HB’s Simco knows about big numbers – on field and off

HOLLIS – For the record, Hollis Brookline wide receiver Matt Simco is pretty sure where it all went “wrong” for him on the Math SAT.

“I didn’t round on one of them. That always hurts,” said Simco, who “settled” for a 770 instead of a perfect score. For the record, the senior posted a pretty solid 680 on the English side of things.

All right, even if it’s calculus or trig, Simco has some flash and flair. He brings that same element to the football field as a four-year varsity player and perhaps the most dynamic pass catcher in the state.

“It’s really been a journey. I mean, I can’t believe it’s senior year, and I’m having an excellent season,” said the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder.

“I have a lot of fun out there. It’s just a way to get the team hype. I’m having a good time out there. Like 7-11, I’m always open. I feel that way. I feel like with my size and ability, I’m open, even if there are 2-or-3 guys on me.”

Through the first four games of the year, it’s hard to argue with Simco. Hollis Brookline is 3-1, and the

receiver is a giant reason why.

Simco has caught 28 passes on the year for 541 yards and nine touchdowns. The scary part of those eye-poppers is that he’s posting them without his quarterback, Joey Delaney, who went down with a broken collarbone seven plays into the season.

“I was a little worried when Joey got hurt, but (sophomore Sander Wimmer) stepped up and the offensive line keeps him clean,” said Simco. “He’s doing a great job stepping in. Joey is a special player, but Sander is putting up some huge numbers.”

And so Simco churns on.

In the class room, he is ranked No. 11 or 12 in the class of 150.

“OK, I should be top 10,” he admits.

A captain in basketball during the winter, Simco has his sights set high for the future as well.

Bates, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Amherst and Tufts have all inquired in the math whiz/receiver.

But first and foremost it’s football.

“We’ve got some work to do,” he says.

Simco and the Cavaliers get back to work Friday night, facing a tough one at 4-0 ConVal. HB hasn’t beaten ConVal in the last four tries.

Hollis Brookline (3-1) vs. ConVal (4-0)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: At Peterborough

LAST WEEK: Hollis Brookline 42, Hillsborough-Deering/Hopkinton 8; ConVal had a bye

LAST YEAR: ConVal 36, Hollis Brookline 32

FYI: ConVal has taken the last four meetings in this rivalry, and the Cougars are now just one of two unbeatens remaining in Division II South. No secrets with Hollis Brookline. Sophomore QB Sander Wimmer is red-hot (13 TD passes) and top target Matt Simco (9 TD catches) is on a run of four straight 100-yard-plus receiving games.

TOM KING’S PICK: Con-Val 17, Hollis Brookline 13

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK: Hollis Brookline 22, ConVal 18