Huskies hand Cavs another loss
Friday, September 27, 2013
HOLLIS – There were a lot of positives for Hollis Brookline High School coach Rick Bergskaug to point to after Saturday’s Division II football game against Monadnock Regional, of Swanzey Center.
Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, it all seemed like consolation prize stuff when you point to the one thing that matters the most: the scoreboard.
The unbeaten Huskies rallied from 19 points down for a 40-33 win at Lou Korcoulis Field to keep the Cavaliers winless through three games.
“It’s hard to be 0-3,” Bergskaug said. “But I think we took a step forward.”
The Cavaliers got more than 200 yards and four touchdown runs from Matt Ferenczhalmy as they built a 26-7 lead midway through the second quarter.
The junior running back broke off runs of 19, 89, 60 and 15 yards to the end zone, and there wasn’t a lot of trickery.
He ran up the gut, behind his team’s imposing offensive line, and usually found gaps of daylight to run to. When the Huskies did meet him anywhere near the line of scrimmage, the 6-footer showed a surprising toughness to break tackles as he finished the half with 212 yards on 11 carries.
“We took advantage of what they were giving us,” Bergskaug said.
Credit Monadnock (3-0) for holding Ferenczhalmy to 11 yards on six carries in the second half as they adjusted their assignments on the line and with their linebackers.
“They made adjustments and we didn’t readjust,” Bergskaug said.
“We went with Plan F,” Monadnock coach Linwood Patnode said, “because Plans A, B, C, D and E weren’t working.”
The Huskies sandwiched two key sequences around halftime.
Trailing 26-13, they put together an eight-play, 85-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard scoring pass from Isaiah Prince to Mason LaClair with six seconds left in the half.
“I was just thinking field goal,” Patnode said. “If we could just have the momentum going into the half, I think that was huge.”
Prince (10-for-18, three touchdowns) completed four of five passes in the drive, and Bergskaug said his team wasn’t expecting that after watching the Huskies stay mostly on the ground in their first two games. Prince also rushed for 126 and one touchdown on 17 carries.
The Huskies moved the ball on their first possession of the second half, but ended up turning it over on downs at the HB 20. That set up the second key sequence that allowed Monadnock to tie the game at 26-26.
The Monadnock defense held HB to 1 yard on the ensuing possession, forcing the Cavaliers to punt. Monadnock end Liam Morris busted through the line and blocked the punt. Monadnock recovered and scored three plays later when Dylan Lane hauled in a 23-yard pass from Prince in the back of the end zone.
HB’s next two possessions ended with a fumble and a three-and-out, setting up a 10-yard touchdown by Drew Bolewski to make it 33-26.
HB’s second fumble of the half led to Prince’s final touchdown pass, a 10-yard rollout that LaClair dove for, making a great catch in the end zone to put the Huskies up 40-26 with just over five minutes left.
“We shot ourselves in the foot a little bit, and that’s been the story for us all year,” Bergskaug said.