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Metrowest Daily News BELLINGHAM -- With fullback Zach Rogers banged up on offense, Holliston turned to a trio of sophomores, Matt Edwards, Matt Bellomo and Robert Bowles for offense, as the Panthers toppled host Bellingham, 35-7, last night in a Tri-Valley League clash. Edwards led the offensive attack, rushing for 117 yards and a touchdown on six carries. Bellomo chipped in with 90 yards and a score, while Bowles added a defensive score for the Panthers (5-3, 4-2 TVL). "Three sophomores making an impact was nice to see, especially with some of the older guys banged up and out," said Holliston coach Todd Kiley. The Panthers finished with over 300 yards on the ground and rushed in four of the team's five touchdowns. The defense dominated as much as the offense, holding high-scoring Bellingham (3-5, 3-3 TVL) to just one touchdown. "We had over 300 yards rushing and both our offensive and defensive lines really stepped it up and controlled both sides of scrimmage," Kiley said. Holliston made it clear that it was going to be tough for its hosts to stick with it. Its first score came from the defense, as Bowles picked up a Bellingham fumble and returned it 50 yards to give his team the early lead. The running game got going on Holliston's next possession, and the team scored on a 71-yard TD run by Edwards. The Panthers then scored the final points of the first quarter when Joe Santos broke lose into the end zone from 52 yards away. There was no stopping the Holliston offense in the second or third quarters either, as Bellomo accounted for a rushing touchdown in each; a 1-yard scamper in the second and a 36-yard dash in the third. Bellingham (3-5, 3-3 TVL) was able to avoid a shutout, when in the fourth quarter, Brendan Park caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Chris Haddad. Holliston's defensive effort was led by senior captains Brendan Shea and Derek Wilson, who both recorded eight tackles. "Shea has dominated all season and continued to play well last night," said Kiley. Bellingham gets back on the gridiron Friday night when it travels to take on Millis, while Holliston hosts Dover-Sherborn
Metrowest Daily News By Albert Breer The rest of the Tri-Valley League needs to send a thank-you card to Holliston for opening the league race back up. The Panthers -- who seemed to be a bit down after two early-season league losses -- pulled the biggest TVL upset of the fall on Friday night, stunning then-unbeaten Medfield, 14-9. The shocker pulls the previously-dominant Warriors back to the pack and into a second-place tie with defending champ Westwood.
Crown Trophy/Daily News Metrowest Daily News Defense Player: Derek Wilson School: Holliston What He Did: The 6 foot 1, 205 pound linebacker had 8 tackles, 2 sacks and a pass breadkup in the Panthers' 14-9 win over Tri-Valley League co-leader Mefield. Coach Todd Kiley: Derek is our defensive leader and captain. He's an aggressive kid. We put a lot on him. He shut down the middle. It was his sole responsibility.
Boston Herald Joe Santos threw a dramatic 80-yard touchdown pass to Chris Vaillant with three minutes remaining as Holliston handed Medfield its first loss, 14-9, Friday night.
By Brendon Rosenau Metrowest Daily News Correspondent Santo's, Vaillant connect for game winning 80-yard touchdown pass with 3:25 remaining MEDFIELD -- Three minutes and change left on the clock. Unbeaten Medfield had just connected on an 84-yard touchdown pass to seize a 9-6 lead over Holliston. And when did the visiting Panthers respond against the Tri-Valley co-leader? On the very next play. From his own 20, Holliston quarterback Joe Santos rolled to his left and hooked up with Chris Vaillant on a go route 25 yards downfield, and the senior wideout took it the rest of the way for the go-ahead score, lifting Holliston to a dramatic, 14-9 win over the Warriors. With the loss, Medfield (6-1, 4-1 TVL) drops a game behind Hopkinton (6-1, 5-0 TVL), which bounced Bellingham, 35-14, last night. "Our kids do not quit," said an emotional Holliston coach Todd Kiley after the win, his club now 4-3. "We knew that they had big-play capability. But we can make big plays too. The defense was unbelievable. We executed on that side of the ball." Medfield struck first on Mat Reardon's 32-yard field goal in the second quarter. After a scoreless third quarter in which Holliston fumbled twice (once on the 7) in Warrior territory, Medfield turned the ball over on the Holliston 6 on a fumbled snap. One play later, Matt Bellomo charged in from the six to hand the Panthers the lead. Dave Menapace added the kick for a 7-3 lead with 9:41 left. Six minutes later, Medfield went deep for six. With the Warriors on the 16, Lynch tossed a short pass in the flat to Matt Lane, running right to left. Lane headed for the sideline and then sprinted to the end zone to complete an 84-yard pass play for the lead. "We had three-and-a-half minutes left and we have battled through this before," said Kiley. And Holliston struck on the next play for the win. "I saw the ball, I saw that I was a step ahead of the defender and my eyes lit up," said Vaillant. On its next possession, Medfield turned the ball over on downs. But with 1:11 left, the Warrior offense was back on the field, 80 yards away from paydirt. After one incomplete pass, Medfield QB Kevin Lynch (9-of-25, 162 yards) connected with Lane for a pair of 11-yard completions to the 42. But after one more incomplete pass, Vaillant intercepted the next attempt to secure the win. "They outplayed us," said Medfield coach Mike Slason. "They were the better of the two teams on the field tonight." "At the beginning of the game, we got out of our game plan a little bit," said Slason, noting that his two starting guards were out of the lineup. "The kids believed that they could win this game," said Kiley. "We believe that we can win every game that we play."