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Boston Globe HOLLISTON Coach: Todd Kiley (third year, 15-7). Last year's record: 9-2. Returning starters (10): Zach Rogers, FB/DE, 5-10, 200, Sr.; Derek Wilson, OG/LB, 6-0, 190, Sr.; Jon Neal, TE/DE, 6-2, 215, Sr.; Chris Valliant, R/DB, 5-7, 145, Sr.; Dave Menapace, RB, 5-9, 160, Sr.; Brendan Shea, OL/DL, 6-1, 235, Sr.; Chris Harris, LB, 5-9, 165, Sr.; Brian Zunner, RB/LB, 5-9 160, Sr.; Mark Petercuskie, R/LB, 6-0, 190, Jr.; Rob McNamara, OL/DL, 5-10, 190, Jr. Returning lettermen (5): Will Stout, OL/DL, Sr.; Jack Love, RB/DB, Sr.; Ryan Johnson, OL/DL, Sr.; Brian Evers, OL/DL, Sr.; Joe Santos, QB/DB, Jr. Strengths: Overall experience and depth. Concern: Depth at defensive back positions. Outlook: Kiley improved the Panthers from a good team to a powerhouse, adding to the intense competition in the TVL. Returning starters Neal, Rogers, Shea, Valliant, Wilson, and Zunner helped carry Holliston to a 9-2 mark and a perfect 5-0 record on the road. Two starters not returning are QB Tyler Parrino, the TVL's Offensive Player of the Year, and Bobby Evers, the Lineman of the Year. ''The kids worked extremely hard in the off-season which made them very focused," said Kiley. ''Preseason camp also went very well."
A VERY BIG THANK YOU to Mrs. Evers & Family for once again hosting a very fun Kick-Off cookout! Thank you to all the parents who worked so hard to make it such a success! Great food and a great time!! More pictures are under pictures off the main menu.
Mike Reiss Boston Globe In 2004, the Holliston High junior varsity and freshman football teams played home games on an 80-yard field, but that's about to change. Construction on the new synthetic-turf Kamitian Field is nearing completion at the high school, and Holliston's varsity, junior varsity, and freshman teams will play there. ''It's huge for us," said head coach Todd Kiley. ''It's a great setting for the field. We're very, very excited about it. I think it adds credibility to the whole athletic program." Since the field won't be ready for the season-opener against O'Bryant on Sept. 9, Holliston will have to play its first ''home" game at another site in the region. There was some hope the game would be at Boston College, but that fell through. After the opener, the team's next three games, against Wayland, Medway, and Hopkinton, will be on the road, which means the Oct. 7 home date against Ashland is likely to be the first game played on the new surface. One of the big questions for Holliston is who will replace quarterback Tyler Parrino. Junior Joe Santos is one candidate, and Kiley was quick with a quip when he was asked whether Santos spelled his name the same way as former Bellingham and current University of New Hampshire quarterback Ricky Santos. ''He spells it like Ricky," Kiley said, ''and we hope he plays like Ricky." Another possibility at quarterback is Mark Petercuskie, who probably will lead the defense from his middle-linebacker spot.
By Sean Jacquet/Sports Correspondent Holliston TAB With the beach days of summer drawing to a close and students reluctantly filing back into school, the Holliston High School fields have also sprung back to life after a brief summer respite. With all teams sweating through two-a-days, and rigorous training, there are many questions to be answered as the Panther teams prepare to hit the field. Here are the most intriguing: 1. Can the Panther football team replace departed TVL MVP Ty Parrino? Now at Washington & Lee University, Parrino sparked a prolific Panther offense that averaged more than 30 points per game and failed to reach that mark only twice in 11 games. Parrino racked up 1,400 yards passing while tossing 18 touchdowns against only four interceptions. The Panthers' centerpiece also rushed for over 500 yards in leading the Panthers to a 9-2 mark, their best in over a decade. But Parrino is gone and the Panther coach Todd Kiley must find a way to replace that production. The senior backfield tandem of Zach Rodgers and Dave Menapace appear to be the most likely and experienced candidates to shoulder the load. Kiley will likely run the ball more often to begin the season, helping junior Joe Santos ease into the starter's role at quarterback. A converted wingback, Menapace rushed for 800 yards last year and will certainly get the carries to reach the 1,000-yard mark. Menapace added bulk to his frame in the offseason to increase his durability and prepare for the heavier workload (20-25 carries). A starter since his sophomore year, the 210-pound Rodgers clears the way for Menapace, and is in Kiley's words: "the best fullback in the league." Rodgers also will get more touches after showing his stuff in a two-touchdown, 130-yard performance in a 26-8 win last season over then unbeaten Medfield. 2. Can Kiley guide the Panthers into the Super Bowl? After piloting a two-season, eight-win turnaround, Kiley is missing only one thing on his coaching resume: a TVL title and Super Bowl berth. The Panthers fell short last year, finishing 9-2 (8-1 TVL) after a 7-0 loss to Thanksgiving Day rival and eventual Division 3A Super Bowl champ Westwood. Dover-Sherborn's 35-34 win over Medfield nullified the Panthers' edge in a complicated tiebreaker, opening the door for the Wolverines to sneak in. No longer a surprise, the team only two years removed from a 1-10 season will be targeted from Day 1. With the graduation of Bobby Evers and Mike Ghiloni and Dick Bell's departure for prep school, the right side of the offensive line needs to be replaced. In addition, receiver Mike Shilalie and safety Matt Casserly are also gone, forcing Kiley to replace six starters. But the left side of the line remains intact, as does the backfield (Menapace and Rodgers). Santos elicits comparisons to Parrino. In addition, the defense figures to be the same ball-hawking, blitz-happy unit it has been during the past two years under Kiley.
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