While the games don't count towards league standings, and have little impact on playoff eligibility, Hockomock League football teams got off to a hot start in week 1 of the high school football season, with all teams winning their respective openers with the exception of Taunton (Canton's game was suspended).
Week 1 game recaps are below.
Week 2 schedule - all games are Friday, September 14: Stoughton at Taunton; Oliver Ames at North Quincy; Attleboro at Dartmouth; Canton at Quincy; Foxboro at East Providence; Arlington Catholic at Franklin; King Philip at Medfield; North Attleboro at BC High; Sharon at Rockland; Needham at Mansfield.
Davenport Small Schools Division
Stoughton traveled to Holliston Friday night in a rematch of the 2011 season-opener, a 28-15 win for Holliston. But, the Black Knights were the superior team this time around.
Aaron Mack had two rushing touchdowns, Frankie Morris had a rushing touchdown, and quarterback Dan Eckler had a touchdown pass to tight end Andrew Kelly.
Linebacker Adam Leonard made the defensive play of the game, intercepting a pass with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Holliston, trailing 20-13, was in Stoughton territory, looking for the game-tying score. Instead, Stoughton got the ball back and nine plays later (including penalties), a 21-yard touchdown run by Mack, followed by a two-point conversion run by Morris, put Stoughton up 28-13 with 1:22 left.
Oliver Ames, the defending Davenport Division champions, rode a hot start to a 14-6 win Saturday afternoon at home.
On just the second play from scrimmage, OA running back St. Claire Ryan ran 61 yards to the end zone to give the Tigers an early 6-0 advantage.
Later in the first, quarterback Nick Cidado lateraled to Reid Starr and Starr then hit a wide-open Greg Cummings for a 48-yard TD strike. A completion to tight end Sam Kelly for a two-point conversion gave the Tigers a 14-0 lead, and that was all the scoring the Tigers would need, holding Medfield without a score until the final minute of the fourth.
Cummings also came up with three interceptions (all in the first half) on defense.
Foxborough 34, East Longmeadow 10
Foxborough traveled to East Longmeadow Friday night. The Warriors jumped out to a 21-0 lead at the half, en route to a 34-10 victory.
Kiivone Howard ran for three touchdowns, including an 89-yarder, and Alex Pacitti scored on a catch and run for 53 yards.
Evantz Elizma and Sean Asnes scored two touchdowns a piece for the Sharon High football team Friday night, helping the Eagles jump out to a 26-0 first half lead at Dedham.
Sean O'Neill tossed his second touchdown pass of the evening (a 37-yard scoring strike to Brad Kaufman) in the third quarter. Dedham scored the final two touchdowns of the game, but it wasn't enough, with the Eagles winning 34-13.
Canton, Dennis Yarmouth (Suspended)
Trailing 12-0, Canton came back and took the lead, 14-12, against Dennis-Yarmouth Friday night in Canton, but then Mother Nature got in the way, with a lightning storm causing a lengthy delay.
The following is from the Canton High School Athletics website:
"The break resulted in the situation of the game going well past the 8:00 curfew due to EEE. So- as of now, the game is recorded as a suspended game. Every attempt will be made to make the game up later in the season."
Kelly-Rex Large Schools Division
Mansfield 49, Westfield 15
A 22-point first quarter helped the Mansfield Hornets to a 49-15 win over Westfield Saturday night at home.
Kyle Wiesnieski had a pair of first quarter touchdown passes (30 yards to Brendan Hill and 73-yards to Mike Hershman). Rob Rapoza capped the scoring in the third quarter with an 88-yard touchdown run.
Attleboro beat city rival Bishop Feehan 19-7 Friday night at Attleboro High thanks to three rushing touchdowns by Bombardier back Malique Clark (62 yards, 1 yard and 64 yards).
Attleboro took a 13-0 lead into the half, and traded scores with Bishop Feehan in the second half.
In a high-scoring affair North Attleboro beat La Salle Academy of Providence, Rhode Island 47-27, Friday night in North Attleboro.
Alex Jette had three first half touchdowns - a 62-yard catch, an 85-yard run and a 91-yard run - as North Attleboro took a 28-7 lead at the half.
Franklin 27, Milford 2
Three touchdown passes from Franklin quarterback Nick Zucco led Franklin to a 27-2 win at Milford on Friday.
Milford, who will join the Hockomock League in football next season (the school is already a part of the League in all other sports), recorded a safety in the second quarter for its only points of the game.
New Bedford 34, Taunton 20
Taunton was the only Hockomock team to lose in week 1, falling to New Bedford Saturday on the road.
Jamal Williams got Taunton on the board first with a 19-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter, but New Bedford went on to score 34 of the game's next 41 points to take a 34-14 lead in the fourth. Taunton scored the final touchdown of the game to account for the final score.
King Philip 35, Dover (NH) 12
King Philip traveled to New Hampshire to take on Dover High School and came away with a 35-12 road win. No scoring recap available.