Mansfield Beats OA, Secures Home Playoff Game

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Mansfield’s Joe Cox carries the ball against Oliver Ames in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – With a chance to secure a home playoff game, Mansfield was able to execute in all facets of the game in a convincing 41-6 win over Oliver Ames on Saturday. It was the first meeting between the two teams since 2011.

After having to punt on the opening drive, the Hornets scored a touchdown on the next three series, and then three of the next five to get the win and in all likelihood, lock up the fourth seed in the Division 1A South.

“The big thing is to keep playing at a high level,” Mansfield head coach Mike Redding said. “We played well last week. We wanted to get out of this healthy and get the home – I think we did everything we wanted to. I think we secured a home game, we’ll see how the math works out but I think we have some confidence and momentum going into the playoffs.

“I think we’ll have everyone back and it looks good for Brian Lynch next week so we become a very tough out going into the playoffs. We’re healthy, and with our full group we’re pretty good on both sides of the ball.”

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Both the Hornets and the Tigers had to punt on the opening drive but Mansfield made quick work of its second offensive series. A 15 yard pass from Anthony DeGirolamo (6/11, 100 yards) to Hunter Ferreira (two catches, 31 yards) preceded an 18 yard run from Nick Graham (five carries, 47 yards).

On the third play of the drive, DeGirolamo found Mike Shannon up the middle for a 33 yard touchdown. A high snap forced DeGirolamo to attempt a pass for a two-point conversion but the catch was deemed out of bounds, giving Mansfield a 6-0 lead.

Oliver Ames’ next five drives resulted in a turnover on downs and four punts.

On Mansfield’s third drive, Joe Cox (77 yards) busted free for a 28 yard gain on the first play. On the second play, Graham went nearly untouched through the right side for a 22 yard score and a 13-0 lead.

The Hornets used their longest drive of the game, spanning the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second quarter to get their third touchdown. Mansfield used seven plays to cover 76 yards to expand its advantage over the Tigers. Highlighted by DeGirolamo completions to Kristian Conner (13 yards) and Ferreira (16 yards) and a 26 yard rush from Will Garvin, Mansfield pushed the lead to 20-0.

DeGirolamo used an option on a jet sweep to take it in himself for a 12 yard score.

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Mansfield added two more touchdowns before the first half came to a close. Cox rattled off a 49 yard touchdown run with 3:35 left in the second quarter and then DeGirolamo found sophomore Aidan Sacco for a 14 yard score with just over 30 seconds to play in the half.

Oliver Ames had its best drive of the game to open the second half. Sophomore Anthony Berksza (163 all-purpose yards) got things started with a 54 yard kickoff return and then hauled in a 32 yard pass from Kyle Gagliardi to help the Tigers move the ball up the field. Liston Funai punched it in from a yard out for OA’s touchdown and Berksza fought his way in for a two-point conversion.

The Hornets’ final touchdown came in the third quarter with Sacco running it in from 12 yards out.

“Even at 5-1, I think we’re the four seed. If Milton beats Wellesley we could be the three seed so still a lot of division and math to go,” Redding said. Wellesley ended up beating Milton later in the day. “But we’re in, and I think we’re home. We could get Marshfield or B-R, which is a tough first round game. But it’s the playoffs, you’re not going to have any easy ones. I like the way we’re playing on both sides of the ball and our special teams are good. We just have to make it happen next Friday night.”

Mansfield, which is 5-2 overall, will likely host Marshfield next Friday based on The Boston Herald’s ratings. Official seeds and matchups will be announced by the MIAA on Sunday. Oliver Ames (2-5) will miss out on the playoffs and will find out their next opponents on Sunday as well.

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Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/14/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Game of the Week – Football
King Philip, 36 @ Attleboro, 13 – Final
1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (KP) Cole Baker 20-yard field goal; (KP) Brendan Lydon 40 yard pass to Ethan Dunne (15 yards) and Shane Frommer (25 yards), C. Baker XP good.
3rd Quarter: (KP) B. Lydon 1 yard rush, C. Baker XP good; (A) Marc Dieu 2 yard rush, Paul Deluca XP good.
4th Quarter: (KP) John DeLuca 12 yard rush, XP no good; (KP) S. Frommer 12 yard rush, 2-point conversion no good; (KP) Giovanni Fernandez 65 yard rush, C. Baker XP good; (A) Tyler McGovern 37 yard pass to Elvin Sam, 2-point conversion no good.

Football
North Attleboro, 35 @ Canton, 7 – Final
1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (NA) Nick Rajotte 2 yard rush, Geoff Wilson XP; (NA) N. Rajotte 1 yard rush, G. Wilson XP; (NA) Chad Peterson 4 yard pass to Mario Bresko, G. Wilson XP.
3rd Quarter: (NA) C. Peterson 15 yard pass to Kyle McCarthy, G. Wilson XP; (NA) Brendan McHugh 1 yard rush, G. Wilson XP.
4th Quarter: (C) Dan Dillon 5 yard rush, XP good.

Foxboro, 3 @ Stoughton, 42 – Final
1st Quarter: (S) Izon Swain-Price 10 yard rush, XP missed.
2nd Quarter: (F) John Cronin 20 yard field goal; (S) I. Swain-Price 2 yard rush, Evan Gibb 2pt rush.
3rd Quarter: (S) E. Gibb 67 yard pass to Ryan Sullivan, Dave Cellucci 2pt rush; (S) I. Swain-Price 25 yard rush, XP good; (S) E. Gibb 27 yard pass to R. Sullivan, XP missed.
4th Quarter: (S) Alex Sjoquist 2 yard rush, XP good.

Franklin, 7 @ Mansfield, 42 – Final
1st Quarter: (M) Conor Driscoll 25 yard interception return, Diogo DeSousa XP good; (M) Anthony DeGirolamo 61 yard pass to Kristian Connor, D. DeSousa XP good; (M) Nick Graham 2 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) A. DeGirolamo 25 yard pass to Ben Budwey, D. DeSousa XP good.
3rd Quarter: (M) N. Graham 5 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good; (M) Joe Cox 2 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good.
4th Quarter: (F) Alex Cregg 84 yard pass to Packie Watson, XP good.

Oliver Ames, 7 @ Taunton, 25 – Final
1st Quarter: (T) Noah Leonard 19 yard pass to Adam McLaughlin, XP blocked.
2nd Quarter: (OA) Kyle Gagliardi 15 yard pass to Anthony Berksza, Leandro Moro XP good.
3rd Quarter: (T) Brevan Walker 66 yard run, 2pt failed.
4th Quarter: (T) N. Leonard 28 yard pass to Mike Fernandez, XP blocked; (T) TJ Mendes 21 yard rush, John Teixeira XP good.

Boys Soccer
Franklin, 0 @ Sharon, 2 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Girls Soccer
Sharon, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – FinalMiranda Smith and Emily Mastaj each scored a goal for the Panthers while Halle Atkinson and Calen Frongillo both notched an assist in the win.

Stoughton, 0 @ Norwood, 1 – FinalStoughton head coach Tara Daniels said Emma Harrington had a strong game in net and Mia Greene played well up front for the Black Knights.

Volleyball
Attleboro, 3 vs. Norton, 0 – Final

Canton, 0 @ Notre Dame Academy, 3 – FinalThe Canton Bulldogs gave the defending State Champions a run for their money but ultimately fell 21-25, 18-25, 21-25. “They were definitely the hardest hitters we’ve seen this year,” head coach Pat Cawley said of the undefeated Cougars. Erika Lum played good defense leading Canton with 16 digs (along with three kills) and Julia Panico added 11 digs. Cawley had high praise for setter Nicole Poole – “she was awesome, making something out everything no matter where the pass.” – finishing with 18 assists and two kills. Casey Shea had a big night on offense with seven kills and no errors and added four blocks while Emma Murphy had three blocks and three kills.

Franklin, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – FinalFranklin middles Meaghan Maguire and Maggie Doyle “were dominant at the net” according to Panther head coach Kate Horsmann. Maguire registered a pair of kills and five blocks while Doyle had two aces and three blocks. Erin Skidmore had four aces, 16 service points, eight kills and four digs for the Panthers while Ellie Wisniewski chipped in with five kills and Maddie Kuzio had 18 digs and an ace.

Field Hockey
Attleboro, 0 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final

Franklin, 2 @ Sharon, 0 – FinalFranklin senior Dana Lewandowski netted what turned out to be the game winner just five minutes into the first half as the Panthers picked up their seventh win of the season. Sophomore Annie Walsh scored with just under three minutes remaining to ice the game for Franklin. Franklin head coach Lisa Cropper said Kate Morse “did an outstanding job in the midfield” for the Panthers.

Taunton, 0 @ Stoughton, 4 – FinalOlivia Schlehuber led Stoughton’s offense, scoring a pair of goals in the win. Julia Russell and Kelli Joyce scored each scored once for the Black Knights. Gianna Barbosa and Meghan McSweeney combined for the shutout in goal.

Golf
Oliver Ames, 157 @ Franklin, 166 – Final – Oliver Ames clinched the Kelley-Rex title outright with a win over Franklin at Franklin Country Club. The win marks Oliver Ames’ fourth straight outright league title and fifth straight overall. Brady Allbritton and Nick Lombardi both shot 37 to lead the Tigers. Matt D’Errico carded a 40 for the Panthers and Bryan Woelfel finished with a 41.

Mansfield, 173 @ Sharon, 171 – FinalSam Fritz had the low score for Sharon with a 41, helping the Eagles edge Mansfield at Spring Valley Country Club. Jason Hindman was the match medalist, shooting a one over 37 for the Hornets.