Freshman QB leads Cavs past Pelham
HOLLIS – Hollis Brookline honored its seniors prior to Saturday afternoon’s game, but it ended up being a freshman that led the Cavaliers to victory.
With quarterback Joey Delaney on the sideline and back-up Tyler Bergerson knocked out of the contest with a concussion, J.T. Arnold took control of the offense and never looked back, leading Hollis Brookline to a 16-6 victory over Pelham.
The game was about defense early on, as neither team could find the scoreboard for much of the first quarter.
The Cavaliers finally got their first score of the game towards the end of the frame when Pelham quarterback Trevor Gagnon was taken down in the end zone by Clement Sherwood, giving the Cavs a safety and a two-point lead.
Bergerson had already compiled 68 yards through the air before he was leveled by a hard hit early in the second quarter. Arnold didn’t have much success on his first drive, but he helped the Cavs to a score on their next possession. The quarterback led his team on a 62-yard drive, capped off by a Wyatt Farwell 6-yard touchdown run to give HB a nine-point advantage.
The two teams were held scoreless in the third, but the Pythons got their first touchdown only minutes into the fourth. A big 40-yard catch by receiver Brandon Wagner set up a 2-yard touchdown run for Mike Donnel, cutting Pelham’s deficit to two.
Arnold and the Cavaliers struck again on their next possession, however, as the quarterback connected with receiver Matt Simco on a 43-yard touchdown pass. The score proved to be enough insurance for Hollis, as Pelham never threatened again.
Arnold finished the game 6-of-11 passing for 73 yards and a touchdown.
"If there wasn’t bad luck, we wouldn’t have any luck at all," Hollis coach Chris Lones said. "But (J.T.) came out there and made sure the moment wasn’t bigger than him. He played his butt off, so we’re real proud of him. I’m proud that the kids rallied around him, they really worked hard."
Of course, the Cavs’ offense wouldn’t have been clicking if not for the work by some of their skill players.
Farwell led the ground game, collecting 98 yards on 23 carries. Brian Delaney contributed 64 rushing yards and 52 receiving yards, while Simco finished with four catches for 71 yards and the score.
The HB (2-4) defense was equally as impressive during the contest, forcing four fumbles (only one recovered) and six sacks, including a pair from Kayne Robert.
"The defense was great," Lones said. "The first couple of drives of the game, it was tough because we were trying to make headlines instead of make plays. We started using our scheme, and then we started making plays. That’s been the key for us all year."
Gagnon finished 5 of 19 for Pelham (0-5), compiling 115 yards through the air. Diggy Lawson, Donnel and Wagner combined for 139 rushing yards for the Pythons.