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Warriors win: Wayland 31, Holliston 20 By Chris Klingenberg / Daily News Correspondent Saturday, September 17, 2005 WAYLAND -- With a little over five minutes left in the game and the rain starting to pick up, Wayland quarterback Alex Jenny took away any doubt that his team was going to beat visiting Holliston in its non-league battle. Following a punt that pinned the Warriors back on their own 1-yard line, Jenny did what he had been doing all night long. With Holliston playing everyone up in the box, Jenny went deep. He dropped back into the end zone and threw one deep down the right sideline into single coverage to his receiver Phil Hastings. Hastings went up and got the ball and rumbled 98 yards to give the Warriors the finishing touch on their 31-20 victory over the Panthers. "Jenny and Hastings really dominated the game tonight," said Warriors head coach Scott Parseghian. "They are our two captains and with the game on the line I expect them to step up and they did." On a big third-and-7 in the first quarter, the Panthers made the first big mistake of the game. Jenny dropped back to pass and made a throw down the middle of the field to a receiver that had been tripped up. The refs immediately threw a flag and called pass interference to keep the Warriors' drive alive. Three plays later junior tailback Tony Torres (15 carries, 94 yards, 2 TDs) took a handoff from Jenny and went straight up the middle for an 8-yard touchdown run. On the first play of the second quarter, the Panthers (1-1) got right back in the game. Junior quarterback Joe Santos (5 carries, 68 yards, TD) kept the ball on an option and dove in the end zone from 6 yards to get his team on the board. "This was a tough one to take tonight but I thought we played a good game," said Santos. "I am continuing to get better every week and I am starting to feel a lot more confident in myself." After forcing a punt from the Warriors, the Panthers went right back to work. Santos connected with receiver Chris Vaillant (2 catches, 53 yards, TD) in the back of the end zone. On the conversion, Santos found Mark Petercuskie to give his team a 14-6 lead. However, the turning point in the game may have come with nine seconds left in the half. Jenny took the ball around the right end and went in from 17 yards out to bring Wayland back within one before the break. In the second half, the Warriors struck first. Fullback Zach Rogers (15 carries, 58 yards, TD) took a handoff from Santos and went in from 5 yards out. From there it was all Wayland, as the Warriors scored the final 18 points of the game. On the next drive, Jenny (7-18, 261 yards, 2 TDs) connected with Hastings on a 52-yard scoring strike. "Everytime I turned, the ball was right there," said Hastings, who had five catches for 216 yards and two scores. "Alex was perfect tonight on every one of his throws and that makes my job a lot easier." In the fourth quarter, Torres scored from 7 yards out to give the Warriors the lead for good. Then with a little over five minutes to go and the game still in doubt Jenny went to work. He connected with Hastings for the final score of the game to give his team a comfortable 31-20 lead with only five minutes to go. "Tonight I thought it was going to be tough because of the rain but we didn't miss a beat and did exactly what we wanted to do on offense," said Jenny. Next week both teams will open up league play. The Warriors will host a tough Westford Academy team and the Panthers will travel to Medway. "I really feel for our kids tonight because they played a great game," said Holliston head coach Todd Kiley. "Wayland is a great football team but we played right with them tonight and if we catch a few bounces than things might have been different." Holliston's Matthew Edwards tries to find some running room last night during the Panthers 31-20 loss to Wayland. (Marshall Wolff photo)
By Dave Henry Metrowest Daily News Correspondent Since taking the helm of his high school alma mater four years ago, Wayland coach Scott Parseghian is 4-0 against Holliston. But, it hasn't been easy. The past two years, the Warriors needed two fourth-quarter scores to post thrilling victories in what has become a heated non-conference rivalry among two of MetroWest's rising programs. "They've come down to the wire three times," Parseghian said. "It's become a great game for us." Coincidentally, Holliston coach Todd Kiley is also coaching at his alma mater and he reiterated Parseghian's sentiments, "Scott and I, we're actually talking about how great of a rivalry it's become. We're two evenly-matched teams and the fans have certainly got their money's worth the past two years." Make that three, except Kiley wasn't around for the 24-17 barnburner in 2002. As Wayland continues to establish itself as an EMass power, many of the Warriors' non-conference foes asked to be removed from the schedule. But, Kiley wasn't ready to throw in the towel against the bigger Division 1A Warriors. "All my non-league opponents dropped us except for Todd and I respect him for that," Parseghian said. "He could've easily dropped us, but since its been such a great game he was willing to continue the rivalry." Holliston fans will remember many of the faces on Wayland's roster, including quarterback Alex Jenny. In last season's game, he ran the two-minute drill to perfection and threw for 264 yards and a touchdown. Last week Jenny was up to his old tricks, engineering an 80-yard, game-winning drive with 2:32 to overtake Silver Lake, 24-21. The senior went 21-for-31 for 269 yards and two TDs. His final pass a 16-yard TD strike to Scott Colantropo with 1:19 on the clock. Jenny has his full complement of receivers back, too. And, true to Wayland's spread offense, six different players had receptions last week, including tight end Jake Meyer, who hauled in six balls for 103 yards and a score. Running back Tony Torres had four catches for 44 yards and rushed for 92 yards on 14 carries. "I don't know if you can ever have the spread offense fully figured out, but we spent a lot of time working on it and the kids have executed our game plan to perfection so far in practice," Kiley said. "You have to mix it up and give (Jenny) different looks. We'll show him a little bit of everything." While Holliston has been preparing for the spread offense, Wayland has spent the last two weeks getting ready for the Panthers' option attack. "We thought Silver Lake would run a lot of option, so we prepared for the option last week," Parseghian said. "From what we've seen of Holliston, they'll run it, too. Although the Warriors might not see the likes of Silver Lake's BC-bound running back Jeff Smith tonight, Holliston has a formidable backfield of its own in the speedy Dave Menapace (5-9, 175) and bullish Zach Rogers (5-10, 205). Both players saw limited action in the Panthers' 27-0 rout of O'Bryant. Holliston's lefty quarterback, Joe Santos, had a solid debut, with a 43-yard run and a 31-yard TD pass to Mark Petercuskie. He also has Tri-Valley League All-Stars Jon Neal (TE) and Chris Valiant (WR) at his disposal. If Wayland needs fourth quarter heroics tonight, Kiley hopes his squad will be ready. "We always talk about playing four quarters of football," Kiley said. "These past two years, Wayland has had great football teams and have done well in their league, but as a coach you still want to be able to hold those fourth quarter leads."
By Sean Jacquet/Sports Correspondent Holliston TAB All things considered, the Holliston fall sports teams couldn't have asked for a much better opening week as the Panthers combined to go 6-0-2. After narrowly missing out on an outright Tri-Valley League title and its first playoff berth since 1989, the Panther football team began its quest with a 27-0 win over non-league foe O'Bryant at Framingham's Bowditch Field in the opener for both teams. Junior quarterback Joe Santos played virtually mistake-free football in his debut, tossing a 31-yard scoring strike to classmate Mark Petercuskie to open the Panthers' scoring. The senior backfield tandem of Zach Rodgers and Dave Menapace combined for a pair of scores on the ground. Rodgers broke a 43-yarder, while Menapace took one in from 8 yards out. Michael Bove racked up over 100 yards rushing and Phil Sargente added a 2-yard scoring plunge. The Panthers kept the ball on the ground in the second half. Defensively, Dave Brumber picked off a pass, while Ryan Johnson recorded a sack as the Panthers notched the shutout. Third-year Panther coach Todd Kiley won his second straight opener against the Tigers. Holliston will look to snap a two-year losing streak to Dual County League rival Wayland Friday (Wayland High, 7 p.m.). The Warriors won last year's game 27-24 at Kamitian Field.
hopefully against Westwood on Thanksgiving morning.
Team Points 1. Acton-Boxboro (1-0) 110 2. Lincoln-Sudbury (1-0) 79 3. Natick (1-0) 75 4. Wayland (1-0) 73 5. Waltham (1-0) 42 6. Framingham (1-0) 41 7. Holliston (1-0) 35 8. Wellesley (1-0) 31 10. Medfield (1-0) 24