HB pulls away from Souhegan in finale

Sabers finish season with 3-6 record

AMHERST – At halftime, it seemed the Sabers were ready to play the role of spoilers.

Hollis Brookline took care of busi­ness over the final 24 minutes, though, and pulled away for a 55-21 victory over Souhegan in a Division II clash at Cal­vetti Family Field in Amherst.

Souhegan coach Mike Lochman was proud of the way his team, which was tied at the break Friday, handled adver­sity throughout the season.

"That’s been the joy of coaching this team all year," Lochman said. "Even though we’ve been up and down, these guys always came back on Monday with a rejuvenated energy and a complete new focus and were ready to go.

"That was the pleasure of coaching these guys this year," he added. "Re­gardless of what happened on Friday or Saturday, we came back at it every week. Our plan was to win regardless of who it was. I’ve coached teams where that hasn’t been the case in the past. That’s something special we can take away."

The victory eventually lifted the Cava­liers (7-2) into the Division II quarterfi­nals, where No. 1 Windham awaits. The Cavs’ playoff spot wasn’t guaranteed un­til the undefeated Jaguars held off Con­Val 62-45 on Saturday.

"Playoffs two out of three years and the senior group finally go to beat Souhe­gan," Hollis Brookline coach Chris Lones said. "Doing it here is a beautiful thing."

Joey Delaney, a junior, completed 11 of 18 passes for 257 yards and four touch­downs on Friday. His older brother, se­nior Brian Delaney, had three catches for 77 yards and two scores.

"We’ve had this chemistry for our whole entire lives, so to put it together on the field means so much," Joey Del­aney said.

"I know where he’s going to throw the ball and he knows where I’m going to be," Brian Delaney added.

Matt Simco had four receptions for 73 yards and a TD, while Jack Byrne led the HB rushing attack with 120 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.

The game was knotted at 21 after the first half and Souhegan started the third quarter with the ball. However, a low snap on fourth down turned into a

hurried and short punt, which landed in hands of HB lineman Garrett Moloney. The junior captain rum­bled 38 yards for an unlikely return touchdown. It was the first of five unanswered second-half scores. ­

"Our team is full of heart," Brian Delaney said. "It was getting scary when it was 21-21, but we pulled through and that’s what we’re go­ing to keep doing. We’re never go­ing to give up."

The Cavs made it a two-score game on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Delaney to Derek Davidson with 3:05 left in the third. Follow­ing a Brian Delaney interception, Byrne raced 49 yards on the next play to make it 42-21 with 11:11 re­maining.

Ryan Clark, who had two sacks and two fumble recoveries, scored on a 3-yard plunge and Byrne capped the scoring with a 7-yard jaunt with 4:05 left.

Dante Savo led the Sabers with 164 rushing yards on 16 carries, but left the game on Souhegan’s sec­ond possession of the third quarter following an injury.

"If any team loses a guy like Dante, they’re going to struggle to replace that," Lochman said. "It takes not only a physical toll, but an emotional toll. As much as you try to guard against that, I think there was some element to that."

Andersen Geffrard threw a touchdown toFinley Morgan for Souhegan (3-6), while Tucker Ai­ello churned out 104 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in his final high school game.

"We’re going to miss these se­niors terribly. Even though it’s a small senior class, every one of those guys has been productive for us," Lochman said. "Our guys nev­er backed down from a challenge and it was an absolute pleasure to work with them."