How the Stoughton High football team got near Canton’s goal line during its differed—twice a methodical march by the offense put Stoughton in scoring range, and on the other two touchdowns it was big plays on special teams (Asad Elmi blocked a punt) and on defense (4th down sack by Alex Kimball) that gave the Black Knights good field position.
But all four Stoughton scoring drives ended the same way—with an Aaron Mack touchdown run.
The junior had four scores on Thanksgiving, putting him in some pretty elite company. In the of the Stoughton-Canton Thanksgiving rivalry, only two other players have scored four touchdowns in a single game. Only one has topped this feat.
Former NFL player Ryan LaCasse set the TD mark with four in Stoughton’s 39-0 win over Canton in 2000. Joe Jeudy also scored four touchdowns in Stoughton’s 34-0 win in the 2006 game. Jeudy broke his own record the following year with five touchdowns in a 47-14 win over the Bulldogs in 2007.
“It feels good,” Mack said after the game. “The last time I did that [score four touchdowns in a game] was freshman year. This one seems all the more sweeter.”
The marked Stoughton’s , with the winning streak dating back to 2005.
Canton has scored a total of 15 points in its last four Thanksgiving games, and just 35 combined during this seven-year Stoughton winning streak. Mack alone scored 24 this past Thursday.
Mack scored on four short runs—the longest was his final one, a six-yard carry with 4:59 left in the game, to account for the final score.
“It’s just doing my job, just executing correctly and it paid off, we got four touchdowns and got ourselves the W,” Mack said.
Fellow junior Frankie Morris came up with plenty of big runs of his own, including a 30-yard burst on Stoughton’s opening drive of the second half, helping to set up Mack’s second touchdown of the day.
“I probably would have scored two or one [touchdowns] without Frankie,” Mack said. “He was a big help to the offense [and a] big help to me personally.”
Sophomore Malachi Baugh also contributed to Stoughton’s rushing output.
Mack finishes his junior season with 11 rushing touchdowns, which is second best in the Davenport Division and fourth overall in the entire Hockomock League. Mack also had two receiving touchdowns, for 13 total scores in 2011.
He had both the longest (88) and longest (85) in the league this season.
“He’s our workhorse back,” senior Alex Kimball said.
“He’s the future of this program,” added senior Brendan Malley.
Ryan Lanigan contributed reporting. Statistics from the Hockomock League Football website.