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By Matt Feld, Boston Herald News Correspondent 

Todd Kiley has manned the sideline for 16 years at Holliston, but it doesn’t take long for him to choose the best lineman of his time on the job.

“From a lineman standpoint, there is no one better than Scott Elliott in my years here,” said Kiley. “I put him up there with the best players that have ever played in this program.”


From the early going, Elliott believed he had a future in football. He will continue to play next year at Harvard.

Elliott was consistently the biggest and most physically gifted youth on his Holliston Pop Warner teams.

In his early years, Elliott’s teammates were often a year or two older as he was forced to play a year up in an effort to balance the size advantage. Once he began playing with players his age, however, Elliott gained even more attention.

“I was always the biggest kid on the line,” he said. “I had to stop playing Pop Warner because of the weight limit during a couple of years. I always played with kids older than me, but once I got to play with my grade I stood out that much more.”

Elliott became an invaluable member of the Holliston program the moment he stepped on the field. Along with his size, he enamored coaches with his steady approach, constantly spending his summer days on the football field training for the upcoming season.

A four-year varsity starter, Elliott helped the Panthers to a Super Bowl title as a freshman starter for every game at defensive tackle.

"I tried to not let it get to my head,” he said. “You win your first year, it can be pretty amazing. But I just tried to stay level-headed and get right back to work.”

In his sophomore and junior campaigns, Elliott’s profile began to grow. Last season he exhibited greater versatility, appearing not only at defensive tackle, but also at offensive guard and occasionally tight end.

By the time the 6-foot-3, 270-pound lineman finished his third season in high school, he was regularly receiving phone calls and visits from some of the top colleges in the region.

Ultimately, Elliott decided on Harvard, committing this summer following numerous talks with the coaching staff and a trip to the Crimson’s camp.

“Harvard is Harvard,” said Elliott. “They did a great job keeping in touch with me, taking care of me, and contacting my family. Over the summer I went to their camp, met the players, and knew right away that it was time to commit.”

Now with his commitment behind him, Elliott is focused on putting the finishing touches on his football legacy during his senior season in high school, hoping to book-end his career with state championships.

“That’s the ultimate goal, but you just try and take it week-to-week,” said Elliott. “We’re just going to try and keep the same pace. You tell the younger guys how if you just win week-to-week your goals will pile up, and you’ll get there.”


Holliston jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead over traditional Thanksgiving Day rival

Westwood and never looked back, taking the 45th consecutive Thanksgiving matchup

between the teams by a 34-0 final.

After falling to Westwood in four of the past five Thanksgiving Day games, the Holliston football team erased any doubt about which team was stronger on Thursday.

Two of those four Turkey Day losses (2014 and 2015) were games in which the Panthers rested starters in preparation for Super Bowl appearances.

The Panthers jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead this year and never looked back, taking the 45th consecutive Thanksgiving matchup between the teams by a 34-0 final.

“The kids, you could see they were absolutely fired up for this game,” Holliston coach Todd Kiley said after his team improved to 5-5. “It’s our number one rival and it’s Thanksgiving. If you’re not playing in the state championship game, it has a lot of meaning there.

“Our kids came fired up and ready to play this game. They embraced tradition.”

Holliston had three rushing touchdowns, with senior Brad Seymour pounding two into the end zone.

Seymour’s first touchdown started off the scoring in the second quarter with a 30-yard scamper. His second score was from 27 yards out and gave the Panthers a 14-0 lead.

In the air, senior Kevin Quinn found junior Billy Nash for a 50-yard touchdown to complete the second-quarter scoring.

“Kevin Quinn is just a warrior, an undersized kid that’s just a tough kid and gives everything on every single play,” Kiley said. “He’s a receiver that threw a touchdown pass today and ran for some good yardage as well.”

In the third quarter, senior quarterback Ryan Benco tossed a 19-yard score to senior Jake Armstrong and sophomore Dylan Ibbitson ran for a 15-yard touchdown to complete the scoring.

“If you want one kid representing your program, it’s Jake Armstrong,” Kiley said. “On the field, off the field, in the community, and in the classroom.”

Kiley said that Seymour and Armstrong are carbon copies of each other and Seymour shut down Westwood’s Jake Antonucci on Thursday.

“Brad was somebody we asked to shut down their best kid,” Kiley said. “He kept the kid out of the end zone today.”

Sophomore Connor Mulvaney made four of five point-after attempts for Holliston.

Holliston received strong play on Thursday from Tri-Valley League All-Stars Will Celorier and Scott Elliott. Elliott is the first-ever junior captain for Holliston and is a Div. I prospect.

Despite having a tougher season than the team is used to in terms of its record, Kiley advised that the team’s wins and losses are deceiving because of the tough competition the Panthers face.

“Two of the teams we played this year are playing at Gillette and two were a game away from Gillette,” Kiley said. “Three of those games were one-possession games and we were knocking at the door, but just didn’t make the plays when we needed to.

“But we’ve got to give credit to the teams that made plays against us.”

Holliston started the season 3-1 with wins over Millis, Westwood, and Norton, but then lost four straight to Medfield, Hopkinton, Scituate, and Milford.

The loss to Scituate was in the quarterfinals of the Division 5 South tournament.

Holliston ended up finishing strong following the tough stretch. The Panthers outscored Hanover and Westwood 73-0 in the final two games to leave the Panthers with a .500 record.

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Player of the Week- Hanover

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This week's Players of the week- The starting defense!  This group worked together and held Hanover to under 50 yards of total offense and recorded a well-deserved shut out!  Way to go D. image

WALTHAM, Mass. – After the defense denied the University of New Haven to start overtime, Bentley University sophomore Grant Buchanan(Holliston/Holliston HS) put a career-long 39-yard field goal through the uprights to give the Falcons a 27-24 Senior Day win over the Chargers in Northeast-10 Conference football action at Bentley Saturday afternoon.

Buchanan's second field goal of the day gave Bentley its first win over the Chargers since 2010 and boosted coach Bill Kavanaugh's team to 5-3 conference and 5-4 overall. Meanwhile, New Haven fell even with the Falcons in the NE10 standings and to 6-3 overall.

New Haven had the ball to start overtime after Bentley won the coin toss and elected to play defense. Despite a holding call, the Chargers advanced the ball to the Bentley 2 where they faced a fourth-and-one. Rather than attempting to run to keep the drive alive, a pass to the corner of the end zone by senior Ajee Patterson (Neptune, N.J.) was off the mark, giving the Falcons their turn.

Bentley moved the ball only three yards before sending in the field goal team. The snap from center was not handled cleanly, but despite that, Buchanan was able to deliver the game-winner.

After New Haven took a 24-17 lead with 10:14 left in the fourth, Bentley came back to tie the game on a season-best 27-yard scamper by senior Martin Bannerman (Pawtucket, R.I./La Salle Academy) and ensuing point-after attempt by Buchanan.

The game was tied at 17 apiece at halftime after the two teams combined for 27 second-quarter points, including field goals from both team's placekickers in the final 60 seconds.

The opening play of the second was a 35-yard laser thrown into the end zone by Falcon freshman Stephen Sturm (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley HS) to classmate Austin Ryan (Foxborough/ Foxborough HS) that evened the game at 7-7.

Less than a minute later, Bentley senior Aaron Chretien (Commerce Township/Walled Lake Northern HS) recovered a mishandled snap at the Charger one and took it in for a touchdown and a 14-7 lead.

New Haven, which had a 43-23 advantage in first-half plays, came back to tie the game at 14 with 5:37 on the second-half clock when grad student Greg Orekoya (Billerica) ran the ball in from the three.

Buchanan put the Falcons back on top with a 30-yard field goal with exactly 60 seconds until intermission, but enough time was left for New Haven to counter. After a 27-yard Patterson completion to the Falcon 22, senior Danny Stock (North Massapequa, N.Y.) ended the half with a 39-yard field goal that was attempted with one second on the clock.

The third quarter was scoreless despite Bentley junior safety Nick Athy (Holliston/Holliston HS) forcing and recovering a fumble on the New Haven 14. The Chargers got the ball right back with an interception in the end zone.  Later in the third, Buchanan came up short on a potential go-ahead 42-yard field goal attempt.

Sturm completed better than 75 percent of his passes for the third time in as many career starts, finishing 28 of 36 for 267 yards, but did throw his first two interceptions as a collegiate. Ryan led the Falcons with eight catches for 89 yards, sophomore Ryan McCarthy (Holden/Wachusett Reg. HS) pulled in eight for 53, and junior Justin Zlogar (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa HS) caught four balls for 48 yards.

Patterson finished 25 of 34 for 329 through the air and also ran for a team-best 68 yards while leading the Chargers to 501 yards total offense.

Athy, in addition to the fumble force and recovery, had a game-high 11 tackles and a sack.

New Haven had the statistical edge, including 501-316 in total offense, 24-21 in first downs, 83-65 plays and a plus-7:36 in time of possession. However, the Chargers were hampered by penalties with 10 for 105.

Bentley will close out the season next Saturday at nationally-ranked and unbeaten Assumption College.

By Jared Keene,  Metrowest Daily News Coorspondent 

Breaking school records and winning football games.

That’s precisely the way the season has gone for Hopkinton, which entered Week 7 having won all six of its contests to date. Beyond that, the Hillers have used their high-powered passing attack to be a feared offensive program, with junior quarterback Ryan Kelleher and senior wide receiver Will Abbott at the heart of it.

Kelleher came into the week having thrown 21 touchdowns, which is not only a single season school record, but also tops in Division 4. As for Abbott — a talented three-sport athlete in football, hockey, and lacrosse — he’s reeled in a Division 4-leading 12 of those touchdowns, which is also a single season school record.

Friday night, Kelleher, Abbott, and the rest of the Hillers found themselves hosting longtime Tri-Valley League Large power Holliston in a game with serious league title implications.

 Behind its aforementioned lethal duo, as well as a stout defensive effort, it was Hopkinton that claimed the league title ouright with a hard-earned 12-8 victory.

“This means everything,” Hopkinton coach Jim Girard said. “The guys have worked really hard towards this and they really started that work in the offseason. They have such good team chemistry and they’re such good kids. They work hard, they’re unselfish, they’re mature, and they do right, and I think that’s really the key.”

Had the Panthers won, there would have been a three-way tie for the league title between Holliston, Hopkinton, and Medfield, as each all would have had one league loss. But that was not the case, as the Hillers’ win — their first over Holliston since 2008 — ensured an unbeaten regular season at 7-0 (4-0 TVL) and a league championship.

“It’s indescribable,” Abbott, a Quinnipiac lacrosse commit, said. “We have a tight-knit senior class and we’ve been working at this since our freshman year. It means a lot because we really deserve this [after] all the work we’ve put in.”

Holliston (3-3, 2-2 TVL) opened the game with the ball and went right to work on the ground out of its patented “WAR” package.

Using four different players, the Panthers slowly moved the ball down the field, picking up three first downs along the way. But on the 13th play of the drive, which took 6:48 off the clock, quarterback Ryan Benco’s pass on third-and-8 was tipped up in the air and intercepted by Hillers senior captain linebacker Anthony Farina.

But the Hillers couldn’t capitalize.

Holliston, which put up just 48 total yards of offense in the first half, continued to struggle offensively, going three-and-out for the second time in a row. The ensuing punt was also somewhat shanked, leaving Hopkinton in very good field position on the Panther 35-yard line.

This time, the Hillers took advantage, as they needed five plays to get in the end zone. On first-and-goal from the 10, Hopkinton offensive coordinator Dan Sullivan reached into his bag of tricks, as the Hillers faked a jet sweep from left to right before Kelleher found Abbott on a misdirection shovel pass for the score. Robby Pagliuca’s extra point made it 7-0 with 4:41 left in the first half.

“That was a new play we put in this week,” Abbott said. “It was a great play call. The blocking was amazing, which made my job easier. The hole was there, the blocking was fantastic.”

The third quarter opened with a Hopkinton drive that eventually stalled on the Panthers 6-yard line. That’s when the Hillers brought on Pagliuca on fourth down and the junior calmly booted a 23-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with 6:57 left in the frame.

Holliston got a much-needed response, though, as Benco hooked up with senior speedster Mikey Nash deep down the left seam for a 45-yard touchdown. The Panthers then faked the point-after and converted a two-point rush to make it 10-8 with 4:39 on the clock.

“The field goal made it a two possession game, but that’s why I’m proud of our kids,” Holliston coach Todd Kiley said. “Down two possessions to a team like that, I mean they make you earn every inch. We had a big score there on the pass and I’m really just proud of our kids tonight. We showed zero quit.”

In the final 4:30 of the game, the Hopkinton defense really stepped up.

First, Benco was dropped by Kyle Kauzens in the end zone for a safety, making it 12-8 with 4:30 on the clock. Then with 1:10 to play, Farina made himself known again, recovering a fumble, which locked up the victory for the Hillers.

“Our punting unit did an outstanding job and our defense really put us in situations that gave us favorable field position and that was key,” Girard said. “A great punt set up the safety. All the different teams work off each other. We played very well defensively. Our defensive line really got after the quarterback tonight and we made some key plays when we needed to.”