Holliston, Medfield butt heads

Posted by Andrea Murphy on Oct 21 2004 at 05:00PM PDT
By Damian Vega/News Sports Writer, Metrowest Daily News MEDFIELD at HOLLISTON (Holliston High, 7 p.m.) Week 7 of the high school football season kicks off tonight and the heavyweights of the Tri-Valley League will duke it out when Bellingham travels to Hopkinton. Oops. Sorry, wrong decade. "For years the TVL has always been the haves and the havenots," Medfield coach Vin Joseph said. "The way we look at this year is kind of like the Red Sox looked at their season, 'Why not us'?" Tonight, Joseph will find out if it will be his Warriors, when Medfield (6-0, 4-0 TVL) travels to Holliston (5-1, 4-0) in the biggest game for both programs in the last 20 years. "It's very hard to duplicate what they are going to do, but our scout teams gave us great looks on offense and defense, so we are pretty confident," Holliston coach Todd Kiley said. "We have a mature group with five seniors that never get too high or too low. The rest of the team really feeds off them." Said Joseph: "If we don't win, it'll be because Holliston outplayed us. We've had the best week of practice that we've had all year long. Our kids are focused and really excited for this game." Defensively, the majority of that focus is concentrated on stopping Holliston quarterback Tyler Parrino. Parrino is the Panthers' main offensive weapon. He's orchestrated a high-powered attack that has broken the 30-point plateau five times this season. Against Hopkinton last week, the senior signal-caller had 10 carries for 76 yards and a score, while completing 3 of 7 passes for 34 yards and a TD. On the season, Parrino has tossed 11 touchdowns and run for four others. "We mix it up between running and passing to take what the defense gives us," Holliston coach Todd Kiley said. "Whether we're running or throwing, he's a really big part of both of those." And the main focus of Medfield's defensive plan. "I'd be naive to look at them and see he's not what makes them tick," Joseph said. "The head coach and Tyler have both said 'our offense is unstoppable.' So, we're going to go out there and try to hang in the game and stop them, I guess."


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