Hillers Football: Starting the Season Off Strong


The Hopkinton Hillers football team is currently undefeated at 4-0, starting the season off much stronger than the previous two seasons.

In Previous seasons, by the fourth game the team was 1-3 (2016) and 2-2 (2015). In the 2016 season, the Hillers only won four of eleven games. The 2015 team did slightly better, winning six of their eleven games, an achievable record for this year’s team.

On both sides of the ball, the Hillers have improved markedly. This year the Hillers have only allowed 34 points defensively, a bit improvement from 2015’s 48 points and 2016’s 107 points in the first four games. Offensively, this year’s team has scored 96 points, compared to the 2015 team with 83 points and 76 in 2016.

“We work better as a team,” Junior Kyle Stukel said, “We take it to heart.”

Stukel also described the differences this year’s team compared to previous years. To him, having fewer guys on the team made it a  nicer, more fun environment, and gave them a better composition.

Senior Michael Ianelli said,“[There’s] much more effort all around, every day. [There’s] much more confidence in our abilities, in our talent as a team, the ability to win games and go out and make plays.”

The Hillers now prepare to face the Westwood Wolverines. The Wolverines have beat the Hillers, 22-20 in 2015, and 45-20 in 2016. This year the Wolverines are 1-3 and lost to Bishop Feehan, a team which the Hillers beat.

Back on the practice field, the team has been doing the same drills as in previous weeks and look to finish the week 5-0.