North Attleboro, 41 @ Attleboro, 13 – Final 1st Quarter: (NA) Nick Rajotte 2-yard rush (XP blocked).
2nd Quarter: (NA) Bobby Mylod 8-yard rush, Chad Peterson to Kyle McCarthy 2-point pass; (NA) C. Peterson 13-yard pass to B. Mylod, Devin Slaney XP good; (A) Cam Furtado 1-yard rush, XP no good.
3rd Quarter: (NA) B. Mylod 13-yard rush, XP no good; (A) C. Furtado 3-yard rush Paul Deluca XP good; (NA) N. Rajotte 1-yard rush, D. Slaney XP good.
4th Quarter: (NA) K. McCarthy 2-yard rush, D. Slaney XP good.
Canton, 0 @ Stoughton, 48 – Final 1st Quarter: (S) Justin Ly 44 yard rush, Josh Cocchi XP good; (S) Izon Swain-Price 36 yard rush, 2pt failed; (S) I. Swain-Price 21 yard rush, J. Cocchi XP good.
2nd Quarter: (S) I. Swain-Price 51 yard rush, J. Cocchi XP good; (S) Ryan Sullivan 73 yard punt return, J. Cocchi XP good.
3rd Quarter: (S) R. Sullivan 59 yard rush, J. Cocchi XP good; (S) Nick Hardy 6 yard rush, J. Cocchi XP good.
4th Quarter: No scoring.
Foxboro, 14 @ Mansfield, 35 – Final 1st Quarter: (M) Anthony DeGirolamo 41 yard pass to Mike Shannon, Diogo DeSousa XP good; (F) Mark Clagg 5 yard rush, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) Brian Lynch 13 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good; (M) B. Lynch 1 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good.
3rd Quarter: (F) M. Clagg 21 yard pass to Trey Guerrini, XP good. (M) B. Lynch 6 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good.
4th Quarter: (M) A. DeGirolamo 11 yard pass to Hunter Ferreira, D. DeSousa XP good.
King Philip, 43 @ Franklin, 7 – Final 1st Quarter: (KP) Shane Frommer 51 yard rush, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (KP) Brendan Lydon 26 yard pass to S. Frommer, XP good; (KP) B. Lydon 13 yard pass to Alex Olsen, XP no good; (KP) A. Olsen 1 yard rush, XP good; (F) Jake Noviello 12 yard pass to Connor Peterson, XP good.
3rd Quarter: (KP) Giovanni Fernandez 5 yard rush, 2pt good.
4th Quarter: (KP) Aidan Bender 60 yard interception return, 2pt good.
Milford, 42 vs. Randolph, 14 – Final 1st Quarter: (R) Randolph interception return, XP failed.
2nd Quarter: (M) Matt Curran 1 yard rush, XP failed; (M) M. Curran 15 yard pass to Jack Cappelletti, Sean Lehane XP good; (R) Randolph 42 yard pass, 2pt conversion. (M) Harrison Bliss 1 yard rush, Ryan O’Toole 2pt rush.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (M) Asong Aminmentse 1 yard rush, S. Lehane XP good; (M) William Pointer 10 yard rush, S. Lehane XP good; (M) J. Cappelletti 10 yard rush, S. Lehane XP good.
Sharon, 33 @ Oliver Ames, 8 – Final 1st Quarter: (S) Juvan Elisma 9 yard rush, 2pt run failed; (S) J. Elisma 60 yard rush, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (S) Jeremy Ruskin 5 yard pass to Drew Naisuler, XP good.
3rd Quarter: (S) J. Elisma 40 yard rush, XP failed.
4th Quarter: (S) J. Elisma 80 yard rush, XP good; (OA) Sean Cosgrove 5 yard rusm Max Pacheco 2pt rush.
Taunton, 55 vs. Coyle & Cassidy, 26 – Final 1st Quarter: (T) Brevan Walker 51 yard rush, Nick Tolan XP good; (T) B. Walker 11 yard rush, N. Tolan XP good; (T) Noah Leonard 41 yard pass to Adam McLaughlin, XP failed.
2nd Quarter: (CC) Connor Rodriguez 65 yard kickoff return, XP failed. (T) B. Walker 21 yard rush, XP failed; (T) N. Leonard 16 yard pass to Andrew Wellington, Jared Taje 2pt rush; (CC) Jacob Cabral 20 yard rush, XP failed.
3rd Quarter: (T) B. Walker 56 yard rush, N. Leonard 2pt pass to A. McLaughlin; (CC) Jackson Murray 49 yard rush, XP failed; (T) N. Leonard 10 yard pass to A. McLaughlin, XP failed.
4th Quarter: (T) B. Walker 1 yard rush, N. Tolan XP good; (CC) J. Murray 20 yard rush, C. Rodriguez XP good.
STOUGHTON, Mass. – With two of the highest scoring offenses in the Hockomock facing off on Friday night, it’s no surprise the teams combined for 450 yards.
What is a little surprising is how lopsided it was.
Stoughton racked up 372 yards compared to Milford’s 78 yards — all rushing yards for both teams — and that dominance translated into a 28-0 win for the Black Knights at Anthony L. Sarno Field.
“We played well,” Stoughton head coach Greg Burke said. “Milford is a good team, they’ve pounded some teams. Even though I thought we did a great job, I thought we could have been up another touchdown but a couple of penalties. Overall we played very well.
“For us defensively, Milford has been scoring a lot of points, and the big boy (Blake Hill), he’s a great player, I don’t know what happened to him (in the second half) – he’s a tough kid. We did a great job up front. Sully and Izon, they’re just great players and the offensive line did a nice job. Defensively, they couldn’t have gotten too many yards.”
The Black Knights’ defense, which recorded its second shutout of the season, gave the offense a second chance after an opening drive fumble. Stoughton moved the ball 52 yards on seven plays but a high snap resulted in a turnover. However, on Milford’s first play, a bad snap resulted in a fumble that Andrew Iverson gobbled up.
Three plays later, Izon Swain-Price (11 carries, 149 yards, three touchdowns) took a counter to the left, broke free of a tackle and scampered in for a 16 yard touchdown. Josh Cocchi’s first of four extra points put the Black Knights up 7-0 with 5:29 left in the first quarter.
Another turnover haunted Milford on its next drive. After converting a third down on a carry from Blake Hill (11 carries, 37 yards), a pitch was dropped with Stoughton’s Jason Joseph landing on the loose ball.
Stoughton capitalized on its second takeaway, using six plays to cover 40 yards. This time, Swain-Price found a big hole through the left side and walked in for a six yard touchdown, making it 14-0 with 1:32 left in the opening quarter.
“Absolutely huge,” Burke said of getting the ball back quickly after the turnovers. “Milford has been ripping up teams up and down the field from what I’ve seen on film. We put a lot of emphasis on just tackling, getting off the blocks and making sure we get to 42, who’s as good as anybody. I’m glad we knew where he was, in the middle. We tried to use two, three guys and go different ways and that’s sort of why our offense does well.”
Milford’s final three drives of the first half resulted in two punts from sophomore Sean Lehane and another fumble. Stoughton wasn’t able to capitalize as their final three drives ended with a punt, an interception by Milford’s Conor Corbett, and a turnover on downs.
The Scarlet Hawks were forced to punt on their opening drive of the second half and Stoughton pounced. Using an 11-play drive, the Black Knights covered 88 yards. Highlighted by 15 yard and 19 yard runs by Ryan Sullivan (14 carries, 134 yards) and 17 and 11 yard rushes by Swain-Price, Stoughton eventually punched it in on 4th and 1 from the six, Justin Ly (seven carries, 27 yards) hurdling his way up the middle for the score. Stoughton led 21-0 with 2:21 left in the third quarter.
“That’s it – you have it mix it up,” Burke said of mixing up play calls. “We can throw the ball too but today was a little tough. We both had a couple turnovers, that’s high school football. I’m really happy for the kids. Who we have next week, I have no clue but we’re going to be at home. That’s what we’ve been shooting for. I’m happy we finished strong in the league today. We had one bad period this year. The guys were tough, they were giving some licks out there, there was some banging in the middle. We’re not the most gifted team but we have kids that work very hard and they’re very strong.”
All three of Milford’s other drives in the second half resulted in punts.
Stoughton used its first drive of the fourth quarter to cap the scoring. On the first play of the drive, Swain-Price used a counter to go up the left side untouched for a 79 yard touchdown.
Stoughton football finishes the regular season at 5-2 overall and 4-1 in division play. While MIAA playoff seeds will be finalized on Sunday, it’s likely that Stoughton will be the #4 seed in Division 2 South. Milford (4-3, 3-2) will likely be the #6 seed and have an away game.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
MILFORD, Mass. – Over halfway through the third quarter, Stoughton had a comfortable 30-7 lead and an offense that had moved the ball nearly at will.
But less than six minutes later, Milford had found the end zone twice and pulled within one score. Trailing 30-22 less than a minute into the fourth quarter, the Scarlet Hawks suddenly had almost of the momentum and forced Stoughton into a fourth down situation for the first time all game.
The Black Knights kept the offense on the field from the Milford 31 and senior Jake Gibb delivered a 13 yard strike to junior Ryan Sullivan for a first down. Three plays later, Gibb hit senior Steven Elice in the endzone for a 16 yard touchdown. A two point conversion from Sullivan recreated the cushion and the Black Knights emerged with a 38-22 win.
The win earned Stoughton a share of the Hockomock League Davenport Division title, the second straight year that the Black Knights had won a league title. It’s the first time in program history at Stoughton has won back-to-back league titles.
“That play was huge,” Stoughton head coach Greg Burke said of the fourth down conversion. “We were struggling and Gibb had two great throws there. They recovered that onside kick and scored and that throws you back some. It was good to get that play and keep the momentum.”
With a 24-7 lead at halftime, Stoughton took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards on nine plays, capped off with a five yard rush from senior Guy Eddy to make it 30-7.
But there was no quit in the Scarlet Hawks. Milford responded with a 11 play, 56 yard drive to find the end zone. Milford senior quarterback Zach Lanzetta worked the offense down the field, highlighted by an 18 yard reception from Jack Cappelletti, an 11 yard reception from Asong Aminmentse and a 12 yard catch from Ryan Nesta. Lanzetta then his Shapel Feaster for a four yard score to make it 30-14 with 1:38 left in the third quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Milford’s Sean Lehane hit a dribbler straight down the middle and Dan Cossette was able to fall onto it to get the ball back for the Scarlet Hawks.
Milford quickly moved up the field as Lanzetta hit Cappalletti for 16 yards and Jack DeSantis (16 carries, 78 yards) ran up the middle for 11 more. Facing third and 2, Lanzetta used the QB keeper for a gain of nine and on the next play, Lanzetta connected with Cappalletti, who was able to haul in the pass with one hand for a seven yard score. Blake Hill plowed into the end zone for the two point conversion to bring Milford within eight at 30-22 with 10:39 left.
“It was great to see our guys battle in the second half,” Milford head coach Joe Todd said. “Obviously [Stoughton] is a very good football team, they have a great offense and run game and great quarterback. Number 20 [Ryan Sullivan] is a great player, he made that catch and I think that was probably the play of the game. If we stop them there we have a chance to go down and tie it. We’re proud of our effort, hats off to them for fighting and we just have to regroup and come back next week ready to go.”
Stoughton moved up the field to the 29 but a tackle for a loss from Feaster and then a pass break up from DeSantis and Feaster put Stoughton into fourth and long. That’s when Gibb hit Sullivan.
“Hats off to them, they made it interesting,” Burke said. “We had trouble getting to their quarterback. I’m glad we put up 38 points and got the win. We played pretty well defensively just couldn’t get to the quarterback and they made a couple of nice plays.”
Gibb finished 8/11 for 173 yards with the one touchdown pass while Sullivan had 95 yards on the ground on 14 carries with a pair of touchdowns and then 84 yards through the air on three receptions. Stoughton amassed for 456 total yards, with 283 coming on the ground.
Lanzetta was 19/34 for 154 yards with a pair of touchdowns for the Scarlet Hawks.
After Milford was forced to punt on their opening series, Lehane pinned Stoughton inside the five at their own three yard line. The field position didn’t phase the Black Knights as they took just eight plays to move the ball field. All eight plays were rushing plays and the last was a 44 yard burst up the right side from Christian Hill for a touchdown.
Milford responded immediately, going 13 plays to move the ball 56 yards. DeSantis had a big run to convert a third down and then hauled in a 14 yard pass from Lanzetta for another first. From one yard out, Hill punched it in and Lehane’s extra point gave the Scarlet Hawks a 7-6 lead with 10:17 left in the second quarter.
It took Stoughton less than a minute to get the lead right back though. Sullivan had a big kick return that set the Black Knights up at the Milford 22 yard line. Three plays later, Sullivan dove in from two yards out to make it 12-7.
Just three plays into MIlford’s next series, Stoughton linebacker Harry Kimball read the screen play perfectly and intercept Lanzetta to give the Black Knights the ball at the Milford 25 yard line. Seven plays later, Sullivan went up the middle for a five yard score to make it 20-7.
Another Milford punt gave Stoughton the ball and Gibb moved it up the field quickly. He hit Elice for 32 yards over the middle and two plays later, Izon Swain-Price (10 carries, 80 yards) took the toss to the left side and raced up the field for a 30 yard score to make it 24-7 with 2:23 left in the half.
Stoughton nearly scored right before the half as Gibb hit Sullivan for 43 yards but he was tackled by Nesta on the two yard line as time expired in the first half.
After losing the first two games of the season Stoughton has bounced back nicely and will likely be the 5th seed in D3 Southwest. Those two first opponents for Stoughton just happened to be Marshfield (7-0), who is widely regarded as the top team in the state, and North Attleboro (7-0), who won the Hockomock League Kelley-Rex and will likely be the second seed in the D3 Southwest.
“That was huge for us to take on two great teams,” Burke said. “People questioned why we played Marshfield but we’ll play anyone, we didn’t want to sit out for a week. We’ll play. Sometimes you want to milk your schedule but we learned a lot and I think we did as well as anyone against Marshfield. We got points from Marshfield and North because they won every week. I’d do it again too.
“I’m happy we’re to win the league title, that’s two years in a row. And that’s really, really important for the town and our program. We have a lot of kids playing their first year so to be where we are, I’m really excited for the kids.”
Stoughton (4-1, 4-3) will likely travel to #4 Walpole in the first round of the playoffs. We will have the playoff seeds posted as soon as they are announced. Milford (2-3, 3-4) looks to have just missed the playoffs, less than .2 points behind Norwood. The Scarlet Hawks will be back in action next week against an opponent to be determined.
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