It’s now down to two teams, and the Hull Pirates are one of them.
Hull pulled away from a tough team from Hoosac Valley Regional on Friday night, posting a 39-22 Division 8 semi-final win in front of hundreds of Hull fans who made the two-hour trek to Dudley. The win sends Hull to Gillette Stadium for the Division 8 Super Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m., and a rematch with fellow South Shore League foe Randolph. Hull (9-2) defeated the Blue Devils (7-4) earlier this season by a score of 26-6.
“It’s great for the kids,” says Hull head coach Mike O’Donnell, praising his team. “They have worked extremely hard this season and deserve this opportunity. We know we have a huge task in front of us against a very good Randolph team.”
On Friday, Hull was led by Nick Tiani, who scored three times and was a crucial factor in a trick play that resulted in a touchdown. Tiani had scoring runs of 20 and 25 yards and caught a game-sealing 47-yard touchdown pass from Luke Richardson. Hull opened the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run by Jaden Stilphen. The Pirates made it 13-0 when a Hoosac fumble was recovered by Johnny Gianibas, who raced 66 yards for a score. After the Hurricanes scored on their next possession, Hull answered just before halftime. From the 40-yard line, Richardson completed a 10-yard pass to Tiani, who then lateralled the ball to Austin Bongo, who took it paydirt, giving the Pirates a 21-8 lead at halftime. Richardson finished the game with 129-yard passing and six completions.
This is Hull’s fourth appearance in the Super Bowl. The team defeated host Bishop Fenwick in 1996, lost to host Ipswich in 1992, and vanquished Ashland at Boston University in 1977.
The MIAA State Football Championships are a culmination of more than 100 playoff football games across the state over a four-week span. Adding to the excitement of the state championships will be thousands of cheering fans, cheerleaders, and school bands.
The participating schools and their fans will also be treated to an NFL-caliber game presentation with music and replays on the stadium’s high-definition video boards. The Kraft family will again donate the use of Gillette Stadium’s field for the games.
Tickets for the MIAA State Football Championships went on sale Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. No tickets will be sold at the Gillette Stadium ticket office. All tickets will be digital and will be accessible via mobile device only. Fans can access and manage mobile tickets via the Gillette Stadium App, which is available on the App Store (for iPhone users) and Google Play Store (for Android users). It is recommended that you add your mobile tickets to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay to beat busy network connections at the game or event. Additional information on mobile ticketing can be found at https://www.gillettestadium.com/tickets/mobile/.
Tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for students/senior citizens. Children 5 and younger will receive free admission. The ticket price includes parking, admission to the games, and a game day discount of $3 off adult admission at The Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon (must show game ticket).
Wednesday’s tickets provide access to all three Wednesday games; Thursday’s tickets provide access to all three Thursday games; and Monday’s tickets provide access to that day’s doubleheader. Please note that re-entry to this event is prohibited. A portion of the ticket price also goes to the town of Foxborough per the town’s user charge fee.
All fans will enter the stadium via the Patriot Place Gate in Enel Plaza, located near the ticket office. The Patriots Foundation will also be accepting donations during the MIAA State Football Championships for its annual toy drive benefitting children in need. Fans can bring new and unwrapped toys to the blue and white collection bins located by the Patriot Place Gate. Gillette Stadium’s Clear Bag Policy will be in effect for all eight state championship games.
For more information on the policy, visit https://www.gillettestadium.com/bagpolicy/.