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Holliston stops Medfield

Posted by Andrea Murphy on Oct 22 2004 at 05:00PM PDT
By Damian Vega / News Sports Writer Metrowest Daily News Saturday, October 23, 2004 HOLLISTON -- The three pieces of folded paper in Todd Kiley's hand have nearly 500 plays printed of them. He figured to use quite a few of them last night against undefeated Medfield in a battle for Tri-Valley League superiority. But with 5-foot-10, 205-pound fullback Zach Rogers chewing up chunks of yardage early, the Holliston High football coach quickly realized he could narrow his options. "I called maybe four or five plays the entire game," Kiley said. "There was really no reason to change anything because what we were doing was working. They made some adjustment, but nothing to counter attack what we were doing." By the end of the night, Rogers used his tree trunk legs to amass 180 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown, as the Panthers maintained a share of first place with a 26-8 win. "This is huge for the program," Kiley said. "When alumni come back, they want to see Holliston become a football-rich town again. We still have a long way to go to get where we want to be, but this is a good start." With the win, Holliston is tied with Westwood -- which topped Medway 27-7 -- as both are now 5-0. The Panthers host Bellingham next week, while Medfield, which falls to 5-1 in the league, must immediately regroup for a game at Westwood. "Right from the beginning it didn't go well," Medfield coach Vin Joseph said. "We've been there before, but you think it can get better. We just ran into a team that, quite frankly, was a better team." Right from the start. On the first play of the game, a low snap from center forced Medfield quarterback Kevin Lynch (3-for-7, 64 yards) to scramble for a 5-yard loss. Eventually, the Warriors moved the ball downfield, but a 33-yard field goal attempt fell short. Holliston immediately began its ground assault with a strong push in the trenches. With the offensive line blowing open huge holes that lead to 343 yards of offense, the Panthers marched down the field on a 7-play, 80-yard drive. Rogers then broke four tackles on a 14-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead with 2:29 left in the opening quarter. Five plays later, Holliston recovered a Warriors' fumble at its own 32. The ensuing six-play drive culminated with Dave Menapace (7 carries, 36 yards, TD) scoring on a 19-yard touchdown run to make it 13-0. "They showed a lot of people that (quarterback) Tyler Parrino isn't the only weapon they have," Joseph said. "After a while it became apparent they had to give Rogers the ball because we couldn't stop him. Every time we tried to fight back, they made a play." The next one came to start the third quarter. With Parrino (8 carries, 51 yards, 3-of-4, 2 TDs) and Menapace controlling the drive, Holliston then went to Rogers in the red zone. On second-and-11 from the 14, Parrino rolled to his left and found Rogers in the flat. The junior fullback broke two tackles and strolled into the end zone, giving the Panthers a commanding 19-0 advantage. "They have a good offensive line," Joseph said. "When the wanted to run they opened holes and then they passed blocked well, too." Down by three scores, Medfield was forced to the air. Lynch, however, rarely had time to throw, as he was sacked four times on the evening. "The defensive scheme was great and the kids executed it really well," Kiley said. "They still moved the ball on us because they are an explosive offense. We just made the plays when we had to and didn't give up the big play." Medfield got on the board with 2:23 left, when running back Bryan Lee (18 carries, 122 yards, TD) scored from 1-yard out on fourth-and-goal. Parrino followed by delivering the knockout punch for Holliston when he hooked up with Chris Valliant on a 36-yard touchdown strike to make it 26-8 and secure the biggest win for Holliston football in over a decade.

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