If the Mansfield High football team's defense lives up to the standard they have set in the first three games of the season, Stoughton is going to have problems scoring in the first half.
Going into tonight's game against the 3-0 Black Knights in Stoughton, the 2-1 Hornets have only give up a total of 14 points in the entire first half or six quarters of football. Mansfield has given up seven points in the first quarter and seven in the second.
Junior linebacker Alexander Ruddy is the leading tackler for the Hornets with 26 in three games.
Offensively, the Hornets have been very explosive in the third quarter with 34 points in three games.
Senior running back Rob Rapoza has been almost impossible to stop with 480 yards and six touchdowns. He is averaging an amazing 13.0 yards per carry.
Stoughton, who defeated the Hornets last year in Mansfield, won't be able to gang up against the run. Quarterback Kyle Wisnieski, a junior, has a favorite target in junior Mike Hershman, who has 10 catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
Game time is 7 p.m.
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