On 4th-and-10, with less than two minutes remaining on Friday, North Attleboro quarterback Ryan Perron dropped back to pass and saw nothing but a cluster of white Stoughton uniforms.
Perron looked up, trying to find an open receiver, but there were none. And just a few seconds later he was sacked in the backfield without even a chance at throwing up a prayer.
The Black Knights had been stingy on defense all evening, and with a 12-7 lead and the game on the line, this play was no different.
Their 5.5-points-allowed average this season has been impressive. And while there is concern after Adam Leonard left Friday's game with a lower body injury, Stoughton has proved to be one of the toughest defenses in Eastern Massachusetts this fall.
This week, the Black Knights are up to No. 18, jumping over No. 19 Lincoln-Sudbury after the Warriors took a 10-6 loss to Wayland.
No. 12 Beverly also moved up after piling up 30 points against Masconomet, courtesy of 234 yards and a pair scores from running back Brendan Flaherty. The Panthers have averaged almost 40 points per game this season.
No. 20 Acton-Boxborough cracks the top-20 by moving to 5-1 with a win over Boston Latin, leaving No. 21 Westford (5-1, five straight wins) just outside.
Four teams made debuts in the top-100 this week: No. 75 Holliston (4-2), Plymouth South (3-3), Cardinal Spellman (3-2) and Austin Prep (3-3).
Here's the Boston.com 100:
4. St. John's Prep
6. King Philip
17. Central Catholic
19. Lincoln Sudbury
36. BC High
39. Lynn Classical
43. North Attleboro
47. New Bedford
49. North Reading
51. Lynn English
52. Oliver Ames
53. Bishop Fenwick
57. Newton North
59. North Andover
61. St. Mary
64. Catholic Memorial
69. Malden Catholic
70. Blue Hills
71. Marthas Vineyard
73. Bishop Connolly
78. Greater Lawrence
81. Lowell Catholic
82. North Shore
83. Old Rochester
89. Upper Cape
91. Plymouth South
93. St. Clement
94. Cardinal Spellman
95. East Bridgewater
98. Austin Prep
99. Pope John Paul II
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