NORTH ATTLEBORO — Brendan McHugh rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns as the North Attleboro High football team held off Whitman-Hanson Regional High 21-13 Friday night at Community Field in an MIAA Division 3 South playoff game.
The Rocketeers (6-2) kept the Panthers off of the scoreboard during the second half with three pass interceptions, two by Nick Raneri, while Omar Jasseh plucked off Whitman-Hanson’s last gasp toss with 1:31 remaining.
The Rocketeers recovered a first-quarter Panther fumble at the W-H 24-yard line. Four plays later, McHugh scored from 18 yards out and Tyler DeMattio boomed the first of his three conversion kicks.
North regained the lead with 3:05 left until halftime on a 77-yard, 12-play series that consumed 6:16 of the clock. McHugh totaled 35 yards rushing on four carries, while Raneri scored from two yards out.
Whitman-Hanson’s Ethan Phelps scored on a 13-yard run with 1:32 left in the first half, completing an eight-play, 71-yard march, but a bad snap on the conversion kick denied the Panthers of the tying point.
The Rocketeers’ defense came up with a key stop on a W-H fourth down and four-yard situation at its own 26-yard line with less than four minutes left. From there, North used seven plays to score, McHugh scoring on a five-yard run with 2:32 remaining.
McHugh also had two pass receptions from Raneri for 20 yards. Raneri totaled 51 yards rushing on 16 carries.
King Philip 21, Braintree 7
WRENTHAM — The script for the King Philip Regional High Warriors was once again executed to near perfection.
Ryan Halliday rushed for 158 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns as the defending MIAA Division 2 Super Bowl champion Warriors (6-2) held off the Wamps. KP tallied twice within the final five minutes of the first half.
KP was held scoreless during the second half, along with Braintree, which was limited to seven completions for 115 yards and 121 yards rushing on 28 attempts.
Tyler Bartlett intercepted a Wamp pass, while KP also came up with a fumble recovery with linebacker Jack Webster (9 1/2 tackles) and Aidan Bender (five tackles) leading the effort.
KP quarterback Robbie Jarest completed eight of 10 passes for 107 yards with David Morganelli taking in four of those for 36 yards.
King Philip took the lead with 5:29 left in the first quarter on a 4-yard run by Halliday.
KP regained the lead at 14-7 with 4:41 left in the first half on a one-yard run by Halliday and the second of three Cole Baker conversion kicks.
The Warriors scored on the very next series, Jarest completing a 38-yard scoring strike to Morganelli.
Falmouth 22, Foxboro 14
FALMOUTH — The No. 8-seeded Foxboro found themselves 4 yards away from a potential game-tying score with two minutes left in the contest, but were not able to finish off the comeback against No. 1-seeded and undefeated Falmouth.
Falmouth (7-0) took the ball the length of the field on their opening drive and converting a two-point try to take an 8-0 advantage. On the Warriors first drive, they answered with a touchdown of their own from Michael Luong. Liam Foley connected with Brian Derba on the conversion to knot the game up at 8-8.
In the second quarter, Falmouth scored once more and converted another two-point conversion to go up 16-8, but were stopped on the goal line twice in the quarter by Foxboro, including a fumble on fourth-and-goal from the 2 and a stop at the 3-yard line with under a minute left in the half.
Foxboro trimmed the lead to 16-14 before the half as Liam Foley connected with Shayne Kerrigan twice, including a 20-yard score.
After a scoreless third, Falmouth scored with 5:50 remaining in the fourth, but missed the two-point try to keep Foxboro within a single possession, 22-14.
The Warriors (2-6) had a final chance to score, but were stopped short.