MANSFIELD - Running back James Johnson had 106 yards rushing and two touchdowns while Mansfield's defense recorded a shutout as Mansfield claimed a playoff spot with a 37-0 win over Skyline Thursday night at Vernon Newsom Stadium.
With the victory, Mansfield (7-2 overall, 4-2 in District 11-6A) broke a four-year playoff drought.
Mansfield quarterback Sergio Kennedy matched Johnson with a pair of rushing touchdowns and threw for 146 yards as Mansfield racked up 432 yards of total offense. Skyline quarterback LaTraevian Freeman was 20 of 39 passing for 122 yards in a losing effort.
Mansfield's defense registered its first shutout of the season. Skyline (0-9, 0-6), which was held scoreless for the fourth game in a row (and sixth overall) did not run an offensive play in Mansfield territory until late in the third quarter and had just two first downs until the fourth period, one of which came via penalty. Mansfield held Skyline to negative-3 rushing yards for the game and just 119 total yards.
Skyline missed a pair of golden opportunities to score in the second half. An interception by sophomore linebacker Bo Barnes gave Skyline the ball at the Mansfield 11 late in the third quarter, but Skyline failed to punch it in after having a fourth down touchdown pass negated by a penalty. Later in the fourth period, Skyline had a first-and-goal and the Mansfield 10, but could get no closer and ended up turning the ball over on downs.