Cavaliers beat Cougars for 2nd win of season
PETERBOROUGH – Temperatures were in the 30s, but nothing could cool down the Hollis Brookline High School football team’s running game Friday night.
Hollis Brookline ran rampant over Con-Val, 39-0 in a Division II Western Conference matchup that showcased sophomore Wyatt Farwell.
“We came out on fire – everyone was pumped up,” said Farwell, who had 111 yards on 14 carries and his first touchdown of the year. “We haven’t had a lot to celebrate this year, so we really wanted another win.”
The Cavaliers (2-6) benefited from two turnovers and field position no worse than their own 49 in the opening quarter. Andrew Butler picked off Cougars quarterback John Crowley at the Con-Val 30-yard line and Graham Fay finished off the opportune drive with a 22-yard scamper two plays later.
Matt Ferenczhalmy (10 carries, 77 yards, three touchdowns) tacked on a 5-yard score on the ensuing possession that started from the Cavaliers’ 49.
Opportunity struck again in the form of a Mark Thibeault fumble recovery on the Cougars’ next possession, setting up Hollis Brookline on the ConVal 22. Dividends were met when Ferenczhalmy scampered for another score from 12 yards away.
As Con-Val (0-8) struggled on offense, the Cavaliers continued to flourish, tacking on a third Ferenczhalmy score and a 34-yard touchdown pass from Austin Pigott to Nick Garside to bury the Cougars 32-0 at halftime. Pigott was perfect on four passes for 53 yards.
“We know we’re a good football team,” Hollis Brookline coach Rich Bergskaug said. “It’s a new system, new quarterback. What we’ve been through, these guys have fought as hard as I could have possibly asked them to fight.”
Butler initiated a running clock 51?2 minutes into the second half with a 35-yard rumble to cap off the Hollis Brookline scoring.
Con-Val had a couple of fumble recoveries, one on the Hollis Brookline 23 by Jordan Loll, but it was squandered when Iam Tomer pounced on an errant snap. The other had the Cougars on the Cavaliers’ 44, but the offense failed on a fourth-and-9 play.
The recently implemented Con-Val spread offense never came to fruition as Crowley was 0 for 4 with two interceptions.
Sophomore Josh Curran was put under center in the second quarter and went 0 for 3 with a pick.
“We made the change to put the sophomore in at quarterback to try to move the ball a little more,” ConVal coach Ryan McCartney said. “The numbers were in our favor. (Hollis Brookline) had five guys in the box and we had five guys blocking. The turnovers really hurt. They’ve been our Achilles’ heel all year.”
Hollis Brookline was also able to relegate running back Riordan McCole to 25 yards on nine carries.
The confident Cavaliers will host Souhegan under the lights in Hollis next Friday in their most anticipated game of the year.
“We’re fired up for Souhegan,” Farwell said. “That’s our Super Bowl this year.”