Baseball: Davenport Division Preview 2016

Stoughton junior Ryan Sullivan will look to try and lead the Black Knights to the playoffs. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Stoughton junior Ryan Sullivan will look to try and lead the Black Knights to the playoffs. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

CANTON

2015 Record: 11-11
2015 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: JP Scott

The Bulldogs graduated a handful of key pieces from last year’s team that reached the playoffs but they also return plenty of experienced players and hope to reach the playoffs again.

“The expectation for us is to have a successful season and make a run for a small Hock title,” Canton head coach JP Scott said. “But our main goal of the season will be to make it back to the state tournament like we did in 2015.”

Canton has 11 seniors on the roster this season led by captains Griffin Jerrier and Joe Peccia. Jerrier has plenty of experience on the bump while Peccia was second on the team last year with a .393 batting average. The Bulldogs also have their top batter back in Kevin Powers, who batted over .400 last year and drove in 15 runs in the season. Powers was also one of Canton’s top pitchers after logging over 40 innings in 2015.

Scott also brings back Jim Jenkins, Mike McMahon, Sean Doyle and Joe Bires, all which have starting experience. Junior Jackson Maffeo, fresh off a tremendous season on the ice, is expected to contribute in his first season on varsity.

FOXBORO

2015 Record: 4-16
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Chris Sullivan

After just four wins last year, the Warriors look poised to improve on that this year. Foxboro graduated just two seniors year last and have seven starters back for 2016.

“This is the hardest working and most dedicated group that has come through the school since I graduated in 2002,” head coach Chris Sullivan said. “We have a ton of guys who worked hard in the weight room, in the cages, and by playing competitive summer baseball this past offseason.”

Justin Garcia will lead a strong group of experienced pitchers. Garcia had a 1.54 ERA last season, striking out nearly 50 batters to rank near the top of the league. Colin Thoener, Darren Kelly and Aaron Wentling will also all see time on the mound this season.

Chad Bearce will likely handle first base while Garcia is on the mound while Darren Kelly and John Cronin will see time up the middle. Thoener will show off his defensive prowess at third and senior Nick Wright will return for his third season patrolling centerfield for Foxboro. AJ Cavossa, AJ Bubencik and Cam Feldman will all split the other outfield time and Jesse Galanti is back behind the plate for the third consecutive season.

MILFORD

2015 Record: 11-10
2015 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: Paul Pellegrini

After just getting into the postseason last year, Milford has key pieces back in key positions to try and keep their playoff streak alive.

“This team is a very athletic team with lots of versatility,” head coach Paul Pellegrini said. “If we put everything together, which I believe we will, we should be fun to watch. We will definitely be very competitive and strong team all around.”

One big reason that Milford has a shot at getting back there is sophomore Aidan Wilde, who led the league as a freshman in batting last year. He hit had 36 hits and hit .537 with 21 RBI and was selected as the HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year. Junior Blake Hill has batted .360 over the past two years and will also be a key part of the Scarlet Hawks pitching staff.

Junior Alex Macek will be one of the more experienced pitchers in the Davenport and will be relied upon as Milford tries to replace Griffin Lynch and Alex Croteau. Brian Ireland, who also is the starting third baseman, will also get innings for Milford this season.

OLIVER AMES

2016 Record: 15-7
2016 Finish: Reached D2 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Leo Duggan

Losing arguably the two top players in the league will be tough for Oliver Ames but the Tigers have been the class of the league in recent years and have reloaded year after year.

Oliver Ames has won six straight league titles but this season might be the biggest challenge. Hockomock MVP and HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Brendan Welch is off at SNHU now and Mike Ferrara, who set the single season hit record for the Tigers, is out at Worcester State.

However, Leo Duggan has infielder Chris Romero back to lead OA after batting .474 last year, good for fourth in the league. Romero gets it done at the plate, in the field and on the bases – stealing 18 bases last year. Romero will be joined by Josh Minuskin, who saw time all over the field last year and will settle in behind the plate in 2016.

Ryan Adams will be another key piece, playing in 18 games last year and batting .404 with 10 RBI. Sophomore Matt Muir also returns after a standout freshman year. Sam Burr, Kevin Geary, Mitchell Goulet and Nick Zwerle should all see some innings on the mound this season.

Sharon

2015 Record: 6-14
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Kee Arguimbau

For the first time in nearly a half a century, there will be a new head coach for the Sharon Eagles baseball team. After 44 years at the helm, Joel Peckham retired after last season and assistant Kee Arguimbau has taken the reigns.

Senior Isaac Miley will be a leader that Arguimbau will rely on all over the place. He’s been on varsity since his sophomore year and is returns as the starting shortstop this season and will be one of the program’s top pitchers.

Senior Mark Botaish will also see a lot of time on the mound and will man third base when he’s not pitching. Arguimbau noted Botaish’s strong junior season and is hoping that will be built on this year. Andrew Filipkowski is back in the outfield for his third season and will be relied upon to get the offense started from the leadoff spot.

Junior Jake Marglous is back at catcher again this season and classmate Aiden Arnold is back to man first base. Arnold was also one of the Eagles’ top hitters last season and will help pace the offense this year. Arguimbau also expect contributions from Rob Bayha, Mike Dumont, Jordan Chabot, Ryan Crooks and Spencer Singer.

Stoughton

2015 Record: 9-11
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Mike Armour

The Black Knights came up just short of the postseason last year but return a strong core and are poised to punch their ticket to the playoffs in 2016.

“With a mix of experience and youth, we are looking to field a competitive team this season that should be able to compete with anybody,” head coach Mike Armour said.

Jake Gibbs has been one of the top players in the league the last two seasons and will look to do the same during his senior year behind the plate. Junior Ryan Sullivan showed a lot on the mound last season and will see a lot of innings along with juniors Justin Hutchinson and Nico Parmeggiani and senior Barry Cooke.

Armour is looking for Doug Seaman to take on an expanded role during his senior season after being limited to just hitting last season. Junior Jack Connelly will man first base for the Black Knights while Joe Piana will see time at third base. Expect Chris McNulty, Nick Quattrucci, Matt Gallagher, Luke Johnson, Michael Batte to all see time in the field while Jared Maher will log some innings on the mound.

Sharon Comeback Spoils Canton Title Hopes

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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

Milford Picks Off Sharon, Gets Back to .500

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By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

SHARON, Mass. – A week after giving up 42 points to league leading Foxboro, the Milford defense came into Saturday afternoon’s game at Sharon on a mission to give the Hawks a chance to play next week for a Div. 3 Southwest tournament berth.

Mission accomplished for the Hawks (3-3, 2-2), who forced three turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble) and held the Eagles (2-4, 1-3) scoreless until the final three minutes of the fourth quarter. Milford took advantage of the turnovers to pull out a 17-7 win that keeps the Hawks in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs.

“We had the tough loss last week and our kids knew that we needed this game for us to play meaningful football in November,” said Milford coach Joe Todd. “We played good defense all game to the very end…our emphasis all week was to play better defense and I think we got that done.”

Sharon took its opening possession all the way to the Milford 22. Junior running back Juvan Elisma carried the ball nine times on the drive for 24 yards and senior Rob Bayha (16-25, 197 yards) completed all three of his passes, but the Eagles could not finish and were stopped a yard short on fourth down.

Milford immediately marched downfield to open the scoring. Zach Lanzetta (9-12, 60 yards) was 3-3 on the drive, including an 11-yard completion to Leonard Moronta to the Sharon 16, and also ran for 12 yards. Junior Blake Hill had four carries for 31 yards and punched it in straight up the gut from four yards out.

Sharon’s second possession ended in a fumble by Elisma that was recovered by Milford’s Alec Salamone at the 25. But, the Eagles defense held strong and, with help from a holding call, forced Milford to punt.

“We gave up the turnover and gave them a short field and held them out, got the ball back,” said Sharon coach Dave Morse. “But Milford did a pretty good job when they had the ball of not getting too many three and outs, if any, and just moving the ball.”

He added, “They punted the ball real well and that was a big factor in the game.”

Once again the Eagles moved the ball and got into Milford territory. Bayha continued to be accurate with his underneath passes and spread the ball around to four different receivers, but he tried to go up top and underthrew his receiver down the middle and was picked off by Ryan Nesta at the Milford 33.

Morse explained, “It’s also bad when you have turnovers when the guy’s open. Overthrows or underthrows and you’re right there, it’s a little disheartening but it’s a game of inches and we’ll work on it.”

The Hawks marched 67 yards in nine plays, including a 23-yard completion to Hill that converted a first down, even with a block in the back penalty down the field. After an eight-yard run by Shapel Feester to the four, Lanzetta completed the drive with a four-yard keeper.

“That’s a good football team right there and without those turnovers, it’s a whole different game,” said Todd. “Hats off to our defense being in the right place, reading their keys, making plays when they had the opportunity and not dropping interceptions.”

On Sharon’s first possession of the second half, the Hawks defense again made a play to end a drive that had Milford on its heels. Hill made a leaping, twisting interception on a pass deep down the middle to get the ball at the Hawks 20.

“That was a huge play by Blake,” said Todd. “I think that was one of the biggest plays all game on defense.”

In the fourth quarter, Sharon was forced to go for it on fourth down at its own 24 and turned it over on downs. Four plays later Sean Lehane kicked a 33-yard field goal that put the Hawks ahead 17-0 with 3:25 left and seemingly wrapped up the win.

The Eagles needed a big play and, after narrowly missing on several deep throws, finally found the connection with Bayha hitting Craig Titus in stride on a post route for a 64-yard touchdown that cut the lead to 17-7 with 3:01 left.

“From week one we’ve certainly improved in the passing game,” said Morse. “Usually, the running game is there too but Milford did a great job of taking that away from us in large part.”

The Hawks ran out the clock and gave the ball back with only a few ticks left on the clock.

“We’re back to where we need to be,” said Todd. “We have a big challenge coming up this week with Stoughton…but we’re ready to go. Given the circumstances of our records, we couldn’t ask for a better situation. It’s going to be a good battle next week.”

Sharon will also be facing one of the three teams currently tied for the Davenport lead when it hosts Canton next week.

“They’re having a great season, they’re well coached, they have a lot of fight in them, a lot of toughness, and we’re going to give them our best shot,” said Morse. He added, “I don’t mind playing spoiler.”

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

Saturday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/17/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Football
Milford, 17 @ Sharon, 7 – Final
1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (M) Blake Hill 4 yard rush, Sean Lehane XP; (M) Zach Lanzetta 4 yard rush, S. Lehane XP.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (M) S. Lehane 33 yard field goal; (S) Rob Bayha 64 yard pass to Craig Titus, Josh Rotman XP.
Boys Soccer
North Attleboro, 2 vs. Durfee, 4 – Final – Yezan Ismail and Matt Coscarella each scored a goal while Leo Charlebois had an assist for the Rocketeers.
Girls Soccer
Oliver Ames, 4 vs. Brockton, 1 – Final – Oliver Ames junior Francesca Calabraro netted her second hat trick in as many days for the Tigers while Jackie Mills also scored for OA. Julia Roy had a pair of assist for OA, while Erin Fitzgerald and Delaney Benton each had one.
Volleyball
North Attleboro, 3 @ Braintree, 1 – Final
Oliver Ames, 1 vs. Milton, 3 – Final
Field Hockey
Canton, 0 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final

King Philip, 0 vs. Martha’s Vineyard, 2 – Final
Milford, 2 vs. Hopedale 1 – Final – Jess Palmer and Elena Dello Russo scored the goals for Milford, scoring the Scarlet Hawks first win over neighboring Hopedale for the first time in over a dozen years.

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. 
 

Defense Sparks Sharon in Win Over Sandwich

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Juvan Elisma (20) ran for a pair of touchdowns to lead Sharon to a 20-14 victory over Sandwich. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

Click HERE for photo gallery from the game.
By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
SHARON, Mass. – Sharon’s offense moved the ball each of their first three drives but a turnover on downs and a pair of turnovers halted the momentum each team.
But the Eagles’ defense stood tall and got that momentum back. Sandwich got the ball back via an interception shortly after taking a 7-0 lead Facing a 4th and 1 situation, the Blue Knights elected to go for it but quarterback Tyler Cairns lost the ball in the push forward and Sharon senior Joey Dowler scooped up the loose ball and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown to tie the game.
Sharon was in control from there on out and pick up its first win of the season, 20-14, over Sandwich.
Sandwich took the lead on its third drive of the game after taking over at Sharon’s 11 yard following their first interception of the game. The Blue Knights used two plays to punch it in to go up 7-0 less than two minutes into the second quarter.
Dowler’s fumble return tied the game and kept spirits high for the Eagles. Sharon allowed only 17 yards on Sandwich’s ensuing drive and forced a punt. The offense wasted little time to move up the field as Juvan Elisma took the first play 44 yards up the right sideline and then quarterback Rob Bayha hit Bryce Smith for a 23 yard completion. Back to back hand offs to Elisma result in the Eagles’ first lead of the game as he punched it in from six yards out to make it 14-7.
Sandwich’s offense came back out shortly before the halftime break looking to try and level things but Sharon’s defense was stout and the Eagles took a 14-7 lead into halftime.
“They scored seven points when they had a pick and put them in the short field so I don’t put that one on the defense,” Sharon head coach Dave Morse said. “So we really didn’t give up a defensively touchdown until the second half late on a botch play by us. I was very confident in our defense. They knew their assignments and they were executing very well so I was very happy with them.”
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Sharon started the second half with the ball and used 10 plays to go 65 yards to extend their lead, helped along by a couple of Sandwich penalties. After gaining just four yards on the first three downs, Sharon punted but punter Craig Titus was practically tackled after his kick and the Blue Knights were flagged for roughing the punter. A 15-yard completion from Bayha to Bryce Smith helped move the ball up field. Facing 4th and 8 at the Sandwich 29, the Eagles were able to use a hard count to draw the Blue Knights offside. On 4th and 3, Bayha hooked up with Titus for a 5 yard completion and a first down.
Elisma then took the next two plays, the first for 14 yards and the second for a 5 yard touchdown to make it 20-14.
“[Juvan] did a good job, he always seems to be falling forward,” Morse said. “He apologized for the late fumble but that’s an inexperienced kid and that stuff is going to get eliminated. All the good things he did, he’ll just keep improving on.”
Sandwich’s offense couldn’t get anything going on their ensuing drive while Sharon tried to chew up some clock on their next drive but had to punt it back to the Blue Knights. Both teams traded punts one more time as clock continued to tick away in the fourth quarter.
The Blue Knights once again fumbled away possession and it was Sharon’s Tyler Smith that pounced on the loose ball. Sharon was able to get a first down but then had to punt three plays later.
Facing a 3rd and six just over halfway through the final quarter, Sandwich was able to pull within a touchdown. A broken play allowed Cairns to evade a pair of Sharon defenders and then launch a pass to Jake Carter. Carter found himself open after the Eagles’ defender tripped up and he went all the way for a 66 yard touchdown.
Sandwich tried an onside kick with 5:33 left but Sharon’s Mitchell Liberman fell onto the ball after it was kicked directly at him.
Sharon moved all the way into the red zone and on 4th and 2 tried to convert but Elisma had the ball knocked out as he tried to push for the first down. The Blue Knights were able to into Sharon’s half to the 41 but constant pressure from the Eagles front line forced Cairns into numerous situations where he either was sacked or had to throw it away (twice flagged for intentional grounding). Bryce Smith had a big pass break up while Peter Banks had a sack on the second to last play.
“We showed up physically up front on both sides of the ball and that was a big difference,” Morse said about the difference from last week to this week. “We had a couple of lapses but we’re going to improve on those. But football is pretty simple, it doesn’t matter how many receivers you have on the field, if you can’t win up front you’re not going to win.”
Sharon (1-1) will open its Davenport Division schedule on Friday night when they take a trip to Ahern Middle School to take on Foxboro (2-0).
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