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Surprise party on gridiron

Posted by Andrea Murphy on Oct 21 2004 at 05:00PM PDT
By T.D. Pointer Metrowest Daily News Surprise party on gridiron Medfield, Holliston earning top billing T.D. loves surprises and he also loves parties. Put the two together and you have Pointer's all-time favorite family gathering: a surprise party. The candles on the cake, the pointy paper hats and exuberant partygoers ... Pointer's ticker can't handle all that excitement. Tonight in Holliston a different type of surprise party kicks off at 7 p.m. in the Tri-Valley League. Undefeated Medfield travels to the home of the undefeated Panthers in a marquee matchup that figures to have nearly 1,000 guests and all of them are more than shocked at the guests of honor. "I can't remember the last time Holliston and Medfield were both in the running for the TVL title," Grandpa Pointer said while readjusting his hearing aid. "Both of them are usually good, solid teams, but fall in the middle of the pack behind Bellingham, Hopkinton and Westwood." Well, G.P. -- and that's not Gary Payton -- the Panthers and Warriors have broken from the middle of the pack and into the upper echelon this year. Holliston is led by quarterback Tyler Parrino, who can run it as well as he throws it. The offensive line provides a pocket on every pass attempt and can clear a path for running backs Dave Menapace and Zach Rodgers. T.D. has heard murmurs about the confidence Holliston coach Todd Kiley has in his offense, which has some in Medfield shaking their heads. Defensively, the Panthers are tough against the run, which is good because Pointer hasn't seen a back like Medfield's Bryan Lee in quite some time. Lee can turn nothing into something and can go the distance every time he touches the ball. The line creates gaping holes for him to run through as well. On the defensive side, the Warriors have pitched three shutouts this season, allowing a paltry 42 points. Expect some fireworks early in this one, as neither team has played in a game this big in nearly a decade. Eventually, they'll both settle down. Once that happens look for the Panthers to ride the wave of momentum from the home crowd to a three-point victory. Pick: Holliston.

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