ATTLEBORO — Third-ranked Mansfield survived a shootout with No. 20 Attleboro on Friday night, escaping Tozier-Cassidy Field with a 49-42 win.
Hornets senior Kyle Wisnieski finished 19 of 28 for 304 yards, throwing three touchdowns and an interception, while also adding a rushing TD.
Mansfield (4-0) led by 21 with 10:40 to go, but the Blue Bombardiers (3-1) reeled off 14 straight points thanks to an onside kick recovery.
Attleboro drove into Mansfield’s territory and had a shot to tie the game, but the Hornets defense forced quarterback Tim Walsh into three straight incompletions to secure the victory.
“Our defense finally came up with a big stop when we needed it, and [it was] just an unbelievable high school football game,” Mansfield coach Mike Redding said. “It doesn’t get much better than this.”
Mansfield led, 26-14, at the half, but the Blue Bombardiers scored 14 points right out of the gate to take the lead.
Walsh hit Luke Morrison for a 23-yard score to cut the deficit to 5. After the Hornets fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Walsh found Thomas Burns, who hauled in a one-handed catch over the middle and scampered in for a 22-yard score to put the hosts up, 28-26, with 8:00 left in the third.
Walsh finished 17 of 27 for 344 yards, five touchdowns, and an interception.
The teams combined for 863 yards of offense.
Wisnieski passed to Mike Hershman and Brendan Hill, then kept it himself for a 1-yard TD to regain the lead. A two-point conversion to Hill made it 34-28 with 6:37 left in the third.
“We knew coming in there was a ton of offensive skill and it showed tonight,” Redding said.
“The defenses played pretty well, but there’s just too many good players out there to start.”
It was a 14-14 game with 4:19 left in the second when Wisnieski hit Hill for an 8-yard touchdown on a critical third-and-goal play to give Mansfield its first lead of the game, 20-14.
After a quick three-and-out by the Blue Bombardiers, Wisnieski connected with Miguel Villar-Perez for an 8-yard touchdown to push the lead to 26-14 with 1:24 left in the second.
Attleboro got off to a roaring start when Walsh hit Damon Belin across the middle for a 63-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage to put the Blue Bombardiers up, 7-0.
Mansfield landed a counterpunch four plays later. After Wisnieski connected on long passes to Hill and Hershman, Villar-Perez scored from 2 yards out to tie it with 8:42 left in the first.
Belin struck again on the next drive, taking a screen pass for a 66-yard score to make it 14-7.
Belin finished with 125 receiving yards and 49 on the ground.
The Hornets tied it on an Alex Ruddy 1-yard touchdown run, capping a 10-play, 55-yard drive.