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DIVISION 7 SUPER BOWL | MASHPEE 22, BLACKSTONE VALLEY 16

Devaun Ford drives Mashpee to D7 Super Bowl crown

12/02/2017 FOXBOROUGH, MA Beavers quarterback Reece Hendriks (cq) 11, tried to carry the ball past Falcons' Jacob Johnston (cq) 12, during a game between Blackstone Valley and Mashpee at the MIAA State Football Championships held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Aram Boghosian for the Globe
Mashpee’s Jake Johnston hauls down Blackstone Valley quarterback Reece Hendriks in Saturday night’s Division 7 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

FOXBOROUGH — Chants of “three-peat, three-peat” erupted under the Gillette Stadium concourse. The sight for the Mashpee football team on Saturday night was familiar, but the elation was as sweet as ever.

To no one’s surprise, junior running back Devaun Ford had himself an evening and carried the load as the Falcons (12-0) took home their third consecutive Super Bowl with a 22-16 win over Blackstone Valley Tech in the Division 7 state final.

“The greatest feeling I have right now is relief,” said Mashpee coach Matt Triveri. “We have a lot of guys and weapons. This is kind of the pinnacle of our program right now.

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“I don’t know where football is going from here, in terms of the number of kids we have playing. But it is almost like you are a caretaker and are given a great card, and just don’t wreck it as a coaching staff. I think we did that. It’s relief. That is the only feeling I have right now.

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After a turnover on downs on their first possession to begin the second half, Mashpee and Ford wouldn’t be denied on the second. On a run straight up the middle, Ford broke one tackle and took it outside where no one touched him again for a 54-yard score to put the Falcons ahead, 22-8.

Mashpee’s Devaun Ford (1) ran for 178 yards on 24 carries Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
Aram Boghosian for The Globe
Mashpee’s Devaun Ford (1) ran for 177 yards on 24 carries Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Blackstone Valley (11-2) didn’t go down without a fight. In the fourth quarter, senior quarterback Reece Hendriks, on fourth and goal from the 9, found junior tight end Jordyn Amero wide open in the back of the end zone to make the score 22-16 with 7:47 left.

But the night belonged to Ford and the Falcons. The 6-foot, 180-pound back ended the game with 177 yards on 24 rushes and two total touchdowns.

Blackstone had one final shot after recovering a fumble deep in its territory with 2:16 remaining, but Mashpee sophomore Kendall Rose intercepted a pass over the middle and soon the Falcons were lining up in victory formation.

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“Each year the seasons move on, but we still have the core group,” said Ford. “It is still unbelievable. It is like we have never won before and it is like the first one all over again.”

Mashpee struck first late in the first quarter on its opening drive on the back of Ford. He carried the load for 60 yards, but it was senior quarterback Jake Johnston who sneaked into the end zone on fourth and goal from the 1. A 2-point conversion pass by Ford put the Falcons up, 8-0.

The Falcons looked to go up by two scores following a Ford interception, but the Beavers forced a key turnover inside their own 20.

Blackstone Valley then drove 82 yards to punch it in on a Hendriks 3-yard run and 2-point pass.

The Beavers went into the half trailing, 16-8, after Johnston and Ford connected on a 9-yard touchdown. Ford had 65 yards on seven rushes through the first two quarters, and Johnston went 6 for 6 for 100 yards.

Xavier Gonsalves celebrates Mashpee’s third straight Super Bowl win Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
Aram Boghosian for The Globe
Xavier Gonsalves celebrates Mashpee’s third straight Super Bowl win Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Mashpee 22, Blackstone Valley 16

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough

Blackstone Valley (11-2) 0  8  0  8 — 16

Mashpee (13-0) 8  8  6  0 — 22

 MASH — Jake Johnston 1 run (Michael Barrows pass from Devaun Ford)

 BVT — Reece Hendriks 3 run (Jordyn Amero pass from Reece Hendriks)

 MASH — Devaun Ford 9 pass from Jake Johnston (Michael Barrows pass from Jake Johnston)

 MASH — Devaun Ford 54 run (rush failed)

 BVT — Jordyn Amero 6 pass from Reece Hendriks (Conner Christensen pass from Reece Hendriks)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

 RUSHING — BVT, Conner Polymeros 5-14, J.D. Antaya 4-7, Reece Hendriks 7-(-15); MASH, Devaun Ford 24-177, Tyler Cuozzo 3-17, Jake Johnston 9-(-5)

 PASSING — BVT, Reece Hendriks 11-19-2-171; MASH, Jake Johnston 10-11--161

 RECEIVING — BVT, Brandon Lira 3-64, Conner Christensen 4-53, Jordyn Amero 2-33, J.D. Antaya 2-21; MASH, Cam Kergo 6-103, Devaun Ford 3-45, Kendall Rose 1-13

Blackston Valley fans have a front-row seat at Gillette Stadium for the Division 7 Super Bowl.
Aram Boghosian for The Globe
Blackston Valley fans have a front-row seat at Gillette Stadium for the Division 7 Super Bowl.
Blackstone Valley’s Reece Hendriks (11) and JD Antaya  work some misdirection during the Division 7 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
Aram Boghosian for The Globe
Blackstone Valley’s Reece Hendriks (11) and JD Antaya work some misdirection during the Division 7 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Mashpee quarterback Jacob Johnston finds some running room against the Blackstone Valley defense at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
Aram Boghosian for The Globe
Mashpee quarterback Jacob Johnston finds some running room against the Blackstone Valley defense at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Karl Capen can be reached at karl.capen@globe.com.