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Monday, September 27th at 6:00 in the HHS cafeteria there will be a meeting on reviewing and signing the Athletic Handbook. All players (Varsity, JV and Freshman) and at least one parent needs to attend to sign the form. Please see Coach Kiley if you were unable to attend.
Wayland goes 4th win by Sean Jacquet/News Sports Correspondent Metrowest News Saturday, September 18, 2004 HOLLISTON -- Down 24-13 entering the fourth quarter, Wayland players still showed confidence on the sideline. In unison, players flashed the four-finger salute, their way of signifying that the last 11 minutes of a game belong to them. They proved it last night. Senior running back Mike Allen rushed for a pair of 1-yard scores in the final quarter, and the Wayland defense staved off a last-minute Holliston drive as the Warriors celebrated a scintillating 27-24 non-league victory over the Panthers. Junior quarterback Alex Jenny, in only his second varsity start, ran the two-minute offense like a seasoned veteran, completing 15-of-29 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown. Senior receiver Phil Hastings was on the other end of Jenny's touchdown pass; he had an eight-catch, 121-yard night. In a game that was almost identical to last year's 21-14 Wayland victory, the Warriors moved to 2-0, heading into next week's Dual County League opener at Westford. "These guys never give up," said Wayland coach Scott Parshegian. "This is a true testament to what we do. We really turn it on in the fourth quarter. I'm very proud of these kids." The Panthers also had a number of stars both offensively and defensively, led by senior quarterback Tyler Parrino. Classmate Chris Valiant hauled in both of Parrino's scoring strikes, while making an interception on defense. Panther linebacker Chris Harris also picked off a Jenny pass, while recovering two fumbles, one of which he ran in for a 5-yard touchdown. Junior cornerback Brian Zunner had two sacks, the first of which caused the fumble that Harris ran in. The Panthers drop to 1-1 heading in to next week's Tri-Valley League opener against Medway. "The fans got their money's worth tonight," said Holliston coach Todd Kiley. "They're a great football team, and I'd be surprised if they didn't make some noise in their league." The Panthers drew first blood, striking on the first play from scrimmage. Zunner flew in from the right corner on a blitz, jarring the ball loose from Jenny. Harris then scooped it up and ran it in from 5 yards out for the score. Two possessions later, Jenny engineered a seven-play, 37-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 20-yard connection with Bobby Romanow, in which Jenny placed the ball between two defenders. On the next play, Jenny hooked up with Hastings for a 1-yard score. Valiant and the Panthers answered early in the second, when the aptly named receiver/cornerback stepped in front of a Jenny pass at the Panther 10 and returned it to the Panther 42. Valiant then finished off the drive 11 plays later on a 24-yard pass from Parrino. Mike Shilalie booted a 26-yard field goal early in the third, but the Warriors scored 14 seconds later, when Tony Torres returned the ensuing kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown. Jenny said the return was the catalyst for the Warriors' comeback. "That kick return by Tony Torres was great," said Jenny. "That just brought us back to life." Valiant temporarily extinguished the Wayland comeback, catching a 16-yard touchdown pass to cap an eight-play, 80-yard drive. From there, Allen and the Warrior defense took over. After Allen's first score of the fourth, the Panthers marched downfield to the 12, before Hastings picked off a Parrino pass in the end zone. Wayland turned away a second threat after a 48-yard kickoff return by Shilalie electrified the crowd. The Warriors stifled the drive at the 18, forcing Parrino into four straight incomplete passes to end the game. "I told these guys we've got to keep fighting, we've got keep playing as a team," said Allen. "But I have to credit our line. They block as hard as they can, and they get the job done."
By Sean Jacquet/News Sport Correspondent Flash back a year to September 2003. Coming off a 1-10 season, Holliston's football team was entering camp with a rookie coach, new quarterback and only four seniors to lead the squad. After an 0-3 start, it looked like more of the same for a team that had only one winning season since 1993. But then the tide turned. The Panthers won three in a row, and five of their last eight, riding a 1,400-yard season by Daily News All-Star running back John Burke. Holliston finished 5-6 (5-4 Tri-Valley League), a nice story for a team that, admittedly, was in a rebuilding year. Now, back to the present. It's Year 2 of the reclamation project for the Todd Kiley-led Panthers. After sporting T-shirts bearing the words "Restore the Tradition" last season, Holliston is hoping to be a top dog in what, by many accounts, is a wide-open league. "We think we have a chance to compete for the title," said Kiley, the former Natick assistant and Holliston High graduate. "The league is very strong this year. There are six or seven teams that have a legitimate shot at the top, and we think we have as good a chance as any. Last year we gained respect, but this year we have it, and we're not going to sneak up on anybody." Ironically enough, the Panthers may have gained the most respect in their losing efforts. Needing two wins to grab a share of the TVL title, the Panthers lost consecutive 13-6 decisions, to 8-3 Medway and eventual Super Bowl champion Westwood. In the Thanksgiving Day tilt against Westwood, the Holliston defense limited the second-highest scoring offense in Division 5 to 40 rushing yards, which will serve as a point of reference for a team on the rise. "You can see the confidence in the kids," said Kiley. "They have a little bit of an edge, and for good reason. We came within two close games of a share of the title. We got a little taste of it at the end, and that has made us hungrier this year." Perhaps the greatest source of that burgeoning confidence is quarterback Tyler Parrino. Now in his second year with the Panthers after transferring from Xaverian, the senior has become acclimated to the system. "As a coach, you're at ease when a kid like that is running the show," said Kiley. "We're able to do so much more because of the good decisions he makes, what he can do with his arm and his legs. He's just a huge part of this team, and the kids feed off him." A precise passer, shifty runner and strong leader, the captain has the tools to carry the Panthers on the field and in the locker room. "We weren't used to winning last year, and once we got the feel and we learned how to win, we got the confidence we needed," he said. "At the end of the year, we were expecting to win, not wondering how the other team was going to beat us." Parrino will need that confidence as well as the support of his teammates, because he's been asked to shoulder a good deal of the offensive load. Since Burke took his act to Curry College, Parrino will likely carry the ball more often, along with new starting tailback Dave Menapace. Because of this, Parrino won't play safety, starting the season solely on offense. Said Kiley: "He's too valuable to lose." Holliston High football cap and schedule Sunday, September 12, 2004 HOLLISTON League: Tri-Valley League Coach: Todd Kiley (2nd year) Last Year's Record: 5-6 Last Playoff Appearance: 1991, lost to Weston 16-12 in Division 6A Super Bowl Captains: OL/DL Chris Harrington (5-11, 190, Sr.); OL/DL Bobby Evers (6-1, 265, Sr.); QB/DB Tyler Parrino (5-9, 150, Sr.); Returning Starters: Harrington; Evers; Parrino; G/MLB Brendan Shea (6-1, 225, Jr.); FB Zach Rodgers (5-11, 205, Jr.); Jon Neal (6-0, 205, Jr.); WR/CB Mike Shilalie (6-1, 170, Sr.); LB Derek Wilson (6-0, 190, Jr.; OL Mike Ghiloni (6-1, 240, Sr.); DB Brian Zunner (5-10, 160, Jr.) Other Players to Watch: S Matt Casserly (6-1, 165, Sr.); WR Chris Valiant (5-7, 140, Jr.); RB Dave Menapase (5-9, 160, Jr.); Dick Bell (6-1, 230, So.); RB Chris Harris (5-10, 187, Jr.) LB Marc Petercuskie (5-11, 170, So.). Team Strengths: Despite the team's youth (only six seniors return), Kiley considers experience one of the Panthers' assets. Ten starters are back from last year's squad, including Parrino, whom Kiley considers one of the most valuable players on the team. The Panthers are also strong up front, as all four of five starters return. Bell will fill for the graduated Craig Sheehan, joining Evers, Shea, Ghiloni and Harrington. Team Weaknesses: Although Parrino provides stability at the quarterback spot, the Panthers will have to reconstruct their running game after the loss of 1,400-yard rusher John Burke to graduation. Menapace is likely to get the bulk of the carries out of the backfield, although he will be pushed by Marian transfer Chris Harris. Depth is also a concern. Coach Kiley: "We know playing .500 ball isn't going to be good enough this year, as far as a goal goes. The stakes are higher, and we've raised the bar. And for good reason. We have some guys back, they've all been working hard in the offseason, and we've had a great preseason." Opening Game: Friday, Sept. 10 vs. O'Bryant (7 p.m.) League Opener: Thursday, Sept. 23 vs. Medway (7 p.m)
Metrowest Daily News, September 11, 2004 by News Sports Correspondant Sean Jacquet HOLLISTON -- Holliston's Dave Menapace served as backup to 1,400-yard rusher John Burke last year, seeing only limited time. Last night, in his first varsity start, Menapace enjoyed his own coming-out party. Despite suffered from some early jitters, Menapace made sure the season opener was a festive occasion, rushing for 124 yards and two touchdowns on only 12 carries in the Panthers' 35-0 win over visiting non-league foe O'Bryant. "This whole week, I've been nervous, especially in school. I just couldn't pay attention. But by game time I started feeling better, and after the first hit, it felt awesome." Senior quarterback Tyler Parrino also joined the party, completing 3-of-5 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns. A Parrino-to-Chris Valiant hookup started the scoring, as Parrino dropped one over Valiant's left shoulder on a fade route for a 44-yard scoring strike with 4:59 to go in the first half. After the Panthers forced a three-and-out, Parrino led the Panthers on a four-play, 72-yard drive, highlighted by a 58-yard touchdown pass to Mike Shilalie. Menapace then went to work in the second quarter, scoring on runs of 24 and 2 yards. Junior fullback Zach Rodgers added a 25-yard run on a guard trap in the third quarter to round out the Panther scoring. "We've been working hard in practice, and we knew what would be open today, so we just went out and executed," said Parrino. "Even though I only got to throw five passes, it felt great to hit it right off the bat." Both Kiley and Menapace sung the praises of the offensive line, which owned the line of scrimmage all night. The quintet of Brandon Shea, Mike Ghiloni, Chris Harrington, Bobby Evers and Dick Bell, along with Rodgers, paved the way for Menapace's big night. "That's our strength," said Kiley of the offensive line. "We knew that going in, and we stuck to that. You gotta put your faith in the guys who have been working year round to get it done, and we did tonight. The Panther defense also played well, allowing only 27 total yards and two first downs, while pitching the shutout. Senior safety Matt Casserly picked off a pass, while Mark Petercuskie recovered a fumble. "We played well defensively, but we can get better," said Panther head coach Todd Kiley. "We feel that defense is our strong point. Even though we got the shutout, there were times when we could have played better, but you've got to be happy when you win 35-0." As evidenced by the raucous crowd, all those departing Kamitian Filed were happy last night, but Kiley and the Panthers consider this a good warm-up for next week's tilt with Wayland, and the competitive Tri-Valley League schedule. "It's a great feeling," said Kiley. "It's a good confidence booster for our kids, we'll continue to improve because we need to. We all know that the TVL is a tough league."