Cavs crush Sanborn

KINGSTON – Visualize a hot knife gliding easily through the middle of a cold cube of butter. Okay, now you know just what the Hollis Brookline football squad’s offense looked like against the struggling Sanborn Indians’ defense on Oct. 12.

The Cavaliers drove their 2019 record two games over .500 to 4-2 with a 50-0 hammering of a host Sanborn contingent which slid frustratingly to 0-6 with another decisive loss on its home grid.

The Cavs’ offense possessed the football for eight series’ and scored on seven of them, including all five drives it conducted during the first half. And the final statistics showed the locals having tallied some 410 offensive yards while their defense held the hapless opposition to a mere 143 and just five via its passing game.

With all of that having been stated, Hollis Brookline coach Chris Lones ended up pretty perturbed with his crew after his players didn’t exhibit the kind of sportsmanship he expects from them during the postgame handshakes. He let them know it in no uncertain terms when they met before heading to their bus, and he also said quite plainly that his athletes will absolutely not be allowed to have their heads balloon through overconfidence in the wake of the pounding of the Indians.

“It was a good win, and we have things to be pleased with. But in the end, we haven’t beaten anybody yet,” he said.

“We’ve beaten the Sanborns and the Manchester Wests and teams we should have beaten if we played well, but we’ve got Souhegan, Alvirne, and Saint Thomas standing between us and the playoffs, and we have to be able to beat those kinds of teams to make it to the playoffs.”

Cavaliers’ senior quarterback Sander Wimmer played every single offensive snap of the game and had himself quite a day. He completed eight of the 10 passes he attempted for 197 yards and two touchdowns, ran the ball nine times himself for 55 yards and two scores, threw for a pair of two-point conversions, passed for two others, and in his role as a defensive back on defense he ripped the football out of the grasp of a Sanborn running back for a turnover in the first half.

The Cavs’ also got some nice work from junior running back Marc-Andre Thermitus, who tallied 92 yards on just six carries and reached the end zone twice.

The Cavaliers stepped into that Saturday contest licking wounds from a 20-15 loss to Pelham back on Oct. 5 which had ended their three-game winning streak and moved their 2019 record to 3-2.

The winless host Sanborn crew has had a deeply frustrating 2019 campaign, with its most recent travails coming during a 41-7 walloping it suffered at the hands of the visiting Alvirne Broncos in Kingston the previous Saturday.

Hollis scored the only points it would end up needing to win this contest less than a minute after the opening kickoff when quarterback Wimmer connected with his brother Quinten on a 48-yard scoring pass on the very first play from scrimmage.

Moments later, Sander tore the ball out of the grasp of a Sanborn rusher at gave his team possession at its own 37.

It then took the Cavs just four plays to get into the end zone again, with that series being capped off by a 13-yard scoring sprint by Sander for points.

Subsequent scoring plays got the locals a commanding, 36-0 lead at the halftime break, and they included a 58-yard scoring pass from Sander to Shea Philbrook, a 63-yard sprint by Thermitus, and a 15-yard keeper by Sander.

At the half, Hollis had already accrued 270 yards worth of offense while Sanborn had just 85.

The Cavaliers made it a 44-0 game late in quarter number three thanks to a 7-yard scoring jaunt by Kyle Manley, and the locals put the final points up on the scoreboard with just 1:55 left when Thermitus ran the ball in from 20 yards out.