Foxboro Bounces Back With Shutout of Canton

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Foxboro senior Luis Sulham returned a first quarter punt for a touchdown, helping the Warriors to a 37-0 victory against Canton. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FOXBORO, Mass. – Coming off its first loss of the season (to league-leading Stoughton), Foxboro was looking for a reaction when it hosted Canton on Friday night at Sam Berns Community Field. Thanks to a dominant defense and big plays on special teams, the Warriors answered the challenge and got right back on track.

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Foxboro picked off a pair of passes, allowed only three first downs in the first half, scored on a punt return, and kicked three field goals, beating Canton 37-0 to stay within one game of the Black Knights (and North Attleboro, which plays on Saturday) in the Davenport division.

“I can’t say enough about the kids tonight,” said Foxboro coach Jack Martinelli. “They did a great job in a game they had to win. I always told them that I don’t judge them after a loss or a win, it’s when you get knocked down can you come back like they did tonight. That’s the true test of character.”

It was always going to be a tough road trip for the Bulldogs, but the task got considerably tougher when leading rusher Cam Sanchez was injured on the opening possession and didn’t return.

“Cam can go at any time and we didn’t have ability to have that weapon for us this week. We’ll find out if he’s healthy or not,” said Canton coach Anthony Fallon. Martinelli added, “Would’ve been a different kind of game. [Sanchez is] a home run hitter.”

Canton’s defense was looking tough to beat in the first quarter too, Jack Albert had a pair of sacks on Foxboro’s second possession, but the Warriors took advantage of a turnover to grab the lead. Dylan Gordon intercepted a Robert Botelho pass and returned it down to the Canton 13. Two plays later, Gordon took a counter 10 yards into the end zone. The conversion was no good after a bad snap, but the Warriors were up 6-0.

The Bulldogs went three-and-out on their next possession. Luis Sulham stepped up to receive the punt at his own 46 and weaved his way through the Canton cover team, reversing field twice on his way to the end zone. Gordon was able to punch in the conversion and Foxboro led 14-0 after one.

After another three-and-out, the Foxboro offense finally clicked into gear a little but Sulham was ruled to have lost the ball just before he was able to stretch it across the line for another score. He would step up on Canton’s next punt, again coming up with a big return to give Foxboro the ball at the Bulldogs 11.

“You either have it or you don’t,” Martinelli said about the speed he has on the roster. “You can coach quickness but you can’t coach speed and we have some speed.”

Although Foxboro went nowhere, sophomore Sam Carpenter came in and drilled a 27-yard field goal to make it 17-0. A Trent Rennie sack ended Canton’s next possession and then Rashaad Way returned the punt 50 yards to get it back down to the 24. Again, the Warriors went nowhere, but Carpenter split the uprights from 40 yards.

“I have all the confidence in that kid,” said Martinelli. “Thank god for the double season,” he added, referencing Carpenter’s ability to play soccer and football this year. “He wanted to give it a try and we watched two kicks and just kind of said you’re in. I was looking at the list and said, who’s Sam Carpenter? Well, now I know who he is.”

Carpenter was a difference maker for the Warriors. Foxboro started the second half with the ball and, after a 38-yard pass from Cam Prescott (6-of-15, 98 yards) to Way moved the Warriors into the red zone. Instead of leaving without points, Carpenter stepped up again and nailed one from 31 yards.

The Bulldogs were seeking answers on the offensive end. Colin Albert took over from Sanchez as the primary running back and finished with 100 yards on 17 carries, continuing to fight for extra yards even as the Warriors started to pull away.

“Colin did a great job filling in, running the inside zone,” said Fallon. “Colin’s a tough kid going both ways and grinding it out like that, especially against a good team like that who’s going to hit you on every play.”

Trying to make something happen, Canton called for a halfback pass but Tom Sharkey stepped in the way of Andrew Butler’s throw. On the first play of the drive, Prescott hit Sharkey for 30 yards down to the Canton four. On the next play, Mike Norvish burst up the middle for the touchdown.

In the fourth quarter, Foxboro added one more score. Tom Marcucella took over at quarterback and broke a 23-yard run on third down. He had his pass to the end zone picked off by Vincent O’Brien, but a roughing the passer call negated the turnover and moved Foxboro to the 10. Four carries later Steven Petrillo was able to find a little seam on the right side of the line for a one-yard score.

“It killed us,” Fallon said about the struggles on special teams. “Our coverage was lacking tonight for sure and we’ll have to see if we can sharpen that up. Short turnaround, so we’ll put a game plan together and turn around and play on Thursday.”

Foxboro (2-1) will be on the road next week to face Oliver Ames. Canton (1-2) will have a short week to prepare for a home game against Sharon.

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Stoughton Finishes Strong To Fend Off Foxboro

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Stoughton senior Christian Ais breaks free for a long run in the fourth quarter against Foxboro. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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 STOUGHTON, Mass. – The Stoughton football team has long prided itself on its performance in the fourth quarter and how they finish games.

Whether it’s with a lead, in a tie game, or trying to come from behind, the Black Knights always look to empty the tank in the final 12 minutes of action.

Locked in a defensive battle with division rival Foxboro, knotted at 7-7 since the opening quarter of the game, Stoughton delivered in the fourth quarter. The Black Knights scored a pair of touchdowns inside the final five minutes of the game, sandwiched around a game-clinching takeaway to earn a 21-7 win over the visiting Warriors.

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After the opening drive of the game in which the Black Knights broke free for a 44-yard touchdown, Foxboro’s defense stymied Stoughton’s offense. The Warriors recovered fumbles on back-to-back possessions in the first half, forced Stoughton to punt to start the second half, and had a huge stop in the red zone forcing a turnover on downs in the third quarter.

But when Stoughton’s offense took the field for the first time in the fourth quarter, starting at their own 20-yard line with 11 minutes to play, the Black Knights finally found a rhythm.

Helped along by a pass interference call three plays in on a third down, Stoughton’s ground game got going. Christopher Ais (20 carries, 138 yards) took four straight carries, moving the chains twice, and took the Knights into Foxboro territory. Then it was Christian Ais’ (10 carries, 50 yards) turn, cutting back up the middle for a 21-yard dash to get down to the 10-yard line.

Three plays later, Christian Ais bowled his way over a trio of Foxboro defenders at the goal line, getting an extra push from junior lineman Edward Conrad, for a 2-yard touchdown. Jonah Ly (3-for-3 on extra points) split the upright to put Stoughton up 14-7 with 4:33 to go.

Ais’ score capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive that took off 6:27 of the clock.










“We fumbled all over the place, you don’t do that, you can’t give up the ball,” said Stoughton head coach Greg Burke. “They are tough, we knew they’d be good but at least we finished up the way we want to play and we played good defense throughout. But hey, if we give up only one touchdown every week I’ll take it. We have a couple of issues that we still need to iron out but we’ll get there.”

Foxboro started the ensuing drive at its own 15-yard line but Cam Prescott’s deep pass got caught up in the wind and Stoughton senior Andrew Medina was able to adjust and come down with the interception to get the hosts the ball back right away.

Stoughton went right back to its ground game, and aided by a Foxboro unsportsmanlike penalty, moved into the red zone. Christopher Ais broke free for a 15-yard run to get inside the 10-yard line and two plays later, senior quarterback John Burke took the QB option around the corner on the left sideline for a 9-yard touchdown and a 21-7 lead with 1:31 to play.

“The fourth quarter comes down to weight training,” Burke said. “We’ve got a brand new weight room here that the kids haven’t been able to use. They put in the time, they found ways in the offseason to lift. We aren’t the biggest team but pound-for-pound I’ll match us against anyone. I felt like if we could hang close for three quarters, we could win in the fourth. We didn’t help ourselves with the fumbles, they had one or two good hits but those fumbles are our fault. We’ll get back to the drawing board but we’re 2-0 and we’ll take any league win we can.”

While Foxboro’s defense slowed Stoughton’s offense throughout the majority of the game, the Black Knights’ defense kept the Warriors’ offense bottled up.

The Warriors’ defense forced a turnover on downs to set up Foxboro’s best drive of the game, a 5-play, 45-yard drive. Starting in Stoughton territory, junior Dylan Gordon had pair of good runs and junior Omarion Otto-Broomstein barreled his way in from 1-yard out. Sam Carpenter’s successful point after attempt tied the game, 7-7, with 1:14 left in the opening quarter.

But beyond that, Stoughton’s defense didn’t allow the Warriors to move the ball much. In fact, Foxboro only ran more than five plays on one drive, punting on five possessions, including four straight between the second and third quarters. The Warriors ran nine plays on their second possession but that came to an end on downs.




Anthony Girolamo had a strong game at linebacker while Stoughton got good pressure up front from Ly, Christian Georges, Nivon Domoulin, Konrod Rogers, and Liam Joyce, among others.

“Our defense played great for us,” Burke said. “[Gordon] had a couple of runs, we kept [Chris McNamara] in check, and [Luis Sulham] only caught a couple of passes. They did a good job passing blocking, that’s something we usually get in on but they did a nice job there. But I was very, very happy with the way the defense played and getting the win, it was a tough win. We still have a long way to go.”

Stoughton nearly jumped back in front twice near the end of the second. The Black Knights marched 9 plays to get into the red zone but fumbled on a run to the left and Sulham jumped on the loose ball for the visitors. But Foxboro’s drive was put to a stop on a sack from Davin Swierzewski. Stoughton got the ball back at the Foxboro 31-yard line with 32 seconds left but had four straight incompletions to end the half.

The Black Knights threatened again at the end of the third quarter, set up on a 41-yard pass and catch from Burke to Christian Ais. But Foxboro’s defense tightened up, getting key tackles from Mike Norvish, Dylan Kerrigan, Jon Moses, James Kraus and Trent Rennie. Stoughton tried to run the “Philly Special” on fourth down but Jake Queeney’s pass to Burke was just out of reach in the end zone.

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“I thought the kids did a good job but those three backs [the Ais brothers and Christian Georges], you can’t key on one that’s for sure,” said Foxboro head coach Jack Martinelli. “It’s not like stopping one back, and they run what they run offensively very well. Even if you have those kids stopped, they are still going to get positive yardage so give them credit. It was a good game, 21-7 doesn’t look like the game I saw…14-7 yeah. If you don’t tie up those kids before they get going…they are as good as I’ve seen in a while in a league and there are three of them.

“I’m disappointed in how it ended but not disappointed in how the kids played from start to finish. Now we’re onto next week.”

Stoughton (2-0) will host Sharon on Friday night at 5:00 while Foxboro (1-1) has its home opener, hosting Canton at 5:30.

2020 Hockomock League Wrestling All Stars

Below are the official 2020 Hockomock League Wrestling All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Kelley-Rex

CJ Glaropoulos, Mansfield

Davenport

Joao Neiva, Milford

Hockomock League All Stars

Kelley-Rex Division

Jake Carlucci, Franklin
Ken Sauer, Franklin
Dominic Sackley, Franklin
Matt Walker, Franklin
Yousef Lotfi, King Philip
Jackson Kelley, King Philip
Shawn Conniff, King Philip
CJ Glaropoulos, Mansfield
Antonios Sevastos, Mansfield
Will Stratton, Mansfield
Max Anderson, Oliver Ames

Davenport Division

Eddie Marinilli, Canton
Max Kornbluth, Foxboro
Joao Neiva, Milford
Carlos Terrinha, Milford
Mike Edmonds, North Attleboro
Montrel Jackson, North Attleboro
Ethan Smith, North Attleboro
Tyler Freedman, Sharon
Adam Landstein, Sharon
Max Pazner, Sharon
Kirit Gossety, Sharon
John Santos, Stoughton
Andrew Medina, Stoughton

Honorable Mentions:
Zack Peters, Canton
Trent Rennie, Foxboro
Dylan Nawn, Franklin
Sam DeBaggis, King Philip
Noah Price, Mansfield
Danny Alves, Milford
John Kummer, North Attleboro
Nelson Malone, Oliver Ames
Rhamsez Theienin, Sharon
Jackson Wellman, Taunton

Hock Results from MIAA Wrestling Sectional Meets

Franklin wrestling Hock Results from MIAA Wrestling Sectional Meets 2020
Franklin wrestling won the D1 Central Sectional championship. (Twitter/FHSWrestle)
Sharon wrestling Hock Results from MIAA Wrestling Sectional Meets 2020
Sharon wrestling won the D2 South Sectional championship. (Twitter/SHS_Eagles)
Foxboro wrestling Hock Results from MIAA Wrestling Sectional Meets 2020
Foxboro wrestling won the D3 South Sectional championship. (Twitter/FoxboroWarriors)

D1 South

Teams
1. New Bedford – 250
T4. Mansfield – 154
6. Taunton – 149.5

Placements

106
4th – James Collins, Taunton

113
5th – Brandon Mendes, Taunton

120
3rd – Noah Price, Mansfield
4th – Tyler Lima, Taunton

126
1st – Antonios Sevastos, Mansfield
6th – Xavier Sandoval, Taunton

132
6th – Max Farley, Mansfield

138
5th – Jackson Mandeville, Taunton

145
3rd – Will Stratton, Mansfield

152
2nd – Christian Balmain, Taunton

160
1st – Ciaran Connolly, Mansfield
3rd – Ethan Harris, Taunton

170
1st – CJ Glaropoulos, Mansfield
3rd – Logan Frank, Taunton

182
5th – Aidan Archambault, Mansfield

195
2nd – Jackson Wellman, Taunton
6th – Isaiah Manuel, Mansfield

285
6th – Lohith Chundi, Mansfield

D2 South

Teams
1. Sharon – 227
4. North Attleboro – 144.5
6. Stoughton – 124
9. Oliver Ames – 98.5

Placements

106
1st – Adam Landstein, Sharon
3rd – CJ Carpenter, Stoughton

113
2nd – John Santos, Stoughton
4th – Ben Shocket, Sharon

120
3rd – Amit Levin, Sharon
4th – John Dobbin, Oliver Ames

126
2nd – Ethan Smith, North Attleboro
3rd – David Gelman, Sharon

132
3rd – Christopher Galligan, North Attleboro
4th – Remi Creighton, Oliver Ames
5th – Vinay Chinnam, Sharon

138
3rd – Aaron Cashton, Sharon
4th – Nelson Malone, Oliver Ames
5th – Andrew Faris, North Attleboro

145
1st – Max Pozner, Sharon
2nd – Andrew Medina, Stoughton
5th – Giovany Juste, Oliver Ames
6th – Jon Lozinski, North Attleboro

152
1st – Kirit Gosetty, Sharon
5th – Connor Tracy, Stoughton

160
2nd – Tyler Freedman, Sharon
5th – Davin Swierzewski, Stoughton

170
1st – Michael Edmonds, North Attleboro

182
3rd – Montrel Jackson, North Attelboro
4th – Philip Varvak, Sharon
6th – Jeremy Clark, Oliver Ames

195
2nd – Max Anderson, Oliver Ames
3rd – Eric Rabkin, Sharon

220
4th – Keysun Wise, North Attleboro
5th – Liam McGinley, Stoughton
6th – Rhamsez Thevenin, Sharon

285
1st – John Kummer, North Attleboro
2nd – Carlvin LaGuerre, Stoughton
5th – Pharoah Thevenin, Sharon

D3 South

Teams
1. Foxboro – 220
2. Norton – 219

Placements

106
2nd – James Fraser, Foxboro

113
3rd – Yussuf Nasri, Foxboro

120
4th – Sean Bubencik, Foxboro

132
4th – Jonathan Carey, Foxboro

138
6th – Matthew Simone, Foxboro

145
3rd – Maxwell Kornbluth, Foxboro

152
3rd – Jeremy Neale, Foxboro

160
1st – Trent Rennie, Foxboro

170
5th – Ryan Addeche, Foxboro

182
4th – Sean Gallagher, Foxboro

195
2nd – Aiden Dow, Foxboro

220
6th – Troy Osborne, Foxboro

285
2nd – Aidan Hughes, Foxboro

D1 Central

Teams
1. Franklin – 242.5
2. Brookline – 229

Placements

113
4th – Dillon Cashin, Franklin

120
3rd – Drew Difilippo, Franklin

126
4th – Devon Bramson, Franklin

132
2nd – Jake Carlucci, Franklin

138
5th – Alex Foley, Franklin

145
3rd – Alex Fracassa, Franklin

152
1st – Ken Sauer, Franklin

160
1st – Dom Sackley, Franklin

170
5th – Luke Cashin, Franklin

182
1st – Dylan Nawn, Franklin

195
3rd – Ben Jacoby, Franklin

220
3rd – Matt Walker, Franklin

285
2nd – Matt Leofanti, Franklin

D2 Central

Teams
1. Natick – 227
3. Milford – 140
4. King Philip 130
11. Canton – 50

Placements

106
3rd – Yurii Leskiv, Canton

113
3rd – Liam Campbell, King Philip
6th – Adin Darling, Milford

120
1st – Carlos Terrinha, Milford

126
2nd – Sam DeBaggis, King Philip
5th – Ronan Swineford, Milford

132
6th – Luke Jones, Canton

138
2nd – Jackson Kelley, King Philip
6th – Evan Hazard, Milford

145
4th – Dan Alves, Milford

152
1st – Eddie Marinilli, Canton
5th – Noah Riedel, King Philip

160
6th – Brandon Dulak, Milford

182
5th – Hampton Kaye-Kuter, Milford
6th – Sean O’Brien, King Philip

195
1st – Shawn Conniff, King Philip
2nd – Leo Izau, Milford

220
1st – Joao Neiva, Milford

285
2nd – Yousef Lotfi, King Philip
6th – Nick Yohn, Milford