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Holliston Handles Hopkinton

Posted by Andrea Murphy on Oct 01 2004 at 05:00PM PDT
Holliston handles Hopkinton: Panthers' first win over Hillers since 1990 By Sean Jacquet / News Sports Correspondent Saturday, October 2, 2004 HOLLISTON -- As the final seconds ticked off the clock in Holliston's 34-21 victory over Hopkinton, a horde of jubilant youngsters clad in Panther red stormed the field in celebration, congratulating the victors. Minutes later, coach Todd Kiley gathered his team in the end zone to deliver a rousing speech. This was a moment 14 years in the waiting. For the first time since 1990, Holliston knocked off Hopkinton, while also avenging a 31-6 loss to the Hillers last year. Senior receiver Mike Shilalie hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass and returned an interception 45 yards for a score, as the Panthers moved to 3-1 (2-0 Tri-Valley League), their best start since 1993. Junior fullback Zach Rodgers also scored on a pair of rushes, while quarterback Tyler Parrino threw for one score and ran for another as the Panthers topped 30 points for the third time this season. All told, Parrino ran 10 times for 76 yards and a score, while completing three of seven passes for 34 yards and a TD. "I've never beaten Hopkinton in my three years, so this feels great," said Shilalie, who also kicked four extra points. "I play baseball with a lot of the Hopkinton kids, so it's nice to get bragging rights." Still plagued by an injured hamstring, Hopkinton senior running back Ryan Schiloski played a solid game, catching a touchdown pass and running for another score. Freshman tight end Paul Ostrander caught a scoring strike, the first of Andrew Tarca's two touchdown passes. "We gave a great effort," said Hopkinton coach Dave Hughes. "Holliston, particularly Parrino, was outstanding." But it was the Hillers who struck the first blow, scoring with 5:14 left in the first quarter. Tarca hit Ostrander from 15 yards out on a wide-open play-action to cap a 57-yard drive. The Panthers then scored touchdowns on their next three possessions, beginning with Rodgers' first touchdown, a 4-yard plunge up the middle 14 seconds into the second quarter. After Panther linebacker Chris Harris made a leaping interception of a Tarca pass at midfield on the ensuing drive, Holliston scored 13 plays later with Parrino scampering in from 6 yards out. On the opening kickoff of the second half, Panther sophomore Pat Fallon forced a Hopkinton fumble, setting Holliston up at its own 39. Holliston quickly took advantage of the prime field position, finding paydirt six plays later on a 13-yard Parrino to Shilalie connection. Hopkinton responded on its next drive, with Tarca connecting with Schiloski on a 32-yard chair route to punctuate a five-play, 59-yard drive. The Panthers answered two minutes later, with a 25-yard Parrino dash to the Hiller 2 set up Rodgers' second touchdown of the game. Shilalie tacked on six more points with 9:49 in the fourth when he stepped in front of a Tarca pass and charged 45 yards down the left sideline for Holliston's final score. Schiloski added another touchdown on a 1-yard dive, but the Hillers would get no closer. "You talk about a team win," said Kiley. "This was the definition of one. Our staff was so well prepared. (Defensive coordinator) Dave DiGioralamo put together a great scheme. The kids are working so hard, and it was great to see it come to fruition." For Shilalie, this was the biggest win of his Panther career. "This is huge," said the senior captain. "This is just what we needed. The momentum will keep going and we'll take that to Ashland and beyond."

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