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Mustangs stampede to big win over Holliston

Posted by Andrea Murphy on Sep 23 2005 at 05:00PM PDT
By Dave Henry / Daily News Correspondent MEDWAY -- When you run the option attack, it helps to have a lot of options, and, boy, does Medway head coach Mike Regan have options. Wide receiver Corey Marcus scored three times, while captains Alan McCarthy and Randy Casey added rushing TDs, as the Mustangs used a decisive 34-6 victory over Holliston last night at Hanlon Field to send a message to the Tri-Valley League in both teams' TVL opener. "This was a big win for us," said Marcus, who hauled in TD receptions of 13 and 8 yards. "They handed it to us last year, so it's a big win, and a great start to the season." It also didn't hurt that Medway (3-0, 1-0) picked off Holliston junior quarterback Joe Santos six times, including three by Casey. "We were on the other side of almost every one of these games last year, so you have to give them credit," said Holliston coach Todd Kiley, who was without star running back Dave Menapace. "They are an experienced team that runs their offense very well. Obviously the turnovers hurt, but I think they outplayed us. But, we'll improve and get back in this thing." The Panthers (1-2, 0-1), who routed Medway, 30-8, last season, might have known they were in trouble from the start. On the Mustangs' first possession, quarterback Andrew Tkowski ran a keeper around the left end for 16 yards, but the ball flew out of his hands and Marcus scooped it up and sped 60 yards downfield for the game's first score. Tyler McNamara's PAT kick put Medway up 7-0. Holliston's defense limited the damage in the first half, with Zach Rogers blocking a field goal and Brendan Shea recovering a Medway fumble on the Holliston 5-yard line. However, Medway finally capitalized on Holliston's third turnover of the game. Casey picked off a pass at the Holliston 24 and returned it 22 yards to the 2. After tripping on the turf on the first play from scrimmage, McCarthy (15 rushes, 82 yards) went around the left side into the corner of the end zone for a 4-yard score with 4:05 left in the half. On the ensuing possession, Ryan Tkowski intercepted an overthrown pass at the Holliston 45 and returned it to the 24. Two plays later, Casey (4 carries, 63 yards) took a handoff on a counter and dashed in untouched, giving Medway a 21-0 lead with 2:22 before the break. "I just think everyone came together," said Casey, who now has six TDs on the season. "It starts in practice and carries into the game Friday." Despite the turnovers, Santos' and the Panthers' confidence wasn't shaken. Santos (10-of-27, 224 yards) ran the two-minute offense to perfection, completing passes of 11 and 39 yards, before hitting Chris Vaillant (6 catches, 142 yards) for a 20-yard TD with 1:21 left. After holding the Mustangs to 101 yards of total offense (57 rushing) in the first half, Holliston's defense stopped Medway on its first two possessions of the second. The Medway defense responded. After McNamara sacked Santos and Andrew Tkowski made a great breakup on a deep ball to Vaillant, Holliston was forced to punt. A high snap forced Mark Petercuskie into a poor punt, and Medway took over on the Holliston 39. Mustangs' QB Andrew Tkowski (5-of-12, 86 yards) hit Marcus over the middle for 18 yards, then tossed a beautiful fade to the 6-foot-2 target for a 13-yard TD and 28-6 lead with 55 seconds left in the third quarter. "The ball bounced for us a little," Regan said. "We did some nice things defensively. We have some good athletes in the secondary and they do what is asked of them and they make plays." Marcus added an 8-yard TD reception with 5:19 remaining. "We're known as an option team, so when we throw the ball, we go for a lot," said Marcus (4 catches, 83 yards). The Mustangs have now won three of the last four meetings with Holliston and are 4-0 at Hanlon Field. The Medway defense has created 14 turnovers (10 interceptions) in three games. "I have to fault my play calling, too," Kiley said. "I put my quarterback under a lot of pressure. It was really only his second start of the season. I think we'll all learn from this one."

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