The Barrington High School football team handed East Providence a 35-15 loss Saturday afternoon as the locals enjoyed homecoming weekend with avictory.
The Eagles’ offensive effort was lead by quarterback Jacob Simons, whose potential playing time was in doubt earlier in the week after an injury at Cranston East.
The senior captain, however, didn’t appear to be hampered in the least.
Simons lead his squad on a seven-play touchdown drive to open the game, putting up the first six points himself on a 14-yard keeper.
East Providence responded with a 13 play drive though the Townies were unable to come away with any points after quarterback Jashaun Bennett was picked off by Joshua Murphy, the first of two interceptions Bennett threw on the day.
The game sat at a 7-0 defensive struggle until the waning second of the first half. The Eagles went three and out following Murphy’s pick and the Townies, in turn, punted it back to Barrington after a short drive.
Though Barrington subsequently drove the ball deep into East Providence territory on an ensuing 16 play drive that ate up more than eight minutes, the Eaglesonce again failed to light up the scoreboard.
The Eagles next touchdown came two plays after Bennett’s second pick, which was grabbed by Simons. With less than one minute to go until halftime, Simons connected wide received John Meehan over the middle for a 25-yard touchdown pass that put Barrington up 14-0 at the break.
The Townies’ third turnover came on the third quarter’s opening drive when Barrington linebacker Austin Rohas recovered a fumble. The Eagles’ following drive once again ended with Simons hitting Meehan for a touchdown score, this one from nine yards out.
The Eagles final two touchdowns would come later in the second half, including an 18-yard scamper by Murphy on a Barrington drive that included a fake field goal. Barrington’s final score was a defensive effort from Ethan Snow. One play after sacking Bennett, Snow blocked an East Providence punt and recovered before recovering the ball in the endzone.
One brightspot for East Providence on the afternoon was the performance of Austin Baptista. The junior lead his squad in rushing, including a 56-yard touchdown break in the third quarter on a fourth-and-one.
East Providence’s second score was a five-yard run from Jefferson Ferreira, which was followed up by a two-point conversion carry by John Costa.
The Eagles will stay at home for their next contest when Bishop Feehan comes to town Friday night.