North Attleboro Upset Win Hands Dartmouth First Loss

North Attleboro football
North Attleboro’s Hacmoni Cuevas separates from a defender on his way to a 44 yard touchdown. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
ByRyanLanigan_2016FollowRyanLanigan_2016
 
 
 
DARTMOUTH, Mass. – In a back and forth battle that featured two heavyweights that featured four fourth quarter touchdowns, each side matching each other punch for counter punch, a special teams play in the second quarter may have been the biggest difference in the game.

North Attleboro emerged from the thrilling contest as 37-27 winners over Dartmouth in the D2 South Semifinal, snapping the home team’s 16-game win streak (longest in the state) and handed the Indians their first loss of the season.

While the fireworks were saved for the fourth quarter, arguably the biggest play came late in the second quarter. Dartmouth’s Liam Caulfield intercepted a tipped pass and brought it back 65 yards. A play later, QB Cole Jacobsen hit Caulfield for a 15 yard score, bringing the Indians within a point with less than two minutes to play in the first half.

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

On the extra point, North Attleboro senior Jack Dakin came flying in untouched and blocked the kick. Two bounces later, Rocketeer senior Neal Doherty scooped the ball up and sprinted 75 yards for two points for Big Read.

Instead of a tie game at halftime, the Rocketeers held a 16-13 edge. The three point difference proved pivotal in the fourth quarter shootout.

“I thought it was huge at the time,” North Attleboro head coach Don Johnson said. “The thing is we should have blocked more. We worked on it, we were confident we could get one and we got one, but we wanted more of them.

“It was so big, it just changes the whole game because of that one point right there.”

The first half saw each team have a lead – Dartmouth striking first before North responded with two straight scores. Both teams turned it over on the opening possession and the Indians used a trick play – wide receiver Nate Ellis hitting fellow wideout Miles Linhares for a 75 yard touchdown.

North responded with a methodical 10-play drive that covered 78 yards, Nick Rajotte (16 carries, 113 yards, 3 touchdowns) capping it with a 2 yard run to tie the game 7-7.

It took less than two minutes of time in the second quarter for the Rocketeers to seize the lead. On 2nd down, North junior QB Chad Peterson (11/18, 166 yards, 2 touchdowns) delivered a perfect lofted strike down the left sidelines and senior Hacmoni Cuevas hauled it in over his shoulders and scampered in the last five yards for a 44 yard touchdown.

“I think the real key was our offense being able to move the ball,” Johnson said. I don’t know how many snaps they had compared to us, until the end there. I thought us moving the football on offense kept their offense off the field and that was a big factor.

North had a chance to add to its lead before halftime but Dartmouth’s Luke Clarke grabbed his second interception of the game, picking off Peterson in the end zone midway through the second quarter.

To start the second quarter, North not only had a 16-13 lead thanks to Dakin and Doherty, they opened with possession — and made the most of it. The Rocketeers used nearly eight minutes of the third quarter to march 61 yards on 15 plays – going 4/4 on third down – to increase the lead to double digits.

Despite a pair of holding calls early in the drive, the Rocketeers were still able to move the ball — Peterson hitting Kyle McCarthy (3 catches, 64 yards; 10 carries, 86 yard) for 13 yards over the middle to convert the first third down. Facing another third down, Peterson kept it on the option for a five yard gain for another first.

Rajotte converted the third third down of the drive, plunging for six yards. Bobby Mylod (10 carries, 51 yards; 4 catches, 29 yards) nearly got into the end zone on the fourth third down but it was enough to move the sticks. On the next play, Rajotte darted in for a touchdown; Devin Slaney (5/5 XP) split the uprights to make it 23-13 with 3:05 left in the third quarter.

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

“You’ve got Bobby Mylod that can just pound people in there,” Johnson said of his run game. “Then all of a sudden, Rajotte has the speed and he can get out and find that seam, that’s big.”

The final quarter was completely back and forth, with Dartmouth getting within three on two occasions, but never tied the game — all tying back to Dakin’s block and Doherty’s return.

With 8:55 left in the game, Jacobsen connected with Ellis on a comeback but North’s defensive back slipped and Ellis ran his way to a 37 yard touchdown to make it 23-20.

North responded, again converting a pair of key third downs to get into the end zone. The Rocketeers were faced with 3rd and 5 from their own 49. Instead of keeping it on the ground, Big Red went play action and Peterson aired one out deep where McCarthy hauled it in for a 45 yard completion after getting a step on the defense.

Three plays later, facing third and goal, Peterson used play action again to fool the Indians and connected with a wide-open Mylod on the right side for a score and a 30-20 lead with 5:33 left.

Dartmouth used a 24 yard completion and 15 yard penalty to quickly move back up the field. On second and goal, Jacobsen tossed a perfectly timed pass to find a diving Ellis near the sideline for an 11 yard touchdown with 3:28 to go, drawing Dartmouth within 30-27.

“The message was to just never hang our heads,” Rajotte said of the message among the team after Dartmouth continued to fight back. “In the first half, I never thought they were truly beating us. They used a trick play for the first touchdown but we just had to keep our heads up and keep grinding. They weren’t pounding the ball like we were so we just had to keep our heads in it and never give up.”

The Indians elected for an onside kick on the ensuing kick off and the ball did bounce free for a moment but David Engler quickly smothered it. North Attleboro attempted to run the clock out but Dartmouth had four timeouts to burn, helping keep North in check.

Fittingly, on another third down, the Rocketeers were able to put the game away. Facing third and four from midfield, Rajotte got to the outside on the left sideline, found a seam and burst through it, racing to the end zone for a 37-27 lead with 2:50 to go.

“Going through my head, I knew I needed to get four yards,” Rajotte said. “It was 3rd and four, it was a huge spot in the game for us, we were up by a little bit. A first down at that point was going to be huge for us. During the play, I was just patient. The outside linebackers had been blitzing all game, luckily we had some great blocking on the play.

“Patience was key and there were great blocks. I was able to turn the corner, stay inbounds and score. It was such a great feeling.”

The Rocketeers defense was finally able to stop Dartmouth on its ensuing drive to end the game.

While Jacobsen was able to find success through the air, his normal game includes a lot of running – which the Rocketeers limited. Dartmouth finished with just 51 yards rushing as a team.

“We saw every one of [Dartmouth’s] games on film, and he was the difference,” Johnson said of Jacobsen. “Every game he broke big plays. So our primary goal was to stop the quarterback and not let him beat us. He actually ended up throwing the ball pretty well which we hadn’t seen. He’s a great player.”

North Attleboro football (8-1) advances to the D2 South Final to play #1 Duxbury (9-0). The Dragons used two fourth quarter touchdowns to beat Stoughton, 35-21, to reach the final. The game is currently scheduled for Friday night at Duxbury High with a 7:00PM kickoff.

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/04/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Football
Playoffs
D1A South
#1 King Philip, 14 vs. #5 Marshfield, 7 – Final
1st Quarter: (KP) Brendan Lydon 1-yard rush, Cole Baker XP good.
2nd Quarter: No scoring.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (KP) Alex Olsen 1-yard rush, C. Baker XP good; (M) Jackson Phinney 2-yard rush, Gavin Admirand XP good.

D2 South
#3 North Attleboro, 37 @ #2 Dartmouth, 27 – Final
1st Quarter: (D) Nate Ellis 75 yard pass to Miles Linhares, Liam Caulfield XP good; (NA) Nick Rajotte 2 yard rush, Devin Slaney XP good.
2nd Quarter: (NA) Chad Peterson 44 yard pass to Hacmoni Cuevas, D. Slaney XP good; (D) Cole Jacobsen 15 yard pass to L. Caulfield, (NA) Jack Dakin block XP, Neal Doherty 75 yard 2pt return.
3rd Quarter: (NA) N. Rajotte 1 yard rush, D. Slaney XP good.
4th Quarter: (D) C. Jacobsen 37 yard pass to N. Ellis, L. Caulfield XP good; (NA) C. Peterson 4 yard pass to Bobby Mylod, D. Slaney XP good; (D) C. Jacobsen 11 yard pass to N. Ellis, L. Caulfield XP good; (NA) N. Rajotte 50 yard rush, D. Slaney XP good.

#4 Stoughton, 21 @ #1 Duxbury, 35 – Final
1st Quarter: (S) Izon Swain-Price 57 yard rush, XP failed; (S) Ryan Sullivan 47 yard rush, R. Sullivan 2pt rush; (D) Bobby Maimaron 31 yard pass to Devin DeMeritt, XP failed.
2nd Quarter: (D) B. Maimaron 15 yard pass to Miele, Carver XP good; (S) Evan Gibb 37 yard pass to I. Swain-Price, Josh Cocchi XP; (D) B. Maimaron 7 yard pass to D. DeMeritt, 2pt rush good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (D) B. Maimaron 4 yard pass to Miele, 2pt good; (D) B. Maimaron 8 yard rush, XP good.

Non-Playoffs
Attleboro, 7 vs. Brookline, 35 – Final

Oliver Ames, 16 @ Canton, 42 – Final
1st Quarter: (C) Alec Ragusa 4 yard rush, Thomas Monagle XP good.
2nd Quarter: (C) A. Ragusa 5 yard rush, T. Monagle XP good; (C) Joe Mulkay 32 yard rush, T. Monagle XP good; (OA) Liston Funai 40 yard rush, Kyle Gagliardi 2pt pass to Brandon Timulty; (C) A. Ragusa 6 yard rush, T. Monagle XP good; (C) Dan Dillon 68 yard pass to Tony Harris, T. Monagle XP good.
3rd Quarter: (C) D. Dillon 17 yard rush, T. Monagle XP good.
4th Quarter: (OA) Curtis Cann 9 yard pass to B. Timulty, C. Cann 2pt pass to B. Timulty.

Foxboro, 47 vs. Nauset, 3 – Final
1st Quarter: (F) Mike Henri 3 yard rush, XP failed; (F) Mark Clagg 35 yard pass to Jamaine Few, XP failed.
2nd Quarter: (F) Mike Luong 8 yard rush, XP good; (F) Matt Mullally 6 yard rush, XP good; (N) Nauset field goal.
3rd Quarter: (F) M. Clagg 20 yard pass to Trey Guerrini, XP good.
4th Quarter: (F) M. Mullally 1 yard rush, XP good; (F) Louis Piccolo 15 yard interception return, XP good.

Franklin, 21 @ Needham, 28 – Final

Milford, 14 vs. Walpole, 21 – Final
1st Quarter: (M) Shapel Feaster 22 yard rush, Sean Lehane XP good; (W) Walpole 28 yard pass, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (W) Walpole 37 yard rush, XP good.
3rd Quarter: (W) Walpole 1 yard rush, XP good.
4th Quarter: (M) Matt Curran 9 yard pass to Kayden Kelley, S. Lehane XP good.

Sharon, 7 @ Hingham, 20 – Final

Taunton, 39 vs. Weymouth, 18 – Final
1st Quarter: (W) Kyle Thomas 70 yard rush, XP failed; (T) Brevan Walker 10 yard rush, John Teixeira XP good; (T) Noah Leonard 25 yard pass to Adam McLaughlin, J. Teixeira XP good.
2nd Quarter: (T) B. Walker 4 yard rush, J. Teixeira XP good.
3rd Quarter: (T) N. Leonard 50 yard pass to Mike Fernandez, XP failed; (W) K. Thomas 12 yard rush, 2pt rush failed; (W) K. Thomas 2 yard rush, 2pt pass failed.
4th Quarter: (T) B. Walker 15 yard rush, XP failed; (T) TJ Mendes 45 yard rush, XP failed.

Boys Soccer
D2 South
#17 Canton, 4 @ #16 Bristol Plymouth, 1 – Final Jake Verille scored a brace for the Bulldogs and Paul Corcoran and Sam Papakonstantino each tallied goals as well. Canton will travel to top seed Nauset on Sunday afternoon in the D2 South first round.

#19 Stoughton, 1 @ #14 Medfield, 6 – FinalJordan Asnes scored the lone goal of the game for Stoughton, finishing off an assist from Noah Schulze.

Field Hockey
D1 South
#11 Canton, 1 @ #6 King Philip, 2 – Final (OT)Andrea McNeil scored the goal for Canton in the 10th minute. Elizabeth Furfari tied it for the Warriors with just 2:30 remaining in the game. Kate Lindmark scored the winner for KP off an assist by Christina Hathaway with 1:10 left in overtime. KP advances to the D1 South quarterfinal and travels to #3 seed Somerset-Berkley on Sunday.

#10 Franklin, 1 @ #7 Bridgewater-Raynham, 0 – FinalAlex Sullivan scored in the third minute for the Panthers. Franklin advances to the D1 South quarterfinal to face Walpole at 2:00 on Sunday.

#13 Mansfield, 1 @ #4 Sandwich, 2 – Final

#15 Oliver Ames, 1 @ #2 Walpole, 2 – Final (OT)Just four minutes after Walpole took the lead, Dimitra Efremidis scored off a corner to tie the game with 11 minutes remaining. The Rebels scored two minutes into overtime to get the win.

Volleyball
D1 South
#7 North Attleboro, 3 vs. #10 Bridgewater-Raynham 0 – Final Rocketeers win 25-17, 25-11, 25-7 and advance to play #2 seed New Bedford on Monday.

Rocketeers Score Big Davenport Win Over Stoughton

North Attleboro Football
North Attleboro senior Kyle McCarthy had over 150 yards on offense to lead the Rocketeers over Stoughton. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
ByRyanLanigan_2016FollowRyanLanigan_2016
 
 
 
NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Even though it’s just Week 3 of the 2016 season and the first divisional matchups of the year, North Attleboro coach Don Johnson didn’t shy away from the importance of Friday night’s matchup with Stoughton.

The Rocketeers and the Black Knights were the two favorites for the title coming into the season, and even though it was just the first week of league games, Johnson told his players to treat it like a championship game.

Johnson’s players answered the call, jumping out to a 21-0 lead before halftime and holding off a late Stoughton charge to pick up a key 34-19 win in the first Davenport game of the year.

“You know what it’s like, you only have five league games so every game [counts], if you lose one you could be out of the hunt in our league,” Johnson said. “We really had to approach it like it had championship implications and I was happy to see the kids step up in that situation.”

Senior Kyle McCarthy emerged as the star on the night, making plays as a wide receiver, running back and even as the back up quarterback. McCarthy accounted for over 150 yards of offense, rushing for a team-high 134 yards on the ground on 16 carries while hauling five catches for 39 yards.

“Our coach told us this was a championship game and we had to approach it as a championship game,” McCarthy said. “We came out and played well so it was fun for us.”

“He’s just a playmaker for us,” Johnson said of McCarthy. “He’s on defense out there, he’s doing everything out there. He can play quarterback, he runs the ball hard. He’s kind of our jack of all trades, the heart of the team.”

The Rocketeers wasted little time getting on the board, taking the opening drive 71 yards on 10 plays, converting on third down three times – a Bobby Mylod 14 yard catch, a 21 yard run from McCarthy and a 16 yard catch from Nick Rajotte. – before junior quarterback Chad Peterson hooked up with senior Hacmoni Cuevas for a 17 yard touchdown to go up 7-0 with 6:59 left in the first.

Stoughton was forced to punt on its first drive but both teams turned it over on downs on their respective second drives. It took North just five plays to span 65 yards on its third drive with McCarthy rattling off 14 yards, Peterson hitting Rajotte for 15 yards, McCarthy scampering for 16 more yards and two plays later, Peterson hitting Cuevas over the middle in the end zone for an 18 yard strike, putting the Rocketeers up 13-0 with 5:55 left in the second quarter.

North’s offense wasn’t done, getting the ball back after forcing a three and out from the Black Knights. This time, North used seven plays to go 68 yards, highlighted a 26 yard pass from Peterson to Mylod to Stoughton’s 25, with a penalty tacked on after to bring the ball to the 12 and a half yard line. Three plays later, Rajotte darted up the middle for a 5 yard touchdown and Peterson hit Mylod in the flat for the two point conversion to make it 21-0.

“We thought it was really important for us to get our offense moving and control the ball a little bit and keep it out of their hands,” Johnson said.

The Black Knights got some momentum back, needing just 1:19 on their next drive to get into the end zone. Sophomore Evan Gibb took over at quarterback on the drive and made an immediate impact.

After a 16 yard scramble on second down, Gibb hit Izon Swain-Price on the right sideline and the senior broke a tackle and raced into the end zone, bringing the Knights within two scores at 21-6.

Stoughton punted to open the second half but forced a turnover on downs from North to get the ball back. On the second play of the drive, Gibb broke free of the pocket and raced down the sideline for a 42 yard gain. Five plays later, including two runs from Justin Ly and a completion to Ryan Sullivan, Gibb somehow broke free of a group of players to race in for a 13 yard touchdown, bringing Stoughton within striking distance at 21-12 with 2:08 left in the third.

“We hadn’t seen [the quarterback change] from them,” Johnson said. “But our primary concern stopping their run game which I think they did. We really weren’t prepared for what they would do after that, they hadn’t played [Gibb] very much and we thought [Dave Cellucci] threw the ball pretty well too. We knew they had a spread pass package and when Gibb went in, he was much quicker and they moved it and hurt us.”

North Attleboro had an answer yet again, using McCarthy at QB on the first two plays to move the sticks. Jack Connelly was able to sack Peterson on a broken play, setting up 3rd and 12 to start the fourth quarter but Peterson converted, hitting David Engler downfield for a 35 yard gain. A penalty brought North halfway to the goal, and Ryan Sullivan burst up the middle for a 4 yard touchdown, putting North up 27-12.

“Chad was a little shaken up from last week against Feehan. The coaches instituted a package for me to run the ball so Chad wouldn’t have to,” McCarthy said, who said this was by the most snaps he’s taken at quarterback in a game this season. “Chad had such a good season last year so I moved to running back but the coaches created a package with me at QB where I basically run the ball inside, or take some handoffs.”

Stoughton wasn’t done yet though as Gibb worked some magic once again. On third and 10, Gibb escaped some pressure, rolled out to his right and fired to an open Swain-Price for a 55 yard gain. After three plays netted just eight yards, Stoughton was forced to go for it on 4th and 2 from the seven yard line. Gibb rolled to his left this time, hitting Swain-Price in the flat and he raced in for a 7 yard touchdown, making it 27-19.

The Black Knights defense even forced North Attleboro into a punt as the clock ticked under five minutes, but the Rocketeers’ defense did its job, forcing a three and out. From there, North was able to move the chains – and drain the clock. Mylod converted the first third down with a four yard run, and then three plays later, rushed for six yards on fourth down to move the sticks. On the next play, McCarthy darted up the middle for a 22 yard touchdown with 1:24 left, icing the game for North.

“The offensive line got a great push up front. I was just trying to hold onto the ball,” McCarthy said. “On that touchdown, I think I was so small I got lost in the defense and I found a lane and just went through it to find the end zone.”

North Attleboro finished with a 391-297 advantage in yards, including a well balanced attack with 199 passing yards and 192 rushing yards. The Rocketeers were able to hold Stoughton’s rush game in check with the Black Knights’ running backs getting just 20 yards total (Gibb rushed for 84 from the QB spot). North also went 7-12 on third down and 2-4 on fourth down.

“That was the difference today between this game and the King Philip game, we were awful on third down conversions against King Philip,” Johnson said. “I knew it would take us a while to develop, and we still have a while to go, but we’ve gotten better every week so that’s all you can ask for at this point.

“I think this kind of game can give you that boost to give you that confidence and get on a little roll here.”

North Attleboro football (2-1, 1-0) will host Milford (2-1, 1-0) for their final league game at Community Field next Friday at 7:00. Stoughton (1-2, 0-1) will try to bounce back as they hit the road for the third time in four games with a trip to Sharon High on Saturday, October 1st.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/23/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Game of the Week – Football
Stoughton, 19 @ North Attleboro, 34 – Final
1st Quarter: (NA) Chad Peterson 17 yard pass to Hacmoni Cuevas, Geoff Wilson XP good.
2nd Quarter: (NA) C. Peterson 18 yard pass to H. Cuevas, XP missed; (NA) Nick Rajotte 5 yard rush, C. Peterson 2pt pass to Bobby Mylod; (S) Evan Gibb 35 yard pass to Izon Swain-Price, XP missed.
3rd Quarter: (S) E. Gibb 13 yard rush, 2pt failed.
4th Quarter: (NA) Zach DeMattio 4 yard rush, XP missed; (S) E. Gibb 7 yard pass to Swain-Price, Josh Cocchi XP good; (NA) Kyle McCarthy 22 yard rush, Devin Slaney XP good.

Football
Attleboro, 7 @ Mansfield, 38 – Final
1st Quarter: (M) Joe Cox 1-yard rush, Diogo DeSousa XP good; (M) Anthony DeGirolamo 1-yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good; (M) Nick Graham 44-yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) A. DeGirolamo 4-yard pass to Hunter Ferreira, D. DeSousa XP good; (M) N. Graham 7-yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good.
3rd Quarter: (A) Tyler McGovern 13-yard pass to Elvin Sam, Paul Deluca XP good.
4th Quarter: (M) D. DeSousa 33-yard FG.

Canton, 7 @ Milford, 28 – Final

Franklin, 27 @ Taunton, 8 – Final
1st Quarter: (F) Jake Noviello 33 yard pass to Connor Peterson, XP missed.
2nd Quarter: (F) Jake Wolowacki 23 yard rush, Matt Zucco XP good; (F) J. Noviello 13 yard pass to C. Peterson, M. Zucco XP good.
3rd Quarter: (F) J. Noviello 17 yard pass to J. Wolowacki, M. Zucco XP good.
4th Quarter: (T) Noah Leonard 24 yard pass to Adam McLaughlin, Nuno Camara 2pt rush.

King Philip, 42 @ Oliver Ames, 6 – Final
1st Quarter: (KP) Brendan Lydon 3 yard rush, Matt Franz XP good.
2nd Quarter: (KP) Sean Garrity 35 yard rush, XP no good.
3rd Quarter: (KP) Alex Olsen 65 yard rush, 2pt run good; (OA) Kyle Gagliardi 1 yard rush, 2pt failed; (KP) S. Garrity 75 yard rush, M. Franz XP good; (KP) A. Olsen 2 yard rush, M. Franz XP good.
4th Quarter: (KP) Liam Cullagh fumble recovery in end zone, XP good.

Boys Soccer
Foxboro, 1 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final – Loubensky Lucas scored a hat trick for the second time this week, giving the Black Knights their third win of the week. Marco Antunes set up Lucas’ first goal, sending in a cross for Lucas to finish with a volley. Brian Peoples sent Lucas in on a through ball for the second goal and Lucas completed his hat trick by cleaning up a rebound. Stoughton head coach Aaron Salter noted the strong play of Tyler Melo and Luis Nascimento. Foxboro sophomore Shane VandenBoom score the lone goal for the Warriors.

Sharon, 1 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Sharon took a 1-0 lead into the halftime break after going ahead in the 20th minute but the Rocketeers found the equalizer in the second half. Leo Charlebois tied the game in the 63rd minute after Jeff Gale – in his varsity debut – set it up with a hustle play to force a turnover.

Oliver Ames, 1 @ King Philip, 2 – FinalColby Koch scored off an assist by Jack Bush and Larsen Keys scored from a Tyler Mann assist to give KP a 2-0 lead at halftime. James Gillespie pulled one back late for OA on an assist by Matt Campbell, but the Warriors hold on to stay unbeaten.

Girls Soccer
Stoughton, 1 @ Foxboro, 3 – Final

North Attleboro, 4 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – North Attleboro junior Haley Guertin netted a hat trick to pace the Rocketeers’ offense on Friday. Ashlyn Gaulin also scored for Big Red while Aine Mendonca and Emma Gaulin each notched an assist.

King Philip, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – FinalThe Tigers got goals from Lauren Wright, Gabi McLaughlin, and Abby Reardon in the win.

Volleyball
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final Oliver Ames’ Bridget McCarthy recorded her 1,000th assist in the win, becoming the first Tiger to do so in program history.

Sharon, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Canton notched a 25-18, 25-15, 25-18 sweep in what head coach Pat Cawley called a total team effort. Cassie Loftus led Canton with six kills and three blocks and Casey Shea added five kills and four blocks. Malia Claiborne had four aces and Maria Mackie added three aces and played well at the net. Sharon junior Jess Allan led the Eagles offense with 13 kills, senior Natalie Kane added six kills and two block kills and senior Faythe Gomolka had 13 assists from her setting position.

Foxboro, 0 @ Milford, 3 – Final

Franklin, 1 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield won the opening set but dropped the second to the visiting Panthers. However, the Hornets bounced back with two straight set wins to earn the match win, 25-10, 23-25, 25-16, 25-18. Mansfield’s Jacey Anderson had 18 service points, Anna Kemp had 19 service point and Jess Haradon played great defense and had 26 digs. Erin Skidmore led Franklin with 11 kills, two aces and 18 digs while Lauren McGrath had 18 assists, five digs and two aces and Meaghan Maguire added three blocks

Stoughton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final – Stoughton sophomore Molly Turner tallied 10 assists and head coach Erica Batchelder said Turner was a dominant presence at the net.

Taunton, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip pulled out a close win in the first set and went on to pick up a sweep, 25-23, 25-17, 25-11. Carly Adams had 19 service points to lead KP and added 16 assists, Sydney Phillips paced the offense with 11 kills, Amanda Loewen added nine digs and Elise Pereira chipped in with four digs.

Field Hockey
Attleboro, @ Mansfield, 8 – Final

Sharon, 1 vs. Norwell, 0 – Final Sarah Schultz scored the lone goal of the game to lead the Eagles to their first win of the season.

Stoughton, 2 @ Brockton, 2 – FinalMia Russell and Kelly Joyce scored for Stoughton.

Taunton, 1 @ New Bedford, 3 – Final

Golf
Oliver Ames, 143 @ King Philip, 160 – Final Brady Allbritton was the match medalist, shooting a round of 34 to lead Oliver Ames. Sebastian Ladoulis led King Philip with a 37.

Canton, 172 @ Sharon, 178 – Final Bubba McNeice earned his first match medalist honor of the season, carding a round of 42 to lead the Bulldogs. Matt Minichiello and Jack Goyetch each shot 43 and Joey Vaughan added a 44. Max Brody and Russ Rapaport each shot 44 for the Eagles.

Football: 2016 Davenport Division Preview

2016 Davenport Football Preview
North Attleboro, the defending Kelley-Rex champions, will look to make a splash in its first season in the Davenport. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

2016 Davenport Football Preview

Canton

2015 Record: 6-5
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Dave Bohane

Key/Returning Players: Dan Alice, Sr., HB/DB; Dennis Ross, Sr., QB; Alec Ragusa, Jr., FB/LB; Brian Smith, Sr., OL/DL; Mark Whalen, Sr., OL/DL; Joe Mulkay, Sr., HB/DB; Thomas Monagle, Sr., K/FB/LB; Dan Pierre, Sr., TE/DE; Tony Harris, Jr., WR/DB; Ben Paolillo, Sr., OL/DL; Mike Marino, Sr., HB/LB.

Outlook: After falling victim to the playoff system’s alignment and just missing out on a postseason berth, Canton will be relying on a mix of experience and youth to try and get back to the state tournament under the new alignment.

Davenport division MVP and HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Jake Ragusa is off playing at Merrimack so that will be a major void for Canton to fill. However, the Bulldogs do return some players in key spots that will help them out of the gates. Senior Anthony Ross is back under center and could see an expanded role in 2016. Dan Alice is back after suffering an injury last season and should lead a stable of running backs, led by fullback Alec Ragusa. Joe Mulkay, Dan Pierre, Tony Harris and Mike Marino should all factor into the offense as well for Canton.

Defensively, Canton has some experience on the line in Brian Smith, who also plays as a tackle on offense, as well as Mark Whalen, who saw valuable minutes last year, and Ben Paolillo. Alec Ragusa will be the anchor in the linebacking corps alongside Thomas Monagle (also the team’s kicker) and Marino. Harris, Alice and Mulkay figure to be important pieces in the Bulldogs’ secondary this year.

“The kids have a strong work ethic and had a good offseason and now a good preseason,” head coach Dave Bohane said. “I think we’ll be strong up front on both sides and we have kids in key spots with experience.”

Foxboro

2015 Record: 8-3 (Davenport Division Champions)
2015 Finish: Reached D4 South Semifinal
Coach: Jack Martinelli

Key/Returning Players: Jamaine Few, Sr., WR; Mark Clagg, Sr., QB; Joe Bartucca, Sr., OL/DL; Trey Guerrini, Sr., WR/DB; Alex Parillo, Sr., OL/DL; John Cronin, Sr., K; Matt Mullally, Sr., LB; Brandon Corey, Sr., LB; Paul Darcy, Sr., DB; Matt Pond, Jr., LB.

Outlook: Coming off the program’s first league title since 2010, the Foxboro Warriors are hoping to stay near the top of the Davenport division again this year. And with one of the top returning quarterbacks in Mark Clagg under center for another year, the Warriors will likely be in the thick of the division race.

Clagg threw for nine touchdowns last season, third most among returning quarterbacks. After splitting some time with Darren Kelly last year, it looks like it was be Clagg’s spot full time in 2016. Another positive for having Clagg back is the experienced wide receivers he will have to work with. Jamaine Few is a big, experienced target at 6’3 and will be a tough one on one matchup for defensive backs. Trey Guerrini also has experience with Clagg while Phil Dure and John Whitehouse could be viable options as well. Foxboro will have to fill the void at running back, after the stability of Ronnie Martin and Keeyon Neal in previous years. Eseosa Omuemu, Matt Mullally and Anthony Capachietti are all possible choices to start in the backfield.

Defensively, the Warriors will rely upon experience in the linebacking and defensive back corps. Junior Matt Pond and senior Brandon Corey will be key cogs among the linebackers while Paul Darcy and Guerrini will be key pieces in the Warriors’ secondary. Foxboro will look to develop solid options on both the offensive and defensive lines.

“As always, the senior leadership plays a key role in the success of the 2016 campaign,” head coach Jack Martinelli said.

Milford

2015 Record: 7-4
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Joe Todd

Key/Returning Players: Blake Hill, Sr., RB/LB; Ryan Gray, Sr., OL/DL; Asong Aminmentse, Sr., RB/LB; Riley Burns, Sr., OL/DL; Harrison Bliss, Sr., RB/LB; Tony Mobilia, Sr., WR/DB; Jack Cappelletti, Sr., WR/DB; Alec Salamone, Sr., RB/DB; Pat Brogioli, Jr., OL/DL; Tyler Joyce, Jr., TE/LB; Shapel Feaster, Soph., RB/DB, Matt Curran, Jr., QB.

Outlook: The Scarlet Hawks have posted back-to-back 7-4 seasons and are hoping to continue their winning ways in 2016. With 11 starters returning, Milford is on the right track to do so.

It all starts with Yale-commit Blake Hill, who will be a top player on both offense and defense this season. Offensively he can hurt you in many ways, including running with the ball or catching passes. Hill will have some space to run thanks to an experienced offensive line that includes Riley Burns, Ryan Gray and Pat Brogioli. Junior Matt Curran will take over under center for the Scarlet Hawks and will have Jack Cappelletti, Tony Mobilia and Tyler Joyce as pass catching options to work with.

Defensively, Hill is one of the top linebackers in the league. He’ll be flanked by Harrison Bliss, Asong Aminmentse and Joyce. Burns, Gray and Brogioli will all be two-way linemen for the Scarlet Hawks. Shapel Feaster, who will also see touches on offense, will be in the secondary along with Alec Salamone, Mobilia and Cappelletti.

North Attleboro

2015 Record: 9-2 (Kelley-Rex Division Champions)
2015 Finish: Reached D3 Southwest Semifinal
Coach: Don Johnson

Key/Returning Players: Thomas Reynolds, Sr., OL/DL; Bobby Mylod, Sr., RB/LB; Nick Rajotte, Sr. RB/DB; Kyle McCarthy, Sr. QB/DB; Chad Peterson, Jr., QB; Thomas Kummer, Sr., OL/DL.

Outlook: As with any defending league champion, the North Attleboro Rocketeers will have some holes they’ll have to fill this year. But Big Red also has a slew of talented, experienced players back as North Attleboro looks to make a splash in its first season in the Davenport division.

Junior Chad Peterson is back under center after a breakout sophomore season in which he tossed 13 touchdowns, second most in the Hockomock League. While Kelley-Rex MVP Nick Morrison has graduated, North Attleboro returns Bobby Mylod and Nick Rajotte, who will give the Rocketeers a variety of attacking options. Thomas Reynolds will anchor the offensive line from the center position while Peterson will look for Hacmoni Cuevas, David Engler, Mario Bresko and Nick Dean to emerge as receiving threats.

It will be a lot of the same faces making plays on the defensive side of the ball. Reynolds and senior Tom Kummer are two major pieces and will take up the center of the defensive line. Mylod emerged as one of the top linebackers in the Hockomock and in the state last season and will be complemented at the position by Ryan Kingston, Zach DeMattio and Cuevas. Rajotte and Kyle McCarthy both had solid years in the secondary last season and will be big pieces to the defensive puzzle again this season.

“It’s going to be an interesting year switching to the Davenport division,” head coach Don Johnson said. “It certainly isn’t going to be any easier.”

Sharon

2015 Record: 4-7
2015 Finish: Reached D3 Southeast Quarterfinal
Coach: Dave Morse

Key/Returning Players: Juvan Elisma, Sr., RB; Josh Rotman, Sr., WR/CB; Nate Hirsh, Sr., OL/DL; Ian Langol-Leonard, Sr., OL/DL; Wilhelm Bolt, Sr., OL/DL; Xavier Hackett, Sr., OLB; Drew Naisuler, Jr., QB; Austin Dodes, Jr., WR; Sam Spencer, Jr., RB.

Outlook: A lot of the players listed as key and returning players for Sharon this season were also on last year’s list, and that’s a good thing for the Eagles, who are looking to take the next step forward in 2016.

Junior Drew Naisuler will step into the starting role at quarterback and will have some weapons at his disposal right away. Running back Juvan Elisma had a stellar 2015 campaign as a junior, rushing for eight touchdowns – tied for fourth most in the Hockomock League and tied for second in the Davenport. Now Elisma will look to cap a strong football career at Sharon by leading an Eagles’ rushing attack that will likely include junior Sam Spencer as well. Naisuler will have an experienced receiver as Josh Rotman is back for another year while junior Austin Dodes figures to be another target this season.

“Our season will be decided by how physical we can be and if our new varsity players can step up and make an impact,” head coach Dave Morse said.

The Eagles will also bring back some experience on both sides of the line. Nate Hirsh has been a key cog of the line on both sides of the ball for the Eagles. Ian Langol-Leonard and Wilhelm Bolt also will likely be key experience pieces up front for Sharon. Defensively, Rotman also is back as a talented defensive back. Xavier Hackett is another name to keep an eye on, as the senior has been able to make plays for Sharon in the past and looks to do more of the same in 2016.

Stoughton

2015 Record: 6-5
2015 Finish: Reached D3 Southwest Semifinal
Coach: Greg Burke

Key/Returning Players: Ryan Sullivan, Sr., RB/DB; Izon Swain-Price, Sr., RB/WR/DB; Dave Cellucci, Sr., QB; Nick Hardy, Sr., RB/DB; Jack Connelly, Sr., TE/LB; Harry Kimball, Sr., OL/DL; Lino Azul, Sr., OL/DL; Andrew Iverson, Sr., OL/DL; Ryan Pierre, Sr., OL/DL; Justin Ly, Jr., FB/LB; Brendan Walsh, Sr., OL/DL.

Outlook: No matter what team, it’s always going to be difficult to replace a three year starter at quarterback. But with the talented offensive line Stoughton has back this season and senior Dave Cellucci taking over under center, the Black Knights’ offense is in good shape.

The offensive line returns starters Lino Azul, Ryan Pierre and Andrew Iverson while Harry Kimball and Brendan Walsh – who both started on the defensive line – will play on both sides of the ball now. That experience will help give Cellucci a little more time in the pocket when he’s called upon to throw. Meanwhile, Ryan Sullivan, Izon Swain-Price and Justin Ly all figure to be key pieces in the backfield. Sullivan and Swain-Price caused havoc for defenses last season with a combined 10 rushing touchdowns. Swain-Price will also be a receiving option while Jack Connelly is back for another year at tight end.

Stoughton will look to continue its tradition of having a staunch defense. The Black Knights have depth on the defensive line with Pierre, Azul and Kimball all seeing time there along with junior Jason Joseph. Iverson, Ly and Connelly will all see reps at linebacker and Sullivan and Izon Swain-Price will likely be two of the top defensive backs in the entire league.

“We hope to stay healthy and get into the playoffs,” head coach Greg Burke said. “This has been a great group in the weight room and conditioning, that will have to carry us in the league. We know it will be a tough league this year.”

Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/06/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
North Attleboro, 69 @ Attleboro, 63 – Final – Brent Doherty and Ridge Olsen scored 20 points for the Rocketeers in a close win over rival Attleboro. Junior Hacmoni Cuevas had seven points, including a big three in the fourth quarter. Attleboro junior Jake Dunkley scored a career-high 31 points, also the highest scoring output by a Hockomock player this season. Andrew Milliken chipped in with 12 points for the Bombardiers.
Mansfield, 66 @ Taunton, 58 – Final – Mansfield junior Christian Weber had a team-high 12 points and added six rebounds, Matt Ehrlich had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists, Tyler Boulter had 10 points, Sam Goldberg had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists and Phil Vigeant added nine points. Taunton’s Carlos Borrero netted a career-high 17 points while Quan Roberson and Jose Mercado each had 15 points for the Tigers. 

Oliver Ames, 61 @ Sharon, 64 – Final – Sharon missed a pair of free throws late but Oliver Ames shot from their own half missed the mark and the Eagles held on. Andrew Filipkowski was one of 10 Sharon players to score, leading the team with 17 points. OA’s Carter Evin had a game-high 20 points, Shawn Cardoza added a career-high 18 points and Tim Kelley netted 11 points. 
Girls Basketball
Mansfield, 72 @ Taunton, 38 – Final – Sophomore Meg Hill had a double-double with a team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds while Jackie Carchedi added 13 points and Jen Peel had 10 points and eight assists. Taunton’s Lilly Patnaude led the Tigers with 10 points. 

North Attleboro, 39 @ Attleboro, 52 – Final – Sarah Deyo notched her first career triple-double, scoring 15 points, hauling in 12 rebounds and recording 10 blocks. 

Oliver Ames, 63 @ Sharon, 29 – Final – Sharon held a two point lead (13-11) after the first quarter but Oliver Ames’ big second quarter helped take the Tigers take a 14 point lead by halftime. Kayla Raymond had a team-high 18 points and Francesca Calabraro had a double-double with 16 points and 10 steals. 
Hockey
Stoughton, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Mark Sheehan scored a pair of goals while Nick Hardy and Sean Doherty each scored once for the Black Knights. Sam Larkin scored Attleboro’s goal off a rebound off a shot from Cam Littig.

Canton, 3 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final

Foxboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 10 – Final

Franklin, 3 vs. Newburyport, 1 – Final – Sophomore Jeremy Miller netted a hat trick to guide Franklin to a big non-league win.
Milford, 3 @ Taunton, 8 – Final

North Attleboro wrestling celebrates after winning the MIWCA D2 Dual Tournament. (Courtesy Photo)
North Attleboro wrestling celebrates after winning the MIWCA D2 Dual Tournament. (Courtesy Photo)


Wrestling

MIWCA D1 Dual Tournament (Franklin) – Franklin placed fifth overall. The Panthers beat BC High (38-28) but lost to St. John’s Prep (41-21). Franklin finished the meet with wins over Plymouth South (40-27) and Framingham (34-26). 
MIWCA D2 Dual Meet Tournament (Milford, North Attleboro, Oliver Ames) – North Attleboro continued its very strong season by winning the D2 Dual Meet title. The Rocketeers beat Keefe Tech (68-6), Winchester (40-27) and Nashoba (51-21) to reach the finals. In the finals, North Attleboro took down Central Catholic, 39-22, to claim the title. OA was seeded 6th and opened with a win over Dracut (52-12) but suffered a loss to #3 Natick (60-18). Casey Bellevue went 2-0 on the day with a pair of pins and Luke Cullen also went 2-0. OA finished the season with a 20-8 record, a program record for both wins and least losses. 
Scituate Quad (Canton) – Canton beat host Scituate (39-29) but lost to Hingham (59-18) and Walpole (47-30). 
Foxboro Quad (Foxboro), 9:00AM
Methuen Quad (King Philip), 10:00AM
Stoughton Quad (Sharon, Stoughton) – Sharon had wins over Silver Lake (40-25), Southeastern (58-6) and Duxbury (40-34) and tied with Bridgewater-Raynham (34-34).
Barnstable Quad (Taunton), 9:00AM
Swimming
Girls Hockomock League Championships, 9:00AM (@ Milford) – Click here for complete results. 
Gymnastics
Hockomock League Championships (@ Metro South) – Click here for complete results.
Girls Hockey
Franklin, 5 @ Martha’s Vineyard, 1 – Final
King Philip, 3 vs. Medway/Ashland, 3 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 7 vs. Latin Academy, 0 – Final
Stoughton, 0 @ Quincy/North Quincy, 5 – Final