Kearsarge football gets overwhelmed by Hollis-Brookline 35-0
Kearsarge junior Elliot Lukaitis makes a long gain in the fourth quarter of the Cougar's loss at home to Hollis-Brookline in North Sutton on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
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The Kearsarge Regional High School defense holds back Hollis-Brookline's Wyatt Farwell during the Cougar's loss at home in North Sutton on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
NORTH SUTTON – Both coaches said the last week of practice was the best one they had all year. But only one of those teams carried their practice habits into game day.
Hollis-Brookline owned the line of scrimmage, rushed for 295 total yards and sent yesterday’s contest into running time in the third quarter as it hammered out its first victory of the season, 35-0 over Kearsarge (2-4).
“It’s going to sound ridiculous, but this week was our best week of practice this entire year, that’s why this is so puzzling,” Kearsarge Coach Zach Matthews said. “To come out and lay an egg like this is just extremely disappointing.”
The emotions, of course, were flipped for the Cavaliers (1-5).
“It feels great, I couldn’t be prouder of those kids, it was all them,” Hollis Coach Rich Bergskaug said. “After we were 0-4 we kind of raised expectations and we challenged them even more than we were doing before and they responded and finally we put a whole game together. We would play a great half or a good quarter, but we really put four quarters together today and these guys deserve the win.”
The Cavaliers played one of those great halves last week and showed what kind of potential they had in a 14-0 loss against St. Thomas (5-1), a score and performance that did not go unnoticed.
“I knew (Hollis-Brookline) hadn’t won a game yet, but they’re a good football team,” Matthews said. “They’ve been in some close games and had some tough breaks go against them, so I knew they were a hungry football team and they came out and took it to us. There’s absolutely zero excuses. They dominated us in every phase of the game.”
That domination started with the offensive line (center Shea Farrell, guards Ian Conaway and Newman Harrison, and tackles Mike Morgan and Tommy Johnson), which was constantly pushing the Cougars backward. And Matt Ferenczhalmy was constantly taking advantage. The junior running back finished with 174 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries and he gave H-B a 14-0 lead after the first quarter with scoring runs of 48 and 5 yards.
“He’s a tremendous athlete and a tough kid to bring down,” Bergskaug said. “I know I wouldn’t want to tackle him.”
Hollis quarterback Austin Pigott faked out the entire Kearsarge defense on a 14-yard read-option touchdown run early in the second quarter and Ferenczhalmy made it 28-0 with 8:51 left in the second quarter with a 47-yard scoring run. An interception from Kearsarge’s Travis Newman kept the score there until halftime, but Pigott connected with Nick Garside on a pretty 25-yard touchdown pass on Hollis-Brookline’s first possession of the second half to push the lead to 35-0 and put the game into running time.
After gaining just 25 yards in the first half, Kearsarge did finish with 119 total yards (H-B wound up with 334) and gave up just the one score in the second half. Sophomore Riley Antle led the Cougars with 67 rushing yards on 14 carries.
“The positives are we have a great group of sophomores who are out there playing hard and I couldn’t be prouder of them,” Matthews said. “Does it hurt right now? It sure does, but it’s valuable experience that I hope will pay us dividends down the road.”
(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @timosullivan20.)