On Saturday afternoon Hollis Brookline used a bend but not break defense to come with a BIG win, defeating Portsmouth 14-7 at home. Portsmouth has an explosive spread offense, and they were able to get into the red zone 6 times in this game. But they were only able to score 1 touchdown, as the Hollis defense came up with a number of timely stops, including 4 interceptions.
Portsmouth had the ball inside the Hollis 20 yard line 3 times in the last 2 minutes of the game. But Sean Connors had an interception for the Cavs, then Clippers running back Billy Lane was stopped a yard short of the 1st down marker on a 4th and 2 play, and then with 30 seconds left to play David Caponigro broke up a pass by Portsmouth QB Billy Hartmann for another Clippers turnover.
Collin Pellerin also had 2 interceptions on defense for Hollis (he also rushed for 64 yards on offense). In the 4th quarter Connors had a 5 yard TD run to put Hollis back up 13-7, which was set up by a 28 yard run by Nate Ferenczhalmy (who ran for 86 yards and a TD). Hollis was playing without lineman Robert Boivin, a 3 year starter. But they still got the win to improve their record to 7-1 on the season (6-1 in Division III).