Hollis Brookline football rally comes up short

There are few moral victories in sports, if any, but the Hollis Brookline football team might have earned one Friday night at Hanover.

The Cavaliers fell behind 14-0, rallied to tie at 14-14 but fell to the host Marauders, 20-14, in a Division II iner-conference thriller.

“We were right there with them all game, and we really gave them all they could handle on their home field, that’s for sure,” said HB coach Chris Lones. “We just had some missed opportunities. We moved the ball up and down the field, but we just made too many mistakes.”

Brandon Iodice scored on a 10-yard run, and Sander Wimmer added a 53-yard TD dash for the 1-1 Cavs.

St. Thomas 26, Alvirne 22

The Alvirne High School football team is certainly proving it will be competitive in Division II.

The Broncos fell to 1-1 on the season, but not before putting up a good battle against a tough St. Thomas team, falling 26-22 in their home opener. The Saints took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdowns by Nick Todatti and Jack Benelli, but the one that hurt was a Hunter Lessard touchdown catch with 17 seconds left in the first half to give St. Thomas a 20-6 lead at halftime.

The Kyle Gora-led Alvirne offense didn’t quit however, getting a TD and two-point conversion with 5:03 left in the third quarter to close to 20-14.

But the 2-0 Saints put together a drive with another back-breaking TD, this one by Will MacLean to go up 26-14 with just 25 seconds left in the third quarter.

Gora, however, scored on a 12-yard run with 8:21 left, and another two-point conversion closed the Broncos to within 26-22. But unfortunately for Alvirne, it stayed that way.

The Broncos will take on one of their now South Conference area rivals, Souhegan, in Amherst next Friday night at 7:30.

Souhegan 13, ConVal 0

The Sabers picked up a key victory on the road in Peterborough. Both teams are now 1-1 in the Division II South race.