Cavs come up short in opener

Hollis Brookline put up a fight on defending Division II champion Windham’s home turf. The Cavaliers pulled within 10 points of the Jaguars on a Joe Delaney-to-Matt Simco 5-yard pass with 8:55 remaining in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for HB, the final 8 minutes were dominated by Windham highlights in the Jaguars 46-20 season-opening victory.

Although Windham led 16-7 at halftime, it was not an inspiring first-half performance by the defending champions and quarterback Griffin Lippold. The senior signal caller was 4 for 10 passing with two interceptions, one an ill-advised desperation pass from his own end zone that the Cavaliers picked off on the 3-yard line and converted into a Delaney touchdown from the 3. Jack Barbour’s PAT kick knotted the score 7-7 with 5 seconds left in the first quarter.

Lippold flipped the script in the second half, throwing three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter on the way to Windham’s win.

Delaney, who ran and passed for touchdowns, had 19 completions in 35 attempts for 264 yards passing. Simco led the Cavaliers in receiving yards with 84 on five catches, including the late-scoring strike from Delaney. Wyatt Farwell scored HB’s other touchdown, running it in from the 1 with 8:26 to play in the second quarter.