Despite falling behind 21-7 in the first half, the Foxborough High School football team had a chance to tie Friday's game in the final minute of the fourth quarter.
But the chance went wide right.
Foxborough's sophomore kicker Kyle Will took the field following Kiivone Howard's one-yard rushing score with 1:18 remaining in the fourth quarter and a chance to tie the game at 21. Will converted his two previous PAT but pushed the third attempt wide right and Whitman-Hanson held on for the 21-20 win at Ahern Field.
“What are you going to do,” said Foxborough head coach Jack Martinelli. “He’s a sophomore and a sophomore holder. We had faith in him to do it and he’ll make more than he’ll miss down the road.”
The game got off to anything but a good start for Foxborough (2-1, 0-0) as Whitman-Hanson's Sean Vitello took the opening kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown 12 seconds in. The Panthers' Dondre James caught two first-half touchdown passes and WH built a 21-7 lead at halftime.
But the second half belonged to Foxborough. The defense shut WH out for 22 minutes and its offense scored on two Howard touchdowns to pull the Warriors within one.
But it wasn't enough to overcome the slow start.
“They came and played in the first half and we didn’t,” said Martinelli. “It was a tale of two halves. … They came to play right off the bat and I don’t think we did until after halftime.”
In addition to the defense's strong play in the second half, Howard continued to dominate in the running game, racking up three more rushing touchdowns to give him nine through three games.
“To me [Howard] is one of the best around,” Martinelli said. “They did a good job on him early on. It was tough for us to get to the outside but we were able to open up some things inside.”
Foxborough begins Hockomock League play next Friday when it hosts North Attleboro at 7 p.m.
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