The Foxboro High football team asserted itself at the line of scrimmage, both on offense and defense, and used it to ultimately claim a 21-0 conquest of Norton High in the first round of the MIAA Division 5 South playoffs on Friday at Jack Martinelli Field.
With the victory, Foxboro will travel to Davenport Division rival Canton on Friday (Preview at right).
Against the Lancers, the Warriors had a stable of five runners deliver 25 yards or more with junior Chris McNamara totaling 82 yards and senior quarterback Shayne Kerrigan plowing for 60 yards.
But it was the Warriors’ defensive front including Jon Moses and Anton George on the outside with Caleb Mitchell, Mike Sheehan and Austin Read inside which did the damage as Norton crossed midfield on its first three offensive series of the game but did not score.
The Warriors limited the Lancers to 40 net yards of offense and two first downs (one on a Warrior penalty) during the first half.
“Give Norton credit, they were tough just like they were game No. 1 (a Foxboro 7-0 win),” Foxboro coach Jack Martinelli said. “We kind of got in gear with the offense in the second half and we probably wore them down — not so much with the lines, but they play their kids both ways and we kind of two-platoon.”
Norton started its first series at midfield, but netted just one yard as Mike Devlin deflected away a third down pass. Norton began its second series at the Foxboro 39-yard line, but on the very first play, Moses and Cherry combined on a nine-yard sack of Lancer quarterback Colin Cochrane.
The Lancers netted just five yards on their third series starting at the Norton 46 and had their fourth series end abruptly when Foxboro’s T.J. Perry intercepted a third down pass.
Norton’s fifth series ended with similar disappointment as Read recovered a bad snap from center on a fourth down Lancer punting situation.
Additional defensive contributions came from Mike Sheehan (12 tackles) has three tackles for loss, Anton George (11 tackles) had two tackles for loss, Mike Norvich (11 tackles) had to tackles for loss.
“We ran the ball well too,” Martinelli said of McNamara tallying 11 carries for 70 yards in the second half with 32 of the Warriors’ 44 rushes being for gains of three yards or more.
Foxboro drove 52 yards on six plays for the go-ahead TD on its fifth series of the first half, Kerrigan scoring from 21 yards out with a block from Luis Sulham.
Foxboro scored on its very first series of the second half, a 50-yard, nine-play drive with Kerrigan scoring from three yards out. A nice 15-yard run by Brian Derba to the Norton 24-yard line set up the score.
The Warriors drove 46 yards on seven plays for their third TD, with just over two minutes left in the game, as McNamara scored with an escort by guard Dylan Kerrigan.