HOLLIS — There was one major point of concern that stuck in the minds of Manchester West heading into Saturday’s NHIAA Division II South tilt against Hollis/Brookline: How would the Blue Knights defense hold up against a red-hot Cavaliers offense that totaled 98 points in its previous two games?
The answer came early, but not in a positive way. H/B scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions en route to a 49-0 victory at Coach Korcoulis Field. The Cavaliers (3-1) have scored 147 points in their last three contests and show no signs of letting up. If this team earns a postseason berth, everyone else better take notice.
H/B finished with 442 yards, including 293 in the first half. The only thing that slowed that figure down was that the second half was played in running time. Defensively, the Cavaliers limited the Blue Knights’ wing offense to 73 yards.
H/B senior quarterback Sander Wimmer was the catalyst as he threw for three scores and ran for two more. Wimmer finished 11 of 13 passing for 228 yards.
“I have so much confidence in my receivers,” said Wimmer. “I also have gotten great protection up front. My line gives me so much time allows our receivers to develop their routes.”
Wimmer completed touchdown passes to Austin Johnson (9 yards) Blake Bergerson (25 yards) and Quinten Wimmer (27 yards). Quinten Wimmer also had a 7-yard touchdown carry.
The versatile Sander Wimmer added scoring runs of 2 and 13 yards.
“With Sander it’s like, ‘What is he going to do today that is different?’,” Cavaliers coach Chris Lones said. “There are certain kids that make things happen regardless of the situation and with him, no situation has been too big for him and he takes it all in stride.”
H/B built a 36-0 halftime lead, making it look as easy as one could. Not to be overlooked, the Cavaliers defense also served notice as Manchester West (2-2) could muster little fight, unable to generate any consistency. And take into account that the wing offense is virtually useless once a team is down by so many points. For the game, the Blue Knights crossed the 50-yard-line only once.
“People were talking that yeah we can move the ball but we haven’t really stopped anybody,” said Lones. “I told the kids to take that as a challenge and step up and show what they can do. West is a good team. They run a different kind of offense so you need to punch them in the mouth to shut them down. I thought we did that.”