NH Telegraph – Cavaliers hammer Pythons, now 6-2

By HECTOR LONGO, Correspondent

HOLLIS – Is Hollis Brookline football playoff worthy? We’ll find out in a week for certain.

The Cavaliers, now 6-2, spent a murky Saturday afternoon at “The Swamp,” pleading their case with a monster two-way effort – dominating Pelham, 43-0, and inching closer to the Division II postseason.

“It’s about time, right?” senior Jack Byrne said of the near-flawless effort.

“We’ve had a couple good defensive games that we’ve given up big plays. Today we finally finished. We didn’t make one of those big mistakes. We were the team that showed up to play.”

The defense certainly came to play in this one as Hollis Brookline would allow Pelham absolutely no life.

For the day, Pelham ran 38 plays, good for a total of 10 yards.

The Pythons would not complete a pass, going 0 for 11 with a trio of interceptions.

Pelham’s first, and only, first down came with 2:45 left in the fourth quarter while all of the Cavaliers’ starters were celebrating on the sideline.

“Defensively, we knew what they’d do. Our linebackers did a great job,” senior Derek Davidson said.

“We stopped both the run and the pass. The field got destroyed. There was no traction out there. We just went out and played it like a dog fight.”

Offensively, Hollis Brookline seemed impervious to the mud bog and the intermittent rain.

Everything worked.

Junior Matt Simco, who picked off a pair of passes, couldn’t be covered. The 6-foot-2 wideout pulled in eight Joey Delaney tosses in the first half alone, good for 82 yards and a TD.

Delaney would hit on 16 of 29 passes for 141 yards and another TD to Davidson. The junior Delaney had a pair of TD runs as well.

Davidson ran five times for 56 yards, and “Bruiser” Byrne rumbled for 67 yards on his 14 tries.

While the playoff calculators will be under heavy use in the next week or so, Cavaliers coach Chris Lones knows that nothing matters if his team can’t beat rival Souhegan in Amherst on Friday night.

“We’re the one team that can’t get in with three losses,” Lones said.

“These seniors haven’t beaten Souhegan in a varsity game. It hasn’t been good. We have to win. For them, it’s a playoff game. I’m sure they’re going to be ready. So are we.”

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