King Philip junior Dana Truini scored the game-winning goal just over halfway through double overtime to help the second-seeded Warriors edge #18 Franklin, 3-2, at Macktaz Field.
“It’s really tough [to play a team three times], that’s why I was worried about this,” said KP head coach Liz Hathaway. “I thought we had them when we scored in the first couple of minutes and I thought we were on a roll. Then they executed a great game plan. They force us to play a big ball game. Instead of working on possession and transfers, we kept trying to go big and they stepped up to intercept and go on the counter-attack. We did better with that in the second half.
King Philip swept the regular season series, but the Panthers used all 30 minutes of each half to keep the game level.
First, it was scoring the tying goal to make it 1-0 with less than a minute to play in the first half.
And then in dramatic fashion, the Panthers knotted the scored at 2-2 with just 10.4 seconds to play in regulation, sending the game to overtime.
“I’m really proud of my kids, really proud of them,” said Franklin head coach Lisa Cropper. “The first two games in the regular season were close, the scores weren’t indicative how close the games were. And another close one today.
“A couple kids just played absolutely amazing. Amanda Lewandowski, a freshman, was all over the field, just fantastic. What can you say about Cassi? She played everywhere and everything, she was right on the whole time. And my goalie, [Christina Luccini], played a great game. They all did.”
After a scoreless first overtime period that featured end to end action, and scoring chances for both sides, the Warriors started to take control.
Franklin goalie Christina Luccini robbed Truini just two minutes into the second overtime period, making a point-blank save on a rebound chance.
KP finally beat Luccini on a cross just over seven minutes into double overtime, but Franklin defender Emily Valentino was in the right spot and kept Truini from getting a touch.
Before the Warriors put their sixth penalty corner into motion, Hathaway called a timeout, setting up a play.
Nicole Connor sent the corner to the stick of Furfari, who patiently waited before connecting a cross to the weak side where Truini buried it with a one-timer for the winner.
“I knew out seven on seven unit was really good because we just practiced it the other day in a scrimmage with Dover-Sherborn,” Hathaway said. “I knew if we could develop a three on two, or get some corners. Then I used the timeout so we could just calm down and execute the set play.
“The cross was set up to create a little scrum or tip to the weak side, and it worked out, and it was awesome.”
Franklin sent to game to overtime with a late corner. Cassi Ronan lifted a cross that fell into the area, and junior Regan Paterson pounced on the loose ball in the scrum and tied the game with 10.4 to play.
The biggest stop of the game came in the final minutes of the first overtime period. A foot infraction was whistled against KP, and Franklin’s Victoria Quinn smartly hit the restart quickly, sending in junior Anni Walsh behind the defense.
But KP senior goalie Abby Campbell was quick off her line and came sliding out to make the stop.
Abby had some really smart goalkeeping decisions coming out and clearing over the sideline,” Hathaway said. “Kate Lindmark, Emma Izydorczak, Sammy Robison….they all played well, our defense was really strong.”
King Philip had a strong start to the contest, scoring on its first penalty corner of the game just over three minutes in. Furfari found Connor wide open in front of goal for an easy tap in a 1-0 lead.
Campbell made saves on Ronan in the 9th minute and then turned aside a chance from Walsh after she beat two defenders in the 13th minute.
Franklin continued its pressure, having the better of play after KP took the lead. Finally, with just 50 seconds left, Ronan used a looping shot off a corner that hit off a KP stick and in to make it 1-1 heading into the half.
Both teams had chances throughout the second half, with KP having the edge in play. Ronan’s hard shot through traffic was denied by Campbell in the 34th minute; Hathaway had a bid turned aside by Luccini in the 47th minute; and Luccini blocked a tough angle bid from Raegan Simeone in the 54th minute.
But KP earned a corner shortly after Simeone’s shot and took advantage. Connor connected with Furfari, who passed along to Hathaway straightaway from goal. Franklin’s defense nearly sniffed it out, just missing an interception on the pass, and Hathaway ripped a low bouncing shot that found the back of the cage for a 2-1 lead with 6:12 to play.
King Philip field hockey (16-2-1) advances to the next round of the D1 South tournament and will host #7 Needham. The game is currently scheduled for Monday, November 6th at 3:45.
Franklin finishes the season at 10-8-2, and the end of the year also marks the end of Cropper’s tenure as head coach. Cropper spent a total of 14 years with the program, the last eight as head coach. She was hired as head coach at Dean College earlier this Fall.
“The program gets great numbers, we started to get better athletes too,” Cropper said, giving credit to her assistant coaches, including former head coach Michelle Hess, and former assistant Kevin Cronin. “And the feeder program with Ryan Jette really helped a lot. So all those people I have to thank, and they deserve credit for the success of the program, it’s not just me. I like to think that I hopefully inspired the kids. “
By Joe Clark, HockomockSports.com Student Reporter
WESTWOOD, Mass. – Playing on the road is no easy feat, especially in the playoffs.
The Franklin girls field hockey team started strong, survived a comeback attempt and finished with a comfortable 7-3 victory over #15 Westwood in the preliminary round of the MIAA D1 South State Tournament.
Just 19 seconds into the game, Franklin got their first corner opportunity, and while they were unable to convert, they would get two others before two minutes would tick down on the clock. On their third attempt, Cassi Ronan saw her aerial just got over the top of the net, but seconds later, on Franklin’s fourth corner of the first half, Ronan was able to find the back of the net to put the Panthers up 1-0.
Franklin earned two more corners at the 23:50 and the 23:17 marks, but stout defense and play from Westwood goalie Megan Brown would keep the Franklin lead at 1-0. However, on their sixth corner of the first half, Victoria Quinn would find the back of the net, and the Panthers led 2-0.
“We scrimmaged a lot this past week, without our JV and freshmen teams playing we didn’t have to share the field this week, so we took advantage of that and did a lot more scrimmaging this week, practicing quick restarts. And having good energy on the bus, it was really about having more of an attitude,” said Franklin head coach Lisa Cropper said about her team’s fast start
Westwood finally got its offense going with its first corner at the 21:57 mark of the first half, but Franklin was able to keep the Wolverines off the board.
Four minutes later, Maddy Hinckley’s stick found the ball after a kick save by Brown, and she flicked it past the keeper to put the Panthers up 3-0.
Westwood would get on the board ten minutes later when Theresa Healy was able to get around the Franklin defense and drive her shot into the back of the net to make the score 3-1. Two minutes later, on Franklin’s eighth corner of the half, Ronan once again had an aerial, but it just nicked off the crossbar, and Brown was able to clear it just in front of the net to keep the Westwood deficit at two goals.
In the second half, Franklin’s offense got off to another strong start with Ronan scoring just over five minutes into the half to extend the Panthers’ lead to 4-1.
After Ronan’s goal, Westwood came roaring back as Kayla Conway scored to cut the Franklin lead to 4-2 with 18:42 left in the game, and off another corner, Healy scored her second goal of the game to cut the lead to just one at 4-3.
With 10:15 left to go in the game, Ronan completed the hat trick and put Franklin up 5-3, placing a perfectly lofted ball over Brown off a corner, and from there the Panthers never looked back, as Amanda Lewandowski and Natalie Stott added goals in the final ten minutes to give the Panthers a 7-3 victory.
With the win, Franklin field hockey moves on to face Kelley-Rex champions King Philip Saturday afternoon. The two teams met twice this season, and both those times the Warriors came out on top.
“It’s difficult to beat a team three times, and we’ve been right there with them both times, even the game that we lost last week, we outplayed them in the middle of the field, we just didn’t convert on our chances and they converted on theirs. ” Cropper said about the Panthers’ next matchup.
The Warriors (15-2) received a bye in the MIAA tournament and will host the Panthers on Saturday, November 4th at 3:00 at Macktaz Field.
On Saturday afternoon, the Salve Regina University (Newport, R.I.) football team lost its second game of the season, 35-26 to Commonwealth Coast Conference rival Western New England. Even with that defeat, the Seahawks are an impressive 5-2 this fall and just a game back of the league leaders.
One reason for Salve’s success on the gridiron this season has been the play of senior quarterback Danny McDermott. The Franklin High alum has waited three years for his chance at the starting job and he is making good use of the opportunity, completing more than 54 percent of his passes, throwing for more than 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns in the first seven games of the season.
Last week, against rival Endicott, McDermott set a career-high with 321 passing yards and also tossed three touchdowns in a big win. In an interview in the days following the Endicott win, McDermott passed most of the credit onto the play of his teammates.
“I got put into a spot that makes it look like I’m doing very well, but they make it a lot easier for me to perform,” he said. “I think the whole team is really playing well.”
After three years of waiting for his name to be called, McDermott (who saw limited action at quarterback over the past two seasons) has a deeper appreciation for what it means to be able to run out on the field with his teammates every weekend. It isn’t just about wins and losses but about the experience of putting on the uniform and being part of the team.
“It’s one of those things that I walk onto the field, whether it’s a game or it’s a practice, and I say thank you,” McDermott explained. “For me, as someone who went three years without starting, I get to go start on Saturday and it’s an amazing thing that I definitely don’t take for granted.”
Before arriving on the Newport campus, McDermott already knew what it was like to be the backup. He was second in the depth chart behind Nick Zucco at Franklin and he was regularly shuffled each season to the defensive side of the ball.
That continued when he got to Salve as a freshman. Record-setting quarterback Steven Wilken was the starter during McDermott’s first collegiate season and Brandan Basil, who is now on the Salve coaching staff, was the starter for each of the past two seasons. McDermott did get some experience in big wins and got to start last year against Maine Maritime, but most of his time was on the sidelines.
Every player wants to get on the field and play. To put in all the work during the week and not play on Saturday is a hard experience for players at any level, but McDermott credited Salve head coach Kevin Gilmartin for being upfront with him about his role on the team and the friendship he developed with Basil for always making him feel like he was contributing.
“I could come to him with any question, about football, not about football,” McDermott said of Gilmartin. “Having that relationship made it so that being on the sidelines on Saturday was much more bearable because he could come to me and ask, ‘What did you see on this play,’ or I could go to him and say, ‘Why don’t we try this?’”
He added, “Sometimes backup quarterbacks could feel like they’re not really valued on the team because they’re not playing on Saturday’s but, between [Brandan] and Coach Gil, they made it that as a backup I was valued much more than maybe other backups feel.”
McDermott made the switch to wide receiver last fall in the hopes of getting more playing time, but the experiment only lasted a few weeks of the season before he decided to go back to being a QB. He said, “I really liked it but my body wasn’t really having it. I was having back problems and…I’m not really able to help the team if I can’t run a seam route.” That change of position did make him closer to the young receiving corps on the team, including then-freshman Brendan Nunes (Attleboro) who has caught seven touchdowns this year.
“With the older guys, we’ve gone through four years of playing together, so that kind of comes naturally,” said McDermott. “I built that rapport with the freshmen last year and then over the summer I was able to throw with a couple guys just to build that relationship even more. This year, there’s been tremendous growth with me and those guys from camp to now.”
Coming into camp as the presumptive starter was a completely new experience for McDermott. Even if the starting job was not guaranteed, there was a different feel to his role on the team and how he was viewed by his teammates.
“It’s a cool feeling. Guys are looking up to you and you’re expected to step up and play that position,” he reflected. “It makes it so much more fun when you have that opportunity put in front of you and you want to work towards it with everything you’ve got.”
As a lacrosse player as well, McDermott could not fully participate in spring workouts, so he was concerned that he might not get the nod, but at the end of camp Gilmartin said that he won the competition and earned the starting spot. He admitted that being a starter was a great feeling, but also acknowledged that he never wanted his role to impact how he felt about being part of the team.
McDermott said, “I love football, so I enjoy coming to practice every day even if I’m not going to start on Saturday (or Friday). It’s more about, I love my boys, so if I can ball out at practice and make them better then how we do on Saturday reflects on me too.”
The Endicott came was the culmination of three years of waiting, watching, and learning. The Gulls decided to put the game in McDermott’s hands and the senior responded.
He explained, “They would bring six or seven every time and out-number our line, so one kid would get free shot at me but if I could get it off then it would be a big play and luckily I was able to get it off most of the time so it turned out well for me.”
During the second quarter, McDermott had his helmet knocked off and was forced to the bench for a play. Former Attleboro quarterback Tyler McGovern came in and connected with former Bombardiers teammate Nunes on a 28-yard completion, much to the delight of the Seahawks.
“It was awesome,” said McDermott. “Coach was just like, ‘We’re going to run this play, throw it to this kid (Brendan Nunes), and he’s going to be open. It was a little Attleboro connection and it was awesome. The crowd was hyped, the whole team was hyped, we were so excited for the kid.”
As a three-year back-up who collaborated with the starter, McDermott can appreciate the importance of being a leader to the guys lower on the depth chart, including McGovern. Rather than approaching the relationship like the backups are trying to take his job, McDermott wants to include them and let them learn from his experience.
“The last couple years, me and Brandan Basil had a very good friendship,” McDermott said. “I tried to bring that into this year. There’s a few backup quarterbacks who could be some dudes and there’s no reason for me not to share my knowledge with them because I’ve been here for four years and I know the playbook very well.”
McDermott has a lot to share. He is balancing a demanding nursing program with collegiate athletics; he is balancing lacrosse and football at Salve; and he spent three years balancing his desire to play with his desire to be a good teammate. In addition, he can pass along his experience of just what it means to be able to pull on the pads every day, whether it means a starting role on Saturday or not.
“In high school,” he explained, “I got to say, maybe I’ll play in college, but it’s senior year of college football and I don’t see myself playing any more after this. So, my days are numbered as a college quarterback.
“You don’t want to take any second for granted.”
By HockomockSports.com Staff
The Hockomock League held its annual cross-country championships on Saturday morning at the Wrentham Development Center. Below are Hockomock cross-country championship team and individual results.
1. Mansfield – 41
2. Franklin – 59
T3. Oliver Ames – 128
T3. King Philip – 128
5. Milford – 147
6. Sharon – 160
7. Attleboro – 175
8. Taunton – 191
9. North Attleboro – 207
10. Canton – 233
11. Stoughton – 351
12. Foxboro – 355
1. Kalin Petrov, Mansfield – 15:51.77
2. Tyler Brogan, Franklin – 15:58.82
3. Michael Griffin, King Philip – 16:07.51
4. Jack Kalil, Milford – 16:12.33
5. Kevin Crawford, Mansfield – 16:22.24
6. Jason Windvogel, Oliver Ames – 16:25.99
7. Alexander Boedeker, Attleboro – 16:29.76
8. Paul Linehan, Franklin – 16:32.67
9. Patrick Heavey, Mansfield – 16:35.79
10. Michael Norberg, King Philip – 16:44.92
11. Collin Rice, Mansfield – 16:50.18
12. Liam Monahan, North Attleboro – 16:52.45
13. Mitchell Regan, Franklin – 16:53.68
14. Dylan Kehoe, Franklin – 16:55.07
15. Paxton Howard, Mansfield – 16:55.46
16. Hayden Goldsmith, Franklin – 17:01.05
17. Anthony DiStauro, Milford – 17:01.83
18. Zane Reservitz, Oliver Ames – 17:04.51
19. Camden Harrington, Franklin – 17:04.82
20. Cullen Lancaster, Mansfield – 17:13.19
21. Jared Osofsky, Sharon – 17:14.27
22. Colin Messenger, Canton – 17:18.95
23. Nolan Tavares, Taunton – 17:19.67
24. Jack Healey, Canton – 17:20.62
25. Ty Cali, Taunton – 17:22.20
26. Ryan Goldman, Franklin – 17:24.74
27. Michael Hagan, Franklin – 17:27.70
28. Grant Fawcett, Sharon – 17:30.44
29. Nate Reservitz, Oliver Ames – 17:31.28
30. Daniel Barrow, Franklin – 17:33.82
31. Alex Hagen, King Philip – 17:40.55
32. Julian Dixon, North Attleboro – 17:43.32
33. Max Manor, Milford – 17:43.40
34. Alexander Starovoytov, Sharon – 17:49.37
35. Jacob Dubin, Sharon – 17:50.36
36. Peter Sullivan, Mansfield – 17:52.61
37. Colin Quinlan, Taunton – 17:54.01
38. Eric DeLorenzo, King Philip – 17:55.40
39. Alexander Foote, Oliver Ames – 17:55.96
40. Mathew Reilly, Attleboro – 17:57.37
41. Zachary Bellido, Oliver Ames – 17:59.84
42. Luis Oliva, Attleboro – 18:01.02
43. Brendan O’Shaughnessy, Milford – 18:01.45
44. Owen Nipoti, Oliver Ames – 18:02.33
45. Eric McQuiggan, Mansfield – 18:03.02
46. Kevin Osowski, Oliver Ames – 18:03.58
47. Nick Raffa, Attleboro – 18:03.75
48. Alex Maddestra, Canton – 18:05.93
49. Nathan Seybert, Attleboro – 18:07.57
50. Jordan Saks, Sharon – 18:09.17
51. Cameron Parker, Taunton – 18:09.93
52. Tom Flood, North Attleboro – 18:10.52
53. Robert MacInnis, Oliver Ames – 18:11.55
54. Matthew Andrews, King Philip – 18:12.12
55. Matthews Willis, Attleboro – 18:14.99
56. Samuel Page, King Philip – 18.16.06
57. Trey Lawson, Foxboro – 18:16.63
58. Gianni Panno, Milford – 18:18.18
59. Joshua Smith, King Philip – 18:18.44
60. Joey Looney, Oliver Ames – 18:18.60
61. Nicholas Carey, Milford – 18:24.20
62. Justin Miller, Mansfield – 18:26.98
63. Nate Farkash, King Philip – 18:27.76
64. Prem Malkan, North Attleboro – 18:28.36
65. Daniel Becker, Attleboro – 18:32.18
66. Dan Botte, King Philip – 18:33.59
67. Jack Clarke, North Attleboro – 18:34.11
68. Jason Feierstein, Attleboro – 18:35.64
69. Michael Maher, Attelboro – 18:36.74
70. Lucas DeSousa, Taunton – 18:36.98
71. David Fiedorczyk, Oliver Ames – 18:38.32
72. Matthew Shumway, Franklin – 18:41.21
73. Will Eckhart, Stoughton – 18:44.08
74. Ben Thibeault, Manfield – 18:46.08
75. Skyler Poirier, North Attleboro – 18:46.34
76. Daniel Nobrega, North Attleboro – 18:49.31
77. John Greene, Stoughton – 18:57.02
78. Steven Westgate, Taunton – 19:00.84
79. Dylan Weir, North Attleboro – 19:01.02
80. Ben Allaire, Sharon – 19:03.48
81. Timothy Liu, Sharon – 19:04.94
82. Andrew Salvatori, Canton – 19:07.12
83. Noah Wieland, Sharon – 19:07.38
84. Ryan Kelley, Milford – 19:07.96
85. Timothy Gallerani, Taunton – 19:11.55
86. Tieqi Sun, Sharon – 19:13.01
87. Ryan Connor, King Philip – 19:14.18
88. Evan Connor, Stoughton – 19:14.81
89. Paxton Downs, Foxboro – 19:17.57
90. Kanishka Sethi, Sharon – 19:18.61
91. Patrick Piscitelli, Foxboro – 19:19.62
92. Jack Hernon, Canton – 19:24.28
93. William Bradley, North Attleboro – 19:25.04
94. Isaac Walker, Stoughton – 19:35.03
95. Sawyer Julier-Albert, Canton – 19:39.58
96 Brendan McCormick, Attleboro – 19:40.50
97. Chris Rota, Canton – 19:41.72
98. Thomas Cahill, Canton – 19:47.48
99. Matt Floyd, Canton – 19:48.01
100. Nate Palter, Foxboro – 19:55.30
101. Jake Parkman, Foxboro – 19:59.69
102. Joseph Bagarella, North Attleboro – 20:03.10
103. Matthew Letourneau, Taunton – 20:08.40
104. Ethan Freedman, Stoughton – 20:20.73
105. Max Dunderdale, Taunton – 20:22.81
106. Kyle Wanless, Canton – 20:32.41
107. Tommy Bui, Stoughton – 20:51.77
108. Michael Veliotis, Stoughton – 20:53.63
109. Colin Whippen, Canton – 21:09.44
110. Joshua McNamara, Stoughton – 21:11.80
111. Cam DiRosa, Stoughton – 21:14.86
112. Joseph Anderson, Foxboro – 21:20.38
113. Marcos Amado, Stoughton – 21:33.06
1. Franklin – 54
2. Attleboro – 85
3. Oliver Ames – 94
4. North Attleboro – 129
5. Taunton – 158
6. Foxboro – 159
7. Sharon – 161
8. King Philip – 175
9. Mansfield – 178
10. Canton – 272
11. Milford – 302
1. Abby Hassman, Foxboro – 19:03.22
2. Katherine Hartnett, Franklin – 19:27.48
3. Nicole Clermont, Franklin – 19:37.57
4. Elizabeth Peckham, Oliver Ames – 19:40.62
5. Angela Kaiser, North Attleboro – 19:54.69
6. Erin Quinn, King Philip – 20:00.53
7. Lindsey Nelson, Foxboro – 20:26.43
8. Shea Jamieson, Attleboro – 20:32.68
9. Stephanie Hawkins, North Attleboro – 20:33.26
10. Margaret Riley, Mansfield – 20:38.56
11. Nia Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 20:41.50
12. Katrina Walbert, Franklin – 20:42.74
13. Lily Valcovic, Taunton – 20:46.53
14. Madeline Peckham, Oliver Ames – 20:51.22
15. Jamyang Lhadon, Attleboro – 20:57.53
16. Luisa Oliva, Attleboro – 20:57.61
17. Sydney Hawkins, Franklin – 21:04.43
18. Kelly Neuendorf, Attleboro – 21:06.99
19. Megan Leary, North Attleboro – 21:09.08
20. Brianna Cummings, Franklin – 21:10.21
21. Anna Morrison, Sharon – 21:14.48
22. Olivia Timbone, Oliver Ames – 21:16.71
23. Jenna Moyle, Canton – 21:19.16
24. Maria Gieg, Sharon – 21:20.30
25. Sydnee Hyacinthe, Stoughton – 21:21.48
26. Chloe Kikelly, Oliver Ames – 21:25.24
27. Brandi Osborne, Franklin – 21:31.18
28. Nina Sitarski, King Philip – 21:32.11
29. Mackenzie Wildrick, Attleboro – 21:32.42
30. Catherine O’Donnell, Oliver Ames – 21:35.81
31. Eliana Boxerman, Sharon – 21:37.53
32. Juliana Dudziak, Sharon – 21:39.79
33. Charis MacCuish, Oliver Ames – 21:40.41
34. Isabelle Crocker, King Philip – 21:47.42
35. Ella Gutkowski, Franklin – 21:47.83
36. Diana Blouin, Attleboro – 21:48.48
37. Meghan Reardon, Oliver Ames – 21:50.08
38. Julai DiGiacomo, Franklin – 21:50.92
39. Nicole Yeomans, Foxboro – 21:51.90
40. Sarah Doyle, Mansfield – 21:52.66
41. Mary Viera, Franklin – 21:55.30
42. Sara Comisky, Milford – 21:59.16
43. Kailey Melito-Santos, Taunton – 21:59.33
44. Julia Sarro, Oliver Ames – 22:01.62
45. Emma Lamson, Mansfield – 22:06.19
46. Nicol Pnney, Mansfield – 22:10.41
47. Emily Steele, Foxboro – 22:15.04
48. Ellen Marshall, Attleboro – 22:16.60
49. Kaicey Melito-Santos, Taunton – 22:16.92
50. Emily Manning, North Attleboro – 22:18.52
51. Valaree Buonora, Mansfield – 22:18.63
52. Jessica Alestock, Mansfield – 22:18.68
53. Tatyana Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 22:20.39
54. Jordan Willis, North Attleboro – 22:21.56
55. Alexis Marcolini, Milford – 22:23.47
56. Lilia Angelone, King Philip – 22:24.94
57. Olivia Forbes, North Attleboro – 22:28.67
58. Catherine Hanewich, North Attleboro – 22:31.14
59. Catherine Griffin, Sharon – 22:31.62
60. James Polsgrove, Canton – 22:33.41
61. Kate Duffy, Oliver Ames – 22:34.76
62. Leia Quinn, King Philip – 22:36.85
63. Kavya Anbarasu, Sharon – 22:39.45
64. Olivia Weber, Taunton – 22:40.25
65. Kaleigh Walsh, Oliver Ames – 22:42.19
66. Abigail Dunne, King Philip – 22:42.84
67. Chloe Pennacchio, Canton – 22:44.86
68. Margaret Li, Sharon – 22:46.04
69. Jamie Kessler, Sharon – 22:49.04
70. Dayna Aubin, King Philip – 22:51.34
71. Briana Aronne, Attleboro – 22:52.79
72. Kimiya Kim, Franklin – 22:55.07
73. Emma Cunningham, Canton – 22:56.09
74. Ziqin Wong, Taunton – 23:23.44
75. Jaycee Duarte, Taunton – 23:27.61
76. Emily Penta, Mansfield – 23:29.27
77. Kaitlyn Ward, King Philip – 23:37.21
78. Abigail O’Brien, Mansfield – 23:40.09
79. Julia Franey, Stoughton – 23:41.91
80. Katie Manning, Milford – 23:43.05
81. Madison Bettencourt, Taunton – 23:45.09
82. Paige Williams, North Attleboro – 23:50.10
83. Meredith Cowan, Mansfield – 23:52.47
84. Allison Chin, Canton – 23:54.78
85. Maggie Dunn, Canton – 24:15.47
86. Theresa Billo, Stoughton – 24:17.71
87. Kayla Wong, Canton – 24:17.80
88. Alexandra Welch, King Philip – 24:18.21
89. Jill Finn, Foxboro – 24:20.89
90. Jenna Berg, Attleboro – 24:20.89
91. Katherina Donahue, Milford – 24:29.08
92. Catherine Cummings, King Philip – 24:37.40
93. Kate Kelleher, Canton – 24:48.60
94. Lillian Thibeault, Milford – 24:50.32
95. Isabel Hallal, Foxboro – 24:53.88
96. Alexa Lancisi, Milford – 24:58.44
97. Erica Boone, Canton – 25:02.89
98. Amelia Lopez, Attleboro – 25:10.13
99. Katie Ovoian, North Attleboro – 25:32.87
100. Emilia BonTempo, Milford – 25:42.69
101. Deepti Murthy, Sharon – 25:52.16
102. Brianna Bagdasian, Taunton – 25:55.19
103. Emily Bubencik, Foxboro – 26:03.80
The Bombardiers ran twice as many plays as the visiting Panthers over the first 10 minutes of the frame, and found the end zone three times, turning a close game into a 37-18 runaway win and securing Big Blue a playoff berth.
“We made the plays,” said Attleboro head coach Mike Strachan. “We made some adjustments at halftime that worked for us. And just overall I thought we played physical. I think that wore them down a little bit by the end.
“We came to win. We had a good week of practice and now we have to build off that. I’m proud of our team – I’m proud of the special team, proud of the offense, proud of our defense. We just have to build off of it and see where the chips fall now.”
After going three and out in its first drive, Attleboro’s defense went on a tear over its next three series. Meanwhile, the Panthers were forced into three and out on each of their first three drives of the second half.
“That’s the difference, [our defense] was on the field for a long time, and they played as well as they could,” said Franklin head coach Eian Bain. “Offensively we just didn’t execute. It wasn’t that the kids weren’t prepared, we didn’t take Attleboro lightly. We executed great to start. Then we couldn’t run the ball, then we missed open guys. We missed some running lanes.
“The scoreboard is going to say we gave up 37 points but I don’t think it speaks at all to how our defense played and executed.”
Attleboro’s second drive of the second half almost didn’t get going at all. A bad snap on third down looked like it was going to end the drive, but senior quarterback Cam Furtado (12 carries, 119 yards, two total touchdowns) bought some time and hit Elvin Sam on the sideline, who was ruled in bounds, for an eight-yard gain. Then Furtado’s sneak on fourth down moved the chains.
Big Blue committed to the ground game from there, running out of its “tank” formation for the majority of the drive. Justin Cote (16 carries, 94 yards, three total touchdowns) had two carries for a total of 15 yards, Furtado converted a second down with a six-yard run and Cote capped the drive with a seven-yard score. Furtado’s two-point rush made it 16-6 with 5:27 left in the quarter.
Another quick stop got the ball back for Attleboro at their own 26-yard line. On the second play of the drive, Furtado went play action but had to escape a pair of rushers in the backfield. He juked past another would-be tackler at the line of scrimmage, found a hole and raced his way for a 73-yard touchdown and a 23-6 lead with 3:56 left in the third quarter.
Franklin didn’t gain a yard on its next drive, and was forced to punt from its own 23-yard line. But Attleboro junior Nick Evans broke free and blocked the punt with Myles Haynes jumping on the loose ball.
Attleboro turned a two-point lead (8-6) into a 24-point advantage in just a matter of four minutes.
“Midway through the third quarter, we committed to the run,” Strachan said. Attleboro racked up 234 rushing yards. “We went with what we call our tank. We just felt like we were wearing them down in the second half. We just settled into it, so it was really a good win for us.”
Franklin took the lead in the first quarter. After its first drive got down to the Attleboro three-yard line, the Panthers’ offense couldn’t punch it in. However, they forced a quick three and out to get the ball out. A 22-yard completion from Jake Noviello (19/40, 228 yards, two touchdowns) to Ryan Driscoll put the Panthers inside the 10-yard line.
Three plays later, Noviello linked up with Driscoll again for a four-yard touchdown and 6-0 lead.
Attleboro’s defense set the offense up for its go-ahead score. On the eighth play of Franklin’s drive, Furtado – playing safety – picked off Noviello and brought it back to the Franklin 15-yard line.
On the third play, Furtado hit Cote for his only other completion of the game for an 11-yard touchdown. Furtado kept it himself for the two-point rush and an 8-6 lead in the second quarter.
Attleboro thought it had added to its lead twice late in the second quarter, but penalties erased a pair of touchdowns. First, Furtado hit Cote for an 88-yard touchdown, but a holding penalty at the line of scrimmage and a block in the back down field took the score off the board. Two plays later, Sam got behind the secondary and Furtado hit him for an 89-yard score, but another holding penalty took points off the board.
“[Franklin] is a good football team, [Noviello] is one of the best quarterbacks in the league,” Strachan said. “I just think we settled down. The offense needed some time to get going, the defense hung in there. We had two big turnovers, two picks, that came at the right time for us.
“It was a must-win for us.”
Franklin tried to orchestrate a second half comeback, scoring a pair of touchdowns. First, Noviello kept it himself for a one-yard touchdown. The Panthers got the ball and needed just three plays to cover 56 yards, with Noviello hitting Evan Wendell on back-to-back 22-yard gains, the latter for six points.
Attleboro iced the game when Furtado converted a fourth down run. On the next play, Cote sprinted his way for a 30-yard touchdown to cap the scoring.
Attleboro football (3-4 overall, 3-2 Hockomock) will likely be the sixth seed in the D1 South bracket, according to The Boston Herald’s rankings. If that stands, the Bombardiers could be traveling to visit a familiar playoff foe in Xaverian.
Franklin (2-5, 1-4) is currently in the ninth spot in the Herald’s rankings, just 0.06 points out of the final playoff spot. However, there are still games to be played Saturday and nothing is official until the MIAA releases its rankings on Sunday or Monday.