A true testament of the competitive Hockomock League, a pair of MIAA Tournament games this weekend will feature both rivals from the Davenport Division and counterparts from the Kelley-Rex Division going head-to-head.
Foxboro will be one of those teams as they travel to Davenport rival Canton High on Friday for the semifinal round of the Division 5 South Sectional.
The No. 1 seeded Bulldogs enter the clash an unbeaten 8-0 after a first-round win over No. 8 Scituate (34-14). Foxboro, the No. 4 seed in the bracket, is fresh off a 21-0 victory over No. 5 Norton at Jack Martinelli Field.
The 2019 postseason will be the first time the Warriors have faced two different tournament opponents (Norton, Canton) that they also played during the regular season.
“I don’t think it makes it any easier or any more difficult to prepare,” Foxboro coach Jack Martinelli said.
“They’re not going to see anything different from us and were probably not going to see anything different from them. Let the chips fall as they may.”
Foxboro faced the Davenport Divisional champion Bulldogs earlier this year with Canton taking a 26-20 victory on Oct. 4. Foxboro had three offensive possessions with the chance to take the lead late in the contest.
It gives the Warriors a chance to redeem themselves, while the prize is a bit greater this time around.
“I just think with where we’re at and what’s at stake is motivation enough,” Martinelli said.
Canton is the third highest scoring offense in the Hockomock, tallying a total of 221 points in eight games (27.6 points per game) while also ranking atop the league in points allowed with merely 48 in eight games (6.0 per game average).
“They have an outstanding running back (Kyle Fitzgerarld) and they certainly have (Gersom) Rivera in terms of a home-run ball in the air. We have to play our best football, which I think we are at this point.”
Foxboro has recorded the most points the Canton defense has allowed to a single opponent this season.
“They have multiple weapons and for as good as they are size and skill wise, I think it’s really their defense that’s propelled them to where they are right now,” Martinelli said.
The winner will play the winner of No. 2 Holliston against No. 3 Somerset Berkley while the loser will be eliminated from the single-elimination postseason.