HB wins the West

Without star star running back Matt Ferenczhalmy for all but one offensive play, the Hollis Brookline Cavaliers got a great game from quarterback Patch Zorn and a dominating defensive performance to upset Sanborn 23-12 in the Division II West championship.

The Cavaliers lost Ferenczhalmy to a re-aggravated shoulder injury on their first offensive play of the game, but overcame that with their upstart passing game and the workmanlike performance of back Wyatt Farwell, who stepped in to run for 92 yard in Ferenczhalmy’s absence.

“(Farwell) is just a fireplug,” HB coach Chris Lones said.

“I’ve had this kid since he was a seventh grader. Nobody plays with more passion. He exemplifies warrior.”

Quarterback Zorn stepped up and threw three first half touchdowns and two conversions to put the Cavs up comfortably 23-6 at the half and enable them to withstand a beautiful third-quarter touchdown pass of 54 yards between the Indians’ Christian Ehlers and Michael D’Amelio.

Joe Brooks caught two of Zorn’s touchdowns, with one a 25-yard toss to the end zone on a fourth down, and the other a spectacular catch-and-run in traffic in the middle of the field for a 49-yard score. Brooks finished with four catches for 118 yards.

Tommy Grant opened the scoring with a nine-yard first quarter touchdown reception from Zorn. It capped a short, crucial drive that started with the loss of Ferenczhalmy but also featured a long run by Zorn and a 43-yard connection between Zorn and Brooks.

In a great first quarter, Grant also had a sack and a 4-yard tackle on defense, as well as catching a conversion pass from Zorn.

Many Cavaliers came up big on defense as well, as they held Sanborn to well under 100 yards rushing. Twice Farwell had big tackles for losses, including a 6-yard loss on Sanborn’s final possession of the game. Jack Price has a tackle for another 4-yard loss and blocked and extra point, and Jack Byrne recovered a fumble.