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St. John’s falls to Mansfield in state finals

By Chris Wraight, Contributing Writer

St. John's High School's Michael McGillicuddy (#46, left) goes for a gain as Mansfield High School's  Q'Ra Guichard (#41, right) closes in.

St. John’s High School’s Michael McGillicuddy (#46, left) goes for a gain as Mansfield High School’s Q’Ra Guichard (#41, right) closes in.

Foxborough – For the first time, on Dec. 7, all seven of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association football state final games were held at Gillette Stadium.  In the Division 2 final, the number two seed, St. John’s High School Pioneers,  played the Mansfield High School Hornets, the number one seed in its division.

The Hornets scored first, on a two-yard run by Alex Ruddy (point-after kick by Alex Thompson), answered by the Pioneers’ Drew Smiley (two-yard run and point-after kick by John Coveny).

In the second quarter St. John’s’ Shane Combs broke it open for a nineteen-yard run (point-after kick by Coveney to take a Pioneers 14-7 lead into the half.

Mansfield came out reinvigorated in the second half and in the third quarter Ruddy scored again on an eleven-yard run (point-after kick failed) and an eight-yard run by Chris Buchanan (two-point run by Miguel Villar-Perez) put more points on the board.

The fourth quarter saw the Hornets add another score with a three-yard run by Villar-Perez (point-after kick by Thompson) as Mansfield shut out St. John’s in the second half to win the state title 28-14.

St. John's High School's Michael McGillicuddy (#46, r) watches as Mansfield High School's Aurian Dawkins (#47, l) just gets a finger on the ball to tip it away.

St. John’s High School’s Michael McGillicuddy (#46, r) watches as Mansfield High School’s Aurian Dawkins (#47, l) just gets a finger on the ball to tip it away.

St. John's High School's Shane Combs (#15, left) has the goal line in sight as Mansfield High School's Michael Hershman (#1) tries to catch up.

St. John’s High School’s Shane Combs (#15, left) has the goal line in sight as Mansfield High School’s Michael Hershman (#1) tries to catch up.

St. John's High School's Davon Jones (#24) pushes Mansfield High School's Aurian Dawkins (#47, right) out of the way.

St. John’s High School’s Davon Jones (#24) pushes Mansfield High School’s Aurian Dawkins (#47, right) out of the way.

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