HOLLISTON — With Holliston rotating its starters and backups in preparation for the Division 4 Super Bowl, Westwood took advantage with a 20-2 victory Thursday, knocking Holliston from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Westwood (8-3) used a high-octane passing attack to forge an early lead. Quarterback Brendan Patterson completed his first nine passes, including a 13-yarder to receiver Jimmy Fallon for the first score of the game, and finished with 14 completions for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
“He’s been in a rhythm since after we lost to Hanover,’’ Westwood coach Ed Mantie said. “The confidence has really been there. When you play with confidence, and you trust the guys are going to catch the ball on the other end, you’re going to do some good things. He made the right read every time today and that’s what you expect of your senior quarterback.”
This is the fourth consecutive year Westwood beat Holliston on Thanksgiving, and the Wolverines hold a 27-14-1 Thanksgiving edge.
“They are the guys that we want to try to [become],” Mantie said. “We look back to our record against Holliston since I’ve been here and I think we are .500, and there’s not a lot of teams that can say that because they steamroll everybody they play.”
Westwood got another touchdown before halftime to take a 14-0 lead into the break. The Wolverines lined tight end Ryan McDonald up at quarterback and he rushed for a 1-yard score to finish a 10 play, 55-yard, drive.
Holliston sent starting quarterback Jack Barrett out for the first time in the third quarter and one of the scariest moments of the game for Holliston fans was when he went down with a knee injury a few plays later. Barrett was rolling out of the pocket when his left knee buckled and the quarterback fell to the turf in pain.
“We planned on playing everybody today,” Holliston coach Todd Kiley said. “I had my backup
quarterback and planned on getting him most of the reps; but with the two week layoff I wanted to get everybody a little bit of reps against a quality team.”
Fortunately for the Panthers the early diagnosis is that Barrett will be OK for the Division 4 state championship next Saturday.
Westwood’s final score came on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Wolverines recovered a
Holliston fumble on the Panther’s 32-yard-line. The next play Patterson found Kevin Hession running a fade down the left sideline for a 32-yard score.
On the two-point conversion attempt Patterson was intercepted by Michael Donovan, who jumped the rout and returned the interception 100-yards to make the score 20-2.
“I’m always envisioning the last game of my career at Westwood as a win,” Patterson said. “I knew it would be on Thanksgiving once we lost in the playoffs; so it means a whole lot to me, especially to beat these guys.”
#Holliston 2 / #Westwood 20— HCAT Football (@HCATFootball) November 26, 2015
Total yds 52/242
Pass yds 63/163
Rush yds 11/78
3rd Downs 3for10/4for10