Heading into week 7, it was fair to say King Philip and Stoughton, both undefeated, were the favorites in the Hockomock League's Kelly-Rex and Davenport Divisions, respectively. But after a crazy Saturday of Hockomock League football, filled with upsets and shootouts, new favorites have emerged.
Canton had a week 7 bye, but all the other teams had division games, which meant all games had direct playoff implications. The division winners from the Davenport and Kelly-Rex advance to the postseason.
In the Davenport, Stoughton fell at Sharon, 16-14, after Sean Asnes scored the game-winning touchdown with 11 seconds left. The win put Sharon in the Davenport driver's seat with a perfect 2-0 record. Stoughton is 1-1. Foxborough, meanwhile climbed back into contention with a 27-6 win against visiting Oliver Ames. The Warriors are now 1-1 in division play; Oliver is Ames is 0-1.
Sharon plays a non-league game in week 8, while Stoughton/Oliver Ames and Foxborough/Canton square off in Davenport action. All four of these teams have one division loss, so a week 8 loss would severely hamper any playoff hopes. There are only four division games for Davenport teams, and it will almost certainly take more than a 2-2 division record to win the Davenport.
In the Kelly-Rex, Mansfield beat visiting King Philip, 46-33, so the Hornets at 2-0 in the division, as is Franklin, who beat Attleboro in a 44-41 thriller. Mansfield and Franklin are now the favorites, with King Philip and North Attleboro (both 1-1 in the division) looking up. Attleboro and Taunton (both 0-2 in the division) are in an early hole. There are five division games for Kelly-Rex teams.
If nothing else, week 7 proved just how unpredictable the Hockomock League is. So while, Sharon and Mansfield/Franklin are in the driver's seats of the respective divisions for now, there are four weeks left in the season, and between 2-3 division games left to be played per team. Get ready for the stretch run - should be a wild ride.
Week 7 Recap
- Stoughton led 14-3 at halftime Saturday at Sharon, looking to remain undefeated. But two unanswered second half Sharon touchdowns, both from running back Sean Asnes gave Sharon the upset win. Asnes scored the game-winning touchdown with just 11 seconds left. Stoughton scored both of its first half touchdowns off Sharon turnovers, but struggled against to find an offensive rhythm or to stop the run on defense in the second half. This is Sharon's first win over Stoughton since 2003. Click here for a full recap.
- A strong rushing attack and defense led Foxborough to a 27-6 victory over Oliver Ames Saturday in an important Davenport Divisional game. Foxborough's Kiivone Howard racked up over 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns. On defense, Foxborough forced four Oliver Ames' turnovers, seven three-and-outs and one turnover on downs. The Warriors took a 6-0 lead into halftime before erupting for 21 points in the second half. OA did not score until 2:28 remained in the fourth quarter when quarterback Nick Cidado connected with receiver Greg Cummings on a 35-yard touchdown pass. Click here for a full recap.
- King Philip entered Saturday's contest at Mansfield undefeated and having allowed only 36 points in its previous six games combined. Mansfield scored 46 Saturday evening. Mansfield built a 32-12 lead at the half, behind two long Robert Rapoza touchdown runs (80 and 53 yards) and three Kyle Wisnieski touchdown passes, two of which went to Brendan Hill. Mansfield was able to hold off KP and overcome four touchdowns from KP quarterback John Dillion. Click here for a full recap.
Franklin 44, Attleboro 41
- Tied at 41 with time winding down, Mike Carden hit a game-winning 41-yard field goal to give Franklin a win over visiting Attleboro in this back-and-forth high scoring thriller Saturday afternoon. The teams scored a combined 12 touchdowns, but the game started off slowly for both offenses. Nick Canesi's 25-yard interception return for a Franklin touchdown was the only points of the first quarter for either team. Franklin quarterback Nick Zucco had three touchdown passes and a touchdown run. Attleboro's Malique Clark had five touchdown runs in the loss. Click here for a scoring recap.
North Attleboro 43, Taunton 29
- North Attleboro jumped out to a 36-6 lead Saturday at Taunton, holding on for a two-touchdown win, snapping a three-game losing skid. Quarterback Ryan Perron had two rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown in the first half. Taunton has now lost four-straight in its inaugural Hockomock season.
Week 7 Stars
- A week after Kiivone Howard was contained by Attleboro, Foxborough's star running back erupted against Oliver Ames scoring three touchdowns and racking up over 100 yards on the ground. Howard appeared to have scored his fourth touchdown of the game on an 80-yard run in the fourth quarter, but it was negated due to a Foxborough blocking penalty. Howard now has 15 rushing scores on the season.
- Oliver Ames wide receiver and defensive back Greg Cummings was one of few bright spots for the Tigers Saturday against Foxborough. Cummings recorded a 35-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter for OA's only score of the game and intercepted a Mike Slaby pass on defense.
- Stoughton scored both of its touchdowns off Sharon turnovers. In the first quarter, linebacker Andrew Kelly intercepted a pass at the Stoughton 10 and returned in 52 yards to the Sharon 38, setting up Stoughton's first scoring drive. In the second quarter, fellow linebacker Tim Porter recovered a fumble at the Sharon 24 and returned it 20 yards, setting up Stoughton's second touchdown.
- Sharon's Sean Asnes had a quiet first half, but the Eagles relied on their senor back in the third and fourth quarters, and he delivered, gaining 133 yards on the ground in the second half, including 70 on Sharon's game-winning drive in the fourth. He ran for a 9-yard touchdown with 11 seconds left to give Sharon the upset win.
- King Philip quarterback John Dillon had 261 yards passing and four touchdowns against Mansfield.
- Mansfield running backs Robert Rapoza and Kevin Makie combined for more than 300 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a win over KP. Quarterback Kyle Wisnieski had three passing touchdowns.
- Attleboro running back Malique Clark had five of his team's six touchdowns, scoring on runs of 49, 62, 23, 1 and 10 yards. He had nearly 300 yards rushing in a losing effort vs. Franklin.
Standings (based on division record)
Team (overall rec)
Team (overall rec)
Franklin (6-1)2-0 W4
Stoughton (6-1)1-1 L1
Mansfield (5-2) 2-0 W3
Foxborough (5-2)1-1 W2
King Philip (6-1)
Oliver Ames (5-2)0-1 L1
North Attleboro (4-3)
Canton (1-4)0-1 L4
Attleboro (4-3) 0-2 L3
Taunton (1-6) 0-2
Week 8 Schedule
Friday, October 26:
- Stoughton at Oliver Ames, 7 p.m. (Davenport)
- Canton at Foxborough, 7 p.m. (Davenport)
- Mansfield at North Attleboro, 7 p.m. (Kelly-Rex)
- King Philip at Attleboro, 7 p.m. (Kelly-Rex)
- Franklin at Taunton, 7 p.m. (Kelly-Rex)
- Sharon at Randolph, 7 p.m. (non-league)