Big Plays Sink North Attleboro in D3 Super Bowl

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North Attleboro senior Tyler Bannon rushes for a first down in the second half against Marblehead. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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FOXBORO, Mass. – After Tyler DeMattio punched in his third touchdown of the night to bring North Attleboro from 14 points down to tie the game at 28-28 in the fourth quarter of Thursday afternoon’s Div. 3 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium, it looked like North’s nearly two-decade wait for a state title could be coming to an end.

The momentum was with the Rocketeers when the kickoff return was stuffed at the 14. Three plays later, on third and long, Marblehead’s big-play offense struck again. Josh Robertson his Connor Cronin on a quick slant and the junior took it to the house.

The 83-yard score, Cronin’s third touchdown reception of the game, turned out to be the winner, as Marblehead’s explosive attack proved too much for North Attleboro to handle in a 35-28 win. It was the first state title for the Magicians, who finished 12-0 and extended their win streak to 20 games.

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“We just had trouble matching up with all their skill athletes,” admitted North coach Don Johnson. “Just didn’t do enough to get enough stops on defense. I think they had good athletes who made us miss.”

When asked about Cronin in particular, Johnson said, “He’s awesome. We had seen that on film. I was very concerned about our ability to matchup with their guys in the slot. They’re just great playmakers.”

Marblehead showed off its multiple weapons on its first drive. The Magicians marched inside the North 10. Robertson (14-of-18, 290 yards) connected with Cronin (10 catches, 263 yards) for 25 to the 14. Two plays later, the Magicians had third and one at the five but Nathan Shultz twice made good reads at the corner to knock down passes and force a turnover on downs.

North got out to the 34 but then a punt went out of bounds at the 45, giving the Magicians a short field. Marblehead marched to the North four, but DeMattio sacked Robertson after a bad snap to force third and long and Daniel O’Brien made a good read on a swing pass to force a field goal attempt. An offsides call made it fourth and four at the seven and Marblehead decided to go for it, with Robertson hitting Cronin for their first score.

The Rocketeers answered right back with an impressive 11-play, 75-yard drive. A big screen pass from freshman Chase Frisoli (10-of-18, 144 yards) to Tyler Bannon converted on third and long. Frisoli then hit Aidan Conrad in the flat for 11 and had a play action pass to Bannon for 15. Inside the 20, North went back to the ground game and DeMattio punched it in from six yards.

After a good kickoff return, Marblehead started near midfield but Gavin Wells had good coverage on second down and Keysun Wise forced a punt with a third down sack.

Frisoli continued his strong start to the game when he hung in the pocket under pressure to hit Jack Munley for 16 yards into Marblehead territory and dropped a pass into Shultz for 33 down to the seven. Two plays later, DeMattio got into the end zone again, his second, this time from four yards, to take the lead with just 42 seconds left in the half.

The game turned on Marblehead’s next possession. A Kaiden Leary sack forced third and long, but Cronin was able to get behind the coverage, pulled in the pass from Robertson at the North 30 and then beat a pair of defenders to the goal line, tying the game with five seconds on the clock.

Momentum carried through halftime. Liam McIlroy picked off Frisoli on North’s first series and on the first play Robertson hit George Percy on a 20-yard screen for the go-ahead score. North then went three-and-out and James Galante’s punt return set the Magicians up at the North 21. Two plays later, Robertson’s eight-yard keeper made it 28-14.

Three touchdowns in just 4:02 had turned a game that North looked on the verge of breaking open into a solid Marblehead lead.

“I thought that whole little middle switch there when they scored right at the end of the first half and then when we didn’t convert on offense at the start of the second half,” Johnson said. “I thought that’s when the game started to turn in their favor.”

The Rocketeers needed a response and got one with a methodical, 14-play drive. It started back at the North 11, but Frisoli bounced back from his interception to hit Munley for 15 yards to convert third and three. North then put the ball in the hands of Bannon (18 carries, 92 yards) and DeMattio (24 carries, 105 yards). Bannon would cap off the impressive series with a six-yard score.

North finally got a stop on the other side of the ball. After a 30-yard pass to Cronin put the ball at the North 45, DeMattio made a nice tackle in the open field to stuff a screen for a loss of one and Greg Berthiaume sacked Robertson for a loss of four. On fourth and 10, Robertson hit Cronin for 14 yards but Bannon stripped him and Wells recovered.

On fourth and seven with just under eight minutes to go, North elected to go for it. Wells ran a great post corner route and Frisoli tossed a strike for 20 yards out near midfield. North then pounded the ball with its two running back, eating clock and yards. Bannon’s hard run made it first and goal at the three and DeMattio found the end zone on the next play.

DeMattio had at least three touchdowns in all four of the playoff games, finishing the postseason with 15. The strategy of moving him to running back this year and partnering him with Bannon in the backfield paid off for the Rocketeers.

Johnson said of DeMattio, “That’s what we were hoping for. We knew that we would need him, if we were going to get to this point. We probably just needed a few more guys around him.”

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He added, “We’ve had that character all year, so I wasn’t surprised that we were able to come back like that. My only concern was scoring too early and giving the ball back to them.”

The comeback was short-lived. Less than a minute later, Cronin broke free for another long touchdown and Marblehead was back in front. Fittingly, it was Cronin who sealed the win, intercepting Frisoli on fourth and long to close out a remarkable Super Bowl performance.

“It’s just what we’ve been doing all year,” said Demattio. “It obviously didn’t go our way today and there are no excuses for that. We played well. We proved to everyone that we should be here.

“We gave it everything we had. Everyone left it out there on the field, that’s all that matters.”

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/02/21

Today’s games are listed below.

Football
Division 2 Super Bowl

#3 King Philip, 18 vs. #1 Catholic Memorial, 42 – Final
1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (KP) Matthew Kelley 28-yard field goal; (CM) JC Petrongolo 51-yard pass to Kole Osinubi, Jack Sokol XP good; (CM) J. Petrongolo 14-yard pass to Matthew Rios, J. Sokol XP good.
3rd Quarter: (CM) Datrell Jones 4-yard rush, J. Sokol XP good.
4th Quarter: (KP) Rudy Gately 4-yard rush, M. Kelley XP good; (CM) Drew DeLucia 66-yard pass to Jaedn Skeete, J Sokol XP good; (KP) Charlie Grant 1-yard rush, C. Grant 2-point pass to Crawford Cantave; (CM) J. Petrongolo 18-yard pass to K. Osinubi, J. Sokol XP good; (CM) K. Osinubi 55-yard interception return, J. Sokol XP good.

Division 3 Super Bowl
#3 North Attleboro, 28 vs. #1 Marblehead, 35 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.
1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (M) Josh Robertson 7-yard pass to Connor Cronin, Eli Feingold XP good; (NA) Tyler DeMattio 6-yard rush, T. DeMattio XP good; (NA) T. DeMattio 4-yard rush, T. DeMattio XP good; (M) J. Robertson 73-yard pass to C. Cronin; E. Feingold XP good.
3rd Quarter: (M) J. Robertson 20-yard pass to George Percy, E. Feingold XP good; (M) J. Robertson 8-yard rush, E. Feingold XP good; (NA) Tyler Bannon 6-yard rush, T. Demattio XP good.
4th Quarter: (NA) T. DeMattio 3-yard rush, T. DeMattio XP good; (M) J. Robertson 83-yard pass to C. Cronin, E. Feingold XP good.

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/25/21

Today’s games are listed below.

Football
North Attleboro, 14 @ Attleboro, 6 – Final
1st Quarter: (NA) Tyler DeMattio 45-yard rush, T. DeMattio XP good.
2nd Quarter: (A) Adrian Rivera 5-yard rush, XP no good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (NA) T. DeMattio 8-yard rush, T. DeMattio XP good.

Canton, 14 @ Stoughton, 47 – Final
1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (S) Jarred Daughtry 6-yard pass to Tagh Swierzewski, Jonah Ly XP good; Bahsor Mahn 70-yard rush, Hayden Rose XP good; (S) J. Ly 10-yard rush, XP failed; (S) Brady Clark 40-yard pass to Emmett Pearl, J. Ly XP good; (S) B. Clark 30-yard pass to E. Pearl, J. Ly XP good.; (S) Tyler Noel 2-yard fumble recovery, J. Ly XP good.; (C) Owen Lane rush, H. Rose XP good;
3rd Quarter: (S) Anthony Girolamo 12-yard rush, J. Ly XP good.
4th Quarter: (S) E. Pearl 50-yard interception return.

Foxboro, 21 @ Mansfield, 35 – Final
1st Quarter: (M) Conner Zukowski 16-yard pass to Ryan DeGirolamo, James Gilleran XP good; (F) Sam Carpenter 29-yard field goal.
2nd Quarter: (F) S. Carpenter 43-yard field goal; (M) Drew Sacco 5-yard rush, J. Gilleran XP good; (F) Dylan Gordon 15-yard rush, D. Gordon 2-point conversion rush.
3rd Quarter: (M) Rocco Scarpellini 5-yard rush, J. Gilleran XP good; (M) C. Zukowski 1-yard rush, J. Gilleran XP good.
4th Quarter: (M) C. Zukowski 8-yard pass to R. DeGirolamo, J. Gilleran XP good; (F) Tom Marcucella 73-yard pass to Rashaad Way, S. Carpenter XP good.

King Philip, 20 @ Franklin, 27 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.
1st Quarter: (KP) Charlie Grant 5-yard pass to Drew Danson, Matthew Kelley XP good; (KP) C. Grant 1-yard rush, M. Kelley XP good; (F) Jared Arone 85-yard pass to Shane Kindred, XP blocked.
2nd Quarter: (F) J. Arone 17-yard pass to S. Kindred, Garrett Portesi XP good; (F) J. Arone 37-yard pass to S. Kindred, XP blocked.
3rd Quarter: (KP) Crawford Cantave 6-yard rush, 2pt pass failed; (F) Mack Gulla 5-yard rush, J. Arone 2pt rush.
4th Quarter: No scoring.

Taunton, 28 @ Milford, 34 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.
1st Quarter: (T) Jacob Leonard 25-yard pass to Trent Santos, Nathan Keenan XP good; (M) Tyler Lane 32-yard rush, Nicholas Araujo XP good.
2nd Quarter: (T) Faisal Mass 97-yard interception return, N. Keenan XP good; (M) Evan Cornelius 1-yard rush, N. Araujo XP good; (M) N. Araujo 41-yard field goal.
3rd Quarter: (M) E. Cornelius 3-yard rush, N. Araujo XP good; (M) N. Araujo 45-yard field goal; (T) J. Leonard 46-yard pass to T. Santos, N. Keenan XP good.
4th Quarter: (M) Isaiah Pantalone 10-yard rush, N. Araujo XP good; (T) J. Leonard 31-yard pass to Jose Touron, N. Keenan XP good.

Sharon, 7 @ Oliver Ames, 34 – Final

North Attleboro Books Trip To Gillette After Beating Billerica

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North Attleboro senior Tyler DeMattio breaks free from the Billerica defense for a first quarter touchdown. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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 QUINCY, Mass. — September 10th sure feels like a distant memory for the North Attleboro football team.

The Rocketeers, who opened the season with a double-digit loss to rival Bishop Feehan, have come a long way from that point.

Now, the Big Red is heading to Gillette Stadium for the Division 3 State Final.

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Behind a pair of key defensive stops in the second half, North Attleboro pulled away from a gritty Billerica squad for a 28-10 win in a D3 State Semifinal clash at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Quincy.

“That was about exactly what we expected, it was pretty clear that they were going to be a tough team no matter what,” said North Attleboro coach Don Johnson. “I think if we didn’t get those two penalties in the first half, maybe it would have been a different game, but they hurt us. Those would have been stops with good field position. But [Billerica] is tough, they have playmakers…they’re a good football team.”

With its back against the wall, North Attleboro’s defense delivered.

Billerica seemingly had all of the momentum after forcing a rare turnover from the Rocketeers on one end of the field, and now was in position to take the lead after a lengthy, double-digit play drive that put the ball inside North’s 5-yard line.

On the Indians’ 10th play of the drive, a 1st and goal attempt from the four down 14-10, the Rocketeers defense not only stuffed Billerica up the middle, they forced the ball free and recovered to end the drive.

“That was the first time all year that I felt like we got a lucky break,” Johnson said. “Now I mean there are kids working hard that caused that to happen but those are the things that have been happening against us. That was one time where it really worked out for us.”

And even when North wasn’t able to get any points on its ensuing 12-play, 80-yard drive because of a blocked punt, the defense didn’t let Billerica capitalize on that momentum. They forced a quick three-and-out, and from that point on it was all North.

Freshman Chase Frisoli converted a third down with a 24-yard pass to junior Jack Munley to move inside the red zone. And despite a false start penalty three plays later that cornered North into a 3rd and 14, Frisoli hit senior Tyler DeMattio for a 17-yard score and the Rocketeers had some breathing room up 21-10 with 6:18 to play.

After just two pass attempts in the first half, Frisoli went 5/8 in the second half for 92 yards and a score.

“We thought going in that we were maybe going to have trouble running the ball and we might have to ask more of him,” Johnson said. “We worked on the pass game a lot and I think he’s just showed tremendous poise for a freshman and he did that tonight.”

Billerica moved into North territory on the ensuing drive in an effort to make it a one-score game but DeMattio and Kaiden Leary combined for a tackle for a loss on second down and the Rocketeers stuffed a fourth down run two plays later to get the ball back.

And just two plays later, DeMattio broke free through the left side for a 72-yard touchdown run, shaking one more defender just before the goal line to ice the win with 1:17 to play — his third rushing score of the game and fourth overall. He also booted all four of North’s extra points.

Billerica’s lone touchdown drive — its second series of the game — had originally ended with a punt but a running into the kicker penalty shortened fourth down and the Indians kept the drive alive. The Indians capitalized on that momentum as junior quarterback Joseph Green scored from 4 yards out to take a 10-7 lead, which was Billerica’s lone advantage of the evening.

“The front seven has played great this year, and our secondary has been awesome,” said senior captain Jared Vacher. “That fumble just completely flipped the game. After that, it was our game and we were able to take over. [Dominic Gird] was quick but we were just trying to mix it up. Their quarterback was pretty good and broke some plays, it was my first time playing against that muddle huddle.

“After our first loss to Feehan, Coach [Paul] Sullivan told us a story about a team from the 2000s that lost their first game but won out the rest of the year and I think that brought us so much hope. We bought in and each we’ve gotten better and better, and that’s what it’s all about. Our goal all along was Gillette and it’s awesome to finally achieve that.”

North opened the game in style, marching 60 yards on seven plays on the first drive of the game to take a 7-0 lead. DeMattio (16 carries, 174 yards) and senior Tyler Bannon (12 carries, 56 yards) split the workload, including back-to-back first down runs early in the drive.

Billerica’s defense forced the Rocketeers into a 4th and 5 situation at the Indians’ 34-yard line. Without hesitation, North kept the offense on the field and DeMattio followed a block from Bannon up the left side for a 34-yard touchdown with 8:13 left in first.

The Indians used a combination of runs from back Joseph Gird (17 carries, 53 yards) and keeper runs from Green (18 carries, 104 yards) — plus a roughing the passer call — to move down the field on its opening drive but the Rocketeers’ defense stood tall in its own territory, getting key tackles from Bannon, DeMattio, Vacher, Greg Berthiaume, and Keysun Wise among others, plus strong coverage in the secondary from Joey Perriello.

Billerica settled for a 40-yard field goal from Shaan Rana to get on the board, down 7-3 with 2:51 left in the first.

Green’s 4-yard touchdown run after the running into the kicker call put Billerica up 10-7 with 8:05 left in the second quarter but North was back ahead less than five minutes later.

Frisoli found Gavin Wells for 35-yards on the second play of the drive, Nathan Shultz had back-to-back carries, and Bannon rumbled his way for 16 yards to move the offense into scoring position. From there, DeMattio took it in from 5 yards out for a 14-10 lead with 3:49 left in the half.

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Following its first two scoring drives, Billerica punted on three of its next four drives (fumbling on the other), turned it over on downs, and then ran out of time to end the game on the final drive. The Indians had 219 yards of offense but went just 1-for-5 on third down in the second half.

“That was the other thing, we didn’t give up many big plays,” Johnson said. “We knew they kind of liked to grind it out so we didn’t see them on film making a lot of big plays. Our game plan was to try and stop their run game and force them into passing situations, which I feel like we didn’t do enough.”

North Attleboro (7-3) advances to play at Gillette Stadium (date and time TBA) against top-seeded Marblehead (10-0), who routed Westfield, 40-7, in the other semifinal.

Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/20/21

Today’s games are listed below.

Football
Division 1 State Semifinal

#5 Springfield Central, 60 vs. #1 Franklin, 49 – Final
1st Quarter: (S) Tariq Thomas 5-yard rush, Conversion no good; (F) Jared Arone 8-yard pass to Shane Kindred, Garrett Portesi XP good; (S) William Watson 16-yard pass to Tykarryon Daniels, Kymari Latney 2-point conversion rush good; (F) Mack Gulla 41-yard rush, G. Portesi XP good; (S) W. Watson 54-yard pass to Joseph Griffin, K. Latney 2-point conversion rush good.
2nd Quarter: (S) T. Thomas 4-yard rush, 2-point conversion good; (F) J. Arone 6-yard pass to Will Tracey, G. Portesi XP good; (S) T. Thomas 24-yard rush, K. Latney 2-point rush good; (F) M. Gulla 1-yard rush, XP blocked.
3rd Quarter: (F) J. Arone 20-yard pass for W. Tracey, G. Portesi XP good; (S) W. Watson 11-yard pass to Mattias Barbour, 2pt rush failed.
4th Quarter: (F) M. Gulla 16-yard rush, G. Portesi XP good; (S) W. Watson 33-yard pass to T. Daniels, K. Latney 2pt rush good; (S) W. Watson 35-yard pass to J. Griffin, K. Latney rush good; (F) J. Arone 5-yard pass to W. Tracey, J. Arone 2pt pass to W. Tracey good.

Division 3 State Semifinal
#3 North Attleboro, 28 vs. #2 Billerica, 10 – Final
1st Quarter: (NA) Tyler DeMattio 34-yard rush, T. DeMattio XP good; (B) Shaan Rana 40-yard field goal.
2nd Quarter: (B) Joseph Green 4-yard rush, S. Rana XP good; (NA) T. DeMattio 5-yard rush, T. DeMattio XP good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (NA) Chase Frisoli 17-yard pass to T. DeMattio, T. DeMattio XP good; (NA) T. DeMattio 72-yard rush, T. DeMattio XP good.

Division 4 State Semifinal
#3 Foxboro, 21 vs. #2 Duxbury, 38 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.
1st Quarter: (F) Dylan Gordon 2-yard rush, Sam Carpenter XP good.
2nd Quarter: (F) D. Gordon 2-yard rush, S. Carpenter XP good; (D) Dennen Sullivan 30-yard field goal; (D) Matt Festa 6-yard rush, D. Sullivan XP good.
3rd Quarter: (D) M. Festa 62-yard pass to James Anderson, D. Sullivan XP good; (D) M. Festa 9-yard pass to Matt Ciesielski, D. Sullivan XP good; (F) Tom Marcucella 58-yard pass to Rashaad Way, S. Carpenter XP good.
4th Quarter: (D) M. Festa 1-yard rush, D. Sullivan XP good; (D) M. Festa 15-yard rush, D. Sullivan XP good.

Boys Soccer
Division 2 State Final

#21 Canton, 0 vs. #6 West Springfield, 2 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this match.

Offensive Explosion Sends North to the Final Four

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Tyler Bannon celebrates one of his three touchdowns during North Attleboro’s 62-28 rout of Milton in the D3 quarterfinal. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Heading into halftime of Saturday night’s Div. 3 quarterfinal at Community Field, the only things slowing down the North Attleboro offense was an hour-long delay for thunderstorms and a tornado warning. North scored on six of its seven possessions in the first half and got a touchdown on special teams as well.

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But, despite having already put up 49 points, North came out of the locker room not yet feeing comfortable. A pair of turnovers had given Milton, and it’s high-powered offense, a little bit of momentum. So, the Rocketeers did what they have done to so many opponents over the years and put together a long, clock-chewing drive on the first possession of the third quarter and sealed the win.

It was an offensive explosion for North, as both Tyler Bannon and Tyler DeMattio racked up three touchdowns apiece and freshman Chase Frisoli tossed the first two postseason touchdowns of his career, both to Gavin Wells. North rolled into the final four with a 62-28 rout of No. 6 seed Milton.

“We just didn’t feel comfortable with those guys,” said North coach Don Johnnson. “No lead felt comfortable. I’ve never been in a game where you get to 40 or 50 points and you still don’t feel like you’ve put the game away.”

The Wildcats have a lot of weapons on offense, so it was going to be important for the Rocketeers to get off to a good start and play from in front. North did just that. Jared Vacher sacked Owen McHugh to force a punt on the first possession. Greg Berthiaume blocked the kick, giving the hosts the ball at the Milton 23.

DeMattio (22 carries, 152 yards) got the first carry for 13 yards and Bannon (16 carries, 214 yards) punched it in from 10 to grab the lead. As soon as Bannon hit the goal line, the sky lit up and the forecasted thunderstorm descended on Community Field, forcing the game to be delayed the crowd to scatter to the safety of its cars.

An hour later, DeMattio kicked the extra point to make it 7-0. On Milton’s first play of the ensuing drive, Vacher came up big again, reading the screen pass and picking it off at the 34. Two plays later, Bannon ran straight through the Milton defense for a 33-yard score. It was 14-0 after 3-1/2 minutes.

Another Milton punt led to the next score, as Nathan Shultz fielded it at his own 35, despite being under pressure, cut out to the North sideline and was gone. The 65-yard return made it 21-0, a lead that lasted all of 24 seconds. Milton showed its quick-strike potential when Jack Finnegan returned the kick 50 yards to the North 37 and McHugh hit Michael Fulton down the middle for a score. The extra point was missed but it was 21-6.

North was unperturbed. On its next drive, Frisoli (4-of-7, 95 yards) deceived the defense with a perfect play action and fired a strike to Wells, who was running free down the seam for a 57-yard touchdown. Milton drove to the North 34, but turned it over on downs. North went 66 yards on seven plays, including a 32-yard run by DeMattio who capped it with a five-yard TD.

The defense forced a three-and-out and, with the help of a penalty on the punt, gave the ball back to the offense at the Milton 41. Frisoli hit Jack Munley for 18 yards down to the 11 and DeMattio did the rest, punching it in from two yards.

Johnson explained, “We thought we might be able to move the ball on them. Just having that tandem of the two Tylers, that’s been a real key. To be this deep in the tournament, you have to be lucky and stay healthy, so we’ve been able to minimize the number of hits that those guys have taken.”

Milton gave itself a chance by scoring three times in just 3-1/2 minutes. Chase Vaughan took over under center and he hit Fulton for a 43-yard score. The ensuing kickoff was muffed and Milton recovered at the 19. Vaughan then found Dillon Mackenzie for a 14-yard touchdown. The conversion went off the helmet of the North corner and was caught. After forcing another North fumble, Milton got the ball back at the 35 and needed just four plays to get in the end zone again, cutting the lead to 42-28.

There was still 1:00 to play in a first half that had stretched, including the weather break, to more than 2-1/2 hours. That was plenty of time for North to tack on another score. Bannon got it started with a 45-yard carry to the Milton 20. On fourth down from the 15, Frisoli threw a dart to Wells, who pulled in the pass in the back corner of the end zone.

North still felt that there was work to do starting the third quarter and the two Tylers went right back to work, alternating carries and moving the chains. North used 14 plays to go 68 yards and ate more than seven minutes off the clock to put the game away.

“It was kind of a bad feeling at half, letting up 20-something points in five minutes, so we just wanted to stay together, stay as one in the locker room,” Bannon said. When asked about the importance of the third quarter drive, he replied, “Huge, momentum shifted right to our side, so after that it was game over.”

The key play was a fourth and one at the Milton 32, which DeMattio picked up by the length of a football, although the Wildcats coaches and fans were upset with the spot. Bannon got his third score of the night, from five yards, to make it 55-28.

Milton had one more drive in it, converting on fourth and eight and getting all the way inside the five. The North pass rush made it difficult for Vaughan to stand in and find an open receiver and the Wildcats turned it over on downs at the North seven. On the next play, Bannon busted through the line and raced 51 yards into Milton territory. DeMattio got his third TD of the game, and eighth in two playoff games, with a 25-yard run.

“It’s very important,” Bannon said about being able to trade off carries with his classmate. “We can stay healthy, stay fresh, and call ourselves the best running back duo in the league. It’s important for us.”

North Attleboro (6-3), the No. 3 seed, will face the No. 2 seed Billerica, which edged Hanover in the quarterfinal, for the right to go to Gillette Stadium. The date, time, and location of the game are to be determined.

“We don’t know a whole lot,” Johnson said when asked about Billerica. “We got a chance to go up and watch them last night. They look like a proud program with a tradition of winning and tough kids. When you get to this point you need that ingredient, they got the most important ingredients.”

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Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/13/21

Today’s games are listed below.

Football
Division 3

#6 Milton, 28 @ #3 North Attleboro, 62 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.
1st Quarter: (NA) Tyler Bannon 10-yard rush, Tyler DeMattio XP good; (NA) T. Bannon 33-yard rush, T. DeMattio XP good; (NA) Nathan Shultz 65-yard punt return, T. DeMattio XP good; (M) Owen McHugh 37-yard pass to Michael Fulton, XP no good; (NA) Chase Frisoli 57-yard pass to Gavin Wells, T. DeMattio XP good.
2nd Quarter: (NA) T. DeMattio 5-yard rush, T. DeMattio XP good; (NA) T. DeMattio 2-yard rush, T. DeMattio XP good; (M) Chase Vaughan 43-yard pass to M. Fulton, XP good; (M) C. Vaughan 14-yard pass to Dillon Mackenzie, Conversion good; (M) C. Vaughan 5-yard pass to D. Mackenzie, XP good; (NA) C. Frisoli 15-yard pass to G. Wells, T. DeMattio XP good.
3rd Quarter: (NA) T. Bannon 5-yard rush, XP no good.
4th Quarter: (NA) T. DeMattio 25-yard rush, Connor Ruppert XP good.

Division 4
#11 Wilmington, 21 @ #3 Foxboro, 42 – Final
1st Quarter: (W) Wilmington 60-yard pass touchdown, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (F) Dylan Gordon 47-yard rush, Sam Carpenter XP good; (F) Tom Marcucella 38-yard pass to Rashaad Way, S. Carpenter XP good.
3rd Quarter: (F) D. Gordon 31-yard rush, S. Carpenter XP good; (W) Wilmington 14-yard rush, XP blocked.
4th Quarter: (F) D. Gordon 11-yard rush, S. Carpenter XP good; (F) D. Gordon 16-yard rush, S. Carpenter XP good; (F) R. Way 29-yard interception return, S. Carpenter XP good; (W) Wilmington 51-yard rush, two-point rush good.

Non-Playoff
Canton 3 @ New Bedford, 7 – Final
Sharon, 29 @ Brookline, 40 – Final

Boys Soccer
Division 2

#21 Canton, 1 @ #20 Amherst-Pelham, 0 – Final

Girls Soccer
Division 3

#2 Foxboro, 1 vs. #23 Ursuline Academy, 0 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this match.

Player of the Week: Tyler DeMattio, North Attleboro Football

Tyler DeMattio
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

North Attleboro senior Tyler DeMattio has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Nov. 2 through Nov. 7. DeMattio is the ninth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year.

DeMattio led North to a blowout win in the opening round of the Div. 3 tournament. Plymouth North scored on the opening possession Friday at Community Field, but the Rocketeers scored the next 48 and advanced to the quarterfinal. DeMattio provided the fireworks on offense for North, rushing for five touchdowns and kicking the first four extra points, finishing with 34 of the team’s 48 points.

After giving up a touchdown on the opening drive of the game, North responded with a touchdown of its own. DeMattio, who finished the night with 143 yards on just 10 carries, scored his first touchdown with a one-yard dive and then added the extra point to put North ahead for good. He added a 17-yard TD on the next possession, an 11-yard score on North’s third drive, and a 23-yard TD to make it four for him and put North ahead 28-6. A Danny Curran kickoff return touchdown got the second half started right for North and on its next possession DeMattio added his fifth score, this time from 19 yards out. North advanced to host Milton this week at Community Field.

Click here for a photo gallery from North Attleboro vs. Plymouth North.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Tyler DeMattio
Tyler DeMattio The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Tyler DeMattio The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

DeMattio Scores Handful, North Rolls Into Quarterfinal

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North senior Tyler DeMattio proved to be unstoppable in the playoff opener, scoring five touchdowns against Plymouth North. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Three minutes into Friday night’s Div. 3 playoff opener at Community Field, the home crowd was stunned. Plymouth North, the No. 14 seed, took the opening kick and marched straight down the field to score the game’s opening touchdown. Could the visiting team pull an upset over No. 3 seed North Attleboro?

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

It turned out that moment was only reminder for the North players not to overlook the Eagles. Once the message was received, the Rocketeers found the end zone on four straight possessions and scored 48 unanswered points, picking up a comfortable 48-6 victory that sends them into the state quarterfinal.

“I think it was a good wake up call,” North coach Don Johnson said about that opening drive. “We were concerned about their offense because they run that zone scheme so well and we just can’t duplicate that in practice. I think it really caught our guys off guard.”

The Eagles ran their offense to perfection on the opening drive. Quarterback Dallas Murphy used the zone read to find seams in the North defense, breaking runs of 25 and 35 yards. Killian Murphy capped the drive with a 4-yard dive. Plymouth North went for two, but Nathan Shultz was through the line in a flash to stuff the conversion attempt. It foreshadowed how North would take control of the line of scrimmage.

North’s first possession was just as effective as the visitors’ drive. The home team went 66 yards in eight plays, with five different players getting carries. Shultz was making plays on offense too, with jet sweeps of 12 and 20 yards. The second carry go the ball down to the 10. Chase Frisoli came up a yard short on a keeper and then Tyler DeMattio’s impressive night got started with a 1-yard plunge.

Johnson said, “We thought going in that we could move the ball on them, so the question was are we going to be able to stop them? It was nice to see us score that first touchdown but at that time I was thinking this isn’t enough. We need to get some stops on defense if we’re going to win this game and we did.”

After a couple of good tackles by Greg Berthiaume, who had a solid night at linebacker, and a full-stretch pass breakup by Danny Curran, Tyler Bannon picked off a pass to give North the ball on the visiting side of the 50.

Shultz again got things going for North with a 31-yard sweep down the sideline, getting the ball to the 15. A holding call wiped out a touchdown for Bannon, but on the next snap DeMattio (10 carries, 143 yards) broke free for a 17-yard touchdown and a 14-6 lead.

North’s defensive line was taking over the game. Keysun Wise and Jared Vacher both made good plays to stop Plymouth North’s next drive. On fourth and three, the Eagles, maybe sensing that they were going to struggle to stop North’s offense, tried a fake punt but the play was stopped for a loss of one.

“We’ve really matured as a group and we’re at the point where kids can make their own adjustments out there,” Johnson said about his defense making adjustments. “Sometimes I’ve got the worst seat in the house over there, so this group now can come over and tell me exactly what happened, why it happened, and what we need to do to prevent it. It’s awesome when you get to that point.”

Three snaps of the ball later, the lead was extended. Frisoli went down the middle of the field to Gavin Wells, who kept his concentration to pull in a juggling catch for 35 yards. DeMattio made it a hat trick, going right up the middle for an 11-yard score.

Another three-and-out, this time facilitated by a Bannon sack on third down, set North up for a chance to make it four straight scoring drives. Frisoli hit Jack Munley in the flat for 15 to midfield. After DeMattio ran for 16 more, Munley made a highlight reel-quality, one-handed grab for nine yards to the 23. On the next play, DeMattio took a carry around the left tackle, turned up the sideline, and found the end zone again. He added his fourth extra point and had all 28 of North’s points.

“I think we’ve made ourselves so much better by alternating those guys, keeping [Tyler] healthy,” Johnson said about the depth in the offense that keeps DeMattio from having to carry the ball every down. “The combination of all those guys has just made us a better team.”

North had the chance to add one more score before halftime. A 15-yard illegal substitution penalty on a punt gave the Rocketeers a first down near midfield. DeMattio then went 44 yards on the next two plays to get it down to the five. After Frisoli was sacked on first down, he threw a pair of incomplete passes and North settled for a 33-yard field goal attempt that fell short.

It was a missed opportunity, but turned out to be inconsequential as Curran took the opening kickoff of the second half and promptly returned it 75 yards to make it 35-6.

Two plays later, Aidan Conrad recovered a Plymouth North fumble. A personal foul call meant the drive started at the Eagles 20. Bannon went for one and then DeMattio again proved unstoppable, scoring from 19 yards for his fifth touchdown of the night. Connor Ruppert was on extra point duties in the second half, but DeMattio accounted for 34 of North’s 48 points.

A long drive for the Eagles ended on a botched pitch attempt that was recovered by Munley. With the bench in the game, North moved upfield again. On fourth and goal, Garrett Inglese went up the middle for 16 yards and the game’s final points.

The win not only moved North onto the next round of the tournament, but was also the 100th career win for Johnson. Understandably he wasn’t thinking too much of the milestone after the game. “Someone just told me, I forgot all about it,” he admitted. “It’s good, but it’s not time to be thinking about any personal milestones at this point. There’s just too much going on.”

North Attleboro (5-3) will have a tough matchup in the D3 quarterfinal, as the Rocketeers host No. 6 seed Milton next Friday at Community Field.

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/05/21

Today’s games are listed below.

Football
Division 1

#16 Braintree, 6 @ #1 Franklin, 42 – Final
1st Quarter: (F) Mack Gulla 1-yard rush, Garrett Portesi XP good; (F) M. Gulla 53-yard rush, G. Portesi XP good.
2nd Quarter: (F) Jared Arone 34-yard pass to Shane Kindred, G. Portesi XP good; (F) M. Gulla 67-yard rush, G. Portesi XP good; (F) Cullen Pek fumble recovery in the end zone, G. Portesi XP good; (F) J. Arone 28-yard pass to Will Tracey, G. Portesi XP good.
3rd Quarter: (B) Braintree 1-yard rush, XP failed.
4th Quarter: No scoring.

#10 Taunton, 28 @ #7 St. John’s Shrewsbury, 35 – Final

Division 2
#15 Hingham, 0 @ #2 Milford, 24 – Final

#14 Chelmsford, 0 @ #3 King Philip, 35 – Final
1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (KP) Crawford Cantave 5-yard rush, Matthew Kelley XP good; (KP) Rudy Gately 3-yard rush, M. Kelley XP good; (KP) R. Gately 26-yard rush, M. Kelley XP good.
3rd Quarter: (KP) C. Cantave 28-yard rush, M. Kelley XP good.
4th Quarter: (KP) Charlie Grant 14-yard pass to Danny Clancy, M. Kelley XP good.

#11 Barnstable, 21 @ #6 Mansfield, 28 – Final
1st Quarter: (M) Conner Zukowski 62-yard pass to CJ Bell, James Gilleran XP good; (B) Henry Machnik 9-yard rush, Shawn Haislett XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) Connor Curtis 8-yard rush, J. Gilleran XP good; C. Zukowski 48-yard pass to Trevor Foley, J. Gilleran XP good; (B) Eugene Jordan 25-yard rush, S. Haislett XP good.
3rd Quarter: (B) Gibson Guimond 2-yard rush, S. Haislett XP good.
4th Quarter: (M) Drew Sacco 7-yard rush, J. Gilleran XP good.

Division 3
#14 Plymouth North, 6 @ #3 North Attleboro, 48 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.
1st Quarter: (PN) Killian Murphy 4-yard rush, Conversion no good; (NA) Tyler DeMattio 1-yard rush, T. DeMattio XP good; (NA) T. DeMattio 17-yard rush, T. DeMattio XP good.
2nd Quarter: (NA) T. DeMattio 11-yard rush, T. Demattio XP good; (NA) T. DeMattio 23-yard rush, T. DeMattio XP good.
3rd Quarter: (NA) Danny Curran 75-yard kick return, Connor Ruppert XP good; (NA) T. DeMattio 19-yard rush, C. Ruppert XP good; (NA) Garrett Inglese 16-yard rush, XP no good.
4th Quarter: No scoring.

#13 Stoughton, 0 @ #4 Plymouth South, 17 – Final

Division 4
#14 Newburyport, 13 @ #3 Foxboro, 45 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.
1st Quarter: (F) Dylan Gordon 22-yard interception return, Sam Carpenter XP good; (F) D. Gordon 45-yard rush; S. Carpenter XP good; (F) D. Gordon 47-yard interception return, S. Carpenter XP good.
2nd Quarter: (F) S. Carpenter 38-yard field goal; (F) Tom Marcucella 21-yard pass to Nick Medeiros, S. Carpenter XP good; (F) T. Marcucella 16-yard pass to Tommy Sharkey, S. Carpenter XP good; (F) Tre Stith 45-yard interception return, S. Carpenter XP good.
3rd Quarter: (N) Jack Hadden 62-yard interception return, XP good.
4th Quarter: (N) Finn Sullivan 19-yard rush, XP failed.

Non-Playoff
Oliver Ames, 31 @ Somerset-Berkley, 33 – Final (OT)
Attleboro, 42 vs. New Bedford, 0 – Final
Sharon, 0 @ Medfield, 34 – Final
Canton, 14 vs. Westwood, 35 – Final










Field Hockey
Division 1

#17 King Philip, 0 @ #16 Lexington, 1 – FinalKing Philip fell just short on the road in a tight game at Lexington. The Warriors had six shots on goal but couldn’t find the back of the net. Junior Haley Bright made six saves in net to keep the Warriors close, including a pair of diving stops and a one-handed stop on an aerial shot. Senior Sydney O’Shea, senior Molly Piller, and sophomore Kelly Holmes all played well for KP.

#20 Attleboro, 1 @ #13 Central Catholic, 3 – Final

Volleyball
Division 1

#32 Lynn Classical, 0 @ #1 Franklin, 3 – Final

Division 2
#34 Chicopee Comp, 0 @ #2 King Philip, 3 – FinalKing Philip opened its tournament run with an impressive 3-0 sweep (25-9, 25-11, 25-7) over Chicopee Comp. Emily Sawyer led the offense with 13 kills and two blocks while Ahunna James added 10 kills. Gianna DeLorenzo chipped in with four aces while Samantha Asprelli recorded six digs. King Philip will host #15 Notre Dame Academy on Tuesday at 5:00 in a Sweet 16 matchup.

#17 North Attleboro, 1 @ #16 Nashoba, 3 – Final

#29 Sharon, 0 @ #4 Billerica, 3 – Final

#26 Masconomet, 0 @ #7 Oliver Ames, 3 – FinalSophomore Sarah Hilliard had a stellar postseason debut, leading the Tigers to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-21) sweep over visiting Masconomet. Hilliard registered 14 kills while classmate Claire O’Rourke added 12 kills in the win. Senior Hadley Rhodes had 24 assists and six kills and Maddie Homer added 25 digs. OA will host #10 Woburn on Tuesday at 6:00 in a Sweet 16 matchup.