Besides the question of who is going to win the game, the other one is can the Mansfield High and Reading High football teams come close to the thriller they put on in the 2010 Super Bowl game?
In that game, Mansfield rallied for a 29-26 win after being down 26-7 at the half, in one of the greatest games in Mansfield history.
Now, the sequel will be taking place today at Bentley University in Waltham in the Division 2 Super Bowl at 2 p.m.
Mansfield got into the bowl by ending Duxbury's 37-game winning streak, while Reading rolled over Tewskbury on their home field.
SUPER BOWL GAME: Division 2 Super Bowl, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Bentley University, Waltham. Reading is 12-0, while Mansfield is 8-4. Mansfield Patch will be providing coverage with Cover It Live and have updates on the rest of the games being played.
HOW THEY GOT TO THE PLAYOFFS-Mansfield was the underdog in their match-up against Duxbury, especially after losing to Foxborough on Thanksgiving. The Hornets, though, haven't lost two games in a row in 12 years and keep that steak alive with a 23-19 win over the Green Dragons. Reading had an easier time in their playoff game with a 42-6 win over Tewksbury.
WHEN THE HORNETS HAVE THE BALL-With only three days to prepare, the Mansfield offense is almost impossible to prepare to defend. You have to hope the Hornets turned the ball over early and make mistakes. If they don't, quarterback Kyle Wisnieski has talented running backs to hand the ball off to in Rob Rapoza and Kevin Makie, while receivers Brendan Hill and Michael Hershman are very talented receivers. If Reading isn't able to contain the Hornet offense early, they are going to playing catch-up in this meeting.
WHEN THE ROCKETS HAVE THE BALL-Mansfield has faced a lot of outstanding quarterbacks this year and you can add Reading's Drew Belcher to the list. All he has done is combined for 32 touchdown in the air and on the ground as he is a very effective runner. He has a talent receiver to throw to Ryan Maney, who is going to be put a lot of pressure on the Mansfield secondary. Reading is going to have to make sure they have Mansfield linebacker Alex Ruddy blocked. He can cause havoc for opposing offensives.
TICKET DETAILS-Admission for adults is $10 and $7 for students.
HOW TO GET TO BENTLEY- Directions From Points South
- Heading North on Route 128/95, Take Exit 27B – Winter Street/ Wyman Street
- Take a right off the exit onto Wyman Street
- Get into the left lane which will take you straight to the set of lights
- At the set of lights, take a left onto Totten Pond Road
- Follow Totten Pond Road for 1.2 miles to the end; merge into the center lane.
- Bear right onto Lexington Street and go .2 miles.
- Take a left onto Beaver Street; travel .4 miles (go around the rotary and take the second road on your right).
- Stay straight through one set of lights.
- At the second set of lights, turn left onto College Drive.
- At the top of the hill take a right and proceed to the Bentley University general parking lots.