Cavaliers shut out by Saints
Friday, October 11, 2013
HOLLIS – Last week, Rich Bergskaug saw a change of intensity in his team on the practice field that translated into another step closer to success on the game field.
Hollis Brookline football fell to St. Thomas on Saturday night in Division II competition, 14-0, after a six-year hiatus from playing the Saints.
“For the first time since the game against Kennett, we put together a four-quarter game,” the Cavaliers head coach said. “We raised the expectations in practice this week. We challenged the kids and they came out and played. The ball is not going to bounce your way all the time.”
Jake Geppert and turnovers proved to be the difference for the Saints (5-0). Geppert (18 carries, 131 yards) accounted for both touchdowns, as well as two of the four St. Thomas interceptions.
With 4:13 left in the first half, Geppert put his team on the board with a 9-yard run wrapping up a nine-play, 96-yard drive after the Saints went three-and-out on their first two possessions. The drive stemmed from a Kevin Kaneb interception.
“When we got to that point, (Geppert) wanted it more than anyone else on the field,” St. Thomas head coach Eric Cumba said. “Geppert has done a great job all year long running the ball.”
Amidst a field position tug of war in the second half, Geppert added his second touchdown on a 39-yard breakout run
following a false start and a holding call on the Saints early in the fourth quarter.
Another holding call erased a would be Geppert 73-yard scoring scamper with five minutes left in the game.
The Cavaliers’ offense started off rolling with Austin Pigott (10-23, 109 yards, four interceptions) finding success with the run option and finding receivers, but a couple of scoring opportunities were lost in the first half.
Hollis Brookline threatened to strike first when it had a drive penetrate as far as the Saints’ 10-yard line, but Geppert got his hands on a Pigott pass in the end zone to squander the promising drive.
“We do a great job of getting the ball back,” Cumba said. “Right now our offense just isn’t meeting our defense’s intensity level and that was very obvious today.”
Another Cavaliers possession was halted at the St. Thomas 24 when Pigott was picked off by Kenab, which translated into the Saints’ initial score.
“I appreciate everything (Pigott) has done for us,” Bergskaug said. “He’s got better every game. It’s just a matter of fine tuning some of the things we need to do.”
The Cavaliers’ defense proved to be a surprising challenge to the Saints, who had averaged 41 points in their first four games.
“Our youth really showed up,” Cumba said. “We were just not taking the game as it came and were trying to do too much and trying to score touchdowns in one snap.”
The Cavaliers (0-5) will be on the road next Saturday to take on Kearsarge (2-3).
“I know these guys are going to come back on Monday to give it their all again,” Bergsakug said. “No matter what, we’re all in.”