B-R looks to go 5-1
TAUNTON — Area high school football teams hope Friday the 13th will be a big success.
Four teams — Bridgewater-Raynham, Coyle-Cassidy, Dighton-Rehoboth and Norton — pulled out victories in Week 5.
Taunton High aims to get back on the winning track. Bristol-Plymouth collected a victory after Bishop Connolly forfeited its game tonight due to lack of manpower.
Here’s a look at tonight’s matchups:
Taunton at Franklin
The Tigers had upset on the brains, heading into halftime with a 13-9 lead over heavily-favored league opponent Mansfield.
But the Hornets stormed out of the locker rooms and quickly took control of the game, outscoring Taunton in the second half, 28-6.
Quarterback Noah Leonard had a strong game in defeat, throwing a pair of touchdowns and scoring a 70-yard touchdown run.
Collin Hunter and Jahmeir Lewis each were on the receiving end of Leonard’s touchdown throws.
Defensively, the Tigers have allowed 82 points in the last two games combined. They look to put an end to that against Franklin.
The Panthers (1-4) gave top-ranked King Philip all they could handle in Week 5, losing a 17-14 decision.
Taunton will look to stop quarterback Jake Noviello, who has a league-best nine touchdown passes. Noviello’s favorite targets are Sean Leonard and Ryan Driscoll, who has combined for seven touchdown catches in five games. Should be a good matchup.
Bristol-Plymouth vs. Bishop Connolly
The Craftsmen lost an overtime heartbreaker to Small Division opponent Old Colony last week that snapped a two-game winning streak.
However, the winning streak starts again as B-P picked up a win against Bishop Connolly, who forfeited its game in Week 6. The Cougars were short-handed for the week.
Everything was looking great for the Craftsmen against Old Colony entering the final minute of the contest. But Cougars marched 60 yards up the field to tie the score and won the game in overtime. Nick Power had a strong showing in defeat. The senior star scored a 75-yard run-and-catch touchdown and caused a fumble in the second quarter.
Running back James Carson ran the football hard in the fourth quarter that led to another B-P touchdown.
In a battle of winless teams, the Cougars failed to get it done against Tri-County dropping a 49-0 decision last week.
Connolly had just 22 yards of total offense and turned the ball over four times.
Bridgewater-Raynham vs. Barnstable
The Trojans improved their record to an area-best 4-1 after a big league victory over Dartmouth.
B-R looks to wrap up the Old Colony League title against Barnstable.
Devante Greaves returned from an injury and had a big day for the Trojans. He finished with 131 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. Quarterback Corey Sullivan rushed for a pair of touchdowns and threw for another. Sullivan completed nine-of 12 passes for 115 yards. Joseph D’Emelia caught four passes for 42 yards and Jeff Ciccio caught one for 35 yards and a touchdown. Bryce Shaw was held to just 47 yards on limited carries but rushed for a touchdown in the victory. Shaw also caught a pass for 12 yards. In two contest, B-R’s offense have outscored its opponent by a 76-14 count.
The Trojans’ first six possessions all ended in either a touchdown or a turnover and didn’t punt until the final minute of the third quarter.
The Red Raiders (2-3) come into the contest fresh off their 14-13 victory over none-league opponent Durfee. It will be the first league game for Barnstable this week.
Dighton-Rehoboth at Greater New Bedford
The Falcons notched their first victory of the season against league opponent Apponequet.
D-R (1-4) will host Greater New Bedford tonight in Week 6.
Dennis Monteiro scored two touchdowns for the Falcons — a nine-yard score and a one-yard score. He also added a 2-point score. Drew LeBlanc also added a four-yard touchdown in the victory.
Defensively, Matt Moura recovered a fumble in the second quarter and returned it for a touchdown.
Dylan Iodice kicked two of his three extra points in the contest.
The Bears (0-5) are looking for their first win of the season and first dating back to last year.
GNBVT haven’t beaten the Falcons in a long while. The Bears defense have allowed an average of 26 points a game prior to Week 5.
Norton vs. Hopkinton
The Lancers got back into the win column in Week 5 after a dramatic, come-from- behind win over Norwood.
Norton trailed at halftime 21-0 before pulling out the victory in overtime.
Big plays were the story of the game in the second half for the Lancers, especially wide receiver McKinley Kearsley.
The senior wideout accumulated 160 yards of receiving in the second half, including two long touchdown receptions from quarterback Tyler Elliott. Kearsley also chipped in with a two-point conversion grab. Connor Reynolds got the scoring started for Norton with a 65-yard touchdown run.
The Lancers will have momentum coming into tonight’s contest with Hopkinton. They will need it.
The unbeaten 5-0 Hillers come into the game fresh off their 48-7 beating of Westwood.
Hopkinton, who finished last season with a record of 4-7, have a lot of experience riding for them.
Defensively, Matt Lindquist and Anthony Farina are tough.
Matt Lindquist, Michael Ianelli, Alex MacDonald and Connor Hebert should be a factor.
Coyle-Cassidy vs. Bishop Feehan
The Warriors gutted out a big win against league opponent Bishop Stang in overtime last week.
Now can they do it again in Week 6. The task at hand this week — nemesis Bishop Feehan, whom C-C hasn’t beaten in 18 years.
The Warriors scored the game’s lone touchdown on a 10-yard run by Christian Sotelo. Jacob Cabral made the key defensive play in OT with an interception prior to the winning score. C-C opened the contest with an impressive 19-play drive but was stopped on a fourth-and-goal.
Ben Vaz, Justin Ferbert and Jack Dailey also played well in the win.
The Shamrocks have had C-C’s number for nearly two decades. Feehan also outnumbers the Warriors by 2-1 count. C-C will need to play a perfect game and taking advantage of mistakes by the Shamrocks.
Could be historical for Warriors football if they pull out a win.
— BISHOP FEEHAN