The Warriors may have needed a little bit more time to wake up against the Canton Bulldogs but when they did, there was no doubt who the better team was.
Despite giving up the early lead, the Warriors’ defense shut down Canton’s rushing game while a pair of touchdowns from Keeyon Neal and Tim O’Halloran gave Foxboro a 28-7 win over Canton.
The Warriors improve to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in league play.
After punting on their first possession, the Bulldogs wasted little time driving down the field with a 49-yard pass to Derrick Harris down to the 16-yard line.
Kevin Wing completed the 10-play drive with a rushing touchdown from two yards out to give Canton an early lead.
Despite the touchdown by the Bulldogs, the Warriors only needed four plays to get on the board. After an offside call gave Foxboro a 2 and 16 at their own 38-yard line, Nolan Roger’s (12-14 passing, 153 yards) pass to Derek Gireath placed Foxboro at the Canton 26.
After a quick four-yard pass to Jess Todd, Keeyon Neal rushed 22 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to one with 3:10 left in the first. The two-point conversion attempt was no good.
“(Canton) jumped out on a nice pass play that gave them some momentum and we had to answer,” Foxboro head coach Jack Martinelli said.
The momentum of the game took a noticeable shift with less than five minutes to play in the half after what appeared to be a three and out at the Warriors’ 42. Instead of punting, Connor Longley found an open Tim O’Halloran for a 46-yard gain to the Canton 12-yard line.
“It kind of woke us up on this side,” Martinelli said.
Two plays later, Neal picked up his second touchdown of the game with a 12-yard run. A two-point conversion pass to Jess Todd put the Warriors up 14-7 with 4:37 left in the half.
O’Halloran continue to cause trouble for the Canton defense en route to a 112-yard night. Faced with a 3 and 13 at midfield, a 26-yard gain kept the drive alive and led to a two-yard pass from Rogers to O’Halloran with 2:16 left in the third.
Canton’s woes on offense continued into the fourth quarter after the Warriors forced a fumble at the line of scrimmage with Luc Valenza picking up the recovery.
Rogers showed off his precision passing after the turnover, finding O’Halloran in the corner of the end zone from 19-yards out with 5:15 left to play.
O’Halloran’s ability to pull in receptions was seen on both sides of the ball. Hagan’s long throw down the left sideline was picked off at the Foxboro 16-yard line by the senior captain with less than 3:30 to play.
The Warriors will play their final regular season game of the year before the start of the tournament on Oct. 25 when Foxboro host Stoughton for the Homecoming game.