 91 and Franklin’s “B” team was 16th with 26 points. Foxboro’s Matt Kelley earned his 157th career win, making him the winningest wrestling in Warrior history. Other winner’s included Foxboro’s Brian Kelley (138), Franklin’s Ed Cropper (152) and Stoughton’s Lino Azul (285). Second place finishes included Franklin’s Jordan Carlucci (106), Ian Bakalars (113), Mike Racca (120), Foxboro’s Max Dorman (152), Matt Mullally (160) and Dave Dow (170).
St. John’s Shrewsbury Quad (King Philip), 8:00AM
Lincoln-Sudbury Quad (Mansfield) – Mansfield went 3-1 on the day, picking up wins over Brookline (54-18), Quincy (41-21) and Pentucket (45-15). The Hornets lone loss came to host Lincoln-Sudbury (48-27). Sophomore Shane Cremmen went 3-0 on the day for the Hornets. Freshman Vinnie Holmes bumped up to 182 for the day and went 3-1, with his lone loss coming to the #3 ranked grappler in the state.
Tewksbury Quad (Milford) – Milford picked up a pair of wins at Tewskbury on Saturday. The Scarlet Hawks beat Greater Lawrence (42-26) and Tewksbury (54-24) while falling to Masconomet (46-30). Brett Kimball went 3-0 on the day, winning all three matches via pin. Ryan Gray. Conor Maier and Stanislav Demko also went 3-0 on the day.
North Attleboro Quad (North Attleboro), 9:00AM
Devin Ness Tournament (Oliver Ames), 10:00AM
Plymouth North Quad (Sharon) – Sharon went 2-1 at the Plymouth North quad. The Eagles notched wins over Plymouth North (45-28) and Pembroke (60-21) while falling to Walpole (36-30).
Watertown Quad (Taunton) – Taunton picked up a win over Carver (27-26) but fell to Watertown (42-39) and Wakefield (48-33). Josh Grasso (126), Alex Rodrigues (145), and Nuno Camara (182) each went 3-0 for the Tigers.
Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis Center) Boys
Attleboro, 47 vs. King Philip, 53 – Final
Canton, 26 vs. North Attleboro, 72 – Final
Foxboro, 22 vs. Sharon, 78 – Final
Franklin, 46 vs. Oliver Ames, 54 – Final
Mansfield, 73 vs. Taunton, 27 – Final
Milford, 62 vs. Stoughton, 34 – Final
Attleboro, 13.5 vs. King Philip, 86.5 – Final
Canton, 14 vs. North Attleboro, 86 – Final
Foxboro, 39 vs. Sharon, 61 – Final
Franklin, 72 vs. Oliver Ames, 28 – Final
Mansfield, 54 vs. Taunton, 46 – Final
Milford, 79 vs. Stoughton, 20 – Final
King Philip, 2 vs. Norwell, 0 – Final
Stoughton, 2 vs. Nasuet/Cape Tech/Monomy, 9 – Final