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Teams rated by News staff with first place team receiving 10 points second place 9 and so on:

Team                                         Prev                   Points

1. Acton-Boxboro (7-0)              1                        (120)
2. Wellesley (6-1)                      2                        (106)
3. Concord-Carlisle (6-1)            3                          (88)
4. Holliston (6-1)                       5                          (77)
5. Uxbridge (6-1)                       7                         (66)
6. Natick (5-2)                          9                          (59)
7. Lincoln-Sudbury (4-2)            6                          (50)
8. Dover-Sherborn (5-1)            8                          (41)
9. Medfield (6-1)                       4                          (31)
10. Franklin (4-2)                     NR                         (17)
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Holliston Just 1 Game at a time

Posted by Andrea Murphy at Oct 25, 2004 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
By Jon Japha / News Sports Writer Metrowest Daily News With four weeks to go, there are four teams in the Tri-Valley League with a chance to claim the crown. Dover-Sherborn is 4-1, as is Medfield. But everyone's gunning for defending champ Westwood (5-0), and the team with the best chance of grabbing a victory is Holliston. The Panthers are also undefeated in the TVL and coming off an impressive 26-8 victory over Medfield. Predictably, though, Holliston won't acknowledge thinking about its season-ending game with Westwood. "To be honest with you, and I'm not just throwing a cliche out there, we're not even looking at that game," said coach Todd Kiley. "We haven't looked at it once. We've gotten a game film of theirs against another team, and even then it would be tempting to start breaking stuff down, but we don't." The reason is, if Kiley and his troops start looking ahead to the meeting with Westwood, there's a good chance for some slipups, making the Westwood game meaningless. Up next is a game with Bellingham, which despite a 1-4 TVL record, played Westwood tight two weeks ago. Following the Hawks is a game against a strong Dover-Sherborn team. "This league is so competitive," said Kiley. "We have a tough road ahead of us." Still, the players have to sneak peaks at the standings, right? "If they are looking ahead, it's difficult to sense that," said Kiley. "They're a focused bunch of kids. But kids will be kids, and they are looking at the standings, but I think that they're mature enough to know that we have four games left on the schedule, and they're all going to be tough."
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Friday Night Lights

Posted by Andrea Murphy at Oct 23, 2004 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
Metrowest Daily News A look at some of the top performances from Friday night's football action: Listed 1st on the list: Zach Rogers, Hollison: Only a junior, The Panthers running back scampered for 180 yards and on 23 carries. he also reached the end zone once and played a key role on defense.
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Holliston stops Medfield

Posted by Andrea Murphy at Oct 22, 2004 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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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Holliston is pushed by Rogers

Posted by Andrea Murphy at Oct 22, 2004 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
HOLLISTON 26, MEDFIELD 8 By Jason Dunbar, Boston Globe Correspondent HOLLISTON -- Coming into last night's showdown with undefeated Tri-Valley League rival Holliston, the Medfield Warriors had reason to be confident. They had been averaging more than 30 points per game, and they had the league's leading scorer in halfback Bryan Lee. But no one told Holliston (6-1, 5-0 TVL) about the potency of the Warrior offense. Holliston put on a clinic in ball-control offense, holding Medfield to a meaningless late touchdown en route to a 26-8 victory. Fullback Zach Rogers contributed to that 18-point margin of victory, his name repeated over the public address system as he took advantage of the yawning gaps his offensive line opened, gaining 172 yards on 23 carries with a pair of touchdowns. Medfield's night started promisingly enough, as they sustained a drive that ate up the first five minutes of the first quarter. But that promise quickly faded when a missed field goal attempt handed the ball to Rogers and Holliston on downs. Four minutes later, the elusive back had his first touchdown on a 7-yard run. On the ensuing drive, Medfield managed to break into Panther territory, only to be denied when linebacker Mark Petercuskie corralled a loose ball following a Medfield fumble. With nine minutes to go in the half, Holliston's offense converted Petercuskie's recovery into a 13-0 lead when halfback Dave Menapace scampered into the end zone from 17 yards. Petercuskie wasn't finished. He came up big again in the final moments of the second quarter, sacking Medfield quarterback Kevin Lynch on the Panther 21, and causing the ball to squirt loose. Rogers scooped it up and returned the ball 55 yards for what appeared to be a 19-0 lead. But a clipping penalty called on the return brought the ball back to the Warrior 35-yard line. The offense was unable to capitalize on the turnover, but Holliston maintained a 13-point advantage heading into the half. Holliston's offense put together a drive that ate up the initial four minutes of the third. With 7:03 remaining in the quarter, Rogers found the end zone for the second time on a 17-yard pass from Tyler Parrino. A failed rush on the 2-point conversion attempt left Holliston with a 19-point cushion. The Warriors took the ball deep into Panther territory, standing at the 36. But Panther defensive back Matt Casserly snuffed another Warrior threat with an interception inside the 10. Holliston used four ballcarriers to eat up almost nine minutes. Holliston failed to score but left the Warriors pinned inside their 10 following a Petercuskie punt. Lynch and Lee, the Warriors' offensive standouts, carried Medfield within 1 inch of the goal line. But the heart of the Panther defense stopped Lynch on three consecutive plays. Finally, Lee broke the shutout with a 1-yard touchdown, adding a 2-point conversion rush to make it 19-8. The Panthers answered with a 37-yard touchdown pass from Parrino to Chris Vaillant on their final drive.