Barrington Junior Pee Wees reach championship game

Barrington Junior Pee Wees reach championship game

Zach Newberg breaks free for an opening drive touchdown against Dighton Rehoboth.

Zach Newberg breaks free for an opening drive touchdown against Dighton Rehoboth.
The Dick’s Sporting Goods Junior Pee Wees won their first round game of the RISMA Pop Warner playoffs, defeating the Dighton-Rehoboth Falcons, 21-12, before losing to Old Rochester, 25-0, in the championship game.

The win over DR was the Eagles’ ninth straight victory.

The Eagles scored on the first play from scrimmage on a 40-yard touchdown run by Zach Newberg, with excellent lead blocks from Peter Burgess and Nick Roach. Roach added two rushing TDs of his own, following the powerful wedge blocking of Meredith Kaplan, Logan Graham, Sergio DaSilva, Jack Kelleher, Marley Karnes, Matt Peecher and Robert Cahill. Roach later added an extra point pass completion to receiver Burgess.

Running back Will Rywolt fought for some tough rushing first downs, and had two long kickoff returns to put the Eagles deep in Falcon territory. Fullbacks Lexi Malnerich and Kyle Greenberg ran the ball hard, each fighting for several first downs.

Barrington’s defense held strong against the elusive DR attack, with great tackling by Jon Adamson, Chase White and Roach. The Eagles consistently stuffed the Falcons in the backfield, forcing a safety in the second quarter.

The win set up a rematch against the undefeated Old Rochester Bulldogs, the only team to beat the Eagles during the season. The game was played on a cold Tuesday night at Stonehill College’s WB Mason Field, with Old Rochester prevailing 25-0.

Barrington held tough against Old Rochester to start the game, with solid blocking from center Hunter Norris, guard AJ Prete and tackle Ben Silva. Quarterback Nick Roach was able to pound the ball up the middle of the field, along with backs Burgess, Greenberg and Malnerich. Running backs Newberg and Rywolt gutted out tough yards against an aggressive Bulldogs defense. Rywolt added two great kickoff returns to start Eagle drives in Old Rochester territory.

The Eagles fought hard on defense, forcing several turnovers on downs. Foster Egan, Slade Crane, Noah Werbel, DaSilva and Adamson and Roach and Martin Agustin made key tackles. Seth Mitchell provided terrific coverage at cornerback, forcing most of the Bulldog attack between the tackles.

Barrington Head Coach Todd Rywolt thanked coaches Jon Adamson, Alan Roach and Randy Kaplan for their hard work to create this special 9-2 season. The team would also like to recognize the dedicated support of lineman Tim Hoag (sidelined due to an injury) and assistants Pete Graham, Doug Newberg, Greg Greenberg and Ben Coogan.