Hornets Swarm Past King Philip Into D2 South Final

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Mansfield senior quarterback Jack Moussette throws a past in the first quarter against King Philip. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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MANSFIELD, Mass. – The past two seasons, the Mansfield football team has had its hopes of competing for a state championship dashed by rival King Philip.

The Hornets weren’t going to let that happen again this year.

Mansfield senior quarterback Jack Moussette tossed four touchdowns in one of his best performances of the season and junior Cincere Gill accounted for four total scored to help the Hornets roll to a 34-6 win over #3 King Philip.

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“I was just trying to make the most of my opportunities,” said Moussette, who completed 12-of-17 passes for 230 yards. “We run the ball the majority of the time but Coach Redding told me ‘I trust you, go out there and do your thing tonight.’ I just tried to do the best I could. We had a great game on the ground and in the air, it was overall a great team win, I’m really proud of the guys. The offensive line stepped up big when we needed them too.”

While the Hornets have won the past two regular season meetings (28-27 in 2018, 15-13 this season), the Warriors have been the ones with the last laugh. KP knocked off Mansfield 13-11 in the semifinals in 2017 and celebrated with the D2 South trophy on Alumni Field last season after a 10-7 triumph.

“We’ve won the last two regular season games to win the league title but back-to-back losses, when you’re this close to Gillette…the guys have been waiting a year for another chance,” said Mansfield head coach Mike Redding. “We got the monkey off the back in the league, the playoff thing was like a gorilla on our back. It would have been another long year if we blew this one. But being home, being healthy for a change in the playoffs has made a difference. We’re doing it in all three phases right now and with confidence.

“Every year we play them we seem to get seven and get stuck. Last year in the playoffs, we got seven early and didn’t score. This year we got seven and didn’t score until the end. We harped on that, get to 14, get the 14-point lead, build off that. Tonight we got more than that which is great but extending the lead was critical.”

Mansfield made it clear early on that repeating that feat would be a tough task. After a punt and a red zone turnover, the Hornets got on the board on their third series.

Moussette hit Danny Rapoza (three catches, 58 yards) for 32 yards on first down, and four plays later, used play action before connecting with Gill (five catches, 107 yards, three touchdowns) out in the flat and the junior used his speed to race inside the pylon for a 7-0 lead with 11:54 left in the second quarter.

The Hornets’ defense helped set up the next score. Nico Holmes and Chris Graham combined for a tackle for loss, and the front seven helped pressure King Philip quarterback Robert Jarest (8-for-23, 107 yards, touchdown) into a throwaway that was flagged for intentional grounding.

Stuck at their own 11, KP chose a quick kick from Jarest on third down trying to flip the field. Mansfield took over at the KP 46-yard line and quickly cashed in. Gill faked outside to shake his defender and Moussette delivered a pass on the mark for a 46-yard touchdown with 9:19 left in the second quarter.

“It’s a lot of people to cover and I think their quarterback has come along,” said King Philip coach Brian Lee. “He’s the one piece that’s the difference for them right now. He’s getting better and better, it was tough. It’s a lot to defend, and on a short field, you’re asking for trouble.”

Makhi Baskin broke up a third down pass on KP’s next drive and the Hornets took over at their own 32-yard line with 7:12 left to play in the half. Vinnie Holmes (12 carries, 70 yards) broke off a 17-yard run and Gill hauled in a 27-yard pass but Mansfield was faced with a third down when they entered the red zone.

Moussette faked to his right before dropping off a pass to the left on a screen to Everett Knowlton. Junior TJ Guy came up with a big block to spring Knowlton for an 18-yard touchdown, and Michael DeBolt’s third of four successful extra point attempts gave the hosts a 21-0 lead with 3:41 left in the quarter.

“We had a great night throwing, and I think that was the difference,” Redding said. “Jack was on, we had some good matchups with Cincere [Gill] out as a receiver, Danny [Rapoza] did a good job. I think that was the difference was our ability to throw the ball. We ran pretty well but we had to throw it.

“And our defense was lights out, and the field position was a pretty big factor with the kicking game. We fed off the field position, defense got stops. Now you can take chances on offense because you have four downs. Things went our way from the beginning.”

Mansfield nearly added more points before the break with runs from DeBolt and Nick Marciano helping get the Hornets inside the red zone. But a pass fell through a receiver’s hands in the end zone and KP sophomore Crawford Cantave snatched the interception with under a minute to play.

King Philip looked to have a bright start to the second half when Jarest connected with Alex Behling for almost 30 yards down the sideline but a holding call erased the completion and two plays later, Marciano came up with an interception to give Mansfield the ball back with good field position at the KP 23-yard line.

Four plays later, Gill took the handoff, cut up field and found the end zone with an 11-yard touchdown, and a 28-0 advantage with 7:59 left in the third quarter.

“One thing that was a little disappointing was that we got beat up, we got out-physicaled, out-played,” Lee said. “I’m not sure what was so different this time than last time but it definitely was a big difference. When they are out in front, they get on you. You have to keep it close with them. They are loaded, they have a lot of guys. They are coached well and they believe.”

The Warriors put together their best drive of the game in response. Jarest had a first down pass to Behling and Ryan Halliday (13 carries, 47 yards) barreled his way for a first down. Jarest linked up with Behling again for a 42-yard gain to get inside the red zone.

On the next play, Mansfield’s Joe Plath broke up a pass intended for KP’s Drew Danson, but the loose ball was hauled in by Andrew McKinney along the back of the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown.

Sophomore Mark DeGirolamo recovered an onside kick attempt from the Warriors, and the Hornets needed just three plays to strike. DeBolt hauled in a 19-yard pass, Holmes grinded out nine yards, and Moussette connected with an open Gill for a 24-yard touchdown, and a 34-6 lead with 3:14 left in the third quarter.

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“We have great receivers,” Moussette said. “Cincere is unbelievable, I worked all summer with Danny Rapoza, I think he’s one of the most underrated players in the league. We have guys on the sidelines like [Joe] Cappelletti that can come in and make plays. We’re loaded with weapons and coach is doing his best to get everyone involved.

“This means the world to me. We got up in the summer every day at 5 in the morning to work out. Our main goal is to win a state title and we wanted to beat KP. We were lucky enough to do it twice this year, I couldn’t be prouder of the team. We really battled and put it all together to show everyone what we’re all about.”

Mansfield football (8-1) will play at top-seeded Natick in the D2 South Final, but the date and time have yet to be posted by the MIAA. King Philip (7-2) will enter the non-playoff pool for one week.

Hockomock Cross Country Championship Results 2019

Hockomock Cross Country Championship
Foxboro’s Abby Hassman (right) won the girl’s race by nearly a minute over the Sharon duo of Daphne Theiler and Juliana Dudziak, who finished four seconds apart in second and third. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)
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.

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Boys

Team Results
1. Oliver Ames – 66
2. King Philip – 82
3. Franklin – 93
4. Mansfield – 119
5. Taunton – 123
6. Milford – 129
7. Sharon – 148
8. Attleboro – 167
9. North Attleboro – 244
10. Canton – 292
11. Foxboro – 301
12. Stoughton – 361

Individual Results
1. Mike Griffin, King Philip – 15:37.64
2. Tyler Brogan, Franklin – 15:55.97 2
3. Nicholas Calitri, Franklin – 15:58.77
4. Mike Norberg, King Philip – 16:05.19
5. Kyle Sarney, Oliver Ames – 16:08.98
6. Owen Mullahy, Mansfield – 16:17.63
7. Ty Cali, Taunton – 16:26.14
8. Ryan Proulx, Foxboro – 16:35.51
9. Mike Mullahy, Mansfield – 16:39.92
10. Max Manor, 12 Milford – 16:42.03
11. Rory Mclaughlin, Oliver Ames – 16:42.94
12. Declan Walmsley, Franklin – 16:44.77
13. Owen Mcmorrow, Oliver Ames – 16:57.16
14. Nolan Tavares, Taunton – 16:58.77
15. Dan Botte, King Philip -17:13.85
16. Jovan Joseph, King Philip – 17:15.35
17. Nate Reservitz, Oliver Ames – 17:23.93
18. Liam Bennett, Milford – 17:27.17
19. Francis Wenner, Attleboro – 17:31.56
20. Owen Nipoti, Oliver Ames – 17:32.17
21. James Kong, Sharon – 17:33.50
22. James Comisky, Milford – 17:37.21 22
23. Daniel Nobrega, North Attleboro – 17:37.30
24. Colin Quinlan, Taunton – 17:37.90
25. Siddharth Reddy, Sharon – 17:38.39
26. Mark Starovoytov, Sharon – 17:38.85
27. Brayden Cali, Taunton – 17:39.23
28. Ben Giffen, Mansfield – 17:41.13
29. Alex Ramirez, Oliver Ames – 17:42.65
30. Ethan Sylvia, Attleboro – 17:43.60
31. Collin Stevens, Mansfield – 17:43.61
32. Kyle Downing, Canton – 17:43.96
33. Griffin Sieczkiewicz, Franklin – 17:44.09
34. Bradley Weiss, Sharon – 17:49.83
35. Zack Martin, Attleboro – 17:52.29
36. Neil Bowie, Attleboro – 17:55.20
37. Joey Looney, Oliver Ames – 17:55.77
38. Ryan Sarney, Oliver Ames – 17:57.14
39. Christopher Galligan, North Attleboro – 17:57.73
40. Samuel Vilt, Milford – 17:58.57
41. Gabriel Pardo Cota, Milford – 17:59.19
42. Gabriel Soares, Milford – 18:01.07
43. Jacob Dubin, Sharon – 18:03.27
44. Camden Harrington, Franklin – 18:03.68 43
45. Mark Butters, Milford – 18:04.33
46. Tim Corkery, Mansfield – 18:04.68
47. Nate Farkash, King Philip – 18:05.13
48. Sean Cataloni, Attleboro – 18:06.68 47
49. Ryan Andrews, King Philip – 18:12.23
50. Brendan Weddleton, King Philip – 18:13.07

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51. Zachary Stromfors, Attleboro – 18:13.41
52. Jack Pawlowski ,Taunton – 18:13.85
53. Griffin Gouck, North Attleboro – 18:14.15
54. Joshua Anderson, Franklin – 18:15.97
55. Alex Towle, Franklin – 18:16.73
56. Alexander Tao, Sharon – 18:17.53 55
57. Michael Williams, Sharon – 18:23.43 56
58. James Schlenker, Mansfield – 18:24.48
59. Ryan Strawbridge, Taunton – 18:24.85
60. Matthew Letourneau, Taunton – 18:25.39
61. David Fiedorczyk, Oliver Ames – 18:26.19
62. Lee Casstevens, Attleboro – 18:26.36
63. Alex Maddestra, Canton – 18:26.94
64. Colin Ozturk, Stoughton – 18:27.05
65. Jack Clifford, Franklin – 18:28.17
66. Wyatt Fritchman, Oliver Ames – 18:30.42
67. Joshua Tiews, Attleboro – 18:31.72
68. Peter Milne, Canton – 18:31.97
69. Connor Kucich, Franklin – 18:33.96
70. Jordan Saks, Sharon – 18:34.36
71. Jack Hernon, Canton – 18:36.27
72. Steven Westgate, Taunton – 18:43.78
73. William Bradley, North Attleboro – 18:44.11
74. Mark Carlson, North Attleboro – 18:44.82
75. Balint Mihajlovits, Sharon – 18:44.95
76. Ryan Rispoli, Mansfield – 18:46.94
77. Matt Difiore, King Philip – 18:48.34
78. Noah Hurd, King Philip – 18:49.79
79. Jake Parkman, Foxboro – 18:53.10
80. Casey Poirier, North Attleboro – 18:53.20
81. Ryan Field, Attleboro – 18:56.80
82. Jack Maclaughlin, North Attleboro – 18:58.21
83. Dan Kipp, Mansfield – 18:59.58
84. Lucas Desousa, Taunton – 19:01.17
85. Anthony Cardosa, Mansfield – 19:03.64
86. Chris Leonard, Mansfield – 19:05.84
87. Robert Currier, Stoughton – 19:07.99
88. Zachary Olivera, Taunton – 19:11.54
89. Chris Rota, Canton – 19:12.96
90. Clancy Golden, Franklin – 19:13.98
91. Barry Spoto, Sharon – 19:15.08
92. Sebastian Malek, Stoughton – 19:19.91
93. Nicolas Olson, Foxboro – 19:21.93
94. Ben Kelley, Attleboro – 19:21.98
95. Liam Cody, Foxboro – 19:22.45
96. Andrew Noke, King Philip – 19:28.09
97. Connor Callahan, Foxboro – 19:32.78
98. Aiden Castillo, Stoughton – 19:49.88
99. Aidan Judge, North Attleboro – 19:50.73
100. Michael Henriques, Stoughton – 19:53.35
101. Jared Ciora, Foxboro – 19:58.74
102. Isaiah Mchoul, North Attleboro – 20:36.19
103. Joshua Mcnamara, Stoughton – 20:38.90
104, Sohil Apte, Canton – 20:59.49
105. Kyle Wanless, Canton – 21:02.40
106. Matt Hart, Canton – 21:16.37
107. Ronan Himelrick, Canton – 21:18.60
108. Jackson Sylvestre, Foxboro – 21:22.03
109. Gabriel Laboy, Stoughton – 21:26.85
110. William Atwood, North Attleboro – 21:48.06

Girls

Team Results
1. Sharon – 74
2. Franklin – 90
3. Oliver Ames – 138
4. King Philip – 139
5. Taunton – 147
6. Foxboro – 150
7. Mansfield – 156
8. Milford – 158
9. Attleboro – 185
10. North Attleboro – 191
11. Canton – 227
12. Stoughton – 310

Individual Results
1. Abby Hassman, Foxboro – 18:52.34
2. Daphne Theiler, Sharon – 19:41.21
3. Juliana Dudziak, Sharon – 19:45.48
4. Maya Evans, King Philip – 19:51.50
5. Emma Lawrence, Milford – 19:53.46
6. Tessa Lancaster, Mansfield – 20:04.98
7. Catherine O’Donnell, Oliver Ames – 20:05.32
8. Meghan Reardon, Oliver Ames – 20:08.70
9. Kelly Neuendorf, Attleboro – 20:28.32
10. Sydney Hawkins, Franklin – 20:33.36
11. Abha Chaudhara, Sharon – 20:36.55
12. Sarah Giuliano, Franklin – 20:44.11
13. Sara Comisky, Milford – 20:47.73
14. Jenn Yeomans, Foxboro – 20:49.64
15. Kimberly Esteban, Attleboro – 20:51.01
16. Jessica Alestock, Mansfield – 20:52.20
17. Rebecca Lally, Stoughton – 21:02.02
18. Caitlyn Casey, Franklin – 21:08.92
19. Nia Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 21:09.78
20. Melissa Sapini, North Attleboro – 21:11.52
21. Meg Sherwood, King Philip – 21:17.81
22. Emma Lamson, Mansfield – 21:24.23
23. Margaret Li, Sharon – 21:27.62
24. Charlene Peng, Franklin – 21:32.05
25. Lily Valcovic, Taunton – 21:34.92
26. Liliana Duffy, Franklin – 21:38.47
27. Julia Sarro, Oliver Ames – 21:39.00
28. Marie Messinger, – 21:40.67
29. Ava Pisani, King Philip – 21:44.76
30. Olivia Dias, Taunton – 22:02.05
31. Tat Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 22:05.28
32. Natalie Kaiser, North Attleboro – 22:05.39
33. Dayna Aubin, King Philip – 22:07.11
34. Shruti Srinivasan, North Attleboro – 22:08.77
35. Berta Faktorovich, Sharon – 22:11.69
36. Ruth Ann Mulvey, Franklin – 22:12.47
37. Emily Steele, Foxboro – 22:13.30
38. Angelina Perez, Franklin – 22:15.26
39. Kayla Wong, Canton – 22:16.13
40. Audria Hawkins, Franklin – 22:17.63
41. Johanna Boumeister, Canton – 22:21.19
42. Anya Doherty, Foxboro – 22:22.88
43. Emma Nelson, Franklin – 22:25.22
44. Olivia Weber, Taunton – 22:25.81
45. Ava Lerman, Oliver Ames – 22:26.24
46. Alexis Marcolini, Milford – 22:27.98
47. Emily Manning, North Attleboro – 22:29.35
48. Sydney Kalil, Milford – 22:30.29
49. Jazyl Miller-Villanueva, Attleboro – 22:32.84
50. Kailey Melito-Santos, Taunton – 22:35.41

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51. Diana Blouin, Attleboro – 22:36.98
52. Kerry O’Connor, Milford – 22:38.00
53. Olivia Forbes, North Attleboro – 22:38.85
54. Juliette Tao, Sharon – 22:42.68
55. Abigail Simmons, King Philip – 22:43.59
56. Kiersten Chan, Oliver Ames – 22:54.42
57. Devin Anderson, Mansfield – 22:57.84
58. Erin Regnier, King Philip – 22:59.96
59. Abigail Meader, King Philip – 23:02.86
60. Amy Conley, Foxboro – 23:06.36
61. Hayley Windvogel, Mansfield – 23:08.09
62. Erica Boone, Canton – 23:14.20
63. Kelly Colleran, North Attleboro – 23:19.37
64. Kate Kelleher, Canton – 23:20.96
65. Ella Isleib, Oliver Ames – 23:23.33
66. Anne Riley, Mansfield – 23:28.06
67. Sydney Brady, Franklin – 23:37.67
68. Rachel Paul, Oliver Ames – 23:44.84
69. Kavya Anbarasu, Sharon – 23:45.49
70. Julianna Parsons, Attleboro – 23:55.78
71. Lilia Angelone, King Philip – 23:57.95
72. Jenna Zeoli, Oliver Ames – 24:02.02
73. Quinlan Kiley, Taunton – 24:04.16
74. Johanna Holmes, Oliver Ames – 24:04.25
75. Morgan Coleman, Attleboro – 24:05.38
76. Brittany Silverman, Milford – 24:12.24
77. Sierra Robison, Sharon – 24:17.17
78. Haley Braga, Oliver Ames – 24:20.37
79. Samantha Greco, Mansfield – 24:22.13
80. Elaine McCarty, Stoughton – 24:24.20
81. Julia Miller, Mansfield – 24:25.67
82. Leah Vigevani, King Philip – 24:42.12
83. Sophia Delvecchio, King Philip – 24:46.62
84. Phylicia Dias, Taunton – 24:49.84
85. Jessica Maddalena, Stoughton – 24:56.67
86. Lauren Iolli, Taunton – 24:58.67
87. Julia Franey, Stoughton – 24:59.85
88. Grace Benton, Mansfield – 25:00.56
89. Lauren Sullivan, Canton – 25:00.86
90. Amanda Hanewich, North Attleboro -25:09.72
91. Kathryn Watson, Milford – 25:40.36
92. Kate Pease, Milford – 25:51.87
93. Fiona Jorden, Milford – 26:00.20
94. Stephanie Goulet, Milford – 26:22.71
95. Sarah Doherty, Stoughton – 27:47.44

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Fitzpatrick Nets Winner as Franklin Edges Mansfield

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Sophomore Riley Fitzpatrick (11) scored on a Rachel Hogan cross eight minutes before halftime to hand Franklin a 1-0 win against Mansfield. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FRANKLIN, Mass. – In a game of few scoring chances, it took only one moment of skill, only one defensive lapse, to decide a winner in Friday night’s match at Pisini Stadium.

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The only goal of the game arrived with eight minutes before the break, as sophomore Riley Fitzpatrick showed a deft touch to tap in Rachel Hogan’s cross on the edge of the six-yard-box and lift Franklin to a 1-0 victory over rival Mansfield.

“She’s awfully good athletically,” Franklin coach Tom Geysen said of Fitzpatrick. “She played far more aggressively than she has at any other point in the season and that makes a big difference. If you can put pressure up front on their backs, somebody’s going to make a mistake.”

Most of the game was played in the middle of the pitch, as the two teams did a good job of cancelling each other out and limiting the ability for either to get into the final third. When the teams did get the ball forward, both defenses stood tall to clear their lines and keep both goalies largely untroubled.

“Neither team,” said Mansfield coach Kevin Smith about the lack of clear scoring chances. He did note that the overall play had improved from the teams’ first meeting, adding, “We were both chatting about how we’ve been developing and both teams were passing, moving. The soccer is much better and both teams have grown.”

It took 18 minutes for the first shot in anger. A clearance by Franklin left back Anna Balkus popped out to Katie Miller and the sophomore had a go from 20 yards that was held by Breanna Atwood. A couple minutes later, Tarynn Smith had another chance for Mansfield, but freshman defender Norah Anderson forced the forward wide and made it an easier stop for Atwood.

Franklin needed half an hour to register its first shot on goal. It just happened to also find the back of the net.

Hogan battled to win the ball back on the right side of the Mansfield penalty area and she needed only a sliver of space to fire a cross to the edge of the six. Fitzpatrick made a late run towards the back post, cut across her marker, and side-footed a shot past Mansfield keeper Olivia Salisbury.

Fitzpatrick created Franklin’s other scoring opportunity of the first half when she won the ball in midfield and got it forward to senior Carly Alston. She cut inside on her right foot and fired a shot that was straight at the keeper.

Things opened up slightly at the start of the second half, as the Hornets created a scoring chance just a minute after the break. Smith played Avery Hawthorne down the left channel but her shot to the near post was grabbed by Atwood.

Eleven minutes later, Hawthorne hustled to pressure Franklin defender Sabrina Addi, blocking a clearance and getting free in the box only for Balkus to come flying across and block the goal-bound shot.

Fitzpatrick continued to be a menace for the Panthers. She created space for a cross from the right side that picked out Sydney St. Marie at the back stick but her volley was blocked by Megan Krone.

“We’ve been having that problem all season,” said Geysen. “We get a minimum number of shots. You have to score goals and we don’t. We have to play good defense and keep working our butts off to stay in the game.”

He added, “We need to be able to pressure the ball and get to it quickly. Not having Stella [Regan] (who is out with a broken leg) in the middle is a real kick in the butt because she’s so good moving the ball.”

With six minutes remaining in the game, Maria Sevastos had a free kick right on the edge of the box. The Franklin wall struggled to get itself set and gave Sevastos a look at the corner, but the shot skidded just wide.

The Hornets finished with a flurry, looking for an important equalizer that would get them one point closer to a playoff spot, but the Panthers held out and nearly doubled the lead when St. Marie couldn’t get full purchase on a volley off an Alston cross.

“It’s not going to be easy,” said Smith about Mansfield’s chances of getting into the postseason. “We needed that [challenge]. We’re getting there. I love working with these kids, they’re great.”

Franklin (8-4-1, 7-4-1) will travel to Taunton on Tuesday, while Mansfield (5-5-4, 5-5-3) will begin its quest for four points from its remaining four games with a trip to Oliver Ames.

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