Cavaliers fall to ConVal at home

HOLLIS – For Joe Brooks it was too much to take. Losing 35-21 to a winless ConVal team on Senior night was too much.

As Hollis Brookline coach Chris Lones delivered his postgame speech dozens of long faces politely listened. Brooks lay prostrate on the ground the entire time.

It was too much.

The Cavaliers controlled time of possession, especially early, but ConVal’s aerial attack was too much for a depleted HB side.

“I just told them to keep their heads up,” Lones said. “It’s a long season. This was just a game where we made too many mistakes; it wasn’t for a lack of effort. They worked their tails off.”

Playing without starting quarterback and safety Patch Zorn the Cavaliers relied on Tommy Grant under center. Grant led the offense on two long drives to start the game, but they were broken up in the middle by a 72-yard interception return by Brandon Carland.

Defensively the Cavaliers held the ConVal offense to zero yards for the first 11 minutes before John Crowley and Liam Baldwin dialed themselves in. Crowley completed 21 of 30 passes for 257 yards. Eleven of those receptions were reeled in by Baldwin to the tune of 170 yards. Their best hookup came on a fade route on a two-point conversion that Baldwin caught in the back corner of the endzone while getting shoved out of bounds.

“We’re missing a big piece of our defense tonight so that’s a big loss not having [Patch] in,” Lones said. “You got a first-year kid playing back there and they were able to find him. So we had kids doing things out of their comfort zone, and they took advantage of it.”

Offensively the Cavaliers rode their run game as far as it could Matt Ferenczhalmy got the bulk of the carries in the interior while Andrew Butler and Wyatt Farwell were used on sweeps to the outside. Ferenczhalmy led the charge with three rushing touchdowns.

“Wyatt had a great game; Andrew had a great game,” Lones said. “We had to find ways to get them the ball. They work so hard blocking, and we had to find some way to reward them and take some of the pressure off of Matt too. He can’t carry the ball 36 times every week and expect him to play outside linebacker. Allowing Andrew, Peter, and Wyatt to get their hands on the ball takes the pressure off him.”