Football: 2017 Kelley-Rex Division Preview

2017 Kelley-Rex Football Preview
Attleboro senior Cam Furtado (14) will be one of the key contributors for the Bombardiers this fall as they look to challenge for the Kelley-Rex title. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

2017 Kelley-Rex Football Preview

Attleboro

2016 Record: 4-7
2016 Finish: Reached D1A South Quarterfinal
Coach: Mike Strachan

Key/Returning Players: Cam Furtado, Sr., QB/CB; Elvin Sam, Sr., WR/CB; Justin Cote, Jr., RB/OLB; Matthew Corrado, Sr., OL/DL; Matthew Jimenez, Sr., OL/DL; Dan Perry, Sr., OL/DE; James Weir, Sr., LB/TE; Nate Barboza, Sr., LB/FB; Nick Evans, Jr., TE/DE; Kyle Walsh, Jr., OL/DL; Jacob Weatherford, Jr., LB/FB; Josh Therrien, Jr., FS/WR

Outlook:
The Bombardiers started the season 3-2, but closed with only one win in the final six games, including a pair of losses to league rival and eventual Super Bowl champion King Philip. Injuries piled up for Attleboro in 2016, but it gave a number of players the chance to gain valuable varsity experience and the Bombardiers have high hopes for improvement this fall.

Experience at the skill positions is one of the reasons for optimism at Attleboro. Senior Cam Furtado is slated to start the season at quarterback and has proven to be a dynamic playmaker. Classmate Elvin Sam emerged as a big play weapon last fall, whether in the backfield or split out wide, and tight end James Weir gives Attleboro an option in the middle of the field. Wideout Josh Therrien and running back Justin Cote could also play bigger roles with running back Marcus Blaise adding depth.

Attleboro also has a strong returning core on defense with Furtado, Sam, and Therrien in the secondary and Weir joining senior Nate Barboza and junior Jacob Weatherford at linebacker. Matt Corrado, Matt Jimenez, and Kyle Walsh will give the Bombardiers strength on both sides of the line and junior Nick Evans could be poised for a breakout year after moving from linebacker to defensive end. Sophomore Qualeem Charles is also a player to watch on the line.

“I am extremely excited about our senior group of players,” said Attleboro coach Mike Strachan. “We have some dynamic players in Cam Furtado and Elvin Sam and hopefully they can maximize their athletic talents. We have many returning starters from last season so we hope to build on that experience.”

Franklin

2015 Record: 2-9
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Eian Bain

Key/Returning Players: Jake Noviello, Sr., QB; Sean Leonard, Jr., WR/TE; Brian Kosicki, Sr., OT; Nolan McLaney, Jr., S; Jackson Gilbert, Sr., DE; Ryan Driscoll, Jr., CB; Riley Downing, Jr., OL/DL

Outlook:
The first season for the Panthers under new head coach Eian Bain was a struggle at times for a young roster that was adapting to new systems on both sides of the ball, but there is hope that the experience gained last fall will pay dividends in 2017. Franklin will have a number of returning players to count on this season.

Offensively, Franklin will have to find ways to make up for the production of graduated running back Jacob Wolowacki, who was a go-to weapon in the ground and passing games. Senior quarterback Jake Noviello will be counted on to lead the offensive unit after more than 1,700 yards and 15 touchdowns last fall. Junior wideout Sean Leonard started all 11 games last year and will be a tough matchup for defenses along with fellow receivers Jack Nally, Will Davis, and Evan Wendell and running back Sean Hofferty. Three-year starter Brian Kosicki will be the leader of the offensive line and tight end Patrick Morrison will be a weapon in the passing game.

On defense, the Panthers have depth in the secondary, including junior safety Nolan McLaney, who was second on the team in tackles last year. Junior Ryan Driscoll has speed on the corner and Bain called him the “focal point” of the defense. Nick Gordon will hold down the other corner spot. Senior defensive end Jackson Gilbert is coming back from injury that cut short his junior season and will add strength on the edge. Junior Riley Downing gives Franklin size and speed in the middle of the line.

“We are in year two of our process,” said Bain. “We are in a different place than we were a year ago…Fans should expect to see a better team in 2017. We have a roster full of experience and had great participation through the Franklin speed and conditioning program. In a league this good we have to bring our best every week.”

King Philip

2016 Record: 12-0
2016 Finish: MIAA D1A State Champions
Coach: Brian Lee

Key/Returning Players: Brendan Lydon, Sr., QB; Evan Rice, Sr., RB/LB; Shane Frommer, Sr., RB/DB; Dylan Leonard, Sr., RB/LB; Cole Baker, Soph., K; Andrew Dittrich, Sr., WR/DB; David Morganelli, Jr. WR/DB; Anthony Vahue, Sr., OL/DL; Jack Webster, Jr., LB.

Outlook:
What will the Warriors do for an encore? King Philip won its third league title in the past five years, second outright Kelley-Rex title in the past three seasons, and completed an unbeaten season with a win over Reading in the Div. 1A Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

Despite losing a large and influential senior class, the Warriors are being picked by some to repeat at champs this fall. One reason for continued belief is the return of senior quarterback Brendan Lydon, who showed poise in the pocket and the ability to make accurate passes downfield in his first year under center in 2016. Yale-commit Shane Frommer is also back for his senior season and will be the feature back for the Warriors in a system that prides itself on pushing teams around on the ground. Beyond that, it will be up to a group of rookies to make an impact. KP will boast an entire new offensive line, anchored by senior Anthony Vahue, and all new receivers. Junior David Morganelli will be one of the options for Lydon.

The Warriors boast a bit more experience on the defensive side of the ball. Even though a good chunk of starters are gone, KP’s rotation last year allowed for players like Evan Rice (defensive end), Jack Webster (linebacker) and Dylan Leonard (safety) to see action. Frommer will be back opposite Webster while Vahue will also play on the defensive line. Andrew Dittrich returns as a starting corner back to anchor the secondary.

Although there are a lot of new faces on this year’s roster and a lot of leadership missing from last season’s championship squad, head coach Brian Lee has instilled a toughness that permeates the program and expectations are that KP will have a decent chance at lifting a trophy again this fall.

“We don’t get any points for last year, we don’t get spotted a touchdown because we went undefeated last year,” Lee said. “When it comes to high school football, it’s about taking those rookies and getting them ready for varsity speed, they have to be able to handle the bright lights on Friday nights. If we can get them up to speed, we should be okay.”

Mansfield

2016 Record: 8-3
2016 Finish: Reached D1A South Quarterfinal
Coach: Michael Redding

Key/Returning Players: Will Shield, Sr., OL/DL; Colbey Eason, Jr., OL/DL; Jareme DiLorenzo, Sr., DE/TE; Hunter Ferreira, Sr., WR/OLB; Danny DeGirolamo, Sr., RB/DB; Joe Cox, Sr., RB/OLB; Khristian Conner, Jr., RB/DB; Chris Copponi, Jr., FB/LB; Aidan Sacco, Jr., RB/DB; Mike Shannon, Sr., TE/DE

Outlook:
The Hornets finished second in the Kelley-Rex division last year, with the only Hock loss coming by three points to league champ King Philip. Mansfield was stunned in a playoff thriller against Marshfield, but then bounced back to beat Div. 1 playoff teams Needham and Newton North and will enter 2017 with typically high expectations, as the Hornets look to win their first league title since 2013.

A strength for Mansfield this fall will be the experience it returns at the skill positions led by senior wideout Hunter Ferreira, who has emerged as one of the area’s top receivers. The backfield will once again be loaded for the Hornets, who will count on seniors Danny DeGirolamo and Joe Cox and juniors Khristian Conner and Aidan Sacco. New quarterback Damani Scott will try to make use of that talent and the 6-foot-3 junior has a big arm to make plays downfield.

Cox and Ferreira will add strength and speed to the linebacking corps, while seniors Mike Shannon and Jareme DiLorenzo will provide a pass rush at the defensive end positions. Conner, Sacco, and DeGirolamo will all return in the secondary. If there are questions for the Hornets, it will be at the line of scrimmage; senior Will Shield and junior Colbey Eason have returned and will be the players to build around on the offensive and defensive lines.

“After one week, we are happy with work ethic and development of linemen,” said Mansfield coach Mike Redding, who is in his 30th season with the Hornets. “If we can get pieces of the puzzle sorted out up front on OL and DL, we’ll be a tough out. We have a very good collection of playmakers that can run and catch and we should score some points this year.”

Oliver Ames

2015 Record: 2-9
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Mike Holland

Key/Returning Players: Jack Mills, Sr., OL/DL; Curtis Cann, Sr., QB; Jay Fruci, Sr., FB/LB; Michael Mulrean, Sr., DB/WR; John-Michael Cole, Sr., OL/DL; Noah Fitzgerald, Sr., WR/DB

Outlook:
The Tigers got off to a promising start to 2016, winning two of the opening three games including a dramatic one-point win over Franklin, but Oliver Ames struggled down the stretch against a difficult schedule. Now entering his third year, head coach Mike Holland is confident the program is heading in the right direction this fall.

According to Holland, the Tigers’ strength on the offensive side of the ball is the experience of playing in the system for several seasons and a greater understanding of the concepts. Senior Curtis Cann will lead the attack after taking over as the starting quarterback last season and he has several talented weapons on the outside in seniors Michael Mulrean and Noah Fitzgerald. Jay Fruci will be one of the returning players in the backfield, lining up behind a big offensive line.

Jack Mills will be a mainstay in the middle on both sides of the ball and is one of the top lineman in the league. He will be paired with fellow senior John-Michael Cole on the line, giving the Tigers depth in the trenches. Fitzgerald and Mulrean will also be important contributors in the secondary, while Fruci will bring athleticism to the linebacking corps. Holland wants his defensive scheme to take advantage of the team’s speed.

“Looking forward to the start of a new season. Our guys’ preparation and approach leading up to the season has been excellent,” Holland said. “We have guys with experience that need to play big, as well as some new guys that are in the mix to compete for spots.”

Taunton

2016 Record: 5-6
2016 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Brad Sidwell

Key/Returning Players: Noah Leonard, Jr., QB; Brayden Merrill, Jr., WR/DB; Collin Hunter, Sr., WR/DB; Paul Corrao, Sr., T/DT; Cam Correiro, Jr., G/DT; Antonio Mendes, Sr., RB; Zakim Harrow, Sr., DT/NG; Nuno Camara, Sr., LB/FB

Outlook:
The Tigers narrowly missed out on a winning record in their first season under head coach Brad Sidwell and showed signs of improvement, including a narrow, three-point loss to Mansfield. In year two, Sidwell is hoping for even more and Taunton has potential on the roster to be a tough out in the league.

Losing wide receiver Adam McLaughlin to graduation will certainly impact the offensive attack, but junior quarterback Noah Leonard returns for his second season under center and will look to build on the experience he gained last fall. With a number of athletes at the skill positions, including senior Collin Hunter and junior Brayden Merrill at wideout and T.J. Mendes in the backfield, Taunton will use a number of formations and styles to cause matchup problems. Sidwell expects the passing game to be a major strength for the Tigers.

Defensively, Taunton will have a number of new faces, but has size and experience at the line of scrimmage. Seniors Paul Corrao and Zakim Harrow and junior Cam Correiro will all make a significant impact on the battle in the trenches. Senior Nuno Camara provides experience to the linebacking corps, while Merrill and Hunter will be important in the secondary.

“Moving into the second year, the players, coaches and fans are excited for the season but there is lots of work to be done,” Sidwell said. “Hopefully we can get off to a good start and provide some confidence to gain momentum into the difficult Hockomock League season.”

King Philip Runs Over Attleboro and Into Semifinal

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John DeLuca rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns as KP scored 51 points to knock out Attleboro and advance to the D1A South semifinal. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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WRENTHAM, Mass. – King Philip prides itself on being able to dominate the line of scrimmage and grind down teams with the running game. In the first meeting with Attleboro, the Warriors took a while to get going on the ground and head coach Brian Lee let his offensive line know that it would have to do better.

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Just two weeks later the Warriors had the opportunity to show that they had received their coach’s message when unbeaten and top seeded KP hosted the Bombardiers in the first round of the Div. 1A South tournament. KP amassed nearly 400 yards rushing on Friday night at Macktaz Field and rolled to a 51-21 victory to advance to the sectional semifinal.

“I was very upset with the linemen the last time we played that we didn’t control the line and made a lot of mistakes,” said Lee after the game. “In the end, when we needed to run the ball and kill the clock we were able to, so I’m always happy when that happens.”

Shane Frommer led the way for the Warriors with 173 yards on 21 carries and a pair of touchdowns. Senior John DeLuca also had a big night with 130 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns. Both runners had 100 yards by halftime.

It started well for the hosts, who took their first drive 71 yards in six plays for the opening score. Frommer had all but 14 of those yards and finished the possession with an 11-yard run on a toss to the left.

In the first meeting, Attleboro had no first downs in the first half, but on Friday the Bombardiers came out with a short passing game to try and counter KP’s pass rush and stay away from the run defense. For the most part, it was effective.

Attleboro answered right back with an 80-yard drive of its own. Tyler McGovern (24-37, 268 yards) went 5-6 on the drive and Elvin Sam came up with the big play to tie the game, coming down with a 28-yard pass between a pair of KP corners. Sam had three catches on that drive and would finish the game with 10 receptions for 140 yards.

“We had a game plan that was to throw the ball,” said Attleboro coach Mike Strachan, “and I think we were pretty effective. We knew we had to get it out quick, the fact is that we lost it up front. They do a good job; they wear you down.”

“Our first drive we went down and scored, feeling good,” said Lee, “and they come down and score and I’m like, oh crap it’s going to be a war.”

The score stayed the same until 4:46 left in the half when KP took back the lead. DeLuca took over at quarterback in a ‘wildcat’ set and he faked a handoff to Frommer to carry over the right tackle. The senior broke free and raced 85 yards for the go-ahead score that turned momentum back to the Warriors.

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Lee said, “This time it looked like, uh-oh, if we don’t score then we could fall behind and then we’re forced to do some stuff we don’t want to do. Overall, just pleased to make enough plays on offense and defense to get it done.”

DeLuca capped off an 11-play, 76-yard drive with just 13 seconds before halftime. Again on a keeper, he went straight up the middle for a nine-yard score. The big play on the drive was a 29-yard completion from Brendan Lydon (3-8, 47 yards) to Tyler Jenesky on the near sideline to get the ball inside the Attleboro 10-yard-line.

Unlike the meeting two weeks ago, Attleboro did not let those late scores demoralize them and came out of halftime looking to make plays. Sam jumped a route and picked off Lydon to start the third quarter and bring energy back for the visitors.

Strachan said of Sam, “He’s the best athlete on our field and I thought tonight he was one of the best athletes out there period.”

McGovern hit Cam Furtado for 13 yards and the pair followed that up with a 35-yard connection for a touchdown that got Attleboro back into the game, temporarily. Frommer returned the ensuing kick 49 yards down to the Bombardiers 20. Four plays later and DeLuca got his third score of the night, this one from six yards, to push the lead back to 14.

Attleboro turned the ball over on downs at midfield on its next possession and KP took advantage with Giovanni Fernandez finishing off a 49-yard drive with a three-yard burst up the middle.

The Bombardiers did their best to stay in the game. McGovern tossed his third touchdown of the night on a great play-action pass to Steve Hamerski from five yards out with just 22 seconds left in the third. But, again KP had the answer with Frommer notching his second score on a three-yard carry.

“Nine (Sam) is a dude, 14 (Furtado) is a dude, the quarterback (McGovern) is a dude,” said Lee of Attleboro. “You play them two weeks [ago] and they learned from that, another reason why the playoff system sucks, but you have to get ready to go and play them. That is a good team.”


Fernandez added two points for KP with a sack of McGovern in the end zone on the next Attleboro possession and then Andrew Gelsomini broke a 46-yard touchdown to cap the scoring.

“We’re a young team and we’re cutting our teeth and learning our lessons,” said Strachan. “The future is bright.”

When asked if he was concerned that Attleboro may have found a strategy for attacking the KP defense, Lee said, “The competition is only going to get stronger and that’s obviously something we have to work on and I think for them to play us a couple weeks ago really helped. We’ll see what happens next week and how people attack us.”

Mansfield (8-0, 5-0) will host No. 5 seed Marshfield in the D1A South semifinal, after the Rams knocked Mansfield out of the tournament for the third straight season. It will be a rematch of the 2014 sectional final, which Marshfield won at Macktaz Field on its way to a state championship.

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Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/28/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Football
Playoffs
Division 1 South
#8 Franklin, 0 @ #1 Xaverian, 42 – Final

Division 1A South
#8 Attleboro, 21 @ #1 King Philip, 51 – Final
1st Quarter: (KP) Shane Frommer 25-yard rush, Cole Baker XP good; (A) Tyler McGovern 28-yard pass to Elvin Sam, Paul DeLuca XP good.
2nd Quarter: (KP) John DeLuca 85-yard rush, C. Baker XP good; (KP) J. DeLuca 9-yard rush, C. Baker XP good.
3rd Quarter: (A) T. McGovern 35-yard pass to Cam Furtado, P. DeLuca XP good; (KP) J. DeLuca 6-yard rush, C. Baker XP good; (KP) Giovanni Fernandez 3-yard rush, C. Baker XP good; (A) T. McGovern 5-yard pass to Steve Hamerski, P. DeLuca XP good.
4th Quarter: (KP) S. Frommer 3-yard rush, C. Baker XP good; (KP) G. Fernandez Safety; (KP) Andrew Gelsomini 46-yard rush, C. Baker XP good.

#4 Mansfield, 35 vs. #5 Marshfield, 45 – Final
1st Quarter: (Marsh) Jack McNeil 54 yard rush, XP missed; (Marsh) Jackson Phinney 4 yard pass from J. McNeil, 2pt failed.
2nd Quarter: No scoring.
3rd Quarter: (Mans) Anthony DeGirolamo 28 yard pass to Hunter Ferreira, Diogo DeSousa XP good; (Marsh) J. McNeil 62 tard rush, J. Phinney 2pt pass to Brendan Ward); (Mans) Nick Graham 4 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good; (Marsh) Neil Parry 70 yard pass to Mike Catanoso, J. McNeil 2pt rush.
4th Quarter: (Mans) A. DeGirolamo 32 yard pass to Kristian Conner, D. DeSousa XP good; (Marsh) J. Phinney 6 yard rush, J. Phinney XP good; (Marsh) Neil Parry 65 yard interception return, 2pt failed; (Mans) A. DeGirolamo 15 yard pass to H. Ferreira, D. DeSousa XP good; (Mans) N. Graham 6 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good.

D2 South
#3 North Attleboro, 33 vs. #6 Whitman-Hanson, 8 – Final
1st Quarter: (NA) Chad Peterson 5 yard rush, Geoff Wilson XP good; (NA) Bobby Mylod 41 yard rush, G. Wilson XP good.
2nd Quarter: (NA) Nick Rajotte 25 yard rush, XP failed; (NA) C. Peterson 25 yard pass to B. Mylod, G. Wilson XP good.
3rd Quarter: (NA) C. Peterson 27 yard pass to Mario Bresko, XP failed.
4th Quarter: (WH) Ethan Phelps 31 yard pass to Ryan Kenndey, 2pt pass conversion.

#5 Milford, 0 @ #4 Stoughton, 34 – Final
1st Quarter: (S) Ryan Sullivan 4 yard rush, R. Sullivan 2pt rush; (S) Izon Swain-Price punt block, fumble recovery in the end zone, XP missed; (S) Jason Joseph 60 yard fumble return, Josh Cocchi XP good.
2nd Quarter: (S) Justin Ly 3 yard rush, J. Cocchi XP.
3rd Quarter: (S) Evan Gibb 1 yard rush, XP missed.
4th Quarter: No scoring.

Non-Playoffs
Canton, 27 @ North Quincy, 13 – Final
1st Quarter: (C) Dan Dillon 37 yard rush, Thomas Monagle XP good.
2nd Quarter: (NQ) Rush touchdown, XP failed.
3rd Quarter: (C) Joe Mulkay 4 yard rush, XP missed; (NQ) Rush touchdown, XP good.
4th Quarter: (C) D. Dillon 34 yard rush, T. Monagle XP good; (C) D. Dillon 28 yard pass to Tony Harris, T. Monagle XP good.

Foxboro @ Cardinal Spellman – Postponed to 10/29 at 1:00.

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Hopkinton, 22 – Final

Taunton, 27 vs. Brookline, 0 – Final
1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (T) Noah Leonard 1 yard rush, John Teixeira XP good; (T) TJ Mendes 4 yard rush, J. Teixeira XP good.
3rd Quarter: (T) T. Mendes 1 yard rush, J. Teixeira XP good.
4th Quarter: (T) Brevan Walker 2 yard rush, XP failed.

Boys Soccer
Canton, 1 vs. Mansfield, 0 – Final Griffin Roach scored midway through the second half to lift Canton to a win at Gillette Stadium. With the win, Canton qualified for the state tournament.

Foxboro, 4 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final

Franklin, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – FinalKing Philip scored a pair of second half goals to finish the regular season with a win. Mike Rowe scored the game-winner, pouncing on a loose ball inside the area. Tyler Mann doubled the lead, taking a pass from Jason Florio and finishing alone against the keeper.

Girls Soccer
Mansfield, 0 vs. Canton, 0 – FinalWith a point, Mansfield clinched a share of the Kelley-Rex division title along with Oliver Ames. This marks Mansfield’s first ever Hockomock League title for girls soccer.

Milford, 3 @ Sharon, 3 – Final

Volleyball
Canton, 3 vs. Duxbury, 2 – FinalCanton rallied from a two deficit to pick up one of its most impressive wins of the season, 19-25, 17-25, 26-24, 25-22, 15-13. “After falling behind two sets to none, we came out giving it everything we had and battled for the next three sets,” Canton head coach Pat Cawley said. Cawley said Nicole Poole was the team’s glue, dishing out 37 assists and picking up 18 digs and two kills. Casey Shea and Emma Murphy were strong in the middle with 12 and 11 kills respectively – each with two blocks. Erika Lum was outstanding with 13 kills and 21 digs. Julia Panico was great in defense with 27 digs.

Mansfield, 0 @ North Attleboro, 3 – FinalNorth picked up the non-league sweep 25-23, 25-22, 27-25. For Mansfield, Meg Hill had 10 kills and eight service points. Chloe Peters had seven service points and 25 assists and Jess Haradon had 20 digs and eight service points.

Sharon, 1 @ Stoughton, 3 – FinalVal Whalen led the offense for the Black Knights with 13 kills.

Taunton vs. New Bedford, 5:15

Field Hockey
Canton, 2 vs. Dover Sherborn, 3 – Final

Foxboro @ Monomoy – Postponed to 10/30 at 9:30AM.

Milford, 1 @ Ashland, 2 – Final

Sharon, 0 @ Norwell, 2 – Final

KP Wears Down Attleboro to Clinch League Title

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Shane Frommer (25) rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown and caught a touchdown on a hook and lateral to help KP beat Attleboro and clinch at least a share of the Kelley-Rex division title. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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ATTLEBORO, Mass. – King Philip had been inside the red zone three times and had held Attleboro without a first down for the first two quarters, but as halftime rapidly approached the Warriors were clinging to a 3-0 lead courtesy of a 20-yard field goal by freshman Cole Baker.

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With the clock winding down in the half, KP pulled out a trick play to try and break the game open. Brendan Lydon hit Ethan Dunne for 15 yards on a hook and the receiver pitched the ball to tailback Shane Frommer, who raced the final 25 yards down the near sideline to make it 10-0 at the break.

KP got the ball back to start the second half and scored again. The Warriors went from just three points to three scores in front and never looked back on their way to a 36-13 victory over the Bombardiers that sealed at least a share of KP’s fourth Kelley-Rex division title in the past six years.

“You go in only up by three, it’s anyone’s game,” said KP coach Brian Lee about the hook and lateral. “You make a big play and then you start the half and come down…and now we’re up by three scores. It was a huge, huge play right before the half for us.”

KP dominated possession in the opening half, but struggled to finish drives. It started with an 11-play drive in the first quarter that got down to the Attleboro 10, but ended when Lydon (5-11, 78 yards) was picked off in the end zone by Cam Furtado (one of his two picks on the night). Following another three and out by the Bombardiers, KP marched down to the Attleboro 12, but Baker’s 19-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

“It was tough sledding,” admitted Lee about the struggles in the first half. “There’s some big beef in there. I think [Attleboro has] the meat more than Arby’s does”

Once again Attleboro went three and out and Andrew Gelsomini returned the punt to the Bombardiers 35. The Warriors got the ball down to the three but had to settle for a kick from Baker to take the lead.

KP got the ball back with less than two minutes remaining in the half at its own 38. After a false start, John DeLuca (12 carries, 74 yards) went for 10 on a keeper and then two plays later broke up the middle for a 17-yard gain on third down that put the Warriors at the Attleboro 40 with a shot to run the hook and lateral play that turned into a huge momentum swing.

“I thought we had a really solid game plan against them,” said Attleboro coach Mike Strachan, “but then the play right before the half, the hook and ladder…we look at situations and we practice situations but when you see it in a game it’s different.”

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The Warriors started the third quarter with a 39-yard return by Frommer that set them up at the Attleboro 31. Frommer gained eight yards on fourth and two to keep the drive alive and then broke a 12-yard run to get inside the five. Lydon capped the drive with a 1-yard plunge to make it 17-0.

Attleboro finally got a first down on its first possession of the second half. Tyler McGovern (5-12, 104 yards) found Elvin Sam deep down the near sideline for a 28-yard gain. On the next play, Sam (three catches, 96 yards) managed to steal the ball out of the tight coverage of Andrew Dittrich for a 31-yard completion. After a penalty, Marc Dieu pushed it across for a two-yard score that got the hosts on the board.

From that point on, the Warriors wore down the Bombardiers, who lost Jason Mota to a bad leg injury in the first half and saw Andrew Gingras and Furtado not return to the game after halftime. KP continued to do what it does best and dominate the line of scrimmage with physical play.

“That’s a good football team,” Strachan said. “They’re physical and they deserve to be champions. We’ve got to get back to work. They wore us down and we’ve got some injuries that we have to overcome next week.”

A 12-play, 69-yard drive was finished off by a DeLuca 12-yard touchdown that restored the three-score lead. KP then went 51 yards in five plays that was ended when Frommer (19 carries, 102 yards) went over the right side for a 12-yard score. After an Attleboro punt, Giovanni Fernandez (eight carries, 103 yards) sealed the win with a 65-yard touchdown straight up the middle of the field.

“Tough sledding in there but trying to stay with what you do, staying patient with it,” said Lee about his team’s ability to break games open in the second half. “When the defense is playing good, it allows you to be patient and try to get our backs going and we were able to wear them down a little and pull away.”

Attleboro managed to get another score 1:49 left to play. McGovern again looked deep and found Sam for a 37-yard touchdown.

The Warriors (6-0, 4-0) have clinched a share of the league title and will have the opportunity to win it outright for the second time in the past three seasons (and the second time in program history) with a win at home against Taunton next Friday.

“We do not want to share,” Lee said. “We’re happy with this but as far as we’re concerned we want to go out and win it. [Taunton] looked really good last week and Coach Sid (Taunton coach Brad Sidwell) is a great coach…so you want to go out and play well.”

Attleboro (3-3, 2-2) will try to close out the regular season with a win at Franklin next Friday at Pisini Field.

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