Passing attack lifts Hollis Brookline football over Trinity – NHHighSchoolSports.com
MANCHESTER – Joey Delaney knew that the Hollis Brookline High School football team was going into a big game Saturday night against Trinity.
All week, the Cavaliers quarterback used a win over Sanborn the week before as motivation to play well again against the Pioneers, and it worked.
Delaney threw for five touchdowns in the first half and HB put its highest point total in almost four years in a 40-14 win over Trinity in a matchup of Division II South Conference teams at Gill Stadium in Manchester.
“We had a good week of practice and it showed us that we were the real deal,” Delaney said. “It was the first win of the year (last week against Sanborn), so it gave us some confidence and we went into practice with our heads held high.”
The point total was the highest for the Cavs since scoring 49 in a win over Goffstown on Oct. 26, 2012.
After a slow first quarter that saw Delaney throw his first interception of the season, the junior found success throwing over the middle of the field to receiver who able to outrun Trinity’s secondary to the end zone. Delaney finished with 274 yards passing, with three touchdown passes of 54 yards or more.
“This is our second year with Joey and Tyler (Bergerson) in the system, and they worked their butts off all summer long,” HB coach Chris Lones said. “We knew coming in that we were going to be OK no matter which was starting. Joey won the starting job and he’s proven us right.
“We knew they were going to try to take Matt (Simco) away. You have to, after the way he started the season. We knew we had answers with Brian (Delaney) and Derek (Davidson). We believe in those two kids, that they’re going to be able to do things against anybody.”
Brian Delaney, Joey’s brother, had touchdown catches of 62- and 54-yards in the second quarter, while Simco had a 65-yard scoring catch and Davidson and Michael Gillespie also caught touchdown passes.
Gillespie’s score, and a successful two-point conversion, put HB (2-1) up 8-0 less than two minutes into the game, but Trinity (1-2) was able to get on the board when Dylan O’Sullivan picked off Delaney, and two plays later, Jake Cole scored from 10 yards out.
Davidson gave the Cavs a 14-7 lead with a 34-yard touchdown run with 44 seconds left in the first quarter, but Trinity’s Jack McCahill returned the kickoff 51 yards to the HB 39-yard line.
But the Pioneers’ offense stalled there, and on fourth-and-6, quarterback Colin Hines was sacked by Clem Sherwood to turn the ball over on downs. Two plays later, Joey Delaney hit Brian Delaney over the middle, and the older Delaney raced 62 yards for the score.
Trinity answered by driving the ball down to the Cavs’ 26, but McCahill fumbled after catching a pass from Hines and Sherwood recovered at the 21. Five players later, Delaney connected with Simco for a 65-yard score that made it 28-7 HB with 5:44 left in the first half.
The Cavs forced a three-and-out on Trinity’s next possession, and Delaney went to work again, this time on HB’s second play of the drive. Brian Delaney’s second touchdown catch, this time a 54-yard catch-and-run, gave HB a 34-7 lead.
“I’d put them in a race with just about any defense in the state,” Lones said of his receivers. “They had an opportunity to make plays and they did.”
Davidson’s touchdown catch with 41 seconds left in the half made it 40-7 at the break, and Trinity got the final score on a 9-yard run by O’Sullivan with 4:39 left in the game.
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