For the second straight week, the Hopkinton High School football team rallied from an early deficit to take a lead before falling, this time a 28-13 loss to host Ashland on Friday night.
After a scoreless first quarter, Ashland took a 7-0 lead with 9:40 remaining in the second when Luke Herter connected with Jeff Dollaway on a 50-yard touchdown pass. John Giglia kicked the extra point.
Hopkinton then embarked on a nine-play, 71-yard drive that ended with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Cole Salyards to Elias Pereira. Avery Ravech booted the extra point to tie the score with 4:51 remaining in the half.
On the second play of Ashland’s next possession, Salyards intercepted a pass at the Clockers’ 25 and ran it back for a touchdown. The extra point was blocked, leaving the score 13-7.
Ashland’s Eddie Lopez returned the ensuing kickoff 46 yards to the Hopkinton 44. Four plays later, Matt Neal connected with Griffin Fink on a 26-yard touchdown pass. Giglia’s extra point gave the Clockers a 14-13 lead, which is how it remained going into the halftime break.
After a scoreless third quarter, Ashland took command with 9:20 remaining in the game on a 34-yard touchdown run by Frank, followed by another Giglia extra point that made it 21-13. The Clockers put it away with 2:51 left when Herter ran it in from the 5, and Giglia’s PAT capped the scoring.
Hopkinton (0-2) plays Medfield next Saturday in the Hillers’ first home game of the season.
Volleyball sweeps Medfield
In other HHS action this week, the girls volleyball team posted 3-0 victories over Medfield on Tuesday (home) and Thursday (away) to improve to 5-1. The Hillers have two matches against Westwood next week.