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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
Coming off a thrilling 43-36 win at Ashland last week, Mitchell Gonser continued to light up the TVL on Friday evening with four touchdown passes, guiding the Medfield High football team to a 55-10 win over Norton (0-3) and moving the Warriors to 3-0 on the year.
Medfield’s defense made an early statement with a 70-yard pick-six on Norton’s opening possession to go ahead 7-0. The Warrior defense stood tall once again on Norton’s next series, forcing a turnover on downs. Senior captain Mason Giunta punched the ball in from six yards out four plays into Medfield’s ensuing possession, giving the Warriors a 14-0 lead at the end of one.
Gonser hit senior captain and wideout Ben Adams for a long touchdown on Medfield’s first possession of the second quarter, extending the Warrior lead to 21-0. Norton would add a field goal to make it 21-3, but Medfield responded immediately with a touchdown connection from Gonser to wideout Stephen Williams to make it 28-3. Gonser found senior captain and wideout Liam O’Toole for a touchdown on Medfield’s next drive, allowing the Warriors to enter the half ahead by 32 points at 35-3.
The Warriors continued to hammer away on offense in the early minutes of the second half, as Gonser hooked up with Jake Dubbs for his fourth touchdown pass of the evening to make it 42-3. Linebacker Kevin Viles scored on a pick-six on Norton’s next possession to extend the lead to 48-3 (PAT no good). Norton would finally find the end zone with 1:22 to play in the third to cut it to 48-10, but a touchdown scramble by Gonser on Medfield’s opening drive of the fourth quarter pushed the Warrior lead back to 45 points. Medfield would go on to win by a final of 55-10.
Medfield will look to move to 4-0 when they host Hopkinton on Thursday evening.
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