WESTWOOD — Jack Barrett’s left arm did all the work, throwing for 216 yards and four touchdowns in Holliston’s 46-12 Thanksgiving victory over Westwood.
But it was his right wrist that spoke volumes.
The wrist tape on the senior’s non-throwing hand had “36-34” written on it in black marker , a constant reminder of the devastating loss the Panthers (9-2) suffered at home against a Westwood team that overcame a 20-point deficit on Sept. 30.
“That changed our season. We had revenge on our mind the whole game,” said Barrett. “Beating our rival on their turf to go out is a great way to end it. I’m honored to have been a part of this run.”
It has been quite a run, with two Division 4 Super Bowl titles, but the Holliston seniors never have won on Thanksgiving. The past two seasons, Holliston starters were on the sidelines.
The win is Holliston’s first on Thanksgiving since 2011. They are now 15-27-1 against the Wolverines on Turkey Day.
“This game is so important,” said Holliston coach Todd Kiley. “I’ve had to wrestle with playing and not playing my starters in the past. I’m glad that we played our best, they played their best, and we came away with a victory.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Barrett and Westwood’s Paul McCarron traded rushing touchdowns. McCarron’s 13-yard score capped a 15-play, 69-yard drive for the Wolverines (7-4).
Holliston responded with a bit of trickery.
Barrett tossed a backward pass to Michael Benco, who then fired a pass to a wide open Michael Nash for a 32-yard score to put the Panthers up, 14-6, with 1:30 to play in the half.
After three incomplete passes by the Westwood offense, punt returner Sam Athy set up Holliston at the Westwood 21-yard line with a 26-yard return. On the first play, Barrett found Athy for a touchdown that gave Holliston a 20-6 halftime lead.
The Panthers pulled out another halfback pass in the third quarter, with Spencer Aronson finding Ben Thomas for a 19-yard score.
With the Holliston defense forcing two three and outs and two more turnovers on downs, the floodgates opened.
Barrett threw touchdown passes to Brad Seymour (66 yards) and Jake Armstrong (29 yards) in the third quarter.
Holliston adds another one. Barrett to Jake Armstrong. 29 yards. Kick blocked. 39-6 Holliston. pic.twitter.com/F6xrUcH1Eb— Michael M. McMahon (@McWham) November 24, 2016
In the fourth quarter, on his last career pass, he found Athy for a 5-yard touchdown.
“No better way to end the game, and my high school career than with a pass from Jack,” said Athy. “He’s been my brother my entire life.