Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/16/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Stoughton, 59 @ Canton, 52 – Final – Sophomore Cam Andrews scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to lead the Black Knights. Junior Cam Gomes added 12 points and seven rebounds, junior Matt Valle had 10 points and senior Brandon Teixeira had 12 rebounds and seven assists. Sophomore Tony Harris led Canton with 22 points and seven rebounds, freshman Devin Foster had 11 points and nine rebounds and Michael Harris chipped in with seven points and eight rebounds.

Milford, 76 vs. Tantasqua, 62 – Final – Facing a three point deficit at halftime, Milford poured in 52 points in the second half to hand Tantasqua just its second loss this season. Dimitry Torres led the Scarlet Hawks with 23 points while senior Dwight Anderson notched his second straight double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Zack Tamagni added 14 points, Anthony Arcudi chipped in with 10 points and sophomore Kayden Kelley had 15 rebounds to go along with seven points. 

Girls Basketball
Stoughton, 36 @ Canton, 57 – Final – Hannah Jerrier was the top scorer for Canton with 19 points and Shannon Foley chipped in with 12 points on four three-pointers.

Franklin, 41 vs. Acton-Boxboro, 47 – Final

Foxboro, 45 vs. Hanover, 52 – Final – Ashley Sampson led the way for Foxboro with 20 points and 11 rebounds, including 13 points in the second half as the Warriors battled back from as many as 18 down to cut the lead to seven in the fourth quarter. Grace Tamulionis and Cassidy Harrison each added nine points for Foxboro.

Oliver Ames, 57 @ Norwell, 39 – Final – OA rallied from a first quarter deficit to take a two point lead at halftime. The Tigers then dominated the second half, including an 18-4 third quarter. Francesca Calabraro led the Tigers with 22 points and six steals while Kayla Raymond added 10 points. Oliver Ames will play Brockton in the tournament finals on Thursday. 

Hockey
Canton, 3 vs. Coyle Cassidy, 1 – Final

Oliver Ames, 4 vs. Sandwich, 1 – Final – Four different players found the back of the net. Matt Mancini (assisted by Brett Williams and Eric LeBlanc), Cullen Gallagher (from Max Ward and Owen Gallagher), Eric LeBlanc (from Owen Gallagher and Matt Mancini) and Ben Litwack (unassisted) scored for OA. Owen Gallagher was named to the Jeff Hayes tournament team. 

Cold Streak Dooms Bulldogs Against Norwood

Tony Harris
Tony Harris (5) scored 22 points for the Bulldogs in the loss to Norwood at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For three quarters, the Canton Bulldogs gave Norwood all they could handle.
The game was knotted 31-31 through 24 minutes but over the course of the final moments of the third quarter and the first couple of minutes in the final quarter, the Mustangs rattled off a 12-0 and that was all the separation they needed to pick up a 52-42 win over the Bulldogs.
Sophomore Tony Harris drained a corner three with 3:52 left in the third quarter to put Canton ahead 31-28 but the Bulldogs were unable to register any points for the rest of the quarter and for the first 2:48 of the fourth quarter — totaling a 6:40 scoreless stretch. In that time, Norwood tied the game by the conclusion of the third and the continued their run to go up 40-31.
“We’ve had some scoring droughts throughout the course of the season and we’re trying to overcome that,” Canton head coach Ryan Gordy said. “That’s been the difference in a lot of games for us. That one run that teams have gone on, late in the third or early in the fourth. History repeated itself in this game. All in all, I’m happy with the effort. I thought we battled and clawed a bit.
“We made baskets difficult for them. Offensively, we’ve just been trying to climb the ladder all season and we’re still not there but we have a couple of games left to prove we can get there.”
Harris hit another three with 5:12 to go in the fourth to snap the cold streak and the run and Canton continued to crawl back into the game. Harris drove to the basket for another bucket to get the Bulldogs within four. Norwood stretched it back to seven but again Harris drained a three to get within four with two minutes to play.
That would be as close as the Bulldogs would get. With gambles for steals and fouling, Norwood would be able to keep its six or seven point lead for the remainder of the game.
“When we hold teams in the 50s, we have a chance to win,” Gordy said. “We’re not a team that’s going to go out and score 70 points a night. We held them in the 50s and gave ourselves a chance. They came out and got the win. It didn’t help we went 3-11 from the free throw line. If we can focus and knock down some free throws, that makes a difference in the direction of the game. You make coaching decisions based on the scoreboard. We gave up some easy baskets at the end trying to come back and trying to fight our way back into it.”
It was a slow start for both teams, who combined for nine turnovers in the first eight minutes. Tony Harris, Michael Harris and freshman Devin Foster each scored a field goal to help Canton stay even (6-6) after one.
The Bulldogs created slight separation going into the halftime break, using their best offensive quarter (14 points) to get a one point lead (20-19) into the locker rooms. A traditional three point play from Griffin Jerrier gave Canton a four point cushion just over midway through the second and Harris closed with a pair of threes put to the Bulldogs up.
Canton twice had five point leads to open the third quarter, a drive by Tony Harris and a bucket from Michael Harris made is 26-21. With the game tied at 28-28, that’s when Tony Harris would hit Canton’s last field goal before the cold stretch.
“Loved the defense,” Gordy said after limiting the Bay State’s Hergert Division leaders’ offense. “The defensive effort has been there all season for our team. When you struggle to score you have to really make sure you can defend. I thought we’ve done a good job all season. It just seems when a team goes on a run, we struggle to come back from that at times.”
For Canton, Tony Harris had a career-high 22 points and five rebounds, Michael Harris had 10 points and five rebounds, Foster had six points and three assists and Jerrier finished with four points and five rebounds.
“It’s about consistency with Tony. Tony is going to be a very good player and he is in spurts now. Tonight he was,” Gordy said. “It’s just about getting him to play with that mindset, that aggressiveness every single night. If Tony can learn to have that mindset every night, he’s going to turn into a good player in the league and we need him to too.”
Canton (2-12, 0-11) will be back in league play on Monday night when they host Taunton at 6:30.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Sunday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/31/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Canton, 42 vs. Norwood 52 – Final – Tony Harris scored a career-high 22 points and hauled in five rebounds but the Bulldogs couldn’t recover from a 12-0 run for Norwood in the second half. Michael Harris added 10 points and five rebounds. 
Foxboro, 65 vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 53 – FinalJason Procaccini led the Warriors with 21 points and seven rebounds. Alex DuBrow finished with 15 points, five rebounds, and six boards and Rob Lowey had a double-double of 12 points and 12 boards. Foxboro clinched the win with a 22-6 fourth quarter.
Milford, 75 vs. North Attleboro, 63 – Final – Milford connected on 12 three pointers for the second straight game. Sophomore Kayden Kelley had a career-high 16 points and added eight rebounds. Dimitry Torres also scored 16 points for the Scarlet Hawks. North Attleboro’s Brent Doherty had a game-high 21 points and sophomore Mario Bresko added 17 points. 
Mansfield, 66 @ Brockton, 68 – Final (OT) – Brockton rallied from a 10 point deficit at the end of the third quarter and then stole the ball on Mansfield’s final effort in overtime. Matt Ehrlich had a team-high 20 points and five rebounds, Max Boen had 14 points and three assists and Sam Golberg had nine points to go along with 13 rebounds. 
Girls Basketball
North Attleboro, 63 @ Durfee, 45  FinalAshley Ahern was the top scorer for the Rocketeers with 16 points. Caroline Collard added 12 points and Emily Peters had 10.
Swimming
Boys
Milford, 84 @ Foxboro, 58 – Final
Girls
Milford, 92 @ Foxboro, 78 – Final
Girls Hockey
Stoughton, 1 @ Latin Academy, 5 – Final

Sharon Comeback Spoils Canton Title Hopes

Matt Cancian
Matt Cancian (27) rushed for a pair of second half touchdowns and had one of Sharon’s four interceptions in a 30-14 victory on Saturday. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

SHARON, Mass. – Coming into Saturday afternoon’s regular season finale, the conversation between fans from Canton and Sharon centered on seedings, rankings, and coefficients. The uncertainty of the playoff system loomed over the proceedings, even overwhelming the fact that a win would give the Bulldogs their first league title since 1990.

Canton stormed out of the gates and led by two scores in the first half, but the Eagles were intent on spoiling the moment and rattled off 30 straight points, while intercepting four passes and allowing only one Bulldogs first down in the second half of a 30-14 victory.

Sharon coach Dave Morse insisted it was the best half of football that his team had played all season and he believed that it was enough to get the Eagles into the tournament.

“That’s about it man,” he said. “You come out and shut out a team that’s feeling it, they’re rolling, it was an unbelievable half of football for us. When you come out and prepare correctly, we can execute correctly.”

Canton knew that it needed a win to share the Davenport crown with Foxboro, which had won on Friday night, and the Bulldogs were fired up at the start.

An interception by Jude Alpert near the end of the first quarter gave Canton possession at the Sharon 37. Eight plays later, Jake Ragusa (15 carries, 83 yards) punched it in from five yards out and Thomas Monagle added the kick to make it 7-0.

On Sharon’s next possession, the Bulldogs forced a three and out. Woanyen Mahn burst through the line and blocked the punt, which was recovered by Kymauny Roland and returned to the Sharon 32. Two plays later, Dennis Ross (3-11, 71 yards) looked for Michael Harris at the front corner of the end zone. Harris out-jumped two defenders to haul in the pass and make it 14-0.

“I thought there was blood in the water for us at 14-0,” said Canton coach Dave Bohane. “We knew they were good so 21-0, if we could get it would be the type of thing that you can make a good team question themselves, but we didn’t and they came back.”

Sharon needed a response and got it on its next drive. Juvan Elisma had two carries to get it to midfield followed by a Rob Bayha pass to Joey Dowler down to the Canton 33. Elisma (15 carries, 81 yards) did the rest, bursting through the line and sprinting to the far sideline for a 33-yard touchdown that cut the lead in half and gave the Eagles momentum heading into the break.

“It’s almost like in hockey when you go down 3-0 you’re screwed but you go down 2-1 then you’re okay,” explained Morse. “In OA we went down and came back, against Sandwich we went down and came back…mentally we are pretty tough and our guys keep fighting.”

Canton got the ball first and was forced to punt. On its possession, Sharon moved the ball to the Bulldogs 10, with the help of a horse collar and a late hit penalty, but was forced to settle for a 27-yard Josh Rotman field goal that made it 14-10.

Sensing that the Eagles had the upper hand, Morse called for an onside kick. The Eagles were quickest to the loose ball and recovered at their own 47. Canton’s defense held and forced a punt, but the energy was clearly on the home sideline in the third quarter.

Sharon stopped Ragusa for two short gains and then Bryce Smith intercepted Ross’ pass to give the Eagles ball at the Canton 11. Three plays later and Matt Cancian pushed it across from seven yards out to give Sharon its first lead at 17-14.

After another Canton punt, Bayha (7-17, 112) hit Tyler Smith for a 26-yard completion and the Eagles offense was in business again. Following a pass interference call against Canton, Cancian got the corner and went 15 yards for his second touchdown of the half.

“I thought we made the right adjustments at halftime,” said Bohane, “but just never got field position. I thought there were a couple times in the game that we looked a little bit slow but we can attribute that to they had some quick kids.”

With five minutes remaining in the game, Bryce Smith picked off Ross for the second time in the game and would have returned it for a score only to be denied by an illegal block call. Cancian nearly had his third touchdown only to have the ball pop out at the one, which Canton recovered for a touchback.

Rather than be dismayed by the turnover, the Sharon senior captain immediately got the ball back for his team when he picked off Ross’ pass on Canton’s first play. Bayha made sure that the turnover counted when he found Bryce Smith down the sideline for a 30-yard touchdown with just 2:40 on the clock.

“We’re more comfortable moving the ball on the ground,” admitted Bohane. “We thought that we had some mismatches in there and the kids played well for Sharon and it is hard when you’re not getting those plus yards on first down, second down.”

Morse said, “The secondary was exceptional. Four picks is four picks; that’s tough to do.”

He added, “We did on any individual player even though [Ragusa] is great. Scheme-wise we put something together that we liked and our guys executed.”

Not to be outdone by his brother, Tyler Smith picked off the final pass to seal the Eagles victory and give Sharon a chance to look ahead to a possible playoff opponent.

Morse said, “I’m pumped up. We won against a good team to put us in. It’s a great win; it’s a great feeling. I bet our kids will have a real pep in their step this week at practice.”

Bohane was left deflated, as the Bulldogs were left without the league title and possibly left out of the playoffs on the final day for the second straight season.

When asked if he though that the postseason was still a possibility, Bohane responded, “I hope so. We’d love to get in the playoffs and represent the Hockomock League.”

Playoff brackets will be released by the MIAA on Sunday.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Saturday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/24/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Football
Canton, 14 @ Sharon, 30 – Final
First Quarter: No Scoring.
Second Quarter: (C) Jake Ragusa 5 yard rush, Thomas Monagle XP; (C) Dennis Ross 31 yard pass to Michael Harris, T. Monagle XP; (S) Javon Elisma 33 yard rush, Josh Rotman XP.
Third Quarter: (S) J. Rotman 27 yard field goal; Matt Cancian 7 yard rush, J. Rotman XP.
Fourth Quarter: (S) M. Cancian 15 yard rush, XP missed; Rob Bayha 30 yard pass to Bryce Smith, Rotman XP.

Stoughton, 38 @ Milford, 22 – Final
1st Quarter: (S) Christian Hill 44 yard rush, XP no good.
2nd Quarter: (M) Blake Hill 1 yard rush, Sean Lehane XP; (S) Ryan Sullivan 2 yard rush, 2pt fail; (S) R. Sullivan 2 yard rush, 2pt fail; (S) Izon Swain-Price 30 yard rush, 2pt fail.
3rd Quarter: (S) Guy Eddy 5 yard rush, XP no good; (M) Zach Lanzetta 4 yard pass to Shapel Feaster.
4th Quarter: (M) Z. Lanzetta 7 yard pass to Jack Cappelletti, Blake Hill 2pt rush; (S) Jake Gibb 16 yard pass to Steven Elice, R. Sullivan 2pt rush. 
Boys Soccer
Foxboro, 6 @ Ipswich, 1 – Final – Senior Devante Teixeira and junior Anthony Barreira each scored a pair of goals while sophomore Joe Morrison and junior Colin Spinney each scored once in the Warriors’ win. 
Sharon, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – Keegan Nutt scored for the Tigers and Jake Goloboy equalized for the Eagles.
Girls Soccer
Taunton 0 vs. Coyle & Cassidy, 0 – Final – Coyle won the City Championship 3-1 on penalties, but it counts as a tie on the season record.
Volleyball
Mansfield @ Medfield, 6:30
Field Hockey
Canton, 1 @ Dover-Sherborn, 0 – FinalAndrea McNeil scored the lone goal of the game six minutes into the game for the Bulldogs. Taylor Carrington picked up the shutout in net while defenders Emily Rizzitano, Colleen Phelan, Sarah Wilkinson and Julia Ezepek all played well for the Bulldogs. 
Mansfield, 3 @ Duxbury, 1 – Final

Overtime Heroics Carry Canton to Win At Stoughton

Jake Ragusa
Jake Ragusa (20) rushes for his second touchdown of the game to give Canton a lead in overtime at Stoughton on Friday night. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

STOUGHTON, Mass. – The Bulldogs are becoming used to dramatic finishes and overtime battles, but there was something special about Friday night’s 22-21 victory over rival Stoughton at Anthony L. Sarno Field.

When Jake Ragusa stopped Guy Eddy at the two-yard line on the final play of overtime, preventing the Black Knights from getting the two-point conversion that would have won the game, the Bulldogs stormed onto the field, cheering a win that keeps them in the Davenport title race, possibly clinches a spot in the postseason, and avenges last year’s heartbreaking defeat. 

Still, this felt like more than all of that.

Even 20 minutes after they had cleared the field, with the players piled into two buses for the short ride back to Canton, the cheering had not abated. It felt like the Bulldogs had officially arrived and earned the marquee win to prove that this is a program to watch.

“We’re just on top of the world,” said Canton coach Dave Bohane. “To have those moments like that, you cherish them.”

“I told them before the game that I think our program is heading in the right direction,” he explained. “I think we’re going to be pretty good down the road, but I think tonight is going to be a night you remember as the night that it turned.”

As has been the case all season and as would be expected against a rival and a team that has been in the running for the Davenport title each year since the league split, the victory was not easy.

The first half was ugly for the Bulldogs with the offense sputtering in the rain. Penalties and a pair of turnovers gave Stoughton the ball in Canton territory on its first three possessions. The Black Knights opened the scoring with 5:27 left in the first when Christian Hill’s 19-yard run set up a 1-yard Guy Eddy touchdown.

But that was all Stoughton would get in the first half. Ragusa sacked Stoughton quarterback Jake Gibb twice, sophomore Jude Albert showed the ability to stick with receivers downfield and the aggressive Bulldogs defense bottled up the ground game at the line of scrimmage.

“Our defense kept us in the game,” said Bohane. “Our defense gave us a chance to win that, no doubt.”

Canton finally got something going on its final possession of the half. Ragusa was the main man with nine carries for 59 yards on the drive and finished it with a two-yard dive that gave Canton the lead with 16 seconds before the break.

The lead barely lasted to halftime. Steven Elice took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to paydirt only to have his celebration cut short by a holding call at midfield.

After the break, it was more of the same. The rain may have cleared but the field was still slick and the defenses were in control. Donnie Foley, Devlin Carroll, and Josh Czuba on the Stoughton side and Woanyen Mahn, Joe Bires, and Djimon Harding for Canton were all dominating play and neither side could find any rhythm offensively.

The Black Knights finally got a spark when Elice recovered a Bires fumble at the Canton 35 with the clock winding under five minutes to play. Gibb hit Ryan Sullivan for 11 yards and a first down and then four plays later he hit Eddy in the flat and the running back took it 18 yards for the go-ahead score. The two-point conversion was no good and the lead was 12-7 with 2:41 left to play.

Canton answered right back. The drive started at the Bulldogs’ 43 and was kept alive by junior quarterback Dennis Ross, who kept a fourth down play alive long enough to find Ragusa on the sideline for the first down. Three plays later, Ross looked downfield and found Michael Harris for a 35-yard touchdown pass into double coverage.

Mahn added the two-point conversion and it was 15-12 Bulldogs with just 1:18 left.

“He didn’t get a lot of reps last year,” said Bohane of his starting QB, Ross. “We just need to get better throwing the ball so we spent a lot of time doing it this week and we did it.”

“I don’t know how pretty that play was but I’ve been on the other end of that so many times, I’ll take it.”

Stoughton coach Greg Burke was still wondering how it was that Harris got open on the play. He said, “I thought we should’ve batted it down at least. Two guys were on him, but, you know, what can I tell you.”

The Black Knights were not done. Similar to the game against Milford two weeks ago, the Canton defense let up for just a second and Gibb was able to hit Elice on a slant that went for 43 yards down to the Bulldogs seven with :32 seconds left. Gibb (8-17, 105) threw incomplete on first down, gained two yards on second and missed Eddy in the flat on third.

Facing a fourth down decision, Stoughton received a delay of game penalty that backed the Knights up to the 10. From there, Burke made the choice to go with the field goal.

“It was 10 yards and we didn’t have any timeouts left,” he said. “You just go with the percentage there. I’m going to take the chance that we kick it through. We screwed it up on the pass before that…but we had to go for that.”

Stoughton went for it and Gibb’s kick was hit by at least one Canton player (possibly two) but went through the uprights with 11 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

On its first possession, Canton faced fourth down from the two and rather than go for a Thomas Monagle field goal, Bohane went to Ragusa (24 carries, 116 yards) and the senior plowed into the end zone for his second touchdown of the night.

Gibb scored for Stoughton with a two-yard run of his own. Burke decided to go for two rather than try an extra point and the Knights gave the ball to Eddy on a sweep right but Ragusa read it all the way and made the stop that gave Canton the win.

“We’re going for the win,” said Burke. “I called a timeout and the [ref] didn’t listen to me. I called a timeout; we were going to change and pass the ball. We just wanted to see how they lined up.”

“I thought we did a good job defensively…I just figured we could win it.”

About his senior captain, who made plays on both sides of the ball in overtime, Bohane remarked, “He’s like the straw that stirs the drink. Him and Joe (Bires), they’re the guys that we rally around. Hopefully we keep winning and those guys will be in discussion for MVP of the league.”

Bohane took a moment to reflect on where he was and the emotions of the evening. The Bulldogs have won four times this season and three of those were in OT, but Bohane admitted that this one felt a little different.

“Last year’s game was an absolute kick in the stomach to us, coaching staff and players, so to have this happen just…it’s just a great feeling and I’m so proud of my guys.”

Canton will go on the road to face Oliver Ames next Friday, while Stoughton will travel to Davenport leader Foxboro.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Friday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/09/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Football
North Attleboro, 14 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final
1st Quarter: (NA) Patrick Johnson 65 yard interception return, Connor Flynn XP; (NA) Nick Rajotte 30 yard rush, C. Flynn XP.
2nd Quarter: No scoring.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: No scoring.
Canton, 22 @ Stoughton, 21 – Final (OT)
1st Quarter: (Sto) Guy Eddy 1 yard run, XP missed.
2nd Quarter: (Can) Jake Ragusa 2 yard run, Thomas Monagle XP.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (Sto) Jake Gibb 18 yard pass to Eddy, 2-point failed; (Can) Dennis Ross 35 yard pass to Michael Harris, Woanyen Mahn 2-point run; Gibb 27 yard field goal.
Overtime: Ragusa 2 yard run, Monagle XP; Gibb 2-yard run, 2-point failed. 
Foxboro, 42@ Milford, 14 – Final
1st Quarter: (F) Mark Clagg 52 yard pass to Austin Ryan, John Cronin XP good; (F) M. Clagg 15 yard pass to Ronnie Martin, J. Cronin XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) Blake Hill 5 yard rush, XP good; (F) Darren Kelly 12 yard rush, J. Cronin XP good. 
3rd Quarter: (F) Austin Ryan 99 yard punt return, J. Cronin XP good; (M) Zach Lanzetta 10 yard pass to Blake Hill, XP good; (F) R. Martin 11 yard rush, J. Cronin XP good.
4th Quarter: (F) D. Kelly 65 yard rush, J. Cronin XP good. 

King Philip, 10 @ Franklin, 3 – Final
1st Quarter: (KP) Zach Boari 17 yard field goal.
2nd Quarter: (F) Nick Yelle 20 yard field goal.
3rd Quarter: (KP) John DeLuca 2 yard rush, Z. Boari XP good.
4th Quarter: No scoring.

Taunton @ Mansfield – Postponed to 10/10, 12:00

Sharon, 28 @ Oliver Ames, 12 – Final
1st Quarter: (OA) Liston Funai 7 yard rush, 2pt fail.
2nd Quarter: (S) Tyler Smith 55 yard rush, Josh Rotman XP good; (S) Rob Bayha 21 yard pass to Craig Titus, J. Rotman XP good; (S) R. Bayha 21 yard pass to Bryce Smith, J. Rotman XP good.
3rd Quarter: (S) Juvan Elisma 43 yard rush, J. Rotman XP good.
4th Quarter: (OA) Charlie Ryan 12 yard pass to Shawn Cardoza, XP fail.
Boys Soccer
Canton, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Kevin Hall scored for the third straight game, this time off an assist from David Stowell to pace the Panthers. Austin Kent added an unassisted for for Franklin.
Oliver Ames, 1 @ Kinge  Philip, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Keegan Nutt headed home the lone goal of the game, finishing off a rebound off of Chris Romero’s shot that hit the crossbar.

Milford, 1 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Lens Esquil scored for the second consecutive game, this time finding the back of the net twice for the Tigers. Senior Austin Botelho had two assists and Daeshawn Duffy scored once.
Sharon, 4 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Sharon found the back of the net just five minutes into the game when Lucas Allaria converted an assist from Jake Goloboy. James Dunlea doubled the league off an assist from Liam McManus and Stephen Higgins scored unassisted in the 34th minute to make it 3-0. Matt Lowerre capped Sharon’s scoring shortly into the second half off an assist from Dunlea. Gareth King netted a late goal for the Rocketeers.
Girls Soccer
Franklin, 2 @ Canton, 0 – Final – Megan Georges and Meghan Dieterle scored the goals for Franklin both assisted by Victoria Stowell.
Mansfield, 4 @ Foxboro, 2 – FinalJen Kemp scored two goals and assisted on a pair of Jackie Carchedi goals in the first half for the Hornets. Hannah Burns scored in the first half and Lily Sykes scored with five minutes left for Foxboro. 
King Philip, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 4 – Final – Francesca Calabraro scored a pair of goals for OA. Emily Freeman and Julia Roy also scored, while Delaney Benton had three assists for the Tigers, who scored all their goals in the first half. 

Taunton, 1 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Kristen Franzini scored off an assist by Gabbie O’Neil and Katie Brown headed home the winner with fewer than two minutes remaining assisted by Francesca Shipperd. Christine Pye returned from injury to make 11 saves in goal. Abby Small had the goal for Taunton.

North Attleboro, 5 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Hana Caster scored once and had two assists, Shannon Kingsley netted a pair of goals and Haley Guertin picked up two points for the Rocketeers, who led 3-0 at half. Felocity Monfils also added a goal for the Rocketeers and Leah Jette had an assist. Kiersten Bixby and Nina Beauvias combined for the shutout in net.
Volleyball
King Philip, 1 @ Bishop Feehan, 3 – Final King Philip fell on the road, 20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 16-15. 
Mansfield, 1 vs. Needham, 3 – Final – Mansfield picked up a win in the second set to level the match but Needham took sets three and four to get the win, 19-25, 25-17, 22-25, 16-25. Cathryn Heavey had 33 assists and 10 digs in the loss for the Hornets.
Sharon, 1 @ Norwood, 3 – Final
Stoughton, 1 vs. Cardinal Spellman, 3 – Final – Stoughton suffered a 26-24, 15-25, 24-26, 19-25 loss on the road. Bianca DeSousa had 16 assists, 14 digs, 10 service points, eight aces, five kills and two blocks and Val Whalen added seven kills and seven blocks.
Field Hockey
Milford @ Taunton – Postponed to 10/19
Golf
Attleboro, 184 @ Foxboro, 174 – Final

King Philip, 169 @ Oliver Ames, 157 – Final – Jack Green’s 37 paced Oliver Ames while Brian Lambert carded a 39. Todd Bushway and Danny McLoughlin each shot 41 for King Philip.

Stoughton, 190 @ Franklin, 165 – Final – Matt Dao and Matt Pleshaw each shot a 40 for the Panthers. 
Taunton, 208 @ Mansfield, 206 – Final (5 cards) – David Craig led Mansfield with a 39, who picked up its second straight win on a card off. Devon Barbero shot a 40, Mike Marry shot 41 and Matt Chirichiello carded a 42. 
 

Foxboro Edges Canton In Davenport Division Clash

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Foxboro’s Ronnie Martin tries to evade a tackle from Canton’s Jake Ragusa in the second half (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
CANTON, Mass. – After surrendering a touchdown on Canton’s opening possession, Foxboro’s defense didn’t break again.
The Warriors’ offense scored 10 unanswered points in the second half and the defense tossed a shutout in the second frame as Foxboro beat Canton, 10-7, in the HockomockSports.com Game of the Week.
The Bulldogs took the opening drive of the game 77 yards on 14 plays, running the ball every single down to take over eight minutes off the clock. A four yard toss to the right to Woanyen Mahn with 2:48 left in the first quarter put Canton ahead 7-0.
Foxboro’s defense bent a little on a handful of Canton drives throughout the rest of the game, but never broke.
The Warriors nearly responded right away, getting to 2nd and goal from the Canton two yard line but a rush for a two yard loss, a sack from Canton’s Brian Smith and a pass breakup in the end zone from Mahn forced a turnover on downs.
Canton went back to work on the ground, this time running 18 plays and getting all the way to the Foxboro 23 yard line. Facing 3rd and 7, Foxboro’s Allston George got into the backfield for a sack to force Canton into a 46 yard field goal that just fell short.
At the half, Canton was up 7-0 and had had run over triple the plays (32 to 9) that Foxboro’s offense had.
“We couldn’t stop them,” Foxboro head coach Jack Martinelli said. “We couldn’t get off the field on third down. Two or three yards here, up inside and then they’d get to the edge. I have to give them credit but I have to give my guys credit too, bouncing back in the second half and shutting things down. It made it more difficult for them to pick up yardage.”
Foxboro started the second half with bang, as junior Mark Clagg connected with Connor McNamara over the middle and McNamara turned it into a 29 yard gain. A defensive penalty moved the ball up five more yards and then Foxboro was able to find the end zone. Clagg took the snap and was able to dance his way around two would-be tackles in the backfield and eventually dumped the pass off to running back Ronnie Martin. Martin took the pass, broke through a tackle and raced his way in for a 43 yard touchdown along the right side.
Canton’s offense started to move the ball yet again on the ground behind the combination of Jake Ragusa (21 carries, 125 yards), Mahn (nine carries, 40 yards) and Joe Bires (25 yards), moving into Foxboro territory. But a five yard penalty, a four yard loss and then a sack pushed Canton into 3rd and 23. Quarterback Dennis Ross nearly completed a long pass to Michael Harris for the first down but the ball just slipped through Harris’ one hand attempt.
The punt was nearly a disaster but Thomas Monagle was able to track down the high snap and still get a punt away.
Clagg then took a QB option for 39 yards to the Canton 15 yard line but the Bulldogs defense would stand tall. A three yard rush from Austin Ryan (81 all purpose yards) was followed by an incompletion and then a rush for no yards. Foxboro junior John Cronin then drilled a 29 yard field goal, his league leading fifth of the season, with 1:16 left in the third quarter.
“The little ice man, he has ice water in his veins,” Martinelli said of Cronin. “He’s been clutch for us.”
Canton was forced to punt again (and another great play by Monagle to snag a high snap) but the Bulldogs defense forced Foxboro to do the same. This time it was a high snap from Foxboro that went over Clagg’s head. Canton’s Dijmon Harding was able to get to Clagg before he could get anything off and forced a 21 yard loss and a turnover on downs.
Canton took control in the Foxboro red zone at the Warriors’ 18 yard line with 7:10 left.
That’s when Foxboro’s defense had it’s best stand of the game. On first down, Foxboro’s front four got a great push and caused a loss of six yards on a rush. An incomplete pass over the middle was followed by a 10 yard run from Ragusa. Canton’s field goal attempt from 31 yards just sailed wide and Foxboro kept its lead with 5:34 to play.
From there, it was heavy dose of Ronnie Martin (13 carries, 46 yards). Martin took the first two hand offs for a total of four yards before Clagg connected with McNamara for nine yards and first down. Another carry from Martin was followed by a QB option run by Darren Kelly that went for 21 yards and a first down. Four straight carries from Martin set Foxboro up for 3rd and 7 and that’s when Ryan took a sweep up the left side for eight yards and a first to ice the game.
“The two quarterback [Clagg and Kelly] situation, I have to give me coaches Mike Bordieri and AJ Dooley a lot of credit for working their magic with that,” Martinelli said. “They both understand their role and root for one another and today’s day and age, that’s hard to do.
“And Ronnie had a good game, I thought he ran hard. He’s starting to get to his peak performance level right on schedule. It will make life easier if we can run the ball a little more.”
Canton finished with an advantage in first downs, time of possession and rushing yards but Foxboro came away with the win to move to 4-0 overall.
“That’s a great football team,” Martinelli said of Canton. “I knew they were and I knew they could run the ball and that’s just what they did. I think maybe we wore them down in the second, maybe a little I don’t know. I would never take anything away from Canton. The last three or four years, they have played as hard as anyone on the schedule. We knew they would be tough, we knew they would be tough running the football and defensively. We’re happy to escape with a 10-7 win, believe me.”
The Bulldogs suffered their first setback of the season but were able to push the Warriors, who are just one of two remaining undefeated teams in the Hockomock and just one of three in D4 South, to the limit.
“I feel like it was a tale of two teams,” Canton head coach Dave Bohane said. “They’re kind of a finesse team and can throw the ball very well with two good quarterbacks and good receivers and we’re more, come at you on the ground team. I thought both teams did exactly that. But Martin is a good runner and I have a lot of respect for him and I knew he would play a factor at some point. They are good but I thought our kids played very well, I think we limited their plays as much as we could. I think we did what we set out to do but we came up short.
“I think penalties got us in some key spots and we got into some positions where we had to get out of our comfort zone. We were in a position to maybe win the game though but we just couldn’t quite do it.”
Foxboro (4-0, 2-0 in the Davenport) will look to continue its perfect start when they host Milford (2-2, 1-1), which is fresh off a 42-8 win over Oliver Ames. Canton (3-1, 1-1) will look to bounce back when they travel to neighboring Stoughton (2-2, 2-0) on Friday night.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Cardiac Kids Strike Again, Canton Beats Milford in OT


Jake Ragusa
Jake Ragusa (20) celebrates his third quarter touchdown that tied the game with Milford at 14-14. Canton would eventually win in OT. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

CANTON, Mass. – The official walked over to the sidelines with 45 seconds remaining on the clock and commented on how great the game was and that he was impressed that Canton was going to be 3-0. He laughed when it was suggested that maybe he was speaking too soon. He joked, if Milford came back that he would take the blame from the Canton coaches. 

Forty-five seconds later, the game was heading to overtime and the official could only shake his head about his earlier statement.

Canton recovered and pulled out the win, despite giving up a touchdown with just eight seconds left in regulation. The Bulldogs defense held Milford to just one yard gained on three plays in overtime (in which each drive starts at the 10 yard line).

After Hawks kicker Sean Lehane sent his 25-yard field goal narrowly wide of the right upright, Canton had the chance to end the game. Jake Ragusa went five yards on a toss sweep and then, on second and goal, fellow captain Joe Bires took the handoff up the middle and into the end zone to send the sidelines charging onto the field for a raucous celebration.

Canton coach Dave Bohane admitted that he was thinking about a field goal when the Bulldogs got the ball, but added, “We had great fan support and a lot of Joe’s friends were up there so I knew he’d be hard to tackle.”

The 27-21 victory was the second straight overtime win for the Bulldogs and, remarkably, six points is the largest margin of victory in any of their three games thus far.

“Coming off last season, we were worried,” admitted Ragusa when asked how it felt to be 3-0. “We weren’t sure about quarterback and other spots…We just try to come out here and work hard every day; learning something new every day.”

Milford (1-2) was on the verge of putting the game away in the first half. Blake Hill (119 yards of offense) had scored on a four-yard run in the first quarter to give the Hawks the lead and he pulled in a 28-yard strike from Zach Lanzetta (10-23, 208 yards) with 1:02 left in the half to make it 14-0.

The crowd was quiet, the bench was down, and Canton was in desperate need of life. Ragusa provided it on the ensuing kick-off. He took the kick to the left and raced 70 yards before being dragged down at the Milford 15. Three plays later, Dennis Ross hooked up with Michael Harris in the back of the end zone to cut the lead in half.

“I don’t usually return kicks,” explained Ragusa, “but I got great blocking. I just saw the opening and took the shot. Again it all goes out to my teammates; teammates win games.”

Bohane added, “I felt like we needed that to let us know we’re still in this. We got the score and we could go into halftime, take a deep breath, and figure some things out.”

Canton punted on its first possession of the third, but Hill fumbled on the first play of Milford’s drive, as he was fighting for extra yards, and it was recovered by Woanyen Mahn at the Hawks 20. Ragusa (20 carries, 120 yards) went 13 on first down and then got seven yards, and six points, on the next play to tie the game at 14-14.

The score stayed the same until late in the fourth quarter when Canton got the ball back at its own 10. Bohane could be heard telling his assistants that he did not want to take a shot and risk a turnover, so the Bulldogs stayed on the ground. Ragusa and Bires got a first down, then it was Mahn with a 17-yard sweep.

After taking a shot downfield, Ragusa again went for 12. Mahn followed it up with 11 back to the near sideline. On the 10th play, Mahn again got the call and took it 16 yards to the Milford 15 forcing the Hawks into a timeout with 1:51 remaining in the game.

“Woanyen Mahn has turned the corner in the last few weeks and he had some key runs and of course Jake and Joe,” said Bohane. “Our line is very good and I think our conditioning played a role there in the end.”

On third and three from the eight, Ragusa went around the left side and carried the pile across the goal line for the go ahead score. The drive lasted 13 plays and covered 90 yards and put the Bulldogs up 21-14 with just 45 seconds left on the clock.

The drama was just beginning.

Milford got the ball back at its own 37. Lanzetta, who was under pressure from Djimon Harding and Kymauny Roland most of the game, threw three straight incomplete passes. But on the third, a flag was thrown for defensive holding to give the Hawks another first down.

After an eight yard completion to Jack DeSantis got the ball in Canton territory with 18 seconds left, Lanzetta found Leonardo Moronta on a deep crossing route and one broken tackle on the far side later he found paydirt on a 45-yard touchdown that stunned the crowd and the Canton sideline.

Rather than allowing the disappointment of that play cost the Bulldogs the game, Canton’s defense went right back out and made the plays it needed to give the offense a chance to win it.

“I just said let’s keep working,” said Ragusa of the conversation in the huddle before the start of overtime. “We have a good defense right here, keep believing and do your job. That’s what they did.”

Bohane noted, “The defense let up a big play to tie the game up and they went right back out there, much like they’ve been doing all year, they’ve faced adversity, rolled up their sleeves, and got the stop.”

The Bulldogs move to 3-0 and head into a showdown with fellow unbeaten Foxboro next week at World War II Veterans Memorial Field. Bohane joked that maybe it would be the HockomockSports.com Game of the Week, but he also said that beating Milford will give his team confidence that it can play with the top teams in the Davenport.

“People around here are like, do you have to [win] like that every week?” he joked. “But, to beat Milford for us is huge. A league win is just…monumental for us.”

“I think we can now look at the next games and say, hey we can play with these games. I think the kids will have confidence.”

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Football: 2015 Davenport Division Preview

By HockomockSports.com Staff

Canton

2014 Record: 6-5
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Dave Bohane
Key/Returning Players: Jake Ragusa, Sr., HB/LB; Mac Brown, Sr., OL/DL; Joe Bires, Sr., FB/LB; Nick MacGregor, Sr., OL/DL; Kenny Dulcio, Sr., OL/DL; Michael Harris, Sr., SE/DB; Woanyen Mahn, Sr., HB/DB; Mike McMahon, Sr., HB/FS; Dennis Ross, Jr., QB/LB.
Outlook: The Bulldogs graduated a handful of big names this past Spring but Canton has a lot of talent coming back in key positions. Anchored by a handful of returning starters, including some who will start for the third straight year, Canton could be a tough opponent every single week.
Offensively, junior Dennis Ross will take over under center after Brian Hagan graduated. There are some similarities between Ross and Hagan (21 total TDs in 2014) so the transition will be a bit easier than others experience. Ross has some speed with his legs and has good throwing strength. One target Ross will look for is Michael Harris, who is a big threat option and will get a lot of looks this season. The offensive line is strong and there is a good amount of experience.
On defense, head coach Dave Bohane has a solid amount of experienced talent that will be key this season. Senior Jake Ragusa is back and has been one of the Bulldogs leading tacklers in both his sophomore and junior years. Joe Bires’ athleticism is key but his football IQ is something that will help the Bulldogs. Nick MacGregor will be an anchor on the defensive line while Bohane had high praise for Mike McMahon, who will be the defensive quarterback from his safety position.

Foxboro

2014 Record: 7-4
2014 Finish: Reached D4 South Semifinal
Coach: Jack Martinelli
Key/Returning Players: Ronnie Martin, Sr., RB/LB; Connor Downs, Sr., RB/LB; Trevor Fishman, Sr., OT/DE; James Blake, Jr., OT/DE; Austin Ryan, Sr., WR/CB; Connor McNamara, Sr., WR/CB; Pat McCarthy, Sr., P/WR/SS.
Outlook: While the spotlight is on Stoughton as the favorite of the Davenport, Foxboro has a strong core of players and should be right in the thick of things. There are some big shoes to fill left by the Class of 2015 but to no one’s surprise, Jack Martinelli looks to have his team primed for another playoff push.
Junior Mark Clagg looks to be the one that will gets the reps at quarterback this season. Clagg already has a career touchdown pass under his belt when he tossed one against Walpole last year. Despite minimal varsity experience, Clagg will have a good amount of weapons to work with. Hockomock League All Star Ronnie Martin is back and should get the majority of the carries this year. Austin Ryan had a great summer in passing league and could carry that momentum into the season. With a couple of key pieces back on the line, Foxboro’s offense could be among the best in the league.
Defensively, there will be some holes that the Warriors need to plug. Connor Downs will be one of the top linebackers this season while Pat McCarthy, Austin Ryan and Connor McNamara will all see time in the secondary. The key could be getting a push up front for the Warriors.

Milford

2014 Record: 7-4
2014 Finish: Reached D3 Southwest Semifinal
Coach: Joe Todd
Key/Returning Players: Jack Desantis, Sr., RB/DB; Leo Moronta, Sr., TE/DE; Ryan Nesta, Sr., WR/LB; Zach Lanzetta, Sr., QB; John Niro, Sr., OL/DL; Blake Hill, Jr., WR/RB/LB; Ryan Gray, Jr., OL/DL; Asong Aminmentse, Jr., RB/DB; Riley Burns, Jr., OL/DL; Harrison Bliss, Jr., OL/LB; Tony Mobilia, Jr., WR.
Outlook: Milford was one of the biggest surprises in all of Division 3 last year with the run they made. With the talent they had, it’s no surprise. Although the Scarlet Hawks graduated a good amount of contributors from 2014, expect Milford to give opponents a tough time all season.
One big positive for Joe Todd and Milford will be having Zach Lanzetta under center. Now a senior, Lanzetta has been getting some reps since his sophomore year. After sharing QB duties over the past two years, it looks like Lanzetta will be full time this year. Jack Desantis will get a good amount of carries out of the backfield while Blake Hill, Leo Moronta and Tony Mobilia are all receiving threats that have experience.
There is a good amount of experience returning on defense for the Scarlet Hawks. Desantis and Aminmentse will patrol the secondary, while Ryan Nesta, Harrison Bliss and Blake Hill will form one of the more formidable linebacking corps in the Davenport. On the line, Ryan Gray and Riley Burns are two players with experience. Expect Milford to sneak up on some teams this season.

Oliver Ames

2014 Record: 3-8
2014 Finish: Reached D3 Southwest Quarterfinal
Coach: Mike Holland
Key/Returning Players: Connor Moroney, Sr., FB/LB; Andrew Callachan, Sr., RB/LB; Shawn Cardoza, Sr., TE/DE; Chris Hanegan, Sr., LB; Charlie Ryan, Sr., QB; Pat Mills, Sr., OL/DL; Kevin Geary, Sr., OL/DL.
Outlook: There is a lot that changes with a new coach but the Tigers have more than just a new face to deal with. With graduation and a couple of transfers, Oliver Ames has a lot gaps to fill this season. Luckily, new coach Mike Holland has been in the program for years which makes the transition smoother.
Charlie Ryan is back for his second year under center and his first full season as starter. Ryan tossed for nine touchdowns last season, which is second among quarterbacks returning this year. The biggest question will be finding new targets to catch those passes. Andrew Callachan has moved into the backfield this season and should get a good amount of carries. Connor Moroney will be an option on offense as will Shawn Cardoza but the Tigers will need some other faces to step up on offense.
On defense, Moroney could be one of the biggest surprises at linebacker while Shawn Cardoza could be one of the best lineman on defense this season. Kevin Geary has seen varsity time and could be poised for a breakout senior season. After giving up over 23 points on average last season, the Tigers will look to get back to 2013 form, where they gave up less than 10 points a game.

Sharon

2014 Record: 2-9
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Dave Morse
Key/Returning Players: Nate Hirsh, Jr., OT; Joey Dowler, Sr., TE; Josh Rotman, Jr., WR/CB; Kenny Marrero, Sr., OG; Bryce Smith, Sr., WR/CB; Tyler Smith, Sr., RB/WR/CB; Matt Cancian, Sr., RB/LB; Carlos Grullon, Sr., RB; Juvan Elisma, Jr., RB; Xavier Hackett, Jr., Safety; Keson John, Sr., WR; Ian Longol-Leonard, Jr., OT/DT; Peter Banks, Jr., OC.
Outlook: The Eagles were forced to change things up last season and although the offense struggled for consistency at time, the defense was a big bright spot. Sharon was one of the top defenses in the league last year with just a hair over 20 PPG allowed.
The good news for Sharon this year is the amount of players they have back at the skill positions. When the quarterback is settled on, expect players like Matt Cancian, Carlos Grullon, Juvan Elisma and Tyler Smith to all get looks coming out of the backfield. With Josh Rotman and Bryce Smith — two players that saw a lot of varsity time last season — back in the fold, Sharon will have plenty of options on offense. The key will be establishing a consistent offensive line.
Defensively, the Eagles will have a strong secondary and linebackers. With both Tyler and Bryce Smith, Josh Rotman and Xavier Hackett back, the secondary has plenty of experience. Kevin Jones also has a good amount of varsity experience and will be paired with Matt Cancian at linebacker. John Dentino and Ian Langol-Leonard will be two players counted on to bolster up the Eagles defensive line. With the talent that Sharon has back, a playoff appearance might be in the picture.

Stoughton

2014 Record: 9-2
2014 Finish: Reached D3 Southwest Semifinal
Coach: Greg Burke
Key/Returning Players: Jake Gibb, Sr., QB; Guy Eddy, Sr., RB/LB; Jordan Taylor, Sr., RB; Ryan Sullivan, Jr., RB/DB; Xzavian Marrero, Sr., RB/DB; Izon Swain-Price, Jr., SE/DB; Nick Hardy, Jr., RB/DB; Steven Elice, Sr., SE/DB; Jack Connolly, Jr., TE; Matt Medina, Sr., OL/DL; Matt Soto, Sr., OL/DL; Antoyne Sellman, Sr., DB; Donny Foley, Sr., LB; Devlin Carroll, Sr., LB.
Outlook: If you want to know what the Stoughton football team values, look no further than the roster they hand out at games. The Black Knights are the lone team to put defense positions first. It may be reading into it a little bit, but Stoughton has been become one of the defensive power houses in the entire state.
Obviously last year was a great year for Stoughton but expect the Black Knights to reload for 2015. With their athleticism, speed and strength, there is a lot of reasons to expect another hard-nosed defense. Linebackers Guy Eddy, Donnie Foley and Devlin Carroll are all experienced players with speed and leadership qualities. IN the secondary, Ryan Sullivan, Steven Elice, Antoyne Selman and Izon Swain-Price are all individuals capable of making a big play. Stoughton will be looking to get a push on the line similar to what they had last year.
Similar to the defense, Stoughton’s offense will first need to establish a solid offensive line. With Greg Burke in charge of developing the line, expect Stoughton to produce another strong one. That will be key as the Black Knights will have Jake Gibb back for his third year at quarterback and could be one of the top players in the league. Ryan Sullivan and Xzavian Marrero will be dangerous coming out of the backfield while Christian Hill, Nick Hardy, Guy Eddy and Jordan Taylor could see time carrying the ball. Steven Elice and Jack Connolly could emerge as go-to guys for Gibbs this year.