Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/08/16

Today’s games are listed below. We will update with postponements as we receive them.

Baseball
King Philip vs. North Quincy – Postponed to 5/3 at 3:30
Taunton @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to TBD

Softball
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Taunton, 27 – Final (5 inn.) – Kya Enos hit for the cycle, driving in eight runs to lead Taunton. Jordan Wade went 3-3, including a grand slam, finishing with six RBI. Aimee Kistner, Liana Duarte, Jaime Brown and Amber Wainwright all had RBIs for Taunton. 

Sharon, 19 @ Ursuline Academy, 7 – Final – Senior Rachel Usen went 3/5 at the plate, knocking in a pair of runs and freshman Allie Small was 2/4 with an RBI and four runs scored to lead the Eagles. Clara Cooke struck out seven to get the win while hitting a pair of doubles and driving in four runs at the plate. 

Boys Lacrosse
Attleboro, 11 vs. Norton, 4 – Final

Canton, 14 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Senior Ben O’Neill, junior Ryan Lodge and freshman Mike Shaw all scored three goals to lead the Bulldogs. O’Neill and Shaw each had a trio of assists as well and Lodge had two helpers. Junior Shaun Kirby had a pair of goals and three assists. Taunton’s Andrew Wellington scored for the Tigers.

Franklin, 7 @ BC High, 10 – Final

Mansfield, 12 @ Barnstable, 10 – Final – Mansfield trailed 7-4 at halftime but rallied for a 8-3 second half to get the win. Sophomore Hunter Ferreira scored a team-high five goals, three in the second half. Billy Grant scored four goals and had two assists while Danny DeGirolamo, Connor Finerty and Ryan Smith each scored once. Sean Powers made 16 saves in net.

North Attleboro, 7 @ Bishop Feehan, 8 – Final (4OT)

Girls Lacrosse
Attleboro, 13 vs. Norton, 1 – Final
Taunton, 3 @ Canton, 14 – Final
Foxboro, 14 vs. Hopkinton, 7 – Final
Mansfield @ King Philip – Postponed to TBD
North Attleboro vs. Bishop Feehan – Postponed to TBD

Boys Tennis
Mansfield, 4 @ Canton, 1 – Final

Franklin, 5 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – Juniors Rahul Herur and Eli Brooks each battled through three sets to get wins in singles to lead the Panthers. Herur won 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 at first singles and Brooks won 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 at second singles. Tom Mancini picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles. Cam Piana and James Johnston won 6-1, 6-0 at first doubles and Dan Barrow and Jeremy Gan won 6-1, 6-2 at second doubles. 

North Attleboro, 5 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – North Attleboro won all five matches in straight sets to get the victory. Mitchell Dyer won 6-2, 6-1 at first singles, Barsomo Nuay won 6-0, 6-1 at second singles and Zack Pfeffer won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Jeff Yao and Jake Fontes won 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles and Ben Pfeffer and Daniel Zhang won 6-0, 6-0 at second doubles. 

Taunton @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to TBD

Girls Tennis
Sharon @ Attleboro – Postponed to TBD

Canton @ Mansfield, 3:45

Foxboro, 3 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Foxboro used wins at second and third singles and first doubles to get the win. Sophomore Sophia Prinos won 6-1, 6-2 at second singles and junior Lexi Nelson won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Sophomore Kayla Prag and freshman Julia Muise paired together for a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 win at first doubles. Franklin’s Hannah Sweeney won a marathon match at first singles, 6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (8-6) and Selina Wu and Sarah Lobo teamed together for a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win at second doubles.

Stoughton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final – North Attleboro’s three single players all walked away with sweeps, not dropping a single set on Friday. Jordan Willis (first singles), Allie Grinavic (second) and Emily Chiasson (third) all won 6-0, 6-0. Jhanavi Kapadia and Gabby Duva won 6-2, 6-1 at first doubles and Katie Demontigny and Azka Siddiq won 6-2, 6-1 at second doubles.

Oliver Ames, 1 @ Taunton, 4 – Final – A pair of wins in singles and a pair of wins in doubles play propelled Taunton. Jordan Pagliuca won 6-1, 6-2 at first singles and Olivia Sweeney won 6-2, 6-1 at second singles. Kelsey Hebert and Ashleigh Eason won 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 at first doubles and Caroline Hebert and Jillian Pagliuca won 6-3, 6-4 at at second doubles. 

Boys Volleyball
Taunton, 0 @ Greater New Bedford, 3 – Final

HockomockSports.com 2015 Football Awards

Click here for the 2015 HockomockSports.com Football Awards.

The 2015 Hockomock Football All Stars & HMs

FootballMVPs
Below are the official Hockomock League Football All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Kelley-Rex MVP

Nick Morrison, North Attleboro

Hockomock Kelley-Rex All Stars

Kyle Murphy, Attleboro
Brendan Nunes, Attleboro
Alex Silva, Attleboro
Brian Letourneau, Attleboro
Luke Gordon, Franklin
James Cooke, King Philip
Billy Dittrich, King Philip
Josh Schafer, Mansfield
Connor Finerty, Mansfield
Hunter Ferreira, Mansfield
Nick Morrison, North Attleboro
Bobby Mylod, North Attleboro
Josh Morrison, North Attleboro
Chad Peterson, North Attleboro
Connor Flynn, North Attleboro
Carlos Borrero, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Sean Donnelly, Attleboro
Nick Yelle, Franklin
John DeLuca, King Philip
Nicholas Martin, Mansfield
Kyle Gaumond, North Attleboro
Connor Briggs, Taunton

Davenport MVP

Jake Ragusa, Canton

Hockomock Davenport All Stars

Jake Ragusa, Canton
Joe Bires, Canton
Woanyen Mahn, Canton
Austin Ryan, Foxboro
Connor Downs, Foxboro
Connor McNamara, Foxboro
Ronnie Martin, Foxboro
Zach Lanzetta, Milford
Blake Hill, Milford
Connor Moroney, Oliver Ames
Matt Cancian, Sharon
Jake Gibb, Stoughton
Matt Soto, Stoughton
Guy Eddy, Stoughton
Ryan Sullivan, Stoughton
Donnie Foley, Stoughton

Honorable Mentions

Mack Brown, Canton
James Blake, Foxboro
Jack DeSantis, Milford
Ryan McCarthy, Oliver Ames
Tyler Smith, Sharon
Matt Medina, Stoughton

The 2015 Hockomock Football All Stars & HMs

FootballMVPs
Below are the official Hockomock League Football All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Kelley-Rex MVP

Nick Morrison, North Attleboro

Hockomock Kelley-Rex All Stars

Kyle Murphy, Attleboro
Brendan Nunes, Attleboro
Alex Silva, Attleboro
Brian Letourneau, Attleboro
Luke Gordon, Franklin
James Cooke, King Philip
Billy Dittrich, King Philip
Josh Schafer, Mansfield
Connor Finerty, Mansfield
Hunter Ferreira, Mansfield
Nick Morrison, North Attleboro
Bobby Mylod, North Attleboro
Josh Morrison, North Attleboro
Chad Peterson, North Attleboro
Connor Flynn, North Attleboro
Carlos Borrero, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Sean Donnelly, Attleboro
Nick Yelle, Franklin
John DeLuca, King Philip
Nicholas Martin, Mansfield
Kyle Gaumond, North Attleboro
Connor Briggs, Taunton

Davenport MVP

Jake Ragusa, Canton

Hockomock Davenport All Stars

Jake Ragusa, Canton
Joe Bires, Canton
Woanyen Mahn, Canton
Austin Ryan, Foxboro
Connor Downs, Foxboro
Connor McNamara, Foxboro
Ronnie Martin, Foxboro
Zach Lanzetta, Milford
Blake Hill, Milford
Connor Moroney, Oliver Ames
Matt Cancian, Sharon
Jake Gibb, Stoughton
Matt Soto, Stoughton
Guy Eddy, Stoughton
Ryan Sullivan, Stoughton
Donnie Foley, Stoughton

Honorable Mentions

Mack Brown, Canton
James Blake, Foxboro
Jack DeSantis, Milford
Ryan McCarthy, Oliver Ames
Tyler Smith, Sharon
Matt Medina, Stoughton

Stout Defensive Effort Helps Mansfield Advance

Mansfield senior Connor Finerty rushes against Natick in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Mansfield senior Connor Finerty rushes against Natick in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
MANSFIELD, Mass. – In a one score game, Mansfield had the chance to score right before the half and then get the ball to start the second and pull away from Natick.
But a failed fourth down conversion from inside the Natick 10 yard line and then an interception in the end zone to start the second half saw those plans come to an end quickly.
Luckily, Mansfield’s defense was nearly impenetrable and didn’t allow the Redhawks much success offensively at all in a 29-13 win in the first round of the MIAA D2 South playoffs.
With the Hornets holding onto a 15-6 lead after the interception in the end zone, Mansfield’s defense quickly took the momentum back by forcing a quick three and out. The Hornets offense then took the ensuing drive 56 yards on seven plays, capped by a three yard touchdown from senior Nick Graham and Mansfield went up 22-7 with just 16 seconds left in the third quarter.
“At half we thought we were playing well but we were letting them hang around,” Mansfield head coach Mike Redding said. “It probably could have been 22-0 but they hit the flag route and all of a sudden we have a ball game at halftime. We had [Brian] Lynch on the sideline but Nick [Graham] did a good job coming in running in the second half, Joe Cox for a sophomore ran great, Connor ran great. I thought when we came back out we assumed control of the game and the big thing was getting that next score to get it back to 22 instead of letting them score and all of a sudden its a one point game.
“I think we’re growing up and maturing, we lost a little bit of momentum but we took it right back and I thought dominated the second half and played really good playoff football. And we live for another day.”
Mansfield had an ideal start to the game with the defense allowing Natick to run just six plays before forcing a punt. The offense used the ground game to get the ball moving, getting 46 yards on four of its first five plays. Four plays later, senior Connor Finerty (12 carries, 97 yards) took the toss left and followed big blocks from Anthony Keefe and and Josh Schafer to punch it in from two yards out.
Junior quarterback Anthony DeGirolamo (9/17, 158 yards) hit sophomore Hunter Ferreira over the middle for the two point conversion to make it 8-0 with 4:17 left in the opening quarter.
The Hornets continued to dominate on defense, allowing just one yard on Natick’s next three plays to get the ball back off a punt. DeGirolamo linked up with Ferreira for 20 yards and then again for 41 yards off a flea flicker. Three plays later, junior Brian Lynch went straight up the middle for a three yard score to make it 15-0 less than a minute into the second quarter.
“We were purposely trying to get Anthony going,” Redding said. “Next week we can’t line up against Marshfield and run the ball 50 times. We’re going to have to be some run, some play action, some first down throws or they’ll just be all over us in the box. He’s been throwing well and the one pick, they just got a little pressure and Hunter got thrown off on the count and didn’t get off on the ball so it was just a bad combination. I think Anthony’s come a long way and we have confidence he can throw and Hunter’s tough to cover.”
A sack from Finerty on third down forced Natick into a punt but a penalty and a fumble halted Mansfield’s next series.
The Redhawks had their best offensive possession of the game. After a rush for a loss, Natick used play action to get nearly half of their total yards for the whole game. Quarterback Christian D’Antonio (2/6, 84 yards) hit Chuck Jacobson on the left side and the senior sprinted his way for a 78 yard touchdown. A pair of penalties pushed Natick’s extra point attempt back 10 yards and Mansfield was able to block it. Dan Redznak picked it up and returned it all the way but a block in the back erased those two points.
“Since the Prep game, we’ve been really good on defense,” Redding said. “The one touchdown it looked like the kid was coming in to block, our corner came up on run and he did a good job on play action. We haven’t made many of those mistakes. Tonight I thought we played great defense, we just didn’t force any turnovers. But we didn’t have to because we were forcing three and outs and getting the ball back on offense. I think we’re playing our best football the last month.”
Mansfield’s final touchdown came when sophomore Joe Cox lunged to the pylon on the right sideline for a three yard touchdown, capping a 10 play, 69 yard drive to make it 29-6.
Natick added a touchdown with 20 seconds left against Mansfield’s second defense.
The Hornets’ starting defense allowed just three first downs to Natick, none of which came in the second half.
Mansfield (5-3) has a tall task now as they will travel to #1 Marshfield, widely considering the top team in the entire state.
“The good news is that we’re moving on, the bad news is that you have to go to Marshfield and play the number one team in the state,” Redding said. “But hey, we’re the underdog, we have nothing to lose. We’re playing good football. Last year it got away from us a little early, we just have to hang in there and get to the half with a chance to win and who knows in high school football what can happen.
“We have to bring out A+ game next week and try to work a miracle down in Marshfield.”

North Beats Mansfield, Stands Alone Atop Division

Kyle Gaumond
Kyle Gaumond (28) knocks the pass away from Hunter Ferreira (3) on fourth down to preserve a 14-13 win for North Attleboro and clinch the outright Kelley-Rex Division title. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

MANSFIELD, Mass. – Mansfield coach Mike Redding has North Attleboro roots. Although he has been in charge of the Hornets for over 25 years and bleeds green, he took a moment after Friday night’s installment of this fierce rivalry to go to the Rocketeers celebrating at Alumni Field and congratulate them on the league title and urge them to bring home the Div. 3 state title.

It was a classy move by the Mansfield coach at the end of another emotional matchup between longtime rivals and perennial title challengers that North Attleboro won 14-13 to clinch the Kelley-Rex title outright and potentially the No. 1 seed in Div. 3 Southwest.

“This is great high school football,” said Redding. “It was a slugfest, two great teams, two great defenses, yards were hard to come by but both teams did enough to put themselves in position to win.”

The win gives North Attleboro its first league title since 2011 and its first outright Hockomock title since 2008. Once again, as has been the case all season, it was the Rocketeers defense that came up with the plays to win the game.

Leading by just a point with time winding down in the fourth quarter, North punted. Mansfield took over at its own 37 with less than five minutes remaining.

The Hornets got to the Rocketeers 33 and threw incomplete on first down. On second and 10, North dialed up a blitz and Bobby Mylod shot the gap to stuff Brian Lynch for a six-yard loss. On third down, the Rocketeers came again and sacked Anthony DeGirolamo for a seven-yard loss back to the 46. On fourth down, Kyle Gaumond leapt and swiped the ball out of the hands of Hunter Ferreira to end the drive.

North Attleboro ran out the clock and celebrated the victory.

“What we were trying to do is just get pressure on the quarterback,” said North coach Don Johnson. “I thought they had guys that they could throw to in the passing game…We were worried about it the whole game.”

“Defense has been doing it for us all year,” he added with a smile. “I’d just like the offense to score a couple more and make it a little easier for us.”

The Rocketeers offense looked great at the start of the game. Against a Mansfield defense that has been solid all season, North took the opening kickoff and marched 67 yards on 14 plays to take the lead.

Nick Morrison (12 carries, 68 yards) was big on the drive with six rushes, including a crucial fourth down and one gain of seven yards near midfield. Sophomore quarterback Chad Peterson showed off his arm hitting Davon Andrade for 18 yards and then snuck a shovel pass to Mylod on fourth and one from the four for the go-ahead score.

North Attleboro would not get another first down until its second possession of the third quarter.

Johnson said, “I think they frustrated us a little on offense. We had some blown assignments that we haven’t had in a few weeks, but I think that had a lot to do with their scheme over there.”

Mansfield was not able to get much going offensively but got a little spark right before the half. Ben Budwey’s punt return set the Hornets up at the North 37. DeGirolamo (7-11, 165 yards) hit Ferreira for 18 yards and then, following a four-yard loss, hit him again for another 10.

The Hornets had to settle for a 23-yard Diogo DeSousa field goal but were on the board and went into the break down 7-3.

To start the third quarter, DeGirolamo was strip sacked by Thomas Reynolds and Thomas Kummer jumped on the loose ball at the Hornets 37. But the Mansfield defense forced a turnover on downs, helped in part by Joe Bukuras’ tackle in the flat on Nick Dean for a four-yard loss on third and one.

The Hornets offense took advantage of the momentum swing and drove 71 yards on eight plays to take Mansfield’s first lead. DeGirolamo and Ferreira (six catches, 164 yards) hooked up for a 32-yard completion into North territory and then combined again on a 12-yard touchdown pass to the front pylon that put Mansfield ahead 10-7.

“He made some great passes,” said Redding of DeGirolamo. “Hunter is a great athlete and we tried to get him the ball tonight.”

“The offense is coming together. We just need to find a way to get to 21-24 and with our defense we’re going to win games.”

The lead was short-lived, as North Attleboro showed its resiliency to bounce right back. Peterson hit Ridge Olsen on the far side of the field for 14 yards and Nick Rajotte got 11, before Morrison broke free down the North sideline sprinting past his cheering teammates and the Hornets defense for a 39-yard score.

“We had the momentum,” said Redding, “and if we get one stop there and get the ball back with the lead, I think we win it. But, they’re a championship team, they answered, and they scored.”

Mansfield was not done. After a Connor Flynn sack pushed the Hornets back to third and 21 from their own 27, DeGirolamo and Ferreira connected on a 64-yard pass (taking advantage of a slip by the defensive back) down to the North nine. Again, the Hornets had to settle for a field goal and trailed 14-13 with 7:58 left.

Redding explained, “We thought we outplayed them in the second half and probably needed to score on the drive before, but we didn’t want to come up empty and thought that if we got a field goal and got the ball back that we felt good about driving.”

“Tonight we were just one drive away.”

Mylod, Gaumond, and the North defense did enough to stymie the Hornets on their final drive. When a personal foul flag was thrown for a late hit out of bounds on Mansfield with 1:30 left, the game was won and so was the title.

“I felt this team got over the hump and gained that confidence,” said Johnson. “This week in practice I had that feeling that everyone knew what they were doing for the first time. They entered the game with a lot of confidence.”

Even in defeat, Redding felt that this game had plenty of positives for the Hornets with the Div. 2 playoffs looming. He said, “We get a second life next week; this isn’t the end of the season. If we play like we did tonight, then we can make a run.”

He shook hands with the media and walked over to the North Attleboro players. As Mansfield made its way to the locker room, turning its back on the loss and focusing on next week, the Rocketeers stayed on the field taking a couple of moments to savor the win for a few more moments before moving forward.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Friday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/16/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Game of the Week – Football
Stoughton, 14 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final
1st Quarter: (S) Izon Swain-Price 19 yard rush, Jake Gibb XP good.
2nd Quarter: No scoring.
3rd Quarter: (S) Ryan Sullivan 2 yard rush, J. Gibb XP good.
4th Quarter: No scoring.
Football
King Philip, 15 @ Attleboro, 25 – Final
1st Quarter: (A) Cam Furtado 40-yard pass to Brendan Nunes, Owen McKenna XP good; (A) Furtado 2-yard rush, XP blocked.
2nd Quarter: (A) Furtado 27-yard pass to Alex Silva, 2-point conversion no good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (KP) Giovanni Fernandez 3-yard rush, Zach Boari XP good; (A) Nunes 5-yard rush, XP blocked; (KP) John DeLuca 10-yard pass to R.J. McCarthy, DeLuca to Leo Munafo for 2-point conversion.

Canton, 40 @ Oliver Ames, 14 – Final
1st Quarter: (C) Jake Ragusa 5 yard rush, XP no good; (C) Joe Bires 22 yard rush, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (C) J. Bires 1 yard rush, Woanyen Mahn 2pt rush; (C) Dennis Ross 1 yard rush; XP good.
3rd Quarter: (C) W. Mahn 35 yard rush, 2pt fail; (OA) Charlie Ryan 1 yard rush, 2pt fail.
4th Quarter: (C) Joe Mulkay 45 yard rush, XP fail; (OA) Kyle Gagliardi 60 yard rush, Leandro Moro 2pt rush.

Mansfield, 24 @ Franklin, 3 – Final
1st Quarter: (M) Anthony DeGirolamo 12 yard pass to Mike Arnold, Diogo DeSousa XP good.
2nd Quarter: (F) Nick Yelle 33 yard field goal.
3rd Quarter: (M) D. DeSousa 16 yard field goal.
4th Quarter: (M) Connor Finerty 16 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good; (M) Nick Graham 80 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good.

Taunton, 20 @ North Attleboro, 44 – Final
1st Quarter: (NA) Nick Morrison 58 yard rush, Connor Flynn XP; (NA) C. Flynn 7 yard rush, 2pt fail.
2nd Quarter: (NA) C. Flynn 24 yard field goal; (NA) N. Morrison 6 yard rush, C. Flynn XP; Nick Rajotte 3 yard rush, Connor MacIver XP; (T) Collin Hunter 34 yard pass to Adam McLaughlin, 2pt fail.
3rd Quarter: (T) C. Hunter 33 yard pass to A. McLaughlin, C. Hunter 2pt pass to A. McLaughlin; (NA) N. Morrison 55 yard fumble return, C. Flynn XP.
4th Quarter: (T) C. Hunter 8 yard pass to Michael Fernandez, 2pt fail; (NA) N. Morrison 50 yard rush, C. Flynn XP.
Boys Soccer
Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Hatim Brahimi broke open a scoreless game with a goal in the 52nd minute for the Panthers. He then assisted on a goal by Kevin Hall, who added a second in the final minutes of the game.  

Canton,1 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – Anthony Barreira put the home team up in the first but Canton’s Sam Papakonstantino leveled the match before the break. 

Mansfield, 0 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – In a battle of two of the top teams in the Kelley-Rex, neither side was able to find the back of the net. Mansfield coach Steve Sheridan credited goalie Michael Kirejczyk with a strong game in net for the Hornets.

Sharon, 1 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Sharon’s Oliver Hu scored the lone goal of the game with just over 10 minutes to play, converting a pass from Lucas Allaria  in the 70th minute. Mike Da Silva made five saves in net for the Scarlet Hawks.

Taunton, 1 @ North Attleboro, 2 – Final – Gareth King scored a pair of goals inside a five minute span, lifting the Rocketeers to their first win of the season. Taunton took the lead in the second half but just 15 seconds later King finished off a through ball from Gabe Pinhancos. Three minutes after that, Kevin Aguilar set up King for the game winner. 

Stoughton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 4 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Keegan Nutt, junior Thomas McCormick and senior Chris Romero all scored goals in the first half as the Tigers built a 3-0 lead at the break. Sophomore Matt Alvarado set up classmate Cam Vella for the lone goal of the second half. Max Bamford, Nathaniel Cardoza and Vella each had assists. 
Girls Soccer
Franklin, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Alexis Stowell netted a pair of goals, Emily Foley scored a goal and had an assist and Emily Spath and Abigail Gipson each scored once. Jess Kroushl, Halle Atkinson, Victoria Stowell and Meghan Dieterle each had an assist. 
Foxboro, 0 @ Canton, 1 – Final – Canton’s Sarah Collins scored an unassisted goal for the lone strike of the game to lift the Bulldogs to a win.

King Philip, 1 @ Mansfield, 9 – Final – Mansfield’s offensive exploded for nine goals, led by a hat trick from junior Hannah Reiter. Alle Bezeau scored a pair of goals, Emma Oldow had two goals and an assist, Jen Kemp scored once and had an assist, Bryn Anderson netted a goal and Emma Goulet and Jackie Carchedi each notched a pair of assists.
Milford, 2 @ Sharon, 1 – Final – Kristen Franzini netted both of Milford’s goals while Emily Duquette had a strong game in goal with nine saves for the Scarlet Hawks.

North Attleboro, 1 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Taunton scored first in the opening half but Haley Guertin, off an assist from sister Grace Guertin, leveled the score just over 10 minutes into the second half.

Oliver Ames, 7 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Francesca Calabraro had a hat trick and added an assist for the Tigers. Jackie Mills added two goals and an assist and Lauren Wright and Annabella Walsh each scored goals. Delaney Benton chipped in with three assists.
Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Franklin’s Caroline Maguire had seven aces and added four kills and a pair of blocks to lead the Panthers. Maddy Kuzio had four aces and a pair of digs and Lauren McGrath had 10 assists and three aces for Franklin.

Canton, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – Canton got the sweep on the road 25-15, 25-14, 28-26 and clinched its sixth straight Davenport Division title and ninth straight Hockomock League title overall, dating back to before the division split. Olivia Devoe had yet another strong game on defense with 15 digs while Elizabeth Hamilton dominated offensively with 20 kills and three aces, also chipping in with 19 digs. Canton head coach Pat Cawley praised the efforts of Kaitlin McCarthy, Emma Gobbi and Emma Murphy for their strong play at the net. Cawley also noted great defensive efforts from Julia Panico, Cassie Loftus and Maria Mackie. 
Mansfield, 3 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – Mansfield picked up the sweep on the road, 25-15, 25-22, 25-23. Jess Haradon had 18 digs and 11 service points for the Hornets while Cathryn Heavey had 35 assists and 10 service points. Sarah Mullahy had seven kills, seven blocks, and nine service points while Alli Belanger added eight digs and nine service points. For King Philip, Josie Rowean had 13 kills, Amelia Murphy added five kills, Emma Lopez had three kills and Micaela Murray finished with 10 digs. 
Sharon, 1 @ Milford, 3 – Final

Taunton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final

Stoughton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final – Stoughton’s Bridgette Whalen had 10 digs and five kills in the loss.
Field Hockey
Taunton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final

Warriors Stun Mansfield With Last Second TD

Brian Lee
KP coach Brian Lee gives his team a fiery speech following the Warriors 15-7 victory over Mansfield on Friday night. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

WRENTHAM, Mass. – King Philip took over at its own 28 yard line with 4:59 remaining in a tied game. The Warriors, still searching for their first win of the season, had only six first downs in the game and just two since halftime.

Despite having little to no success offensively for nearly 40 minutes, KP marched 72 yards on 13 plays and with just two seconds left on the clock junior fullback Alex Olsen punched it in from a yard out on fourth and goal. John DeLuca added a two-point conversion and the Warriors emerged with a 15-7 victory over Mansfield on the new (and soaked) turf at Macktaz Field.

“So proud of them,” said KP coach Brian Lee. “You have to be opportunistic and when we had a chance the kids made plays.”

He added, “We had a very good week of practice; we felt very confident coming in. We were confident that if we could get lined up, which isn’t always easy, that we’d be alright.”

The drive started, as would be expected from the Warriors, on the ground. Two carries from junior Giovanni Fernandez (15 carries, 73 yards) pushed KP to the 41. Then KP caught Mansfield with a perfectly executed screen to Sean Garrity for 17 yards into Hornets territory.

The drive nearly ended three plays later when Fernandez had the ball pop out on a third down run, but KP managed to recover. On fourth down, DeLuca (6-15, 76 yards) hit R.J. McCarthy on a slant to just get past the marker for a first down. On the next play, DeLuca looked downfield for Leo Munafo, who somehow pulled the ball down from behind his head for a 24-yard completion.

“Leo catching it and it looked like the [David] Tyree catch but we’ll take it,” said Lee with a giant grin. “When they needed to make plays, they did.”

Two DeLuca keepers later and KP was at the two yard line. Olsen got one yard closer on third down and the teams let the clock run all the way down to just eight seconds before the Warriors called timeout and decided on one last play.

“You come down and you don’t want to just leave it out there,” exolained Lee about not going for a field goal. “There’s a lot of things…could have a bobbled snap or something like that. So, if we could pound it in that’s what we wanted to do, but certainly I thought of a field goal there.”

He joked, “I wasn’t going to throw it there, that’s for sure.”

Olsen got across the line for the touchdown that sent the KP sidelines into hysterics. A Mansfield penalty after the play pushed the Warriors closer, so they went for two and DeLuca added the conversion on a keeper.

The two teams combined for seven first downs and eight punts in an opening half dominated by the defenses. Connor Finerty and Nick Martin were everywhere for the Hornets to plug the gaps and stop the Warriors running game, while Joe Bukuras broke up several attempts to get the ball out to Munafo.

The young KP defense, with four sophomores seeing regular playing time, counted on seniors Cory Lombardo and Michael Riggs to stop Mansfield’s backs from getting to the edge. KP held Brian Lynch to 33 yards on nine carries and Nick Graham to 25 yards on seven carries.

It would be those two players that would combine to get the Hornets on the board in the second quarter, but it took a trick play to open up the Warriors. Lynch took a pitch to the right and stopped to look downfield where he found his classmate Graham streaking up the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown.

The score stayed the same as the half entered its final minute, but with 43 seconds left Riggs sacked Mansfield quarterback Anthony DeGirolamo and forced a fumble that was recovered by Fernandez at the Hornets 15.

KP took advantage of the short field. After a short run, DeLuca hit Munafo for 13 yards down to the Mansfield one and on the next play Fernandez burst through the middle to tie the game at 7-7.

The game went back and forth with winning field position in the windy, rainy conditions seeming to be the primary goal of both offenses. Mansfield gained the upper hand in the fourth quarter with KP pinned back several times, but could not turn territorial advantage into points.

In a close game, all it takes is one drive and that is exactly what KP put together on Friday.

“We have a very young team and we’re taking some time getting them back in it,” said Lee. “It’s tough when you’re used to having some success and you’re 0-3 and it gets harder to sell that hard work, but they’ve bought in.”

Lee was asked if he could remember the last time that KP had beaten Mansfield in back-to-back years. He laughed and responded, “I don’t know. I have no idea.”

“That program is unbelievable. We have so much respect for them and for Mike and what they do year-in, year-out and to go back-to-back…I can remember back in the day that I never thought it could happen.”

King Philip (1-3, 1-1) will travel to Franklin next Friday, while Mansfield (2-2, 1-1) will host Taunton.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Ferreira, Mansfield Pick Up 'Character' Road Win


By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Ordinarily one single punt doesn’t get too much attention, let alone be the play of the game.
But Mansfield’s 9-8 win over Attleboro at Tozier-Cassidy was no ordinary game.
“This was a hard one to describe,” Mansfield head coach Mike Redding said.
Facing 4th and less than a yard at their own 43 with a one point lead and 1:12 left in the game, Redding had a choice to make.
With the way his defense had been playing, Attleboro’s big goal line defense on the other side of the ball, and full trust in his long snapper and punter…Redding elected to punt.
The decision worked out perfectly for the Hornets. Senior Connor Finerty’s snap was on the money and sophomore Hunter Ferreira booted a 50 yard punt. The kick eluded Attleboro’s return man and a kind bounce pushed the ball all the way to the Bombardiers’ 8 yard line.
Attleboro was forced to go 92 yards in one minute without any timeouts but the Hornets defense didn’t allow anything deep and the Bombardiers’ last second Hail Mary fell incomplete.
“The punt may have been the play of the game,” Redding said. “We really did not want to punt. You worry about the snap, them blocking it but then on the other side if you don’t get it, and [Attleboro] is big up front, you give them the ball on your own 43 with plenty of time. It was one of the plays of the night, the punt sailing, getting the bounce and now they have a 90 yard field. I think a lot of people were wondering if I should go for it but thank God we got the punt in and got yardage out of it.”
With Mansfield’s defense having allowed just one touchdown so far in the game, Redding was confident in his defense.
“We felt pretty good,” Redding said about his defense. “We had bent a little and they hit some short passes but they hadn’t got their run game going. They hadn’t gotten anything downfield and we have a pretty experienced secondary. Mark DeGirolamo, our defense coordinator, did a good job of mixing zone and man and blitzing. So we felt like it was better to give them a 70 yard field than a 40 yard field. We hadn’t run the ball that well and they went with their goal line defense, it looked even tougher to get that yard up inside. Fortunately the punt paid off.”
As good as Ferreira’s punt was at the end of the fourth quarter, the sophomore hauled in five catches for 127 yards, including a pair of big catches on each of Mansfield’s scoring drives.
“Unbelievable catches in traffic,” Redding said.
The first came on Mansfield’s second possession of the game. After Attleboro had an interception on the first series, Mansfield’s defense responded by getting the ball back when Attleboro could only get one yard on four plays.
The Hornets tried a little trickery on first down as junior Brian Lynch took the handoff but instead of heading up field, set his feet and launched a pass up field. The pass was a little under thrown and looked like Attleboro was going to come away with its second interception in as many series but Ferreira was able to leap and snag the ball away for a 29 yard catch.
Three runs got the Hornets inside the Attleboro 10-yard line but the Bombardiers defense came up with a big stop on third down. Diogo DeSousa drilled a 21-yard field goal with 4:34 left in the first quarter.
Attleboro’s offense didn’t take long to answer back. Midway through the drive and facing a 4th and 1 from Mansfield’ 34, Attleboro coach Mike Strachan went for it and this time quarterback Tyler McGovern pushed through the pile on the sneak for the first down. Two plays later, McGovern handed off to senior Brendan Nunes, who sprinted to the left side and then used a sweet cut back and hit an open lane for a 33 yard touchdown.
Instead of a traditional extra point, Attleboro lined up with their offensive line set up on the far right. With Mansfield trying to figure out the play, Cam Furtado took the snap and outraced defenders to the left for the two-point conversion to make it 8-3 with 59 seconds left in the first quarter.
Attleboro got possession back on the ensuing kickoff and Elijah Lewis’ chip shot down the near sideline was recovered by Furtado. But a penalty and a pair of negative plays, the latter an 11 yard sack from Tyrone Pascual, set Attleboro up for 3rd and 32.
The Hornets had a charge late in the first half, moving the ball all the way to the Attleboro 20-yard line but an interception on a lob pass into the end zone brought the first half to a close.
The Bombardiers moved the ball close to the Mansfield red zone to open the second half but a pair of pass break ups by the Hornets’ secondary put a stop to it. On first down, McGovern’s pass was broken up by Connor Driscoll in the end zone. On 3rd and 7, Joe Bukuras got his hand in the way of another pass. A holding call made it 4th and 17 and Mansfield was able to come up with the stop.
The stop was key as Mansfield took their first possession of the second half all the way to the end zone for their lone touchdown of the game. A 16 yard rush from Nick Graham got things going.
Ferreira came up big once again for Mansfield. On 3rd and 11, Mansfield quarterback Anthony DeGirolamo eluded a would be tackler and stepped up into the pocket to fire 17 yard pass to Ferreira to keep the drive alive. Then on the next play, DeGirolamo floated one up to the sophomore. It looked as though Attleboro’s defense had position on the play but Ferreira seemingly climbed an invisible ladder and ripped the ball away for a 39 yard completion.
“I think Anthony really stepped up tonight, he made some big passes,” Redding said. “A couple of big third down conversions. I think on the field goal drive he hit one, and on the touchdown drive he hits one. If he doesn’t hit those, we may get shutout. So I think he took a big step forward in a game where we needed to hit some passes.”
Two plays later, Lynch punched it in for a two yard score. Mansfield’s two-point rush came up short to make it 9-8 with 2:51 left in the third.
Both teams trade punts before Attleboro got inside Mansfield’s 30 yard line on the next drive. Facing 4th and 18th, Strachan went for a field goal but the 45 yard attempt was short.
Mansfield punted it back and Attleboro once again made it into Hornet territory but four straight incompletions turns the ball over on downs. Mansfield’s next drive ended with Ferreira’s perfect punt.
“These are the games we have to build off of,” Strachan said. “Mansfield’s a very good program. They did a good job and I just thought we missed some opportunities out there. We’ll look at the film and look at what we left out there. We just have to build off of this.”
DeGirolamo finished 6/13 for 122 yards, Ferreira had five catches for 127 yards and Nick Graham had five carries for 45 yards and one catch for 18 yards. Attleboro’s McGovern was 17/35 for 197 yards, Brendan Nunes had 44 yards on 12 carries and Alex Silva had a game-high 10 catches for 129 yards.
With the win, Mansfield improves to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in Hockomock League Kelley-Rex Division play. Attleboro drops to 1-2 and 0-1 in the Kelley-Rex.
“This is a great win on the road,” Reading said. “I think [Attleboro] is a very good football team and they’re going to make a lot of noise. Just finding a way to win tonight was good for a young team that’s still in the process of maturing. This was a good character game, wasn’t a great execution game but a character win.”
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

'Rockett'-Powered Prep Too Much for Hornets

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Hayden Rockett (24) had three touchdown receptions for Prep and proved to be hard to handle for Joe Bukuras and the rest of the Mansfield defense. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor
MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Hornets trekked into the locker room trailing by just seven points against St. John’s Prep, widely considered one of the top five teams in the state. Head coach Mike Redding knew his team had not played its best in the opening half but was feeling okay as his team was still in the game.
“We start off okay and then we just got very sloppy and they adjusted to some stuff we did on the first drive, but then we go in at halftime and we’re playing not very well and kind of sloppy but we’re only down seven,” he explained.
Redding knew that if his team could just keep the lead to one score in the fourth quarter then the Hornets would have a shot at the upset. Unfortunately for Mansfield, Prep’s offense found its groove in the second half.
SJP senior quarterback Ollie Eberth threw four touchdowns and ran for another and junior wideout Hayden Rockett caught three touchdown passes, as Prep scored 28 second half points (21 in the fourth quarter) and rolled to a 42-14 victory at Alumni Field.
“We just couldn’t get a stop when we needed it,” said Redding. “If you play the run, then they go play action and if you go soft on the play action they’re going to pound it down your throat.”
Mansfield got off to the perfect start. The Hornets took the opening kickoff and marched 65 yards on 12 plays, chewing nearly seven minutes off the clock, before junior tailback Brian Lynch finished the drive with a five-yard touchdown.
The lead lasted less then two minutes. Prep answered with Eberth (11-12, 203 yards) hitting Rockett (seven receptions, 144 yards) on the outside for a 22-yard score that tied it at 7-7.
In the second quarter, Mansfield had the ball and was driving inside Prep territory. Connor Finerty (nine carries, 33 yards) was stopped a yard short on fourth and two from the 41-yard-line. On the very next play, Eberth took a keeper 60 yards to give Prep its first lead.
Prep, which was getting the ball back to start the second half, put together a late drive to try and double the lead before the break. Mansfield needed a defensive play and senior Josh Shafer provided three in a row on two sacks and a tackle for a loss to end the threat and keep it a one score game.
When asked how his team was feeling at the break, Prep coach Brian St. Pierre responded, “It was more frustration…we stopped ourselves twice going in. It was a calm locker room, we felt good about our plan and it was just about executing.”
The execution was much better in the third quarter by just getting the ball into the hands of Rockett. He took a swing pass and weaved his way through would-be tacklers, reversing field, stepping back away from defenders, and somehow breaking away for a 52-yard touchdown early in the third that made it 21-7.
“Every body was just flying at me,” explained Rockett, “and I was just trying to make a move. I saw one person and I’d step back, step back, step back and I had some green grass in front of me and went straight in.”
St. Pierre added, “That play…I don’t know if you’ll see a better one this year. It was special.”
The Hornets would not cave. After a good open-field tackle on the edge against Rockett forced a Prep punt, Mansfield got the big play it needed when Nick Graham (seven carries, 73 yards) broke free on a 48-yard sweep to the left that put the Hornets inside the five. Three plays later, Lynch (the 2014 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year) punched it in from two yards out.
Once again, the visitors came right back and (once again) it was Eberth that finished off the drive by hitting Rockett down the far sideline and the junior somehow wiggled away from a tackler for a 24-yard TD that made it 28-14 early in the fourth.
After a Mansfield punt, Eberth used play action to find a wide open Declan Burt on a crossing route for a 19-yard strike that put the game away. Prep would score again in the final minute to add gloss to the final score.
Mansfield showed signs in the running game, but struggled against the Prep pass rush, which rarely needed a blitz and relied on its size advantage at the line of scrimmage.
Redding said, “It wore us down. They never had to blitz and they never had to play both ways. It was fresh 11 and then another 11. It took its toll in the fourth quarter.”
“We just need to settle Anthony (DeGirolamo) down and get the ball more to (Ben) Budwey and (Hunter) Ferreira and (Mike) Arnold on our play action. That was the missing piece, we couldn’t get our play action going and they did.”
Mansfield will travel to Haverhill next Friday night.
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.