FOXBOROUGH — The Holliston offense needed a couple of drives to get into a rhythm in the Division 4 Super Bowl against Chicopee Comp at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. But the Panthers’ offense eventually clicked, with touchdowns on their next three drives en route to a 27-6 victory for Holliston’s second straight state championship.
Holliston (12-1) rotated Jack Barrett and Tucker Ciarcello at quarterback because Barrett was dealing with a knee injury sustained in a Thanksgiving Day loss to Westwood. When the Panthers switched to their double-winged formation they call “War Package,” Ciarcello was at quarterback.
“I wasn’t really close to 100 percent,” Barrett said. “But we’re a team and it takes a team effort. [War Package] was Tucker’s role this week. He took it to heart and he played unbelievable.”
Holliston’s first two drives resulted in a punt and an interception, so coach Todd Kiley switched to maximize the team’s speed on the edge. The Panthers ran three jet sweeps on their third drive, the third of which went to Brady Wells for a 3-yard touchdown.
“We felt like how they were aligning to different formations, we thought we could get the edge,” Kiley said. “We got the edge at times but you earn every inch against those guys.”
Holliston went back to the sweep on its next drive, this time from the spread formation with Barrett at quarterback. The Panthers put Sam Ratcliffe in the backfield and he found the end zone on a fullback wedge from 1 yard.
Ciarcello intercepted a pass on the next drive and four plays later, Barrett found Ciarcello for a 19-yard touchdown pass.
“He’s a refuse-to-lose kid. That’s probably his best quality, he just refuses to lose,” Kiley said of Ciarcello. “And when the going gets tough, he’s ready to make a play.”
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Chicopee Comp (8-4) put together a long drive just before the half. The Colts got big receptions from senior receiver Cam Kagan, including an 11-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone, which cut Holliston’s lead to 20-6 with 29 seconds left.
Chicopee Comp started the second half with the ball and put together a nice drive but it stalled in the red zone.
Holliston took over and started a time-consuming drive capped by Sam Athy’s touchdown on another jet sweep.
Athy took a handoff from Ciarcello and rushed around the edge to give the Panthers a 27-6 lead.
“They set their goals on Day One and they never wavered from that goal, and they got it done here today for a state title,” Kiley said. “Phenomenal seniors, unselfish, unselfish group. Every single player on this football team contributed to this championship.”
|H||Brady Wells 3-yard run (Grant Buchanan kick)|
|H||Sam Ratcliffe 1-yard run (kick failed)|
|H||Tucker Ciarcello 19-yard pass from Jack Barrett (Grant Buchanan kick)|
|CC||Cam Kagan 11-yard pass from Trevor Johnson (kick failed)|
|H||Sam Athy 3-yard run (Grant Buchanan kick)|
|Chicopee Comprehensive passing|
|Chicopee Comprehensive rushing|
|Chicopee Comprehensive receiving|