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New England Football Journal Featured Team of the Week - Mansfield
Posted By Kevin Stone on October 23, 2020

Since the fall of 1988, Mansfield head coach Michael Redding has seen and done just about everything there is to do within the realm of Massachusetts football.
However, this year has obviously been like no other, and Redding has learned quite a bit about himself and more importantly about his players and their ability to roll with the punches.
"Be patient," Redding has constantly told his team this fall. "It's been especially hard when after school they see soccer or field hockey playing and they're asking, 'well why can't we?' It's a fair question but, we've just tried to preach patience and hope that we have that other season.
"I started playing when I was eight-years old and I think that was the fall of 1969. So, I've either played or coached in every fall since then. It's just surreal to be sitting inside on a Friday night eating dinner at 7:30 and wondering why we aren't out on the sidelines."
Luckily, the Hornets have been one of the programs able to work out on a regular basis, unlike some schools who have been completely shut out. Redding has been happy with how his players have continued to work as if it were a normal offseason.
"People in the district have been really good about using the facilities as long as the kids are following all the rules," Redding said. "We started conditioning in June and doing core stuff, and then we got into the weight room right after the 4th of July, so, we've gotten some good lifting in. We're probably bigger and stronger now because of the delay."
Despite the work that the defending Division 2 Super Bowl champs have been able to get in, Redding worries about the seasons being so close together if the "Fall II" season actually happens.
"The tricky part is going to be - usually we go football into basketball - and the kids have all summer to prepare for football," Redding explained. "Now, we've got the kids lifting but, we have a lot of kids who do basketball, winter track and wrestling, so, we're going to lose those kids for a few months and then they're going to come right back to football. That's going to be tough."
For seniors Nick Holmes and Nick Bertolino among others, nothing is going to stop them from preparing for kickoff, no matter how odd this year continues to be.
"It is definitely very weird being in school without football at the beginning of the year," Bertolino said. "We're focused on getting everyone as physically and mentally ready as possible for football season. We've been going to the weight room, practicing at the turf together, and having organized 7v7's to stay connected."
"Yeah, it's been really weird to start the season," added Holmes. "I think the weirdest thing is not being able to have the same environment in the weight room that we have built throughout the years here at MHS. The feeling on Friday nights when I'm sitting inside, instead of going to war with my brothers under the lights (is weird). Mentally preparing for the season has been a challenge but, overall I think mentally this is a good thing, everyone is eager and fired up to play, and the last thing anyone wants is to go through another season without playing the sport they love."
That reality of suddenly being told there won't be a season is still a strong possibility, especially with news this week that winter sports tournaments are probably already out for 2021. The logistics behind playing a season in February are tough to fully believe in, making it pretty clear that with 36 states playing football this fall, Massachusetts embarrassingly dropped the ball and chose to make kids pawns in a giant political chess game. Now, Redding and his players are left clinging to hope thanks to the example those other states have provided.
"I think it might help us that 36 states played," said Redding. "Everything I've read it's gone really well. There's almost no spreading the virus during games, we should be more worried about kids spreading it at a high school party in someone's basement than on the field. I think that helps us that the states that did do it it's gone well for them at this point.
"We'll do what we have to do for modifications and all that, but, just give the kids a season, especially the seniors."
Both Bertolino and Holmes expressed the disappointment and anger they'd feel if ultimately told they won't be playing.
"I will definitely miss all the jokes and fun times with my teammates, the music and celebrating in the locker room after a big game," Holmes said. "I'll miss he town's support, fans, rallies, coaches, friends, and most of all if we cannot proceed with a season the biggest thing I'll miss is the what if? Or, what if we had a season, what could we have been?
"I have strong beliefs in we should be playing right now. Obviously, that can't happen whether I like it or not. Hopefully by February whoever is making the rules realizes they are making a huge mistake by not letting us play."
"If we end up having no season I will miss everything about football," Bertolino added. "From just walking down to practice with my friends, going to pasta dinners, to being on the same field as my friends. Bus rides, and even enjoying wins with the team as a whole.
Hopefully the state will realize we should be playing and there is no reason to cancel football in February."
The hope is still high for now, and with some of the talent that Mansfield will have coming back on the field, there is reason to be optimistic for another fantastic season.
TJ Guy (Michigan commit), Jake McCoy, Everett Knowlton, Cincere Gill, Holmes, Bertolino, Matt Boen and Anthony Comer will also be important pieces to the puzzle.
With a state title repeat out of the question, Redding is making sure his guys are focused on a Hockomock League title again, something that would feel almost as good as another Super Bowl given the talent strewn across the league.
"The state thing is a shame because I do feel like we could make a run at another state title," Redding acknowledged. "If we were rebuilding or starting over again I wouldn't be so disappointed but, this is a group that could make another run and winning back-to-back state titles is pretty special."
"We're focused in on trying to win the league title and going for a three-peat. With our league between KP, Franklin…there's good football teams and that's an accomplishment in itself to win the league title three years in a row."


Mansfield Strong Yard Sign

Yard Sign
Supporting the Mansfield "Daily Bread" food pantry and the Gridiron Club
A note from Mansfield Gridiron Club Treasure Stew Cowles
Wrapping up our fundraiser. We sold 242 signs & stickers (they look great around town).
After expenses we're sending a check for $1,550 to Our Daily Bread Mansfield's Food Pantry.

Daily Bread


Thank You

To the Mansfield Football Family:
I want to thank you for making my Kick-it Campaign for pediatric cancer a success.
Together, we raised $5,361 and it was one of the top fundraisers (#11) across the country.
I couldn't have done it without your help.
Over two years we raised $6,301 because of your generous donations.
Thank you for all of your support throughout the season!
Mike DeBolt

Click on image for website.

Shriners Fund Raiser

Shriners logo
Cliick on image for website

Each year the MHSFCA in connection with the Aleppo Shriners of Massachusetts, co-sponsor an Eastern Massachusetts All-Star Football Game. For the past 35 years, graduating high school seniors from the North and South area high schools have played the Shriners All-Star Football Classic to benefit the Shriners Transportation Fund.
The association is proud to have donated over one million dollars to this worthy charity. Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic, our Senior Shriners All Star Game was cancelled.
The game itself has been going on for 42 years and instead of completely shutting down our participation for 2020, we decided to have our own competition, and continue to raise money and awareness to the Aleppo Shriners Transportation Fund.
We will be having a fundraising competition to determine the winner of the Shriners North vs South teams.
All of the proceeds donated will be given to the Shriners. If you are able, please donate to our page to help us help the shriners. Thank you for your support!

2020 members of the Shriners South football team


Congratulations Coach Mike Redding

Coach of the Year

Gridiron Club of Boston Coach of the Year

Also T. J. Guy and Vinny Holmes

Voted to the "Super 26" State All-Star Team

Also Vinny recieved $2000 for being awarded the Gold Athletics/Adrenaline Leadership scholarship
at the State FB Coaches Clinic at Gillette Stadium.

Outstanding student-athlete who will continue his career at Bentley University!

T. J.... Vinnie


Meet the 2020 Mansfield Football Captains

2020 Captains

L to R: Jake McCoy, Nick Bertolino, Nico Holmes, T. J. Guy


Unfortunately, due to Phase 3 guidelines, we are forced to cancel our Youth Football Clinic at Mansfield HS for the first time in 32 yrs.
It's been a great summer tradition and we'll miss the future Hornets, but right now safety and health are most important! See you in 2021!


Division Two State Champion

Harry Agganis Bio

2019 Super Bowl Ring


Mansfield 22 Foxborough 12


Photo link

Pre & Post game photos


All-Stars Awards

Sr. Vinny Holmes
Globe DII Player of the Year
Hockomock League, Hockomock, Globe, Herald
(3 yr selection)
(Kelly-Rex Division MVP)
Attleboro Sun/Chronicle
Sr. Nick Marciano
Hockomock League, Hockomock
Attleboro Sun/Chronicle
Sr. Mike DeBolt
Hockomock League, Hockomock, Globe, Herald
Attleboro Sun/Chronicle
Sr. Jason Comeau
Hockomock League, Hockomock, Globe
Jr. TJ Guy
T. J.
Hockomock League, Hockomock, Herald
(2 yr selection)
Attleboro Sun/Chronicle
Jr. Cincere Gill
Hockomock League, Hockomock
Attleboro Sun/Chronicle
Sr. Jack Moussette
Hockomock League
(Honorable Mention)
Sr. Mahki Baskin
Sr. Chris Graham
Attleboro Sun/Chronicle
Coach Redding
Gridiron Club of Boston Coach of the Year
Coach of the Year


Mansfield moves back into the #2 spot for Top Teams of the 21st Century
in Massachusetts with an overall winning percentage of 81.2%,
second only to Everett High School.

Congratulations on being ranked #13 in the Final Poll of the 2019 Prep Nation
Northeast Regional Rankings. This includes all high school teams from all
divisions from 9 different states in the Northeast. Mansfield is one of only 7
public high schools ranked in the Top 15 in the Northeast.

"Kick It!"

Michael DeBolt a senior and member of the football team
has set up a website to raise money to help fight pediatric cancer.
Mike DeBolt

2020 Schedule

Get the results of our opponents games

A new "Greatest game" has been added

2019 Final Stats

Defensive stats
2019 totals (12 games)(PDF) Link
Offensive stats
2019 totals (12 games)(PDF) Link
2019 Roster
with links to player photos

Coach Redding's Bio


Lincoln-Sudbury Game

Photos by Kara Colby

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Page Links

2018 Record Book
Weight Room web site
2019 Freshman page
Guide Book
Map of school area
Mansfield Town Website
Two point decision
Greatest games
Mansfield Hall of Fame
Mansfield/Foxboro history
Photos for 2019
2019 Football Season Photos
Photos from Kara Colby
Photo link
LaSalle Game photos
Photo link
Thank you Shelley Rapoza for the great action photos!
Our family photo album from the trip
A collection of old photos from the 80's
taken by Mr. Redding

Old Photos
Shelly Rapoza photos
Older game photos
Super Bowl years
Super Bowl games



Remembering Matt Zonghetti


Matt Zonghetti Dedication


Matt's Memorial bench

A note from the Zonghetti family Matthew Zonghetti Memorial


Last night (9/28/2020), to continue to honor Matt's legacy, a beautiful bench, overlooking Alumni Field, was installed.
Jane Maher, with the help of Mike Redding, Mary Watkins and Michael Trowbridge led the charge to gain approval for the bench.
MHS's Physical Education department brought the bench to its location and Chris Colby with the help of his family installed the concrete pad and the bench.
The bench is perfect. The location is perfect. Matt is proud.
Thank you to those mentioned above and to so many of you who helped to fund the bench.
We say it so often.... we live in such an incredible and caring town whose residents continue to support us by keeping Matt's memory alive. #LiveLikeZ

Mattt tragically lost his life in an avalanche while skiing in New Mexico.

Also, Taos Ski Valley as named a ski run in honor of Matt.

Matthew C. Zonghetti Scholarship Fund
Please make checks payable to the "Matthew C. Zonghetti Scholarship Fund".
Mail to; Mansfield Bank, 80 North Main Street, Mansfield, MA 02048
Attn: Tellers

Matt and parents
Matt with his parents after his Thanksgiving game.

Live Like Z Foundation

A fundraiser for the Z foundation.
A donation of ANY amount gets a decal. Donations can be made via Venmo to Diane-Mcguire-4 or to paypal using
Please put “MZSF” and a home address and I will mail (or deliver to mailbox) the decals.
If there is more than one decal needed please stipulate #.

This from the Zonghetti family
PDF link

Heros corner

MANSFIELD -- The Gridiron Club dedicated what it is calling a "Salute to Service" at the high school football field Sept. 14.
The structure includes seven flag poles with flags from the various military services as well as the American flag.
Located in the west end of the football field, it will be called "Hero's Corner."
Photos from the event.


Mansfield High School Football Program
Mission statement

Provide student athletes an enjoyable, rewarding experience in athletics that also allows them to develop skills and values that will afford them the opportunity to be successful, contributing members of the 21st century society.
We consider ourselves a "college prep" program on and off the field and we will do everything we can to prepare your son to be accepted to a competitive college or university of his choice and, if interested, to continue his playing career on the college level.


Attentive, involved and respectful in the classroom.
Conscientious in completing assignments and preparing for evaluations.
Long-term preparation to earn a college degree and pursue a rewarding career.

Goal: Pass all classes and earn Honor roll status (team goal 80%)


Accept the challenges and responsibilities of leadership.
Be enthusiastic role models for younger student athletes by example.
Become involved in school and community activities.
Volunteer your time to help others who are less able or less fortunate.

Example: Volunteer for leaf raking for the elderly, Relay for Life, Student Gov't.


Develop an appreciation for hard work, preparation and commitment.
Compete with your best effort and intensity, but always with sportsmanship.
Build teamwork skills and the ability to work toward goals with others.
Represent the school and community with pride and class in all areas.

Win with class, lose with dignity, but never surrender!
Team unity is most important in times of adversity!

Leadership Training

The Mansfield coaching staff runs a leadership training seminar once a month for members of the football team.

During these sessions a verity of subjects are covered:
1-Goal setting (Personal life goals, scholastic goals and athletic goals)
2-Handling problem social situations.
3-Involvement in community activities.
4-Honoring the traditions established by their predecessors.
5-Proper nutrition/healthy lifestyles.
6-Team building activities.

These and many other subjects are discussed. Attendance is voluntary.
The object of these seminars is to help make the students a more responsible member of the school and community at large.

The coaching staff believes that it is our responsibility to engage these student athletes in a leadership curriculum. We believe that our student athletes are members of the community first and football players second. By developing the character of our players we believe they will become life-long contributing members of the community.


Under Coach Redding (1988-present)

State Division Two Championship

In 2013 Mansfield won the first true state championship
and was consensus number one team in Massachusetts
by all major news outlets

Eight Super Bowl


Div. III
1992: 1994: 1996: 2003:
Div. II
2004: 2010: 2013: 2019

Total of 12 Super Bowl Apperances

16 Hockomock League Championships

1989, 1992, 1994, 1996
2001, 2003, 2004, 2005
2006, 2007, 2010, 2011
2012, 2013, 2018, 2019


Road Warriors

In the past MHS has played:

FOXBORO (Fenway Park) 33-35 3OT
DUNBAR (MD) 29-26
KEENE (N.H.) 34-00


Sports Hall of Fame

Check here for complete details

Nomination should be sent to PO Box 481, Mansfield, MA 02048 (c/o Gridiron Club).
Nomination form


Football Record Book

Our 2019 Record book has been updated
(PDF link)


Gridiron Club of Mansfield

Football History Site

In Memory of Coach Al DeSimone



Thanksgiving is still special in Mansfield!


Email:Dave Redding
Or mail to:
Gridiron Club of Mansfield
PO Box 481
Mansfield MA 02048

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