Barrington’s standout senior quarterback Jacob Simons broke away for a 54-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and helped the Eagles to a 14-0 win over Cranston West on Friday night.
Simons ran hard for most of the game and the Eagles’ defense stymied the Cranston West running and passing attacks during Barrington’s first division win of the season.
The victory pushes Barrington’s record to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in Division One standings.
Barrington head coach Bill McCagney praised Simons’ effort and also credited the Eagles’ offensive line.
“He ran great. He had a wide-open hole to run through,” McCagney said, referring to the quarterback’s scoring run.
“There was some good blocking by the line on that play.”
Barrington opened the scoring in the first quarter on a short run by tailback James Murphy. The Eagles held onto the lead through the first half, bolstered by a strong defensive effort that appeared to frustrate the Cranston West offense.
“Right now in practice we’re working a lot with the defense and special teams,” the coach said.
“We don’t spend as much time on offense. I was really happy with the defense. They really improved (since the Eagles’ loss against Westerly a week earlier).”
The Eagles carried a 7-0 lead into the half and received the opening kick-off to start the third quarter. Just seconds later, Simons faked a hand-off to Murphy and then sprinted through a gaping hole on the right side of the line. The quarterback dashed through the Falcons’ secondary, beating a Cranston West defensive back to the end zone.
John Meehan, who played well on both sides of the ball for Barrington, kicked the extra point and extended the Eagles’ lead to 14-0.
Barrington’s defense, led by Tyler Thomas, JR Martin, Sam Vetromile and Matthew Rota, limited the Falcons’ scoring opportunities. Ethan Snow also played well, ripping down the Cranston West quarterback for a nice sack in the third quarter.
“Last week we had some coverage issues,” McCagney said, “but we corrected it this week. We made some nice adjustments.”
Barrington will take to the road next weekend, playing at Cranston East on Saturday at 6 p.m.