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A note from Nick Chiocco

I have held a Home Run Derby to support a charity foundation that I believe in. The first year of my Home Run Derby fundraiser, all of the proceeds went to the One Fund Boston for Marathon Victims. This resulted in a profit of over $2,000. There were 10 businesses that sponsored the event, and 25 participants. Because of the success, I decided to do the Home Run Derby again! In my second year of the fundraiser, all of the proceeds went to the Hearts For Hope Foundation in memory of Fallon Finegan, which profited over $2,500. This year, there were 25+ sponsors and 50 participants in the event.

In my third year, I will be holding the Home Run Derby once again for the Hearts For Hope Foundation in memory of Fallon Finegan. I hope that this year, I will be able to continue to increase the amount of sponsors, participants, and profits!

If you are able to attend the event, please do!!
The date of the event is August 1st.

The link to donate online is at all helps!!
You are also able to pay by cash or check and if it is by check, please make it out to the Hearts For Hope Foundation!!

Complete information:
Home Run Derby Year 3


Hi everyone.
Just wanted you all to know how very proud I am of the Mansfield football players.

What started out as a rainy family fun night turned into such a beautiful night. The boys were selling the rest of the t-shirts Kathy Hill had made for us last year and playing corn hole when it was not raining on us. The boys did really well selling the shirts which we had very limited sizes of for $2. They sold all of them.

Around 7:45 a woman came by and gave all the boys buttons to wear. It was Shane Farrell's mother Jackie (Shane is the boy who was struck and killed by a bus). The boys talked with her for about 15 minutes. She then asked us to come with her to the tent they set up for Shane's fundraising. She gave all the boys a red Shane T-shirt to wear, everyone was very touched. The boys proudly put the shirts on. I pulled the boys aside and asked what they thought about helping her sell the Shane t-shirts for the rest of the night. Without hesitation the boy's grabbed t-shirts brought them back to our tent and went to work selling Shane t-shirts. I was so unbelievably proud of them. Shane's mom came back over to thank the boys for all that they did. We had made $200 selling our shirts earlier in the night and we donated that money to his mom to put towards the Shane Foundation. She was so grateful. She asked to take a picture with the team. We exchanged numbers and late last night I received a text from her thanking the boys again for putting a smile on her face during this tough time of healing. She said she will proudly be at the boy's first game rooting on her new found friends.

As a mom I was so proud of the boys last night. I was smiling and crying at the same time. What a wonderful night. Andrea Gibbs

PS The team will wear "SF" on their helmets this year in remembrance of Shane.


Hornets "Big Uglies"

First AND second place
Complete details



The football team is looking for a student to help with Social Media.
Duties would include up-dating our Twitter and Facebook postings. You would travel with the team to all games and be compensated for your time and effort.
You would need an understanding of football and be aware of terminology used by coaches,
and be able to assist with statistics during the game.
Contact Coach Redding at email
or Dave Redding at email


From Youth Football Camp
Photo Link

Time to plan to "Tee" it up!

2015 Budgie Campbell Gridiron Golf Outing

Friday 8/14/15

Online registration

Invitation and details

Gridiron Workshop

August 20th
Mark your calendar!
Mandatory meeting for parents and players

Sept 9th
Pasta Dinner to kick off the season
Excellent chance to meet other parents and hear from the coach about the upcoming season.

Membership list up-dated 7/14/15 (220 members)
2015 Membership list


Mansfield man climbs the coaching ladder with new Nevada post


It's a commonly-held belief that in order to coach a sport at a high level, one has to have played it at a high level as well.
And it's a belief that's often disproved.
There are plenty of coaches considered at the top of their profession that weren't stars in their sports. One needs to look no further than Bill Belichick, who never played a single down in the NFL, as a shining example. Anthony Ruta hopes to follow in those footsteps, although in a different sport than the one he played in high school.

Anthony as a senior in 2007

A former Mansfield High School football player, Ruta, 25, was recently named the director of men's basketball operations at the University of Nevada in Reno, part of the staff of new head coach Eric Musselman. The Sun-Chronicle article


Congrats Jeff Hill

Mansfield High's Jeff Hill, the record-setting wide receiver for the Bentley football team was named the Falcons' Outstanding Senior Male Athlete. The 6-foot-4 Hill was a first-team All-Northeast-l0 Conference honors four straight years and become only the third receiver in program history to amass 200 receptions.

Named a second-team Division II All-America by Don Hansen's Football Gazette, Hill finished his career ranking No, 3 in Bentley history in receptions, receiving yards (3,489), TD catches (37) and all-purpose running yards (3,496), as well as fourth in scoring (224 points). Hill's senior year included five 100-yard games, with a high of 163 at Merrimack in his final contest in a Bentley uniform, and four games with two touchdowns. Hill led the conference in receiving yards (1,113), yards per game (101.2) and touchdown catches (12) while averaging 16.4 yards per reception.

Jeff is the brother of senior Brendan and freshman Meg.

Post season honors continue

Matt Carafa was chosen as a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award winner.
He is one of 33 student-athletes chosen from over 200 public, private and parochial schools in Massachusetts and he will be recognized at the 40th Annual Banquet at the Newton Marriott on Sunday, May 3rd.
Matt played QB for Mansfield and earned Sun Chronicle All-Star Honors and Hockomock League All-Star Honors after passing for over 1800 yards this season and he is ranked in the top 10% of his senior class and is a member of the National Honor Society.

37th Annual Shriner's All-Star Football Game

Congratulations to Andrew Horstmann on being selected to play in the 37th Annual Shriner's All-Star Football Game at Bentley University on Saturday, June 20th.
Andrew was a two-way starter as an offensive lineman and defensive end for the last two years at Mansfield and he will attend Westfield State to continue his education in criminal justice and he will join their football program in the fall.
Andrew was voted Team MVP by his teammates for the 2014 season and he was named a Hockomock League All-Star and a Sun Chronicle All-Star.


Hockomock League All-Stars

Andrew Horstmann
Matt Carafa
Mike Carpino


Mansfield football featured in national publication

American Football Monthly

A scholastic publication did an article on what makes a top programs in the country.
Here is a copy of the article;
PDF link

Ed note; the printer picked up the wrong name and used Dave Redding in place of Mike Redding.


Meet the 2015 Football Captains

Left to right: Joe Bukuras, Josh Schafer, Nick Martin, Matt Kashtan, Connor Finerty

Click on image for a larger view

Mansfield to open season against

St. John's Prep of Danvers

complete schedule

Mansfield 31 Foxboro 14

You have to read this
Thanksgiving is still special in Mansfield!

Beau Palanza
Don Currivan MVP

Jared Archer
Matt McCue Outstanding Lineman


2014 Varsity Roster

Numerical roster, including height and weight.
The team weighs 15,360 lbs.

Composite Schedule

2015 schedule added
2015 Freshman and Junior Varsity schedule has been posted.
including opponents schedule and results (Link)

Stats and Game Stories

Complete season stats (11 games)
Offensive/Defensive and team stats (Link)

Gridiron Club Membership

Thank you for your loyal support!
2015 Membership list

Hornet Youth Football Clinic

for students entering grades 4 through 9 in the fall of 2015
Mansfield Alumni Field
July 20th to July 23rd


Photo Links

2014 season photos
Pregame and postgame photos
JV North
JV Foxboro
Freshman Foxboro
Senior photos
Underclassmen photos
2013 season photos
Older Game Photos
Senior Parent Photos
Homecoming/Pep Rally photos


Freshman web site

Roster, schedule and photos.


The Foxboro Game


2014 Varsity Coaching Staff

L to R: Tim Selmon, Jarid Giblin, Ray Cattaneo, Mark DeGirolamo, Mike Redding, Ed Rodrigues
Missing from photo; Nick Norgeira and Tom Gilson

2014 Team at "ground zero", NYC

Photos from the NYC trip.
Photos from day one (Link)
Photos from day two (Link)
Some misc photos (Link)


Leadership Training

The Mansfield coaching staff runs a leadership training seminar once a month for members of the football team.

During these sessions a verity of subjects are covered:
1-Goal setting (Personal life goals, scholastic goals and athletic goals)
2-Handling problem social situations.
3-Involvement in community activities.
4-Honoring the traditions established by their predecessors.
5-Proper nutrition/healthy lifestyles.
6-Team building activities.

These and many other subjects are discussed. Attendance is voluntary.
The object of these seminars is to help make the students a more responsible member of the school and community at large.

The coaching staff believes that it is our responsibility to engage these student athletes in a leadership curriculum. We believe that our student athletes are members of the community first and football players second. By developing the character of our players we believe they will become life-long contributing members of the community.

Power Point Slide Presentations

Slide presentation

Setting goals

Slide presentation


You are not forgotten
Since World War I, more than 92,000 American soldiers are unaccounted for.
This unoccupied seat is dedicated to the memory of the brave men and woman and to the sacrifices each made in serving this country.
Dedicated October 4, 2014


Under Coach Redding (1988-present)

Seven Super Bowl


Div. III
1992: 1994: 1996: 2003:
Div. II
2004: 2010: 2013

Hockomock League Champs

1989, 1992, 1994, 1996
2001, 2003, 2004, 2005
2006, 2007, 2010, 2011
2012, 2013


Mansfield Football Media/Fan Guide

Click on image to read book

Includes records, history & statistics

Mansfield Gridiron History

In the past MHS has played:

DUNBAR (MD) 29-26
KEENE (N.H.) 34-00

Sports Hall of Fame

Check here for complete details

Nomination should be sent to PO Box 481, Mansfield, MA 02048 (c/o Gridiron Club).
Nomination form

Gridiron Club of Mansfield

Football History Site

In Memory of Coach Al DeSimone



Mansfield High School Football Program
Mission statement

Provide student athletes an enjoyable, rewarding experience in athletics that also allows them to develop skills and values that will afford them the opportunity to be successful, contributing members of the 21st century society.
We consider ourselves a "college prep" program on and off the field and we will do everything we can to prepare your son to be accepted to a competitive college or university of his choice and, if interested, to continue his playing career on the college level.


Attentive, involved and respectful in the classroom.
Conscientious in completing assignments and preparing for evaluations.
Long-term preparation to earn a college degree and pursue a rewarding career.

Goal: Pass all classes and earn Honor roll status (team goal 80%)


Accept the challenges and responsibilities of leadership.
Be enthusiastic role models for younger student athletes by example.
Become involved in school and community activities.
Volunteer your time to help others who are less able or less fortunate.

Example: Volunteer for leaf raking for the elderly, Relay for Life, Student Gov't.


Develop an appreciation for hard work, preparation and commitment.
Compete with your best effort and intensity, but always with sportsmanship.
Build teamwork skills and the ability to work toward goals with others.
Represent the school and community with pride and class in all areas.

Win with class, lose with dignity, but never surrender!
Team unity is most important in times of adversity!

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Table of contents


Super Bowl Years
1992 season
1994 Season
1996 season
2003 Season
2004 Season
2010 Season
2013 Season

Greatest games
Hall of Fame (Football)
Hall of Fame (New)
MA Super Bowl
Super Bowl years


Guide book
Town web site
Two point decision
Weight room
Membership list

Email:Dave Redding
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PO Box 481
Mansfield MA 02048

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