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Recap: Mashpee 30, Millis/Hopedale 14

November, 30, 2011
TAUNTON, Mass. -- With seconds remaining on the clock, the Mashpee Falcons offense did something that the club’s defense did not do all night, it showed mercy on Millis/Hopedale.

As time wound down on a decisive 30-14 win Tuesday night that propelled the Falcons to their first-ever MIAA Super Bowl appearance, senior quarterback Zak Orcutt took a knee with his team just a yard away from its’ sixth touchdown of the night.

During the 39 minutes that led up to the kneel down, Mashpee was anything but hospitable. While the Falcons’ running back tandem of 1,000-yard rusher – Jordan Keli’inui and Jared Taylor – gets much of the acclaim for the team’s 12-0 campaign, the defense has flown under the radar as one of the top units in Southeastern Massachusetts all season long.

In the D4 semifinal against Millis, the defensive unit had its finest day. Led by senior defensive tackle Graham Kilpatrick (2 sacks), the Falcons spent nearly as much time in the Mohawks’ backfield as Millis’ 1,500-yard runner Jimmy Perkins. Mashpee took Perkins out of the game, limiting him to just 13 yards on 12 rushes for the night. He added a 1-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter when the outcome was already settled.

Orcutt and the Mashpee defensive backfield were just as dominant as their brethren up front. Orcutt, who head coach Matt Triveri believes is one of the best safeties in the state, intercepted two Bay Tangney passes in the first half. Tangney had a night he’d rather forget altogether as he was harassed all evening by the Mashpee front, suffering six sacks and even more wallops. He went 6-for-16 throwing the ball, for 71 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions.

The Mashpee defense set the tone early. After forcing a three-and-out, the Mashpee offense marched down the field in just five plays and capped an 81-yard drive with a 32-yard scamper by Keli’inui (11 carries, 84 yards). A 2-point run by the senior gave Mashpee an 8-0 lead just 3:03 into the game.

Taylor (7 carries, 66 yards, 2 TDs) tacked on a second touchdown for Mashpee with 55 seconds to play in the quarter, an amazing spinning surge that saw him break through a number of arm tackles before finishing off a 34-yard run to the house. Orcutt found fullback Kyle Murray on a bootleg pass for the conversion to put the Falcons ahead by 16.

Millis threatened to make a game of it late in the second quarter. Recovering a Mashpee fumble just inside midfield, Tangney went up top and hit George Palcopolous on a 34-yard heave to put the Mohawks on the board. The conversion pass failed, though, and it was 16-6 with 2:20 left in the first half.

Mashpee iced the game going into the intermission. Orcutt orchestrated a beautiful two-minute drill, which was aided by a pass interference penalty against Millis which moved the ball to the Hawks’ 15. Two plays later the quarterback faked a handoff to Keli’inui and then found the running back wide-open on a wheel route in the left corner of the end zone. A 2-point pass to Johnny Williams made it 24-6 with 31 ticks left in the half.

Mashpee got the ball to open the second half and put it out of reach with a methodical 11-play, 58-yard drive that was capped by Taylor hopping in from 2-yards out.

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Recap: No. 24 Holliston 35, Millis/Hopedale 13

October, 28, 2011
HOLLISTON, Mass. -- There isn’t a single positional unit on No. 24 Holliston that lacks speed.

From the skill position players to the linemen, every Panther can run like one, and at the end of the day, there isn’t a team in the Tri-Valley League that can catch up.

Millis/Hopedale found that out the hard way Friday night as the smaller but speedier Panthers ran them ragged in a 35-13 TVL crossover win.

Jake Frechette (154 yards rushing, two TDs) eclipsed 3,120 yards to break Matt Bellomo’s school record and senior quarterback, running back, kicker, kick and punt returner and just plain playmaker Dan Barone compiled 283 all-purpose yards and a pair of scores in the victory.

It was Barone’s special teams play that helped the Panthers pull away from what looked to be an even game going into the half. Jimmy Perkins (114 yards rushing) punched in a 1-yard touchdown to pull the Mohawks to within 14-13 but the extra point was blocked by Holliston’s Brody Ciarcello. Barone then applied the big blow with an 82-yard kickoff return with 46 seconds left in the half.

M/H never recovered, as the Mohawks were held to three first downs the entire second half. Max Athey and Frechette, who set the new school record with a 27-yard carry in the third quarter, punched in second-half touchdowns to complete the scoring.

When Frechette was a freshman, he was pretty fast, but also pretty skinny. Still, Holliston coach Todd Kiley knew he had a special back and now the senior has the strength to match his quickness, carrying defenders for extra yardage at the second level.

“I am so proud of him,” Kiley said. “I remember the first day he stepped on the field as a varsity player, a little freshman and probably, in most cases, shouldn’t be playing because of his size. And freshmen as a whole shouldn’t be playing. He just fought the battle that year and he’s continued year after year.”

After the game, the understated Frechette talked about replacing Bellomo, who went on to play at Holy Cross, in the record books.

“I was in eighth grade [when Bellomo was a senior]. I remember watching him running up and down the field. ... It’s a good accomplishment, but it’s a team award. I couldn’t have done it by myself. The coaches work their tails off week in and week out putting us in the best position to win and they’re a big part of why this happened.”

“It’s well-deserved,” Barone said. “[Frechette has] been working his tail off for four years now so I think he deserves all the praise and all the accolades that he’s going to get. A job well done, well-deserved for him.”

Millis/Hopedale may be in the TVL Small, but there is nothing tiny about the players in the trenches for Dale Olmstead’s squad. The offensive line includes a right side of sophomore guard Jon Baker (6-3, 290) and junior tackle Adam Tyks (6-1, 240) that was able to get good push for Perkins, a tough and elusive senior who got plenty of yards after contact. Baker, a 4.0 student whose older brother David plays at Williams, has already attracted the attention of some Division I coaches. Even if he doesn’t end up at that level, Olmstead said “it won’t be for a lack of work ethic,” as the mauler, who also plays nose guard, is one of the most committed players on the team in terms of his offseason strength and conditioning work according to his coach. One way or another, the future looks bright for both Baker and the Mohawks program as a whole, which can clinch a postseason berth with a win over Bellingham next week.

Millis/Hopedale (7-1) 0 13 0 0 - 13
Holliston (6-1) 7 14 7 7 - 35

1st quarter
H - Dan Barone 11 run (Barone kick)

2nd quarter
H - Jake Frechette 5 run (Barone kick)
M - Ian Strom 9 pass from Bay Tangney (Tyler Angel kick)
M - Jimmy Perkins 1 run (kick blocked)
H - Barone 82 kickoff return (Barone kick)

3rd quarter
H - Max Athey 3 run (Barone kick)

4th quarter
H - Frechette 1 run (Barone kick)