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Good Start for Santos, Holliston

Posted by Andrea Murphy on Sep 09 2005 at 05:00PM PDT
By William Bendetson Metrowest Daily News Correspondent FRAMINGHAM -- Holliston quarterback Joe Santos was making his first start and was admittedly a bit nervous. Three offensive possessions later, the host Panthers led 20-0 and Santos looked like an old pro after engineering three touchdown drives on the way to a 27-0 non-league win over O'Bryant. "He ran our offense really well," said Holliston coach Todd Kiley. "That is what a quarterback is supposed to do." With cheerleaders, parents and students all seemingly in attendance for Holliston's home opener at Bowditch Field, Zach Rogers sprinted to a 43-yard run two minutes into the game and Dave Menapace took the ball in from 8 yards out for the game's first touchdown. The band started playing "Buttercup", cheerleaders started cheering and the O'Bryant coach was frustrated. The sequence became a familiar theme in the Holliston rout. On the next possession, Holliston forced O'Bryant into a third-and-21 situation and O'Bryant was forced to throw the ball away. After an O'Bryant punt, Matt Edwards reeled off a 46-yard run and Holliston was in control. That was just the beginning. Shortly thereafter, the Holliston crowd was ready to explode when senior Chris Valliant caught what appeared to be a 46-yard touchdown pass. But the play came back when the Panthers were called for offensive holding. This was, however, clearly the Panthers' night. Two minutes later, Santos threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Mark Petercuskie. The score was 20-0 and it was time for Holliston to put it in cruise control. O'Bryant managed only two first downs the entire half. Still, it was hard for the defense to garner much attention even with guys like Ryan Johnson (1 sack) putting pressure on the O'Bryant quarterback all night long. On Holliston's fourth offensive drive, sophomore Jon Bush replaced Santos at quarterback. Matt Bellomo caught a 35-yard pass and backup running Phil Sargente ran it in to make the score 27-0. The second half was more of the same with David Brumber making an interception on the half's second play. Bellomo caught another long pass early in the third quarter, but that was the extent of the Holliston passing attack in the second half. Holliston kept the ball in hands of Michael Bove, who had over 100 yards rushing, and Timonthy Caouette the rest of the half. Santos was excited, yet realized that his team has a long way to go. "I was a little nervous, but I have tremendous receivers around me," said Santos. "I worked with Mark (Petercuskie) on timing routes throughout practice and we were able to connect in the deep pass. It's still just a game though." Boston Globe 9/10/05 EMass HOLLISTON 27, O'BRYANT 0 Friday, Sep. 9, at Holliston O'Bryant (-1) 0 0 0 0 0 Holliston (1-) 13 14 0 0 27 HO -- Dave Menapace 15 run (Menapace kick) HO -- Matt Edwards 46 run (kick failed) HO -- Mark Petercuskie 30 pass from Joey Santos (Menapace kick) HO -- Phil Sargente 5 run (Menapace kick)

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