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Ferenczhalmy, defense lead Hollis Brookline football past Milford

posted Sep 16, 2014, 10:12 AM by Milford Spartans   [ updated Sep 23, 2014, 6:34 AM ]

Milford's Dillon Burdick reacts after the Spartans turned the ball over in the fourth quarter Friday.

MILFORD – Matt Ferenczhalmy rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown and the Hollis Brookline High School football team forced five turnovers in a 13-7 win Friday night over Milford.

Four days after giving up 56 points in a loss to Windham, the Cavaliers held the Spartans scoreless for the final three-plus quarters and held the Spartans to just 52 yards in the second half. Meanwhile, Ferenczhalmy was having his way with Milford, rushing 29 times for 5.4 yards per carry, and his 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter proved to be the difference.

Milford’s Dillon Burdick reacts after the Spartans turned the ball over in the fourth quarter Friday.

“He’s a horse,” HB coach Chris Lones said. “Watching him, it doesn’t matter how many times he carries the ball, he seems to get better the more he does it. He’s got to have the ball in his hands 25 times a game to be effective. He’s tireless. He runs so hard and he’s so big and strong. I’m glad he’s on my team.”

The Cavs (1-1) also got a 4-yard touchdown run from Wyatt Farwell in the second quarter and the defense recovered two fumbles and intercepted Milford quarterback Max Urda three times.

The last of those turnovers came with just under five minutes left in the game, after Milford (1-1) had forced the ball over on downs. Urda dropped back to pass on the first play from the Spartans’ 22-yard line and HB’s Tommy Grant made a diving interception to give the Cavs the ball.

“That was a huge interception by Tommy Grant,” Lones said. “He laid out for that football. And Joe (Brooks) had a nice pick (in the third quarter) that stopped a drive. Sometimes you’ve got make plays and those kids on defense, they fought all game long. They played so hard and they have so much heart.”

Milford got 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground from Mark Madigan, and Urda was 5 of 13 passing for 53 yards, but the Spartans were bogged down by penalties in the first half and struggled to move the ball in the second.

“They beat us in every facet of the game,” Milford coach Keith Jones said. “They got off the ball faster than us, they sustained blocks longer than us. We had a lot of penalties, too many turnovers. There’s no recipe for winning if you’re going to have penalties and turnovers, and not play well.”

Madigan’s touchdown gave Milford a 7-0 lead with 3:38 to go in the first quarter, finishing off a nine-play, 62-yard drive that ate up almost five minutes. The Spartans faced a first-and-25 on the drive, thanks to a holding penalty, but a 9-yard pass from Urda to Bryce Walker and a 31-yard run by Jahir Romney helped set up Madigan’s 12-yard scoring run.

Hollis Brookline's Patch Zorn looks for a receiver.

Hollis Brookline’s Patch Zorn looks for a receiver.

HB answered the score on its next possession, putting together a 15-play, 65-yard drive that ended in Farwell’s scoring run with 11:19 left until halftime. On the drive, HB converted a fourth-and-1 and got a first down when Milford was called for pass interference on third-and-13 from the Spartans’ 29.

Romney returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards to HB’s 25-yard line, and Milford had a first-and-goal from the 10, but the Spartans were flagged for an illegal shift on first down. Romney was then dropped for a 5-yard loss and Urda was sacked by Andrew Butler for a 6-yard loss.

After an incomplete pass on third down, Milford faced a fourth-and-goal from the 26 and Urda was intercepted by Patch Zorn.

“Every time we moved the ball, we’d go from a positive gain to 10 yards back,” Jones said. “It was so many (penalties), I can’t remember who had them. I’ll have to go back and look at film. You’ll never win a football game with that many penalties and that many turnovers.”

HB tried to put the game away after Grant’s interception, but the offense stalled at Milford’s 15-yard line and Cole Owens’ 30-yard field attempt was blocked. The Spartans recovered the kick at their own 37 and Urda found Madigan for a 9-yard gain on first down, but the offense again went backward before turning the ball over on downs.

“I hope they don’t break a big one,” Ferenczhalmy said of the last Milford drive. “I think they were hoping to wear us down in the fourth quarter, but we weren’t going to let that happen.”