Hal­l­i­day, Jarest help KP get back

Boston Herald - - SPORTS - By MATT FELD Twit­ter: @mat­tyfeld612

MANS­FIELD — Af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart­break­ing de­feat on the same field just weeks ago, King Philip hoisted a third con­sec­u­tive sec­tional cham­pi­onship tro­phy last night.

With the War­riors trail­ing by four points en­ter­ing the fourth quar­ter, run­ning back Ryan Hal­l­i­day led them on an 11-play, 51-yard drive capped off by a Robert Jarest touch­down run as King Philip claimed the Divi­sion 2 South cham­pi­onship with a 10-7 win over Hock­omck League ri­val Mans­field at Alumni Field.

The win ad­vances twotime de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion King Philip to Gil­lette Sta­dium, where it will play North An­dover for the Div.ision 2 Su­per Bowl ti­tle on Nov. 30 or Dec. 1.

“There’s play­ing teams, and then there is play­ing Mans­field,” King Philip coach Brian Lee said. “Robert gave us just enough, that’s what we do at King Philip. Just do enough.”

Mans­field (9-1) edged the War­riors, 28-27, on Sept. 29 on a missed two-point con­ver­sion. Be­hind its stout de­fen­sive line, it looked for most of last night that the Hor­nets would stave off their ri­vals once more.

Hal­l­i­day and Jarest, how­ever, com­bined to put to­gether one of the sig­na­ture drives that has be­come a King Philip sta­ple over its three-year run.

Be­gin­ning on its 49-yard line, Hal­l­i­day (26 car­ries, 87 yards) marched King Philip to the Mans­field 36 with five con­sec­u­tive rushes. Jarest then took over, scram­bling twice for a com­bined 19 yards be­fore com­plet­ing a 12-yard pass to David Mor­ganelli in­side the 2. Mo­ments later, Jarest pushed across the goal line to give KP a 10-7 lead with 5:38 left.

Mans­field had a chance to win the game on its en­su­ing drive, but Deric Casado in­ter­cepted Ai­dan Sacco, al­low­ing the War­riors to run out the clock.

“It’s good to be back here, but hope­fully we have yet to play our best game and that comes in a cou­ple weeks,” Jarest said.

Sacco scored the only touch­down of the open­ing half, run­ning straight up the gut for a 16-yard touch­down to put Mans­field up 7-0.

King Philip got on the board early in the sec­ond on a 38-yard field goal by Cole Baker to trim the deficit to 7-3.

CHRISTO­PHER EVANS / BOS­TON HER­ALD

RI­VALS RE­UNITE: King Philip’s Ryan Hal­l­i­day tries to gain some yardage dur­ing last night’s 10-7 vic­tory against Mans­field in a re­match of Hock­o­mock League foes for the Divi­sion 2 South cham­pi­onship.

RIS­ING TO CHAL­LENGE AGAIN: King Philip play­ers cel­e­brate their 10-7 vic­tory against Mans­field in last night’s Divi­sion 2 South cham­pi­onship game.

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