Triple overtime was the only suitable outcome for Hockomock League foes Foxborough and Mansfield two days shy of Thanksgiving at Fenway Park.
When Foxborough denied Mansfield’s conversion pass in the third extra session, the 35-33 upset was complete.
“It doesn’t get much better than this,” Foxborough coach Jack Martinelli said after his 37th iteration of the rivalry.
“Our kids, going in as the underdog, played harder than I’ve ever seen them play. I’m very proud of them all.”
The game was tied at 27 after neither team scored in the second overtime. Foxborough went up by 8 on Liam Foley’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Mike Luong and his conversion pass to Rob Fay.
Cincere Gill, who finished with more than 100 yards from scrimmage for the Hornets, scored from 2 yards to make it 35-33.
“Ups and downs,” Foley said. “It felt like it was never going to end, and then it finally did. These guys, they just battle. We’ve been through so much. I can’t tell you enough positive things about this team.”
Mansfield’s Joe Plath opened the scoring with a 5-yard run in the second quarter.
Foxborough (5-6) got a pair of rushing touchdowns from Luong, the second of which came two plays into the fourth quarter. When he tacked on a 2-point conversion run, the Warriors had their first lead of the game, 14-13.
Foxborough was seemingly out of the weeds later in the fourth. On third and 9, Foley scrambled around and connected with Shayne Kerrigan, the broken play culminating in a 57-yard touchdown and much-needed breathing room, up 21-13.
“We all thought when he scored it was game over,” Foley said.
But Mansfield (8-3) countered with a 15-play, 64-yard drive, ending with Khristian Conner hauling in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jack Moussette with two seconds remaining. Gill added the 2-point conversion run to send the game to the first extra session.
In the first overtime, Foley threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Brian Derba. Aidan Sacco, who had given Mansfield the lead in the third quarter with a 68-yard touchdown run, tied the game with a 10-yard run.
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