Saturday, December 6, 2014

Postgame Blog: Holliston Cruises to D4 Title

By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Holliston's Zach Elkinson has a knack for racking up odd stats.

At one point during Holliston's 43-0 demolition of Wahconah, Elkinson had rushed for 107 yards on just three carries… And one of those carries went for negative three yards.

He would finish the day rushing for 212 yards and an MIAA Super Bowl record-tying five touchdowns… On just nine carries.

Coming into Gillette, the versatile athlete had been scoring a touchdown once every 5.8 touches, a rate no one could imagine would be sustainable for an entire season.

Forget sustaining it, Elkinson crushed his old touchdown rate. At halftime, Elkinson had scored every other time he touched the ball, rushing for 131 yards and three scores on a measly six carries, and the Panthers had built a 22-0 lead.

Then, Elkinson opened the second half by taking a pitch 50 yards for a touchdown on the half's first play from scrimmage. It was that kind of day.

He would add a 30-yard score early in the fourth to tie the Super Bowl record with five rushing touchdowns, and had easily the most absurd efficiency numbers of the day: 23.5 yards per carry, scoring once every 1.8 times he touched the ball.

Not too shabby.

The win capped a marvelous season for Holliston, who only lost while resting its starters on Thanksgiving. Other than that, the Panthers were darn near perfect, defeating opponents by an average of 24.3 points per game.

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