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Potent ground attack lifts Bow over Hollis-Brookline

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  • Bow running back Owen Walton tries to break free of Hollis-Brookline linebacker Andrew LeBlance during a runback of a kick on Saturday afternoon, October 16, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow running back Myles Rheinhardt drags Hollis-Brookline defender Colby MacDormand for a big gain during the first half on Saturday, October 16, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow running back Logan Gordon runs away from Hollis-Brookline defender J.C. Cora during the first half on Saturday. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

  • Bow running back Ryan Lover eludes Hollis-Brookline defenders for a big gain during the first half on Saturday, October 16, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow wide receiver Benjamin Berube battles Hollis-Brookline defender J.C. Cora during the fist quarter on Saturday afternoon, October 16, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow linebacker Hollis Jones drags Hollis-Brookline running back Joe Mahoney down during the second quarter on Saturday afternoon.

  • Bow running back Ryan Lover eludes Hollis-Brookline defenders for a big gain during the first half on Saturday, October 16, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow wide receiver Benjamin Berube battles Hollis-Brookline defender J.C. Cora as he gets pushed out of bounds during the fist quarter on Saturday afternoon, October 16, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow running back Logan Gordon runs away through a collection of Hollis-Brookline defenders during the first half on Saturday, October 16, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow wide receiver Benjamin Berube battles Hollis-Brookline defender J.C. Cora as he gets pushed out of bounds during the fist quarter on Saturday afternoon, October 16, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow quarterback Alexander Boisvert runs toward a touchdown at the end of the second quarter against Hollis-Brookline on Saturday afternoon, October 16, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

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Published: 10/17/2021 7:42:28 AM

Myles Rheinhardt took the field Saturday with his teammates and the only worry, perhaps not even a worry, they had was to play the game and play it their way.

The Falcons haven’t had the season they were looking forward to back in the dog days of preseason practice. With two canceled games and just one win to add, Bow has faced more than enough adversity in 2021.

With those hardships come frustrations, and some of those frustrations were released in its 43-16 walloping of visiting Hollis-Brookline at Falcon Stadium.

Bow for the entirety of the game relied on what’s made it one of the more revered Division II programs — a forceful ground-and-pound offensive philosophy on one side, and a tenacious, ball-stopping defense on the other.

After it forced the Cavaliers into a three and out on their opening drive of the game, Bow only needed nine plays to go 65 yards for the opening score. Rheinhardt was instrumental with three carries for 15 yards and the score for the Falcons on the drive.

The senior running back and captain played a large role in Bow’s success. He had multiple carries that were over at least five yards throughout the game and his 23-yard touchdown in the second quarter managed to put the offense even further on the metaphorical gas pedal.

A testament to that claim happened with over five minutes left in the first half with Bow starting a drive on its own 17-yard-line. Senior quarterback Alex Boisvert took a sack on the opening play and with a second-and-20, the Falcons looked like they were in a tough spot. Seven plays and 93 yards later, Boisvert walked into the end zone on an 18-yard scramble.

Junior running back Ryan Lover capped the 26-point first half with a seven-yard touchdown run and Bow held a three-score lead that only grew in the second half.

“They came to play,” the Falcons coach Paul Cohen said. “Prevailing winds shifted and we were able to do what we do best. I’m very proud of this group of athletes.”

Cohen had plenty to be proud of, and a tell-tale sign of a strong victory is being able to play all the players dressed in uniform on the sideline. Which is exactly what the Falcons were able to do roughly midway through the third quarter with a quarterback substitution that took Boisvert out and in came freshman Brady Lover.

Of course, that halftime lead had to be built upon first before younger guys stepped into the game. Bow received the opening kickoff in the second half and only needed three plays to go 77 yards for its fifth touchdown of the day. Rheinhardt’s carry on a sweep to the left side of the field went for 64 yards to set up the score for Ben Berube.

Berube’s touchdown wasn’t a matter of him executing a play, but rather him being in the right place at the right time as he recovered a fumble in the end zone.

The moment that touchdown was scored, Rheinhardt and the rest of the starters’ day began to shrink and eventually was finished at the start of the fourth quarter.

“It was a good team effort for the win,” he said. “I couldn’t have gotten it done without the rest of my team. It felt good.”

Rheinhardt’s words are representative of the team’s motto – together. That sense of togetherness has kept the Falcons high during the lowest of lows this fall and even though their on-field opportunities have been limited, they continue to make the most out of them.

Now, with just two weeks left in the season, Bow (2-3) has a few more chances to end a trying season on the right foot. Next week it travels to John Stark (1-5) and hosts Manchester West (4-2) the following week. If the Falcons can consistently prepare and execute in the same manner it did against the Cavaliers, the final two games could be something to remember.

“They’ve overcome more than any team should ever have to in a season,” Cohen said. “Just the fact we were able to win at home is a big plus for us.”


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Matt Parker is a sports reporter at the Monitor and started in August 2021. He is an Ohio native and relishes being from the Buckeye state. A proud graduate of Ohio University located in Athens, Ohio, he served as the sports editor for the student-run newspaper, The Post, from 2019-20. When not at a game or chasing around a coach, you can catch him playing his guitars or looking for the next Peanuts memorabilia piece to add in his growing collection.



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