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DIVISION 7 SOUTH FINAL | MASHPEE 40, ABINGTON 20

Jacob Johnston helps Mashpee overpower Abington

MASHPEE — With senior quarterback Jacob Johnston delivering a pair of touchdown passes and rushing for two more scores, Mashpee marched past Abington, 40-20, for the Division 7 South title Friday night.

The 14-ranked Falcons (10-0) will play St. Mary’s of Lynn in a state semifinal next weekend.

From the start, the Falcons leaned on a solid line and a grinding ground game.

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“I think it was indicative of who our kids are. We come to practice with 22 kids every day. It’s not easy,” said Mashpee coach Matt Triveri.

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“I couldn’t be more proud of this senior group and the way our kids have played today and all year.”

Johnston opened the scoring with a 1-yard keeper, Devaun Ford (three TDs) punched in another from 5 yards out, and Johnston connected with Cam Kergo on a 55-yard strike as the Indians surged to a 20-0 lead.

Abington (6-4) rallied with less than two minutes left in the half. Senior Jack Maguire tossed a 34-yard pass to senior Kyle Rogers. With some trickery with less than 10 seconds left, senior Mark Kilmain (two TDs) finished off on a play that featured a series of laterals started by a Maguire pass, cutting the deficit to 20-14.

Mashpee and Abington traded scores in third quarter before the hosts pulled away on Ford’s 59-yard catch-and-run from Johnston and his 13-yard rush.

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“It’s unbelievable what they do,” Ford said of the line. “They make my job 100 percent easier.”

Lenny Rowe can be reached at lenny.rowe@globe.com.