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Friday, December 21
Holliston's Scott Elliott Signs National Letter of Intent to Play Football at Harvard

By Jared Keene, Metrowest Daily News Staff

 Scott Elliot had no shortage of offers on the table to play football at the next level.

 The Holliston senior was offered by Army, UMass-Amherst, and every Ivy League school except Yale, among others, all wanting the signature of the talented two-way lineman, who has been one of the best in the state on both sides of the ball during his time with the Panthers.

But not only did Elliot decide to stay local, he decided to go with the school that was the first to offer him: none other than Harvard University. Elliot had already committed to the Crimson, but it became official when he signed his national letter of intent Wednesday afternoon at Holliston High School.

Elliot, who was joined by his family, teammates, friends, and head coach Todd Kiley, couldn’t be more excited to finally accomplish something he’s been wanting to do since he was a little kid.

“It’s a crazy feeling, but I’ve had this dream of playing college football since I was four years old,” he said. “To finally have this done and officially be signed is awesome, and I’m excited to be going to the best university in the country. I’m just really excited for the next four years.

“I had a lot of offers from a lot of great schools with great football programs, but Harvard was my first offer and I think they were the first ones that really believed in me playing at the next level. The coaching staff made a great impression on both my parents and me, and when I went on my official visit a couple weeks ago, I knew it was the right fit. I love Cambridge, there’s a lot to do around there, and obviously the education is top notch.”

At 6-foot-3, 275 pounds, Elliot has been an absolute animal battling in the trenches over the last four years.

 Even when Elliot was a freshman, Kiley and his coaching staff knew he was going to be a special player following in the footsteps of 2017 grad and current Tufts Jumbo Mark Mulvaney. Holliston’s coaches couldn’t have been more spot on about their assessment of Elliot.

On the offensive side of the ball, Elliot was primarily a tackle, displaying tremendous blocking technique, quick feet, and an extremely high football IQ. But this season, Kiley and offensive line coach Jim Perry decided to move Elliot to guard, well aware that he’s going to transition to either guard or center at Harvard.

“He’s definitely going to be an interior guy, either a guard or center at that level, which we knew – Division 1-wise – that’s where he’d be playing,” Kiley said. “He’s smart enough and athletic enough to play any of the five spots on the offensive line. He has all the tools. He’ll continue to get stronger, you’ve got to be strong to play inside. But he is marketable because of how versatile he is. There’s no question he’s going to work as hard as he can to put himself in position to compete at that level.”

Elliot also made his presence felt on the defensive line, with the ability to clog holes, stop the run, and make his way into the backfield, either for sacks or tackles for loss. It’s the offensive line, however, where Elliot will display his talent, which he was able to take to a new level with the Panthers.

“Coach Kiley, coach Perry, and coach (Paul) Athy did a great job developing me as a player,” he said. “They made me a better player and it really all started in each offseason. They made it a big deal to get in the weight room, get faster, get stronger, and I think that’s what really separated me. I came here with some good tools and some good technique, but they definitely developed me as an athlete getting stronger, getting my weight room numbers up, and I think that was the biggest thing.”

Elliot will be joining a legendary Harvard program coached by Tim Murphy, who took over in 1994. The Crimson have won 17 Ivy League titles – trailing only the 18 of Dartmouth and Penn – and seven national titles.

This season, Harvard finished 6-4, which included winning all three of its games in November over Columbia (52-18), Penn (29-7), and of course, its main rival Yale (45-27) in the 135th playing of “The Game,” which was played at Fenway Park this year. But beyond the football, Elliot knows what attending Harvard is all about.

“Well first off, with it being in Boston, I’m only about 35-40 minutes away from home,” he said. “And my grandma, who is from Natick, has been telling me my entire life that if I get to Harvard, I’m set. The education is going to be life changing and I’m really excited for all the opportunities I’m going to have.”

When it comes down to it, Harvard is getting one heck of a player and one heck of an individual.

Wednesday, November 28
Hamilton puts 33 on NESCAC All-Academic Team

Congratulations to our Alumni (2016) Sam Ratcliffe, Football 

 A total of 33 Hamilton College student-athletes have earned a spot on the 2018 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team.

2018 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team

Student-athletes from eight athletic programs (men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, women's golf, men's and women's soccer and volleyball) were eligible for NESCAC all-academic recognition, which honors sophomores, juniors and seniors who have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.50.

The 33 student-athletes included 16 repeat selections; six of them made their third appearance on the fall all-academic team: Matt Casadei '19Sarah Kane '19Claire Kitz '19Levi Lorenzo '19Reilly Shew '19 and Katie Tenefrancia '19.

In addition, Kane made the all-academic team and the field hockey all-conference team this fall.

Conor Courtney '20 (Litchfield, Conn./Litchfield HS)
Matt Reading '20 (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional HS)
Reilly Shew '19 (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional HS)
Chris Skeldon '20 (Wakefield, Mass./Wakefield HS)
Frank Zuroski '20 (Bemus Point, N.Y./Maple Grove HS)

Courtney Brunet '20 (Northvale, N.J./Northern Valley Regional HS)
Katie Cronin '21 (Waban, Mass. / Winsor School)
Haley Driscoll '21 (Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood HS)
Grace Heller '19 (Ridgefield, Conn. / Ridgefield HS)
Brigit Humphreys '21 (Sherman, Conn. / New Milford HS)
Mary Lundin '19 (Clarks Summit, Pa. / Scranton Preparatory School)
Maisie Merz '21 (Rochester, N.Y. / Brighton HS)

Cat Donahue '21 (Wellesley Hills, Mass. / Wellesley HS)
Sarah Kane '19 (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Friends School)
Sarah Pierpont '21 (Cheshire, Conn. / Cheshire HS)

Luca Katz '21 (Charlotte, N.C. / Charlotte Country Day School)
Levi Lorenzo '19 (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton HS)
Dana Marrocco '19 (Winchester, Mass. / Deerfield Academy [Mass.])
Sam Ratcliffe '21 (Holliston, Mass. / Holliston HS)

Nick Becker '21 (West Hartford, Conn. / William Hall HS)
Matt Casadei '19 (Irvington, N.Y./Irvington HS)
Cam DiGiovanni '20 (Milton, Mass./Milton Academy)
Andrew Kim '21 (Dallas, Pa. / Wyoming Seminary)
Michael Kim '21 (Dallas, Pa. / Wyoming Seminary)
Rowan Myers '19 (Ghent, N.Y./Monument Mountain Regional HS [Mass.])
Jake Samieske '21 (Wayne, N.J. / Wayne Hills HS)

TT Fletcher '20 (Wayland, Mass./Wayland HS)
Kristin Hughes '20 (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury HS)
Rachel Pike '21 (Los Angeles, Calif. / The Archer School for Girls)
Katie Tenefrancia '19 (Port Chester, N.Y./Greenwich Academy [Conn.])

Claire Kitz '19 (Commerce, Mich./Everest Collegiate HS & Academy)
Dorothy Poucher '21 (Jacksonville, Fla. / Episcopal School of Jacksonville)
Kayla Self '21 (Mukilteo, Wash. / Kamiak HS)

Monday, November 26
Athy & Thorbahn Voted 1st-Team All-Northeast-10

Waltham Mass: Bentley University defensive standouts Nick Athy (Holliston/Holliston HS) and Pete Thorbahn (Norwell/Xaverian Bros. HS) were seleted to the 2018 All-Northeast-10 Conference Football first team by the conference's head coaches.

Athy, a senior linebacker, was a repeat honoree on the first team while Thorbahn, a junior corner, earned first-team honors for the first time after being a second-team selection in 2016 and 2017.

Bentley was also represented on the All-Conference listing by senior offensive lineman Matt Boyle (Duxbury/Duxbury HS) and a trio of freshmen, kick returner Isaiah Collins (Dorchester Center/Belmont Hill School) and defensive linemen Cedric Dashiell II (Buena Park, Calif./Buena Park HS) and STeven Paulino (Bergenfield, N.J./Bergenfield HS).

Boyle was selected for the All-NE10 third team while Collins, Dashiell II andPaulino were All-Rookie selections.  Their selection gives Bentley seven All-Rookie team representatives in the last two years.

Athy, A Falcon co-captain and candidate for Google Cloud Academic All-America honors, spent most of his career as a safety before shifting to linebacker midseason.  He was fifth on the team in tackles (46) and also had an interception and a forced fumble.

Athy, who played in every game for the Falcons during his fours season, finished his career with 167 tackles, six interceptions, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.

Thorbahn finished the season second in the NE10 in interceptions with six, and also had a team-best 76 tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses, a fumble recovery and six pass break-ups.  He picked off a pass in five of the last six games and had double-figure tackles in three of the last five contests.

Thorbahn wil enter the 2019 season wtih 13 career interceptions, which is tied for seventh most in program history.  He's also 12 tackles away from 200 for his career.

The 6-foot-2 285-pound Boyle split time between guard and center while starting all ten games.  He cracked the starting unit in 2017, getting the nod at right guard in the final six.

Collins was the third leading kick returner in the Northeast-10, averaging 25.3 yards on 25 returns.  He had a long of 82 yards at SAint Anselm and his 633 kick return yards led the conference.

The 240-pound DAshiell II saw action in every game with four starts and totaled 36 tackles, 5.5 tackles for losses and forced fumble.

Paulino, also a 240-pounder, started six times and cambe off the bench in the team's other four games.  He finished his rookie year with 30 tackles, including two for losses.

Bentley closed out the season with three wins in it final four games for a record of 4-6. 


Wednesday, November 28
Thanksgiving Tidbits
Metrowest Daily News

 BEST FOR LAST: On Thursday, for the first time in his high school football career, Harvard University-bound lineman Scott Elliott scored a touchdown.

With the Panthers up by three scores over Westwood in the third quarter of its annual Thanksgiving Day game, Holliston coach Todd Kiley told his team that if they got the ball inside the red zone again, then Elliott would get a chance to score.

“Midway through the third quarter Dylan Ibbitson was untouched but he took a knee on the 2-yard line,” Elliott said. “So coach Kiley put me in and when I got the ball the (defensive) tackle was untouched so I lowered my shoulder and ran him over.”

It marked his first score – on offense or defense – in his four-year career with the Panthers as Holliston went on to win big over Westwood, 29-0.

“Great way to end his high school career,” Kiley said. ”... He has spent quite a few snaps making the holes for those scores. Nice to see him hitting the hole in (one of) his last (snaps) in a Holliston football uniform.”

“It was pretty cool,” Elliott added. “Never going to forget that moment.” 

Sunday, November 25
Holliston Outruns Westwood inThanksgiving Day Game

Metrowest Daily News 

Junior running back added Dylan Ibbitson 120 rushing yards as Holliston (9-1, 5-0 TVL) rushed for 275 yards and held Westwood to only 35 total yards.

Sophomore Tristan Benson rushed for 134 yards and two rushing touchdowns as visiting Holliston shut out Westwood, 29-0, in its annual Thanksgiving Day game on Thursday.

“We’re extremely proud of our kids for what they were able to accomplish this year,” said Holliston coach Todd Kiley.

Junior running back added Dylan Ibbitson 120 rushing yards as Holliston (9-1, 5-0 TVL) rushed for 275 yards and held Westwood to only 35 total yards.

“This is a somewhat small (senior) group but they brought a lot to the table, led by Will Crowley and Scott Elliott, our two captains,” Kiley said. “Just outstanding leaders and took this team and put them on their back and we were able to do what we did this year. We had one little bump in the road against Scituate. Other than that we had a fantastic season.

“Looks good for next year,” Kiley added. “We have 14 returning starting positions. We’re excited for that as well but extremely happy for these seniors and the legacy they left.”

Saturday, November 3
Scituate 57 Holliston 34

Metrowest Daily News


SCITUATE 57, HOLLISTON 34: Junior quarterback Matt Arvanitis rushed for two touchdowns and went 18-for-36 for 246 yards with two interceptions as second-seed Holliston (7-1) fell to third-seeded Scituate in the Division 5 South Semifinals.

Senior wide receiver Anthony Dzindolet caught six passes for 96 yards for the Panthers and sophomore running back Tristan Benson rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

Scituate running back Will Sheskey rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns while quarterback Aiden Sullivan threw four touchdowns and one interception in the win.

Both teams combined for 946 total yards of offense.

Holliston’s next game is TBD.

Saturday, October 27
Holliston 42 Somerset Berkley 0

Metrowest Daily News

HOLLISTON 42, SOMERSET BERKLEY 0: Sophomore running back Tristan Benson scored four touchdowns as Holliston shut out Somerset Berkley to advance to the Division 5 South semifinals.

“This group has done a great job of staying grounded against whoever they play against,” Holliston coach Todd Kiley said. “We are going to have a great week of practice and be ready to go against Scituate next Friday.”

The Panthers host No. 3 Scituate on Friday.

Saturday, October 27
Holliston Overpowers Somerset Berkley in Div 5 First Rounder

Boston Herald

 Holliston 42, Somerset Berkley 0: At Holliston, Tristan Benson had touchdown runs of 61, 1, 15 and 5 yards as the second-seeded Panthers (7-0) eliminated the No. 7 Raiders (3-4) from the Division 5 South playoffs.

For SB, Connor Sterling and Robert Shaker each intercepted a pass and Bryce Garretson had, said coach Nick Freitas, “a career day” at linebacker.

Wednesday, October 24
High School Football Playoffs

By Kevin J. Stone, Metrowest News Staff

The playoffs officially start this week for the North and South sections with the rest of the state closing out its regular season. Here are five things to watch for during the North and South sectional playoffs as teams begin on the road to Gillette.

The Gillette Stadium lighthouse is now in sight and the GPS for high school football teams heading to the postseason reads 1 Patriot Place in Foxboro.

The playoffs officially start this week for the North and South sections with the rest of the state closing out its regular season. Here are five things to watch for during the North and South sectional playoffs as teams begin on the road to Gillette:

1. Can L-S complete redemption tour?

A year ago, the Warriors were oh-so-close to capturing the Division 2 state title against a red-hot King Philip team, but ultimately lost 10-7 in what was one of the best games of the Super Bowl weekend.

So far this season it’s been apparent the 2018 version of the Warriors have been on a mission to get back under the bright lights at Gillette and walk out with some hardware. L-S enters the playoffs at 6-1 and the second seed in the Div. 2 North bracket. The Warriors’ first matchup will be Friday night at home against seventh-seeded Masconoment (3-4). A win there would set up a date with either Reading or Peabody in the semifinals.

North Andover is the top seed at 7-0 and all signs point to a sectional title game meeting between the two, but if Reading (6-1) gets through Peabody this weekend L-S will have its hands full. Focusing on the task at hand – something head coach Tom Lopez has stressed throughout his years and something that has helped him earn his 300 victories – is going to be the key if the Warriors want to ultimately win a championship. It also doesn’t hurt that L-S’s senior captains all have the sour taste of a season-ending defeat at the home of Tom Brady still in their collective mouths.

2. Natick, Wellesley have work cut out

The Redhawks (5-2) are seeded second while the Raiders (5-2) are seeded fourth. Mansfield (6-1) is the top seed with defending Div. 2 state champion King Philip the third seed at 5-2.

Barnstable (5-2, 5th) and Braintree (4-3, 6th) will provide its own set of challenges while New Bedford (3-4, 7th) and perennial contender Bridgewater-Raynham (2-4, 8th) can’t be overlooked. Natick faced Braintree back on Sept. 28 and came away with a gritty 21-7 win. Wellesley hasn’t faced Barnstable but lost a thrilling overtime game to Natick and also lost a shootout against Walpole.

 While King Philip had a down year by its standards, you can never count out the defending champ until they’re out and Bridgewater-Raynham has a history of program success. Wellesley will open up Saturday afternoon hosting Barnstable (3 p.m.) while Natick hosts New Bedford on Friday night (7 p.m.). Home games to start will help in the first round but both BSC squads have their work cut out in D2 South.

 3. Can Holliston get back to a Super Bowl?

The second-seeded Panthers (6-0) looked like the state title teams of 2014 and 2015 last week in a 48-0 shutout of Ashland, clinching a Tri-Valley League Large title. But the Division 5 South bracket is loaded, meaning a trip back to Gillette for head coach Todd Kiley and the Panthers won’t be easy.

Top-seeded Falmouth (6-0), third-seeded Scituate (6-1), fourth-seeded Canton (6-1) and fifth-seeded Hanover (5-2) can all make a claim that they’re best suited to escape this section. The Panthers should have a soft landing to open this Friday night when they host seventh-seeded Somerset Berkley (3-8), which would then set up a meeting against either Scituate or sixth-seeded Dennis-Yarmouth (4-3). Last year, Holliston was bounced in the first round by Scituate while Dennis-Yarmouth went on to win the Div. 5 state title.

4. TVL well represented

There will be some TVL flare right off the bat this weekend in the Division 6 South bracket as second-seeded Ashland (6-1) will host seventh-seeded Dover-Sherborn (4-3) on Friday night. Meanwhile, third-seeded Medway will be hosting sixth-seeded Norwell (3-3) on Friday as well

 In the regular season, Ashland barely squeaked by Medway with a 21-20 season-opening win and did not face D-S. Medway did face the Raiders and took care of business, winning 35-14.

Dedham (6-1) will also represent the TVL as the fourth seed. Old Rochester sits at the top of the bracket at 7-0 while fifth-seeded Apponequet (4-3) and eighth-seeded Bishop Stang (4-3) round out quite a strong collection of teams.

5. Things won’t be easy for Wayland

The Warriors had a great start to the season, going 5-2, but all it got them was the No. 5 seed in another stacked bracket. The Warriors open up at fourth-seeded Burlington on Friday night (7 p.m.).

Top-seeded Marblehead (7-0), second-seeded Gloucester (6-1) and third seed North Reading (5-2) led a very difficult bracket. If Wayland is able to beat the Red Devils this weekend then there’s a strong chance that a trip to Marblehead will await. How quarterback Mason Bolivar’s leg injury holds up after missing parts of the last few games will be something worth keeping an eye on with Wayland.

Tuesday, October 23
Scott Elliott and Holliston’s offensive line flexes its muscle in win over Ashland

By Tommy Cassell, Metrowest Daily News Staff

 The Holliston senior captain and Harvard University commit opened up holes on Friday for the Panthers’ offense to rush through for nearly 300 yards and five rushing scores in a 48-0 win over Ashland.

Livin’ large.

That might as well be the adage of the Holliston football team.

With a Tri-Valley League Large division championship on the line last Friday between two previously unbeaten teams, the Panthers won big – 48-0 – over visiting Ashland (6-1).

And it was the big boys up front on the offensive line who paved the way for Holliston (6-0).

 “There’s no group stronger than them,” senior wide receiver Billy Nash said on Cassell’s Corner podcast on Saturday. “They go out to dinner every day, really. [They] go to Moes (Southwest Grill) and get some $5 burritos and I think they’re just the center of our offense.”

The main cog of that group is the man who lines up next to the center: guard Scott Elliott.

The Holliston senior captain and Harvard University commit opened up holes on Friday for the Panthers’ offense to rush through for nearly 300 yards and five rushing scores – one apiece from Nash, Tristan Benson, and Matt Tomacelli, and two from Dylan Ibbitson.

Alongside Elliott on the offensive line are Zack Athy (OG), Will Crowley (OT), Sam Lynch (OT) and Ryan Burchard (C). Needless to say, the quintet of Panthers deserve a few burritos on the house, to celebrate Holliston’s first TVL title since 2015.

“There was no TVL championship game before this,” said Elliott on Cassell’s Corner, as the second-seeded Panthers will host No. 7 Somerset-Berkley in the Division 5 South playoffs on Friday. ”... being TVL champs [is awesome]. I think a lot of people thought we weren’t going to win a game this year, to be completely honest with you. They thought Holliston football was on the downhill slope after that 5-5 record [last year] but the guys just worked hard in the offseason and took it week by week and we just got it done.”

Tuesday, October 23
Still on the Bus!


Saturday, October 20
Holliston Blanks Ashland in Battle of the Unbeatens to Clinch TVL Large Crown

Metrowest Daily News, Kevin J. Stone

 This one was over by halftime, however, as Holliston showed off the winning culture that’s been built for years under head coach Todd Kiley. The Panthers led by 28 at the half and rolled to a 48-0 win.

HOLLISTON — The regular season ended on Friday night for many football teams in Massachusetts, but Ashland and Holliston were already in playoff mode.

Both teams entered the season finale at Holliston High unbeaten, looking to settle the Tri-Valley League Large title.

This one was over by halftime, however, as Holliston showed off the winning culture that’s been built for years under head coach Todd Kiley. The Panthers led by 28 at the half and rolled to a 48-0 win.

Holliston finishes the regular season at 6-0 overall, 5-0 in the league. Ashland fell to 6-1 (4-1 TVL). Both teams await its playoff fate, which is to be determined this weekend.

 “I was proud of the way we played on both sides of the ball tonight,” Kiley said. “I think if we play them again it’s a little different, but our guys were ready tonight. We’ve got great kids, and when you have great leaders on both sides that kids lean on, good things are going to happen.”

The Panthers couldn’t have scripted a better opening 22 minutes.

After each team traded punts to begin the game, Holliston started its second drive at its own 45-yard line. Eight plays later, Dylan Ibbitson scored on a 13-yard touchdown run and Andrew DelPonte added the PAT for a 7-0 lead.

 The Clockers were forced to punt again on their second drive and Holliston took over at its own 33 with 9:56 left in the half. Just three plays later, Tristan Benson (12 carries, 122 yards) broke loose for a 55-yard TD run for a 14-0 edge.

Another Ashland punt ensued and a huge return by Mitchell Gimblett brought the ball down to the 1-yard line. Matt Tomacelli lined up under center a play later and punched in a quarterback keeper to make it 21-0.

Ashland established its first lengthy drive on its next possession, taking over at its own 32 and driving down to the Holliston 25, but the Panther defense continued to clamp down, forcing a turnover on downs with 3:09 to go until the half.

 “We take pride in everyone being able to contribute,” Benson said. “We’ve worked hard together since the start of summer and everyone here is all about the ‘We’ before the ‘Me.’ Knowing you can trust the guy next to you is what makes us so dangerous I think.”

Ashland opened the second half with a 12-play, 5-minute drive that began at its own 32 and wound up with a first-and-goal at the Holliston 9-yard line. However, the Panthers ultimately forced another turnover on downs.

A 20-yard touchdown run for Ibbitson and missed PAT made it 34-0. One play after the kickoff, Christan Schneeloch came up with a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown to make it 41-0. Two plays after thatnext kickoff the Panthers got a 34-yard fumble recovery from Gimblett to make it 48-0 heading to the fourth quarter.

 Ashland had one final chance to break the shutout with a third-and-goal at the Holliston 1-yard line with 5:12 left in the fourth, but Seth Bello came up with an interception in the end zone.

And now, Holliston is living large with TVL title in its back pocket.

Saturday, October 20
Holliston, once again, takes Tri-Valley Large in a runaway

HOLLISTON – In uncharted waters amongst the Tri-Valley League football pecking order, Ashland learned a hard lesson Friday night at Kamitian Field – the road to any TVL success still runs through Holliston.


Holliston gassed the Clockers (6-1) early and often with an array of rushes that showed off the Panthers’ blessed perimeter speed, cruising to a 48-0 win to wrap up yet another TVL Large crown and carry a wave of morale into a D5 South playoff field that’s expected to be a cauldron.

“Obviously this is going to give us some momentum, you would think,” Holliston coach Todd Kiley said.

 “But honestly, this group is unreal as far as staying on the task at hand. So I think, obviously it’s going to help, but it’s a lunch pail group – regardless of the score, they’re coming to work.

 Holliston (6-0) finished with 301 rushing yards, led by speedy sophomore Tristan Benson (12 carries, 113 yards, TD) and junior Dylan Ibbitson (85 total yards, 2 rushing TDs).


In the first half, the Panthers racked up 173 yards and four rushing scores to take a commanding 28-0 halftime lead. Ibbitson’s 14-yard stretch left for the game’s first score was followed by an eye-opening 55-yard touchdown scamper from Benson. He took an inside handoff up an interior right-side gap and outsprinted the secondary to make it 14-0 early in the second quarter.

Benson’s score was followed by a 51-yard punt return from Mitch Gimblett that set up the Panthers’ third score, a 1-yard sneak by Matt Arvanitis . Gimblett took the ball at the Panther’s “H” logo at midfield and burst up the middle, eventually getting dragged out of bounds at the 1.

The final score of the half, a 40-yard Billy Nash jet sweep, was just as impressive. The senior not only got to the edge quickly – he out-raced several Ashland defenders for the final 35 yards, for a 28-0 advantage.

 Ashland (6-1) was held to just 73 yards of offense in the first half.

Holliston capped its dominant night with defensive touchdowns on back-to-back plays to make it 48-0. Christian Schneeloch came up with an interception down the left seam and ran it back 61 yards, followed by a 32-yard Gimblett fumble return on Ashland’s very next offensive play.

Saturday, October 20
H.S. football Holliston cruises past Ashland to win Tri-Valley Large title

By Boston Herald News Staff


HOLLISTON — With a Tri-Valley Large title hanging in the balance, Holliston’s play up front pushed it over the top.


Centered around Harvard commit Scott Elliott, the offensive line helped pave the way for a rushing attack that totaled over 270 yards as the Panthers defeated Ashland, 48-0 to win the division title at Kamitian Field.

Dylan Ibbitson led Holliston with two touchdowns.

Defensively, the Panthers were relentless. Elliott, Will Crowley and David Harding provided consistent pressure up front while defensive backs Ibbitson and Mitchell Gimblett blitzed off the edge.

“We came out focused and firing,” Elliott said. “Up front and running the ball has been our strength. After last year, this was our goal from day one.”

Holliston (6-0, 5-0) featured a diverse offense over the first three quarters, with six different players contributing on the ground and four players finding the end zone. Tristan Benson led the Panthers with 12 carries for 112 yards.

“To start our season, we knew our guys up front would be the heart and soul of our team,” said Holliston coach Todd Kiley. “Scottie (Elliott’s) up there. His play, his leadership — I’ve never seen anything like it. He’s the guy you want leading this football team.”

Holliston scored on four consecutive drives in the first half to put the game out of reach.

Ibbitson opened the scoring on the Panthers second possession with a 13-yard touchdown.

After a sack by Harding gave Holliston the ball back, its ground attack went back to work. One play after Matt Arvanitis scrambled for 12 yards, Benson received an inside handoff, found a burst of speed and took off for a 55-yard touchdown run to give Holliston a 14-0 advantage.

The Panthers defense, meanwhile, prevented Ashland from picking up any positive yardage on six straight plays.

Holliston’s special teams unit then joined in on the avalanche with a 51-yard punt return form Gimblett to set up Matthew Tomacelli’s 1-yard score and a 21-0 lead.

Ashland had a chance to get on the board late in the second quarter by working down to the Holliston 20-yard line. Three consecutive pass break-ups, including a touchdown-saving swat by Logan Brooks, turned the Clockers over on downs.

Moments later, the Panthers provided the nail in the coffin. After a 20-yard completion from Arvanitis to Ibbitson, Billy Nash took a jet sweep 40 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown to put Holliston on top 28-0 at the half.

Monday, October 15
Holliston's Billy Nash Tallies Three TDs in Football Teams Rout of Norwood

Billy Nash had two receiving scores – one from 60 yards and the other from 15 – and added a rushing score of 30 yards for the Panthers.

Senior wide receiver Billy Nash scored three times to help Holliston (5-0, 4-0 TVL) rout Tri-Valley League opponent Norwood, 41-18, in a football game on Saturday.

Nash had two receiving scores – one from 60 yards and the other from 15 – and added a rushing score of 30 yeards for the Panthers.

Sophomore running back Tristan Benson scored twice, both 1-yard TD runs, while senior wide receiver Anthony Dzindolet scored on a 5-yard TD run and junior quarterback Matt Arvanitis threw the two touchdowns to Nash.

“This group is a lunch-pail group and they go to work every day,” Holliston coach Todd Kiley said. “They’ve done a great job this year preparing for games.”

Holliston hosts Ashland on Friday at 7 p.m. with a Tri-Valley League Large title on the line.

“Our team has done a great job of taking it just one week at a time,” Kiley said. “Obviously, they’re high school kids and I’m sure in the back of their mind they have been looking forward to the Ashland game but they certainly weren’t overlooking Norwood in doing that.

Saturday, October 6
Holliston 28, Hopkinton 7

Holliston 28, Hopkinton 7"  Quarterback Matt Arvanitis passed for 199 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for another score, to power Hollion (4=0, 3-0 TVL) to a  victory over Tri-Valley League rival Hopkinton (2-3), 1-2 TVL).

Arvanitis hit Topher Ryan (167 yards, 3 TDs) in the first quarter with a 45-yard touchdown to take an early 7-0 lead and followed that with a 76-yard touchdown bomb to Ryan in the second quarter.  Arvanitis added a 5-yard scoring scramble in the waning seconds of the first half to give Holliston a 21-0 halftime lead.

Running back Tristan Benson gained 185 yards in the win.

Hopkinton quarter back Ryan Kelleher (13 of 32, 147 yards, 1 TD) hit Luke D'Aloia in the third quarter to get the Hillers on the board.  But ARvanitis hooked up with Ryan once more for a 33-yard score to give the Panthers a 28-7 lead, which they would hold on to.

Holliston vists Norwood on Saturday October 13th at 2:30 PM. 


Saturday, September 29
Holliston running back Tristan Benson rushes for 138 yards and two touchdowns as Holliston routs Medfield 42-0 on Friday to stay undefeated.

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Running back Tristan Benson  rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns to lead Holliston (3-0 ) (2-0 Tri-Valley) to a 42-0 blowout win over Tri-Valley league foe Medfield on Friday night.

Quarterback Matt Arvanitis completed seven of eight passes for 103 yards and one touchdown for the Panthers, Dylan Ibbitson added to rushing touchdowns in the victory. 

Holliston hosts Hopkinton on Friday at 7:00 pm. 

Saturday, September 22
Scott Elliott comes up big in Holliston football’s rout of Westwood on homecoming night

By Jared Keene, Metrowest Daily News Correspondent

Holliston - A Week 1 win Followed by a Week 2 bye.

 Not exactly what the Holliston Football team wanted, especially with the chance to gain some early season momNot exactly what the Holliston football team wanted, especially with the chance to gain some early season momentum by building off that season-opening victory over Norton. Sure, there’s going to be plenty of times when a bye can come in handy, primarily if a team is a bit banged up, but the Panthers didn’t want to have the week off from playing a game. Simply put, they wanted to play.

Holliston was willing to play anybody, but things didn’t end up working out. So Panthers head coach Todd Kiley decided to use the extra week to improve as a team and prepare as best as possible for Friday’s Tri-Valley League tilt against rival Westwood.

With Harvard-bound senior captain and two-way lineman Scott Elliott dominating the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, Holliston started fast and never looked back, rolling to a convincing 34-6 victory over the Wolverines on homecoming night at Kamitian Field.

 “You always worry about being rusty coming off the bye week and we did not want the bye week,” Kiley said after his squad moved to 2-0. “We were dead set against it. There was probably six or seven teams that had a bye that we were trying to get a game against. We were willing to play anybody, but we couldn’t get anybody that wanted to play us, so we took it as time to get better. It wasn’t so much about preparing for Westwood at first that initial week, just more about getting better as a team, and then we started preparing for Westwood earlier this week.

“We have a lunch-pail group that works extremely hard. We’re fairly young, but we’re a mature group. We took a step forward, prepared, and I thought our guys came out and executed well tonight.”

Elliott, who stands 6-foot-3 and goes 278 pounds, has certainly developed into one of the top two-way lineman in the area, not to mention the state.


Monday, September 10
Boston Globe's Week 1 Players of the Week
Matt Arvanitis & Anthony Dzindolet, Holliston — Arvanitis (8 of 17, 203 yards passing) connected three times with Dzindolet (138 yards receiving) on TD passes of of 85, 35 and 17 yards in a 33-15 victory over Norton.

Wednesday, September 5
Harvard-Bound Scott Elliott Looks to Leave Lasting Legacy at Holliston

By Matt Feld, Boston Herald News Correspondent 

Todd Kiley has manned the sideline for 16 years at Holliston, but it doesn’t take long for him to choose the best lineman of his time on the job.

“From a lineman standpoint, there is no one better than Scott Elliott in my years here,” said Kiley. “I put him up there with the best players that have ever played in this program.”


From the early going, Elliott believed he had a future in football. He will continue to play next year at Harvard.

Elliott was consistently the biggest and most physically gifted youth on his Holliston Pop Warner teams.

In his early years, Elliott’s teammates were often a year or two older as he was forced to play a year up in an effort to balance the size advantage. Once he began playing with players his age, however, Elliott gained even more attention.

“I was always the biggest kid on the line,” he said. “I had to stop playing Pop Warner because of the weight limit during a couple of years. I always played with kids older than me, but once I got to play with my grade I stood out that much more.”

Elliott became an invaluable member of the Holliston program the moment he stepped on the field. Along with his size, he enamored coaches with his steady approach, constantly spending his summer days on the football field training for the upcoming season.

A four-year varsity starter, Elliott helped the Panthers to a Super Bowl title as a freshman starter for every game at defensive tackle.

"I tried to not let it get to my head,” he said. “You win your first year, it can be pretty amazing. But I just tried to stay level-headed and get right back to work.”

In his sophomore and junior campaigns, Elliott’s profile began to grow. Last season he exhibited greater versatility, appearing not only at defensive tackle, but also at offensive guard and occasionally tight end.

By the time the 6-foot-3, 270-pound lineman finished his third season in high school, he was regularly receiving phone calls and visits from some of the top colleges in the region.

Ultimately, Elliott decided on Harvard, committing this summer following numerous talks with the coaching staff and a trip to the Crimson’s camp.

“Harvard is Harvard,” said Elliott. “They did a great job keeping in touch with me, taking care of me, and contacting my family. Over the summer I went to their camp, met the players, and knew right away that it was time to commit.”

Now with his commitment behind him, Elliott is focused on putting the finishing touches on his football legacy during his senior season in high school, hoping to book-end his career with state championships.

“That’s the ultimate goal, but you just try and take it week-to-week,” said Elliott. “We’re just going to try and keep the same pace. You tell the younger guys how if you just win week-to-week your goals will pile up, and you’ll get there.”

Thursday, September 6
Holliston Seeks a Return to Form After a .500 Season in 2017

By Joe Danker, Metrowest Daily News Correspondent 

The goals are to start out strong and stay healthy and get the kids that are in new spots confident in their roles,” said Holliston coach Todd Kiley, now in his 16th year at the helm of the Panthers. “It’s all about getting everybody on the same page and clicking offensively and defensively.”

After a 2017 that ended in disappointment, the Holliston football program is determined to get back to its winning ways in 2018.

And with back-to-back state titles in 2014 and 2015 under his belt, head coach Todd Kiley has a wealth of success to draw upon to help his 2018 squad.

“It starts with the off-season training program,” said Kiley, who is in his 16th season as the Panthers’ coach. “The goals are to start out strong and stay healthy and get the kids that are in new spots confident in their roles. It’s all about getting everybody on the same page and clicking offensively and defensively.”

2017 Rewind

Holliston finished the 2017 campaign at 5-5 overall and earned a playoff berth in the Division 5 South sectional as the sixth seed before losing to Scituate 28-14 in the quarterfinals.

“We were tied with Scituate 14-14 at halftime and we were driving down the field in the third quarter,” said Kiley. “We got inside the 10-yard line and fumbled it away. And on the next play Scituate ran a trap play and they went the distance to go up 21-14.”

The Panthers never recovered from that dramatic momentum swing.

“We had trouble finishing good teams,” said Kiley. “That sort of thing happened to us often during the season.”

However, the 2017 season had its moments. Holliston defeated their main rival Westwood twice, once on the road 41-7, and then again on Thanksgiving 34-0.

“To beat Westwood twice was very rewarding for our kids,” said Kiley.

Key Losses

The Panthers lost leading scorer Jake Armstrong to graduation. His versatility and production will be difficult to replace.

“Jake led the team in rushing (422 yards, 5 TDs) and receiving (20 receptions, 341 yards, 6 TDs),” said Kiley. “He lined up as the wideout in our spread set or as the wing in our double wing set.”

The Panthers’ second-leading scorer, Brad Seymour, also won’t be back. He rang up 587 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns.

Holliston will also miss the contributions of Alex Kelley. The middle linebacker and offensive guard was their top defensive player in 2017. In addition, offensive and defensive tackle Will Celorier graduated and will no longer be the stalwart presence he was on both sides of the ball.

 Players to Watch

Four-year varsity player and two-time team captain Scott Elliott will be looked upon to fill the gap at tackle on both sides of the ball. And junior running back and linebacker Dylan Ibbitson is expected to contribute.

 Dylan is a very athletic, tough kid,” said Kiley. “He is fast and has a lot of savvy. He started for us as a sophomore running back last year (226 yards, 5 TDs).”

 Junior quarterback Matt Arvanitis has impressed in practice.

 “Matt is doing great, he won the quarterback job,” said Kiley. “He’s a very good athlete with a great head on his shoulders. He is able to read defenses and we are going to utilize those strengths.”

 Senior captain Will Crowley will play on the offensive line and the defensive line.

 “Crowley is a workhorse — he’s strong and physical,” said Kiley. “He and Scott Elliott led the team in the off-season weight room work.”

 Additionally, junior Dave Harding will be a presence at defensive end and junior Connor Mulvaney is expected to be a force at inside linebacker and tight end.

 Keys to the Season

 Kiley sees his team’s strength, speed, and overall athleticism as the factors that will give the Panthers an advantage in 2018. That and a balanced offense are the keys to Holliston bouncing back to being a postseason contender.

 “We have speed and athleticism and good strength on defense,” said Kiley. “We like the strength test results we saw at the start of the season. They were as good as they have ever been. We feel good about our defense.”

 The Panthers may have the athleticism and strength to power past some opponents, but Kiley knows there is more to winning.

 “We are taking this season one game at a time, that is our mentality,” said Kiley. “First it’s all about the Larracey Bowl and taking care of business. Then we set our eyes on a tough team in Norton. One game at a time, never look to far in the future.”

 Holliston opens its schedule at Norton on Friday night.  

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