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.
“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.
“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.
“It’s unbelievable what they do,” Ford said of the line. “They make my job 100 percent easier.”Lenny Rowe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.