MANSFIELD — No. 6 Mansfield had too many weapons for 18th-ranked North Attleboro to stop.
The offense clicked on all cylinders as the Hornets took care of their Hockomock Kelley-Rex foes, 35-14, Friday night at Alumni Field.
Miguel Villar-Perez carried 14 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns and Mike Hershman (four catches, 70 yards) had a pair of touchdown receptions for Mansfield (3-0, 1-0).
“We’ve got great skill kids and tonight we kind of had everything hitting,” Mansfield coach Mike Redding said. “We’re tough to match up with.”
The Hornets led, 21-7, with 7:32 left in the game when senior Kyle Wisnieski found Hershman alone in the back of the end zone on third and 19 for a 23-yard score to push the lead to three touchdowns.
Senior Brendan Hill added four catches for 31 yards and a pair of strip-sacks.
“It’s kind of a rare treat for a coach to be able to call plays for five different guys and they can all make plays,” Redding said.
Mansfield’s lead was just 14-7 with 4:31 left in the second until Wisnieski led an eight-play, 81-yard scoring drive, capped by a beautiful 28-yard seam pass to Hershman to make it 21-7 with 1:24 to go in the half.
The Hornets got off to a fast start. Villar-Perez took a toss right and barreled in for a 15-yard TD with 8:36 left in the first to put the Hornets up, 7-0.
North Attleboro (2-1, 0-1) fumbled the ensuing kickoff to set up the Hornets at the Red Rocketeer 40-yard-line. On second and goal from the 6, Villar-Perez fumbled as he neared the goal line and the Red Rocketeers recovered.
Despite the hiccup, the Hornets made it 14-0 when Villar-Perez cashed in from 2 yards with two seconds left in the first.
Mansfield had no trouble running the ball (209 yards) with the North Attleboro defense forced to respect the pass.
“With Mike Hershman and Brendan out there to cover,” Redding said, “you’ve got to line up your defense to take the pass away and it opens up things for [the running backs].”
North Attleboro also played its first game without senior linebacker Matt D’Attilio, who suffered a season-ending injury in last week’s win over Bishop Feehan.