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Metrowest Daily News HOLLISTON -- Mark Petercuskie scored two touchdowns, one on the ground and one through the air, to lead host Holliston to its sixth straight win, beating visiting Millis 35-7 in Tri-Valley League action. It was a game of big quarters for Holliston (7-3, 6-2 TVL), scoring 14 points in the first and 21 in the third. In the first, Dave Menapace scored on an 8-yard run and Joe Santos found receiver Chris Valliant for a 26-yard score. Millis (2-8, 1-7 TVL) got on the board in the second quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run from Wylie Moran. The Holliston defense, led by Chris Harris who recovered two fumbles and returned one 66 yards for a touchdown, did not allow Millis any more points on the night. Holliston put the game away in the third quarter. Petercuskie scored his first touchdown on the ground from 22 yards out. Harris then scored which was followed by Petercuskie's second touchdown, a 27-yard reception from Santos. Petercuskie finished the game with two rushes for 30 yards and four receptions for 83 yards. Both teams will next take the field on Thanksgiving, Holliston against Westwood (at Xaverian) and Millis against Medway.
By Andy Vogt/ CNC Staff Writer Metrowest Daily News You might not be able to tell just from a cursory glance at the standings, but Holliston football coach Todd Kiley is confident that his group is as talented as the creme de la creme of the Tri-Valley League. "We've won five in a row in the league and are playing great football," said the third-year coach. "I think we're better than our record shows." Now 6-3 on the year following their 35-13 bruising of Dover-Sherborn on Friday, the Panthers (6-3, 5-2 TVL) have reeled off a most impressive last month and are looking to finish out the season as one of the area's hottest teams, starting with tomorrow night's home game against Millis. "This has been a season-long thing for us where we're getting better every game," Kiley said. Their opportunity to fully erase the memory of last season's loss on Thanksgiving to Westwood -- costing the Panthers a trip to the Super Bowl -- might not happen as Holliston currently sits in third place behind Hopkinton and Medfield. After beating O'Bryant in the season-opener, Holliston ran into a tough Wayland squad and then dropped its first two TVL games to Hopkinton and Medway, losses Kiley blamed on an overabundance of turnovers. On the flip side, however, the Panthers dealt Medfield its only league loss on Oct. 21, and considering the youth they had on their roster entering the year, they're mostly happy with where they stand. "I wouldn't call it disappointing -- we knew the league was going to be super-competitive this year," Kiley said. "Six teams had a legitimate shot to win the thing." One huge facet to Holliston's recent success has been its offensive line, which has allowed its running game to thrive -- despite not always having its tailbacks at full strength. Seniors Will Stout and Ryan Johnson, both in their first year at the varsity level, have filled up the left side of the line more than adequately. Two of Kiley's four captains, Derek Wilson and Brendan Shea, play on the opposite side of center. Kiley describes Shea as the "best lineman in the league." With those four upperclassmen anchoring Holliston's front line, anyone from the Panthers who has carried the ball has been able to rack up the yardage. Returning tailback Dave Menapace suffered an injury before the Panthers' league-opener against Medway, causing him to miss six weeks. But senior fullback Zach Rogers was happy to take his place, most recently rushing for 120 yards and two touchdowns on Oct. 21 against Norton. And when Rogers went down with an ankle injury, leaving him unavailable for tailback duty during the last three games, sophomore fullback Matt Edwards has carried the load. Edwards bulldozed Bellingham and Dover-Sherborn for 242 yards and four touchdowns in the Panthers' pair of blowout wins during the past two weeks. Rogers and Menapace are both healthy again, but they haven't pushed Edwards completely out of the picture. "He's proven that he can get his carries at the varsity level," Kiley said. As for Holliston's quarterback situation, replacing Tri-Valley League MVP Tyler Parrino's production from last season would be tough even if you had three quarterbacks playing simultaneously. Kiley isn't expecting that Parrino's replacement, junior Joe Santos, to fill his shoes immediately. He does, however, see some great things down the road from Santos, who has tossed six touchdown passes to date. "It takes some time, but he has the potential to be a great quarterback," Kiley said. Then again, it hasn't just been the players who have had to be weened into varsity play. "We had young guys in key positions, so there was a little bit of a learning curve. The staff had to get adjusted to what our strengths were," Kiley said. Now, the Panthers' strengths have been released, at the expense of the rest of the TVL.
Sophomore fullback Matt Edwards broke out for 125 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries as Holliston wore out Tri-Valley League foe Dover-Sherborn and pulled away in the second half for a 35-13 win. Edwards' first touchdown helped the Panthers (6-3, 5-2 TVL) take a 21-13 lead at the half. The final two, the first of which was a 32-yarder, put the game away in the second half. The effort, all together, helped a punishing Holliston offense roll to 285 yards on the ground. The Raiders fall to 2-7 (1-6 TVL.) Holliston hosts Millis on Friday (7 p.m.), while D-S hosts Norton on Friday (7 p.m.) Photo by Marshall Wolff Metrowest Daily News
Thanks to all the families the hosted dinner's this year! Everyone looked forward to Thursday Nights! Derek Wilson's family for hosting Game 1's before the the game dinner Chris Vaillant's family for hosting Game 2 Mark Petercuskie's family for hosting Game 3 Will Stout's family for hosting Game 4 Zach Rogers family for hosting Game 5 The Cheerleader's at Julie Hayes's for hosting Game 6 Bryan Evers & Brendan Shea's family for hosting Game 7 Matt Edwards, Matt Bellomo, Steve Emmons family for hosting Game 8 Dave Brumber, Rob Bowles, Mike LaMarque's family for hosting Game 9 Dave Menapace's Family for hosting Game 10