By Michael Hardman and Dan Libon
With one last chance to qualify for the postseason, the Foxboro Warriors' poorest half of the season couldn't have come at a worse time. After giving up 35 second half points in a 41-6 loss to Stoughton, the Black Knights will take second place in the Hockomock League's Davenport Division and will qualify for the playoffs.
"Season one is done and now it's into the second season," said Stoughton head coach Greg Burke. "We're not pretty, but I didn't know it was a pageant."
The Warriors will finish in third place in the Davenport Division.
Stoughton Sophomore quarterback Jake Gibb stepped in the starting role for senior Stanley Sajous, who was out with an injury, gave the Black Knights a 7-0 lead. On a fourth down and goal from the Foxborough 3-yard line, Gibb rolled out to the left and dove into the end zone. He then kicked the first of five extra points on the night for a 7-0 lead halftime lead. The score was set-up by a finger-tipped interception by Jovani Pires.
Late in the second quarter, the Warriors were able to get down to the Black Knight’s two-yard line but a high snap forced Foxboro back to the 19-yard line for a long third and goal.
Returning to the Stoughton three-yard line on a Derek Gilreath 16-yard reception, the Warriors could not do anything on fourth and goal with Stoughton stopping Balazs Busznyak at the six-yard line with less than two minutes to play in the half.
The game got away from the Warriors in the second quarter as the Black Knights increased their lead to 28-0. Joe Girolamo ran for two scores from 17-yards and 4-yards. In between those two scores, Gibb threw a 45-yard pass to Kevin McDonald.
Foxborough got their only touchdown on their first drive of the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Nolan Rogers fired a strike to junior tight-end Derek Gilreath for a 9-yard score, cutting the lead to 28-6.
Stoughton's final two scores on the game came on long runs by Lennox Green, 41-yards, and Taylor Calisi, who scored the first time he touched the ball, going 69-yards for the final points of the night.
With the win, the Black Knights improved to 6-1 on the season, while Foxborough dropped to 4-3. The Warriors will finish out the season playing against other teams who didn't make the playoffs.