Foxborough High School entered Saturday's Homecoming football game against Oliver Ames looking for redemption in the Davenport Division after suffering a 20-0 loss to Stoughton on Oct. 5.
"We talked this week about this game hopefully being a second chance for us," said Foxborough head coach Jack Martinelli.
The Warriors, sparked by a big day from running back Kiivone Howard and a strong defensive effort, earned that second chance they were looking for with a 27-6 victory over OA.
"We needed it," Martinelli said. "Stoughton got knocked off by Sharon so it will be quite a finish here and definitely exciting."
Sharon shocked Stoughton Saturday, 16-14 to remain in first place of the Davenport Division with a 2-0 record. Foxborough pulled even with Stoughton at 1-1 in the division, ahead of Oliver Ames (0-1) and Canton (0-1).
"The kids believe and they got a shot," said Martinelli.
On Saturday, Foxborough combined an impressive rushing attack led by Howard's three touchdowns with a strong defense to frustrate Oliver Ames enroute to a big division victory.
"[Foxborough] played tougher," said Oliver Ames head coach Jim Artz. "I said right from the start whoever runs the ball and whoever defends the ball best will win the game and we didn’t. We allowed them to take it to us running the ball and we didn’t make tackles at the point of attack."
Howard's three scores gives him 15 rushing touchdowns through seven games this season.
"We know 11 people are chasing Kiivone wherever he goes so for him to be able to do what he’s been able to accomplished is truly a credit to his abilities," Martinelli said.
Defensively, Foxborough forced four Oliver Ames turnovers (two fumbles, two interceptions), seven three-and-outs and one turnover on downs. The Tigers ended Foxborough's shutout bid with 2:28 remaining in the fourth quarter when OA quarterback Nick Cidado connected with Greg Cummings on a 35-yard touchdown pass. The extra point turned into a 2-point conversion attempt that failed and Foxborough closed out the dominant 27-6 victory.
"Defense played great," Martinelli said. "They certainly rose to the occasion but they’ve played pretty solid all year. They’re an experienced secondary and we’ve got some quick kids up front. We are not big but we are quick up front. We are able to do a lot of different things and show a lot of different looks. ... Happy with all of them."
After taking a 6-0 lead into halftime following a 12-yard touchdown run by Howard just 1:47 into the second quarter, Foxborough erupted for 21 points in the second half, including 14 in the third quarter.
Howard's second touchdown of the day came on a 20-yard run at the 7:09 mark of the third quarter after an Oliver Ames' unsportsmanlike penalty on fourth down kept the Warriors' drive alive. Following an Oliver Ames fumble recovered by Foxborough on OA's 29 yard line, Howard scored on a 15-yard run with 2:03 to play in the quarter to build a 20-0 lead.
Foxborough capped off its scoring on a 49-yard fumble return by Alex Pacitti with 3:06 left in the fourth quarter. Oliver Ames finally got on the board with a 35-yard touchdown completion from quarterback Nick Cidado to receiver Greg Cumming with 2:28 to play in the game.
Tyler Ames' second interception of the game with under one minute to play sealed the victory for Foxborough. The Warriors host Canton next Friday at 7 p.m. while Oliver Ames hosts Stoughton.
SCORING BY QUARTER
- 1st: Scoreless
- 2nd: 1:47 - (FHS) Kiivone Howard (12-yard run). PAT no good. 6-0, Foxborough
- 3rd: 7:09 - (FHS) Kiivone Howard (20-yard run). PAT good. 13-0, Foxborough; 8:57 - (FHS) Kiivone Howard (15-yard run). PAT good. 20-0, Foxborough
- 4th: 7:54 - (FHS) Alex Pacitti (49-yard fumble return). PAT good. 27-0, Foxborough; 8:32 - (OA) Greg Cummings (35-yard touchdown reception from Nick Cidado). 2-point attempt failed. 27-6, Foxborough
FOXBOROUGH PLAYER OF THE GAME
- Kiivone Howard: A week after Howard was contained by Attleboro, the star running back erupted against Oliver Ames scoring three touchdowns and racking up over 100 yards on the ground. Howard appeared to have scored his fourth touchdown of the game on an 80-yard run in the fourth quarter, but it was negated due to a Foxborough blocking penalty. Howard now has 15 rushing scores on the season.
OLIVER AMES PLAYER OF THE GAME
- Greg Cummings: OA's wide receiver and defensive back was one of few bright spots for the Tigers Saturday. Cummings recorded a 35-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter for OA's only score of the game and intercepted a Mike Slaby pass on defense.
HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN
Saturday was Homecoming for Foxborough High School and the Warriors' 2012 Homecoming Court was Virag Vora and Grace Alden, Kevin Duncan and Allie Bromberg, John Mithcell and Eva Mazzoni and Eddie Dring and Ashley Synder.
Homecoming King and Queen were Alex Pacitti and Taylor Laubenstein.