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Hornets Beat Christian Brothers Academy 31-26 at High School Football Kick Off Classic

Mansfield starts the season with a 31-26 win at the Carrier Dome.

The Mansfield High School Varsity Football team beat the Christian Brothers Academy Friday night 31-26 in a very close and intense game.

"As far as I can remember, this is one of the the best high school games I've ever seen or coached or watched," Mansfield Head Coach Michael Redding said.

Mansfield started off the scoring in the first quarter when Greg Donahue scored with 43 seconds left in the quarter. Christian Brothers Academy blocked the extra point and shortly later recovered a fumble in the endzone to score. With the extra point the score was now 7-6 Christian Brothers.

Sean Murphy scored for the Christian Brothers and they got the extra point to bring the score to 14-6 with 3:06 remaining in the half.

MHS recovered Christian Brothers' fumble at their 35 yard line with two seconds left. George Busharis hit Christian Debeauport in the corner of the end zone. Mansfield's two point conversion attempt failed and they took an 18-14 lead into the half.

"It was like watching a few heavyweights going back and forth," Redding said.

The third quarter brought about another touchdown from MHS. With 4th and 7 at the 30 yard line, George Busharis threw a pass to Greg Donahue for the first down at the six yardline. Dylan Finnerty ran in the remaining six yards for the touchdown wth 36 seconds left in the quarter. The was now 25-14.

CBA came back in the 4th with a 60 yard run to bring the score to 25-20, and then promptly recovered a squib kick and brought the ball to the MHS endzone with a 22 yard pass to bring the score to 26-25.

"As good as it looked for us (during the game), they rallied to come back to take the lead," Redding said.  "Then, as bad as it looked for us, we rallied to come back. They were just two great teams; no loser tonight."

Christian Brothers Academy turned the ball over on downs on their own 15 yard line with 3:59 left in the game. Mansfield sealed the game after Busharis threw a 25 yard touchdown pass to Blayne Taylor with 2:31 left int he game.

"I think both of us will be better for the experience but again, our kids showed our "never surrender" [spirit]" Redding said.  "As long as there is time on the clock we're gonna play. We've got quite a good team. "

HJ September 10, 2011 at 05:35 PM
I hope my property taxes don't go up to pay for this vacation to Syracuse.
Bob Havey September 10, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Yes Howard, There's an little known codicil in the tax code that sets aside a portion of YOUR taxes specifically for this trip. No one elses - just yours. Instead of complaining when you obviously have no solid facts (E.g. you said, "I hope") , why don't you do some research and look into how the trip was funded and then write an article for Patch enlightening the rest of us - or would you rather continue to whine?.
HJ September 10, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Hmmm, I'll have to go to the town meeting to try to get that change in tax code on the ballot.
Bob Havey September 10, 2011 at 11:54 PM
:-) I appreciate your sense of humor. You wear it well.
Michelle Busharis September 11, 2011 at 01:58 AM
Howard, for the record, it was the Gridiron Club of Mansfield along with the parents and players themselves who financed this trip to Syracuse for our Hornets to participate in this once in a lifetime game against CBA in the Carrier Dome. The Gridiron Club of Mansfield has been proudly supporting our Hornet football program for the past 20 years. We fundraise throughout the year, so perhaps you have bought a raffle ticket or gotten your car washed? We also have a golf tournament every summer that many volunteers work very hard on which is fortunately well attended. This year, volunteers sold advertisements and the Gridiron Club was able to produce a beautiful program book which will be sold at our football games for $5. It's 64 pages of photos, information and Mansfield football history. We are very fortunate to live in a community which continues to support and cheer on our student athletes. The boys had a great game last night - one they will never forget. Go Hornets! Michelle Busharis Vice President Gridiron Club of Mansfield
Bob Havey September 11, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Thanks for that information, Michelle. The Gridiron Club does a great job. You're correct in saying that Mansfield has been supportive of its sports programs over the years. When I was a student/athlete at MHS back in the early to mid-sixties there was a Boosters Club, which also did a great job. Thanks so much to you and the Gridiron club for all you do. I hope the kids understand how fortunate they are to live in such a nurturing community.

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