“We came in knowing what we would do,” Barrington head coach Bill McCagney said after the game. “We overwhelmed them.”Seniors, James Murphy and J. R. Martin, both questionable after suffering injuries during the regular season, each scored touchdowns in their final high school Thanksgiving Day game appearances.
The first Eagles’ touchdown was scored in just 5 minutes of the first quarter when James Murphy ran a 15 yard carry into the end zone. Martin found his opportunity to score after recovering a Mt. Hope fumble deep in Huskies territory. After picking up the errant ball, Martin easily made the 1 yard touchdown run. Adding the extra point kick, the Eagles quickly took a 13-0 lead.
If the day belonged to the Eagles, the game belonged to junior runningback, Nick Jensen who, with the protection offered by a strong Eagles’ line, scored three of Barrington’s five touchdowns.
Of the three TDs scored by Jensen, one was a 40 yard run in the second quarter and another was a 50 yard scramble on a punt return.
For his effort, Jensen received the Thomas Vendituoli award for most valuable player, an award shared with Mt.Hope’s Nick Murgo.
“I gave it all I got,” Jensen said of his Thanksgiving Day game effort.
Recalling last year’s MVP award recipient, Jake Simons, Jensen was honored by the recognition.
“Just to know I got the same award he did is awesome,” he said of his former teammate.
While the Huskies were unable to put numbers on the scoreboard, they stepped up to the challenge of facing a Division 1 team.
Mt. Hope seniors, Nick Murgo and Jesse Raiola, proved once again to be the Huskies’ workhorses, making their presence felt offensively and defensively.
In the third quarter, David Ramos picked off an Eagles’ passing attempt, but the team was unable to convert the turnover into a touchdown.
While the 32 degree temperature and a strong wind affected both teams who had trouble handling the ball, the Eagles displayed the same dominance against the Division 2 rivals as they plan to demonstrate as they continue their season into the state championship playoffs.