Mansfield High School Football

2003 Season

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Hockomock Champion

Division 3 Super Bowl Champion

What follows is a recap of a magic season:


Hockomock
League
Hockomock League

2003 Regular season

and Championship playoffs

League games in BOLD

Fri. Sept. 12 Old Rochester Regional W 34-12

Fri. Sept. 19 Attleboro W 48-0

Thur. Sept 25 Billerica W 35-12

Fri Oct. 3 NORTH ATTLEBORO W 20-6

Fri Oct 10 @STOUGHTON W 42-0

Fri. Oct. 17 @FRANKLIN W 36-7

Fri. Oct. 24 @OLIVER AMES W 41-3

Sat. Nov. 1 KING PHILIP W 41-20

Fri. Nov. 7 BC High W 39-14

Sat. Nov. 15 SHARON W 43-0

Thus. Nov. 27 @FOXBORO W 35-0

Division 3 playoff

Tues. Dec. 2 Quincy (Play-off) W 45-12

Sat. Dec. 13 Swampscott (Super Bowl) W 28-6


Note: Canton has withdrawn from Hockomock football for two years. 2002, 2003

Mansfield wins Super Bowl berth

By Dave Doyle, Globe Staff
12/4/2003
Mansfield High was one of the premier high school football programs in Massachusetts in the 1990s. The Hornets won all three Division 3 Super Bowls they appeared in, in 1992, 1994, and 1996. The 1996 team is the only Division 3 School to finish the season ranked No. 1 in the Globe Top 20.
Now, after a seven-year absence, the Hornets will get another crack at a Super Bowl. Mansfield beat upstart Atlantic Coast Champion Quincy on Tuesday night, 45-12, in bitter cold at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy in the Division 3 semi finals. The Hornets will go on to play Swampscott, 32-7 winners over Walpole in the other semi final, this weekend.
"It has been a while," said Mansfield (12-0) coach Mike Redding. "Quincy is a very good team, but I think we had too much big-game experience for them."
"Us and Swampscott . . . those are two teams that can put a lot of points on the board. If you like high school football you should make it a point to get out to this one."

ED note:
The Super Bowl was scheduled for 12/6/03 but New England was hit with 3'(32")of snow on the 5th-6th. The games were eventually played on 12/13/03. Teams had to scramble for places to practice.

(Game Thirteen) SWAMPSCOTT

Super Bowl Division 3

Coach: Steve Dembowski (fifth year, 26-19).
Last year's record: 11-2.

Swampscott schedule

9/13 Somerville W 35 12
9/20 Stoneham W 50 13
9/26 Beverly W 34 16
10/3 Winthrop W 42 21
10/11 Danvers W 34 12
10/17 Lynn Classical W 41 33
10/25 Gloucester W 14 7
11/1 Salem W 34 6
11/8 Saugus W 16 0
11/15 Lynn English W 22 8
11/27 Marblehead W 35 21
12/2 Walpole W 32 7
12/6 Mansfield L 28 6

Defense boosts Mansfield

BROCKTON -- A scoreless MIAA Division 3 Super Bowl featuring two of the states top offenses changed quickly with just more than two minutes to play in the first half. The Mansfield (13-0) defense, hoping to stop a drive by Swampscott before the half, did better than it hoped. On the Big Blue's first play, the Hornets defense jumped on a fumble in the backfield. Mansfield proceeded to score twice before halftime en route to a 28-6 victory at Rocky Marciano Stadium.
"It's a 0-0 game, it looks like it's going to be a 0-0 game at the half, and all of a sudden we are up by 14," said Mansfield coach Mike Redding of his team's late surge. "We have recovered from some negative things to come back and we can score points in a hurry. I thought that was key to be up 14 . . . at the half."
Faced with the daunting task of stopping a prolific Big Blue (12-1) offense, Mansfield pressured both quarterbacks, double-teamed star receiver Jason Blydell, and forced one of the state's best offenses to turn the ball over five times.
"That's how it's been the whole year," said Mansfield's Tom Farrell, who had two interceptions and was also the offensive star for the Hornets. "We knew what we were going to do."

Quarters1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mansfield0147728
Swampscott00066

Scoring summary:

Second quarter
Mans - Ryan Kent 22 pass from John Sperrazza (Bryan Young kick), 2:00.
Mans - Tom Farrell 1 run (B. Young kick), 0:05.
Third quarter
Mans - Chris Joseph 77 pass from Farrell (B. Young kick), 4:10..
Fourth quarter
Swamp - Alex Stone 1 run (kick failed), 9:44.
Mans - Joseph 21 pass from Sperrazza (B.Young kick). 3:36.
1st DownsTotal yardsRushing yards Passing yardsPenalties
Mansfield 1842231-182251 6-36
Swampscott 1328622-1831200-0

Individual Mansfield statistics

RUSHING:
Kiley 13-41, Joseph 7-13, Farrell 7-118, Sperrazza 4-10.
PASSING:
Sperrazza 11-19-0=­174, Farrell 1-1-0=77.
RECEIVING:
MacLean 5-95, Farrell 1-2, J. Giblin 1-6, Kent 2-45, Joseph 3-­103.
MISSED FIELD GOALS:
Swampscolt ­Clain 35.


(Game Twelve) QUINCY

Play-off Division 3

Coach: Bob Noble (fifth year, 15-25-1).
Last year's record: 6-4.

Neither wind, nor cold...

QUINCY - nor dark of night can stay the Mansfield High football team from its appointed rounds.
The 12-0 Hornets made another special delivery in this already first-class season Tuesday night, racing to a 45-12 impeachment of the Quincy High Presidents at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
More than 2,500 fans - most of them from Mansfield braved the 20-degree cold and gusting north winds to watch the Hornets put on a command performance in the first round of the MIAA Division 3 playoffs. By virtue of the big victory over the Atlantic Coast League champions, Mansfield has earned its fifth Super Bowl appearance of Mike Redding's 16-year tenure as head coach, meeting Swampscott 12-0 at a site and time to be determined later this week.
In a season already filled with impressive performances, Tuesday's game may have been Mansfield's best from a top-to-bottom standpoint.

High-powered offense hitting on all cylinders

QUINCY: If you hadn't already, go ahead and officially label the Mansfield High offense as literally unstoppable.
The Hornets, One of the top teams in the entire state during the regular season with better than a 37.6 point per game average, didn't miss a beat Tuesday night in their MIAA Division 3 semifinal game against Quincy.
Absolutely nothing could stop the Hornets as they rolled to a convincing, 45-12 victory. Nothing-not the field conditions, the less-than-ideal weather and obviously not the overmatched Presidents.
If you thought maybe the concrete-like conditions of the Veterans Stadium turf might slow the Mansfield running game down, consider that the Hornets racked up 332 yards rushing on 39 carries.
The knifing dust-whipping wind? All strong-armed quarterback John Sperrazza did was complete 7-of-12 passes for 101 yards and two scores, hardly season highs, but nonetheless rendering the wind a nonfactor.
And the bitter, freezing cold?
Look no further than running backs Tom Farrell, Chris Joseph and Brian Kiley, who scored two touchdowns apiece while wearing nothing but the Mansfield uniforms they were issued back in August double sessions - no sweatshirts, no thermals.

Quarters1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mansfield12197745
Quincy600612

Scoring summary:

First quarter
Mans - Brian Kiley 15 run (kick failed), 6:0B.
Quincy - J.J. Niamkey 91 kickoff return (kick failed), 5:54.
Mans _ Tom Farrell 4 run (rush failed), 2:39.
Second quarter
Mans - Farrell 8 run (kick failed), 7:04.
Mans - Chris Joseph 3 pass from John Sperrazza (rush failed), 4:45.
Mans - Joseph 17 pass from Sperrazza (Bryan Young kick), 0:00
Third quarter
Mans- Kiley 1 run (B. Young kick), 2:39.
Quincy -Josh Giordani 1 run (pass failed), 1:24.
Fourth quarter
Mans -Matt McHugh 3 run (B. Young kick), 5:04.
1st DownsTotal yardsRushing yards Passing yardsPenalties
Mansfield 2743339-332101 3-26
Quincy 711719-57605-55

Individual Mansfield statistics

RUSHING:
Kiley 17-131, Farrell 12-95, Sperrazza 3-22, Joseph 2-13, Boragine 3-11, Walch 1-3, McHugh 3-20, J. Creeden 3-11, DiSanto 2-13, D'Ambra 2-5, McNeil 1-8.
PASSING:
Sperrazza 7-12-0=­101, D'Ambra 0-0-0=0.
RECEIVING:
Kent 2-27, Joseph 3-43, MacLean 1-25, Farrell 1-6.
MISSED FIELD GOALS:
None.


(Game Eleven) FOXBORO

Coach: Jack Martinelli (22d year, 164-49-5).
Last year's record: 7-4.

Hornets defense swarms

Rolls over Foxboro into playoffs

FOXBORO - John Lancaster didn't know where to run. Ross Giffune couldn't find any open space.
"We knew what they were going to do better than they did," said Mansfield High School senior Chris Joseph, the Don Currivan Trophy winner as the outstanding player in the Hornets' 35-0 conquest of Foxboro Thanksgiving Day morning at the Ahern School Field. It wasn't just Joseph intercepting a Foxboro pass on the Warriors' second series of the second half, or his fumble recovery on Foxboro's next series that enabled Mansfield to prevail for the 11th time this season and clinch the Hockomock League title - it was a blanket wrap of a defensive performance by the MIAA Division 3 playoff-bound Hornets.

They left no doubt about one thing, at the very least.
By virtue of their 35-0 trouncing of Foxboro Thursday at the Ahern School Field, Mansfield High's Hornets erased any doubts over whether they are the best team in the Hockomock League.
Starting Tuesday, the 11-0 league champs will have a chance to prove if they're the best team in Eastern Mass. Division 3 football. At that point, it will be left to the pundits and fans to argue whether this Mansfield squad might also be the best in the state.
A Gatorade-soaked Mansfield coach Mike Redding was taking things one step at a time after the big holiday victory, witnessed by nearly 5,000 spectators at the sun-splashed Ahern. "We'll enjoy this for a little while, and then get back to work tomorrow afternoon,"
Redding said of the looming preparation for Tuesday's Division 3 semifinal at Quincy (7 p.m.).

Quarters1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mansfield71414035
Foxboro00000

Scoring summary: First quarter
Mans - John Sperrazza 1 run (Bryan Young kick), 7:43.
Second quarter
Mans - Tom Farrell 12 pass from Sperrazza (B. Young kick), 3:32.
Mans - Brian Kiley 5 run (B. Young kick), 1:30.
Third quarter
Mans - Kiley 1 run (B. Young kick), 6:56.
Mans - Farrell 2 run (B. Young kick), 0:53.
1st DownsTotal yardsRushing yardsPassing yards Penalties
Mansfield 2134437-212132 6-49
Foxboro 813320-72846-50

Individual Mansfield statistics

RUSHING:
Farrell 12-80, Kiley 8-77, Sperrazza 3-4, Joseph 2-2, Boragine 2-23, Walch 1-3, Gillis 3-13, Sanville 1-0, Laursen 2-2, Barnes 1-9, D'Ambra 2-(minus 1).
PASSING:
Sperrazza 8-14-0=132, D'Ambra 0-0-0=0.
RECEIVING:
MacLean 3-67, Farrell 2-28, Kent 1-22, Joseph 1-4, J. Giblin 1-11.
MISSED FIELD GOALS:
None.


(Game Ten) SHARON

Coach: Roland James (ninth year, 21-58-1).
Last year's record: 3- 7.

Mansfield 43, Sharon 0

MANSFIELD -Knowing that his 10-0 Hornets (6-0 in league) would be barely challenged by 1-5 Sharon, Mansfield coach Mike Redding was afforded a rare opportunity to send many of his lesser-used seniors onto the field at the beginning of the game, allowing them to share in the glory of clinching a share of the Hockomock crown.
"We've got a great group of seniors," Redding said. "There are 32 of them, and it's been hard to give them as much playing time as they deserved. Today was a good time to get everybody involved."
For instance, 17 different players carried the ball at least once as the Hornets amassed 307 rushing yards on the way to a 340-102 total yardage advantage. Sperrazza found senior Chris Kerkhoff all alone in the end zone for a 36-0 lead - the first catch of the backup tight end's football career.
Then, with third-string QB Mike Handley running the show, the Hornets marched 67 yards in seven plays, taking 4:25 off the clock, to make it 43-0 on Handley's 1-yard keeper with 54 seconds left in the third quarter.
"There isn't much celebrating here because there's more to be had here, and the kids know it," Redding said. "It's nice to say that we're champs, but I think they're hungry for a little bit more. We don't want to share it with North Attleboro and Foxboro; we want to represent the league in the playoffs.
"There's still one more big game to go," he added. "But at least we can order the jackets."

Quarters1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mansfield21814043
Sharon00000

Scoring summary: First quarter
Mans. - Tom Farrell 15 pass from John Sperrazza (Bryan Young kick), 6:42.
Mans - Tom Davis 40 run (Young kick), 5:26.
Mans - Mike Walch 1 run (Young kick), 2:15.
Second quarter
Mans - Farrell 35 run (Tyler D'Ambra rush), 8:21.
Third quarter
Mans - Chris Kerkhoff 11 pass from Sperrazza (Young kick), 8:46.
Mans - Mike Handley 1 run (Young kick), 0:54.
1st DownsTotal yardsRushing yardsPassing yardsPenalties
Mansfield1734030740 6-55
Sharon610270421-15

Individual Mansfield statistics

RUSHING:
Kiley 2-56, Walch 3-38, Boragine 2-8, Farrell 6-101, J. Giblin 2-16, Joseph 2-27, Sperrazza 1-2, Gillis 1-5, Perry 1-12, Creeden 2-9, Barnes 3-10, Handley 1-1, Sanville 3-17, McNeil 2-9, Hasslinger 1-minus 4, Laursen 1minus 5, R. Giblin 1-5.
PASSING:
Sperrazza 3-7-1-40. D'Ambra 01-0-0, Handley 0-0-0-0.
RECEIVING:
Farrell 1-15, MacLean 1-14, Kerkhoff 1-11
MISSED FIELD GOALS:
None.


(Game Nine) BOSTON COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL (NL)

Coach: Jim Cotter (40th year, 228-132-17).
Last year's record: 4- 7.

Mansfield 39, Boston College High 14

MANSFIELD - The unbeaten Mansfield High football team took a breather from Hockomock League competition, but Friday night's encounter at Memorial Park against Boston College High was anything but easy.
The Hornets, playing without one of their top offensive weapons, got a stellar all-around performance from Tom Farrell and three touchdown passes from John Sperrazza to turn back the Eagles 39-14.
Farrell, a senior captain, playing fullback in place of Brian Kiley (752 yards rushing, 11 TD's) who was nursing a sore ankle, rushed for 107 yards, returned an interception for a touchdown and capped off his night with a kickoff return for a score.
"Farrell has not played fullback all year and he only got a two or three days practice, but he looked like he has played there all his life," said MHS coach Mike Redding. "He's such a natural athlete and does so many good things for us."
Sperrazza connected on 6 of 11 passes for 143 yards and upped his TD total to 16 for the season.

Quarters1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mansfield7206639
B C High077014

Scoring summary: First quarter
Mans. - Chris Joseph 7 run (Bryan Young kick), 6:55.
Second quarter
BC - Steve Hunt 36 run (Jim Leverone kick), 8:55.
Mans. - Ryan Kent 30 pass from John Sperrazza (Young kick), 5:32.
Mans. - Ryan Maclean 45 pass from Sperrazza (Young kick), 3:58.
Mans. - Tom Farrell 48 interception return (kickfailed),1:16.
Third quarter
BC - Hunt 62 run (leverone kick), 4:20.
Mans. - Farrell 90 kickoff return (rush failed), 4:05.
Fourth quarter
Mans. - Maclean 20 pass from Sperrazza (kick failed), 6:29.

1st DownsTotal yardsRushing yardsPassing yardsPenalties
Mansfield17309171143 5-50
B C High15299222883-40

Individual Mansfield statistics

RUSHING:
Farrell 12-107, Joseph 5-47, Barry 1-8, Sperrazza 3-7, Giblin 2-5, Barnes 2-4, Boragine 2-1, Walch 1-1, Creeden 1(-minus 1).
PASSING:
Sperrazza 6-11-0--143, D'Ambra 0-1-0--0.
RECEIVING:
Maclean 2-65, Joseph 2-44, Kent 1-30, Giblin 1-4.
MISSED FIELD GOALS:
None.


(Game Eight) KING PHILIP

Coach: Bob Reardon (second year, 3-7).
Last year's record: 3-7.
MANSFIELD - Mansfield head coach Mike Redding knew what he had under center. He was just waiting for the rest of the world to notice.
The EMass football world is standing at attention now, as senior quarterback John Sperrazza turned in a lion-hearted three touchdown effort to lead No. 3ranked Mansfield to a 41-20 victory over Hockomock League foe King Philip.
"Sperrazza's a big-time quarterback," said Redding. "If I was a college recruiter in New England, I don't know why they're not here yet, because they should be."
The spotlight was thrust upon Sperrazza when, with the Warriors leading 13-6 midway through the second quarter, Hornet fullback Brian Kiley came up lame with an ankle sprain.
The senior fullback's injury forced the Hornets to take to the air. Setup by Kiley's 19-yard run on the previous play, Sperrazza connected with receiver Ryan MacLean from 22-yards out to knot the tally at 13.
"We usually like to stay pretty balanced," said Redding. "But they were doing a great job on the run, getting eight-nine guys up on the run, so we knew we had to throw."
And throw they did.

Quarters1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mansfield01914841
King Philip0137020

Scoring summary:
Second quarter
KP - John Phillips 3 run (Mike Sarapas kick), 10:56
Mansfield - Jared Giblin 2 run (Bryan Young kick), 6:50.
KP - Tom McGuire 11 pass from Rich Mattson (kick failed), 3:58.
Mansfield - Ryan Maclean 22 pass from John Sperrazza (kick blocked), 3:01.
Mansfield - Ryan Kent 12 pass from Sperrazza (kick blocked), 0:00.
Third quarter
KP - Mattson 28 run (Sarapas kick), 6: 12.
Mansfield - Tom Farrell 69 run (pass failed), 5:51.
Mansfield - Maclean 24 pass from Sperrazza: (Brian Kiley rush), 1:40.
Fourth quarter
Mansfield - Kiley 39 run (Farrell rush), 2:07.
1st DownsTotal yardsRushing yardsPassing yardsPenalties
Mansfield17439306134 5-40
King Philip15333283615-25

Individual Mansfield statistics

RUSHING:
Giblin 4-16, Kiley 7-83, Farrell 10-173, Sperrazza 2-18, Joseph 1-10, Creeden 2-8, D'Ambra 1-(-2).
PASSING:
Mansfield - Sperrazza 8-16-0--134
RECEIVING:
Mansfield Farrell 4-65, MacLean 3-57, Kent 1-12.
MISSED FIELD GOALS:
None.


(Game Seven) OLIVER AMES

Coach: Craig Muscato (third year,11-l0).
Last year's record: 5-6.

EASTON - It took the Mansfield High football team a little more than a quarter to heat up on a frigid Friday night at Valentine P. Muscato Stadium, but once the Hornet did, they smoked Hockomock League foe Oliver Ames 41-3.
Turnovers on their first three possessions of the game led to the unbeaten Hornets (7-0, 4-0 in the league) actually facing their first deficit of the season as the Tigers (1-6, 0-4) capitalized on an interception for a 23-yard field goal by Pat Toomey with 2:24 left in the first quarter.
But that fleeting sniff of an upset would be OA's high-water mark for the game. Mansfield, which has now only allowed two first-half scores all season, actually turned the ball over again on its very next play from scrimmage as Frank O'Leary snared a John Sperrazza pass on his own 25.
But an illegal block penalty on the run back, a delay of game penalty and two big stops by Hornet defensive lineman Thomas Creeden, forced the Tigers to punt on the first play of the second quarter.
From that point on it was Katie bar the door as the high-powered Hornets ripped off 34 points in a little over six minutes to salt away the win.

Scoring summary:
Quarters1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mansfield0347041
Oliver Ames30003

Scoring summary:
First quarter
OA- Pat Toomey 25 yd. field goal, 2:24.
Second quarter
Msf. - Brian Kiley 1 yd. run (Bryan Young kick), 10:09.
Msf. - Christopher Joseph 1 yd. run (Young kick), 7:20.
Msf. - Thomas Farrell 1 yd. run (kick blocked), 6:33.
Msf. -Joseph 4 yd. run (Young kick), 4:07.
Msf. - Ryan Kent 31 yd. fumble return (Young kick), 3:51.
Third quarter
Msf. - Kiley 15 yd. run (Young kick), 8:18.

1st DownsTotal yardsRushing yardsPassing yardsPenalties
Mansfield20341226115 8-55
Oliver Ames97679-25-30

Individual Mansfield statistics

RUSHING:
Joseph 4-84, Kiley 7-61, Farrell 3-24, Sanville 2-24, Boragine 4-23, D'Ambra 1-5, McHugh 1-5, McNeil 1-3, DiSanto 1-1, R. Giblin 1-1, Laursen 1-(minus 1), Sperrazza 1-(minus 5).

PASSING:
Sperrazza 7-10-2-99, D'Ambra 1-1-0-16.

RECEIVING
MacLean 3-33, Kiley 2-37, Farrell 2-29, Barnes 1-16.

MISSED FIELD GOALS:
None.


(Game Six) FRANKLIN

Coach: Brad Sidwell (ninth year, 35-44-3).
Last year's recard: 2-9.
FRANKLIN - The undefeated Mansfield High football team continued to cut a wide swath through the Hockomock League, methodically dismantles another contender/pretender to the league title Friday night.
The Hornets used a precision passing attack in the first half and stifling defense throughout to whip the Franklin Panthers, 36-7, at Pisini Field. Mansfield (6-0 overall 3-0 league) scored on three of its four first-half offensive possessions and the defense threw in a safety for good measure and held Franklin' (4-2, 1-2) to just 17 total yards in thoroughly dominating play for the first 22 minutes en route to a 29-7 halftime lead.
Hornet quarterback John Sperrazza continues to shred opposing defenses, hitting 10 of his 12 first half passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns, two to tight end Ryan Kent. Fullback Brian Kiley provided the muscle to Sperrazza's finesse, pounding out 102 yards rushing and crossing the goal line twice for the game.


Scoring summary:
Quarters1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mansfield7227036
Franklin07007

Scoring summary:
First quarter
Mans. - Ryan Kent 14 yard pass from John Sperrazza (Bryan Young kick), 4:46.
Second quarter
Mans. - Safety, QB sack by Chris Barry 10:52.
Mans. - Brian Kiley 10 yard run (Chris Joseph pass from Sperrazza), 9:47.
Fr - Delloroco 3 yard run (Hwan Joung kick), 5:36.
Mans. - Kent 11 yard pass from Sperrazza (kick failed), 2:17.
Mans. - Tom Farrell 12 yard pass from Sperrazza (kick blocked), 0:3.9.
Third quarter
Mans. - Kiley 11 yard run (Young kick), 8:12.

1st DownsTotal yardsRushing yardsPassing yardsPenalties
Mansfield18332171161 5-45
Franklin45819441-10

Individual Mansfield statistics
RUSHING:
Kiley 16-102, Farrell 8-39, Boragine 4-12, Sperrazza 3-11, McHugh 1-4, Walch 1-3, D'Ambra 1-2, Giblin 2-0, DiSanto 1-0.

PASSING:
Sperrazza 11-17-1=161

RECEIVING:
Farrell 3-78, Kent 3-40, MacLean 3-31, Giblin 1-5, Joseph 1-4;

MISSED FIELD GOALS:
None.


(Game Five) STOUGHTON

Coach: Steve Woodruff (first year).
Last year's record: 5-6.
STOUGHTON - The air-traffic controllers at Logan Airport had their hands full Friday evening.
Not only were they guiding a lengthy parade of jetliners up the narrow landing-pattern corridor from the southwest, they also had to contend with some heavy low-level traffic in the vicinity of Stoughton High School.
For at least the first half of Friday's game against Stoughton, Mansfield High quarterback John Sperrazza was filling the airways with accurate passes, good enough for a 35-0 lead at halftime before he called it a night.
Mansfield (5-0, 2-0 in the Hockomock League) went on to add one more touchdown in the third quarter to post a 42-0 whitewashing of the Black Knights.
"We wanted to come in here and dominate the first half, and we did everything we wanted," Mansfield coach Mike Redding said. "We wanted Sperrazza to throw the ball... we get leads, and he doesn't get a chance to throw much, so we wanted to get him throwing a little bit, and we got that done."


Scoring summary:
Quarters1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mansfield21147042
Stoughton00000

Scoring summary:
First quarter
Mans. - Tom Farrell 52 yard pass from John Sperrazza (Bryan Young kick), 8:46.
Mans. - Brian Kiley 35 yard run (Young kick), 4:17.
Mans. - Kiley 52 yard run (Young kick), 1:11.
Second quarter
Mans. - Farrell 19 yard run (Young kick), 6:22.
Mans. - Ryan Kent 40 yard pass from Sperrazza (Young kick), 0:00.
Third quarter
Mans. - Tyler D'Ambra 1 yard run (Young kick), 6:43.

1st DownsTotal yardsRushing yardsPassing yardsPenalties
Mansfield20483317166 8-60
Stoughton9162129481-5
Individual Mansfield statistics
RUSHING:
Kiley 4-116, Joseph 1-13, Farrell 2-27, J. Giblin 1-8, Sperrazza 1-8, Boragine 3-48, McHugh 3-8, Barnes 5-41, D'Ambra 2-0, Creeden 4-25, McNeil 2-18, Hasslinger 1-7, DiSanto 1(-2).

PASSING:
Sperrazza 5-9-0=157, D'Ambra 1-1-0=9.

RECEIVING:
Farrell 4-117, Kent 1-40, Dobrowski 1-9.

MISSED FIELD GOALS:
None.


(Game Four) NORTH ATTLEBORO

Coach: Paul Su1livan: (seventh year, 58-7-1).
Last year's record: 8-1-1.
MANSFIELD -- Last night's Hockomock League battle between Mansfield and North Attleboro was touted as the biggest game of the weekend. In Week 4, it was touted as the battle for the league championship.
It should have been advertised as the Brian Kiley Show.
Mansfield's star back ran for 120 yards on 10 carries, scoring two touchdowns as the Hornets (4-0) beat North Attleboro, 20-6.
"Brian Kiley is the best football player in the state," said Mansfield coach Mike Redding. "If you want to start a football team, he's the first pick."


Scoring summary:
Quarters1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mansfield077620
North00066

Scoring summary:
Second quarter
Mans. - Tom Farrell 33 yard pass from John Sperrazza (Bryan Young kick), 0:37.
Third quarter
Mans. - Brian Kiley 28 yard run (Young kick), 6:17.
Fourth quarter
Mans. - Kiley 1 yard run (kick failed), 7:00.
NA. - Patalono 22 yard pass (kick failed), 0:03.


1st DownsTotal yardsRushing yardsPassing yardsPenalties
Mansfield1327320865 3-20
North14246166886-30
Individual Mansfield statistics
RUSHING:
Giblin 6-30, Kiley 10-115, Sperrazza 3-(minus 3), Farrell 5-47, Joseph 2-19.

PASSING:
Sperrazza 3-11-0=65

RECEIVING:
MacLean 2-32, Farrell 1-33.

MISSED FIELD GOALS:
None.



(Game Three) BILLERICA (NL)

Coach: Peter Flynn (14th year, 85-52).
Last year's record: 5-6.
MANSFIELD - The Mansfield High football team picked apart visiting Billerica High. Literally.
Leading 14-0 at the half, the Hornets' defense blew the game wide open in the third quarter with not one, not two but three interception returns for touchdowns - all three on consecutive plays, within a span of three minutes - en route to a 35-0 lead and; ultimately, a 35-12 victory over their non-league foes on Thursday night at Memorial Park.
Brian Kiley accounted for two of the interception-return TD's - the first a tackle breaking 69-yard scamper and the latter a 26-yarder - and Ryan MacLean added a 31yard pickoff return in between as the Hornets absolutely stunned their overmatched visitors. "Our defense kind of took over, and obviously dominated the third quarter - we don't touch the ball, but we score 21 points," said Mansfield coach Mike Redding, shaking his head in amazement. "I think the defense sensed we were struggling a little bit, and they kind of picked it up, made some big things happen and really took the game over"


Quarters1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mansfield01421035
Billerica0001212

Scoring summary:
Second quarter
Mans. - Tom Farrell 18 yard run (Bryan Young kick), 10.53.
Mans. - Farrell 4 yard run (Young kick), 5:17.
Third quarter
Mans. - Brian Kiley 69 yard interception return (Young kick), 7:15.
Mans. - Ryan MacLean 31 yard interception return (Young kick), 5:20.
Mans. - Kiley 26 yard interception return (Young kick), 4:07.
Fourth quarter
Bill. - Ortolani 12 yard pass from McWilliams(Pass failed), 10:03.
Bill. - Shaw 7 yard pass from McWilliams(Run failed), 2:21.


1st DownsTotal yardsRushing yardsPassing yardsPenalties
Mansfield12256134130 9-75
Billerica9174581357-15
Individual Mansfield statistics
RUSHING:
Kiley 6-52, Giblin 2-20, Sperrazza 2-(minus 5), Farrell 4-44, Joseph 1-9, Antonucci 1-0, McHugh 1-7, Boragine 3-0, Barnes 1-9, D'Ambra 1-(minus 2)

PASSING:
Sperrazza 11-15-0=130, D'Ambra 0-0-0=0.

RECEIVING:
Farrell 3-44, J. Giblin 1-16, Maclean 6-67, Willette 1-3.

MISSED FIELD GOALS:
None.


(Game Two) ATTLEBORO (NL)

Coach: Kevin Deschenes (second year, 4- 7).
Last year's record: 4- 7.
MANSFIELD - A long time ago, when cars had tailfins and television was in black-and-white, this game was an even match - and then, only when little Mansfield High produced a once-in-a-generation group of athletes who could hold their own against mighty Attleboro, Mansfield's not that little any more, however - and the Hornets play a very big brand of football, as they demonstrated to the winless Bombardiers Friday night.
Amassing an amazing 410 rushing yards, and with senior quarterback John Sperrazza throwing four touchdown passes in the first half, Mansfield improved to 2-0 with a thorough, 48-0 domination of Attleboro on the artificial surface of Alumni Field.


Quarters1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mansfield142113048
Attleboro00000

Scoring summary:
First quarter
Mans. - Jared Giblin 9 yard run (Bryan Young kick), 8:36.
Mans. - Brian Kiley 4 yard pass from John Sperrazza (Young kick), 3:17.
Second quarter
Mans. - Tom Farrell 16 yard pass from Sperrazza (Young kick), 10:44.
Mans. - J. Giblin 23 yard pass from Sperrazza (Young kick), 5:20.
Mans. - Kiley 35 yard pass from John Sperrazza (Young kick), 0:32.
Third quarter
Mans. - Farrell 5 yard run (Young failed), 5:50.
Mans. - Mark DiSanto 7 yard runa (Young kick), 1:01.


1st DownsTotal yardsRushing yardsPassing yardsPenalties
Mansfield22540410130 5-55
Attleboro46663165-40
Individual Mansfield statistics
RUSHING:
Kiley 8-85, J. Giblin 4-81, Sperrazza 2-14, Farrell 6-136 , Joseph 1-17, McHugh 1-1, Boragine 5-20, DiSanto 3-10, Walch 2-9, Creeden 1-31, R. Giblin 2-5, Furey 1-1 .

PASSING:
Sperrazza 6-10-1=130, D'Ambra 0-0-0=0.

RECEIVING:
J. Giblin 1-23, Kiley 2-39, MacLean 2-52, Farrell 1-16.

MISSED FIELD GOALS:
None.


(Game One) OLD ROCHESTER (NL)

Coach: Craig Sherman (18th year,1O3-67-5).
Last year's record: 11-1.

MANSFIELD - Once again touted as a preseason favorite in the Hockomock League, Mansfield High displayed 22 minutes of near-flawless football in its opener.
The Hornet starters put on an offensive and defensive clinic in the first and second quarters, scoring on all five of their first-half possessions, taking a 34-0 lead into the locker room. Mansfield ran through and around the Bulldogs and then passed over them almost at will, while also denying ORR any offensive breathing room.
Offensively in the first half of play, Mansfield had 300 total yards, 193 on the ground, and 15 first downs. Defensively, the Hornets held ORR to minus-2 total yards, courtesy of four sacks for minus32 yards.
(In) the first half I thought we were real crisp, said MHS coach Mike Redding. We spread the ball around and defensively I thought we did a good job stopping the run.


Quarters1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mansfield14200034
Old Rochester0001212

Scoring summary:
First quarter
Mans. - Thomas Farrell 3 run (Bryan Young kick), 7:34.
Mans. - Brian Kiley 5 run (Young kick), 2:41.
Second quarter
Mans. - Jared Giblin 1 run (Young kick), 8:00.
Mans. - Kiley 35 run (Young kick), 3:35.
Mans. - Jonathan Antonucci 15 run (kick failed), 53.3.
Fourth quarter
ORR - Josh Solberg 30 blocked punt return (kick blocked), 9:54.
ORR - Nick Arsenault 1 run (rush failed), 5:27.


1st DownsTotal yardsRushing yardsPassing yardsPenalties
Mansfield19361241120 10-104
Old Rochester119334983-23
Individual Mansfield statistics
RUSHING:
Kiley 7-98, Antonucci 6-34, Joseph 4-32, Farrell 3-29, Sperrazza 2-17, J. Giblin 2-14, Boragine 2-10, D'Ambra 2-5, Walch 1-3, McHugh 1-minus 1.

PASSING:
Sperrazza 7-9-0-107, D'Ambra 1-1-0-13.

RECEIVING:
J. Giblin 3-27, MacLean 2-33, Willette 1-37, Walch 1-3, Joseph 1-10.

MISSED FIELD GOALS:
None.


The Greatest

1992, the greatest team in Mansfield's history.
Than came the 1994 team, and many said that was the greatest team.
Than came the 1996 team, and many said they were the greatest team.
Now we can add the 2003 team.

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