The Dick’s Sporting Goods Junior Pee Wees extended their streak to three straight victories on Saturday, Sept. 22, defeating the Portsmouth Patriots, 32-8. The winbrings the Eagles’ record to 3-1.
Barrington dominated on both sides of the ball, scoring five touchdowns and stopping the Patriots attack in the backfield throughout the game.
The scoring was well spread across the Eagles’ group of running backs. Fullbacks Lexi Malnerich and Kyle Greenberg each drove the ball into the end zone with gutsy runs. Lightning-quick halfback Zach Newberg added a 60-yard touchdown, and quarterback Nick Roach added two touchdowns as well — one for 40 yards and another for 20. Roach then completed an extra point pass to receiver Peter Burgess, who had several long runs of his own on the day. Wing backs Seth Mitchell and Will Rywolt also rushed well, showing great moves in several runs over 20 yards.
This explosion of offense was made possible by strong blocking from the offensive line of center Hunter Norris and linemen Jon Adamson, Andrew Prete, Robert Cahill, Ben Silva and Jack Kelleher. The “Monster Offense” line of Meredith Kaplan, Matt Peecher, Logan Graham, Timmy Hoag and Sergio DaSilva provided a sturdy wall, pushing the ball down field for an impressive early score.
The Eagles defense had what may be its most impressive outing of the season, allowing just one long play and holding Portsmouth to “4 and outs” on most possessions.
Defensive end Noah Werbel, and tackles Silva, Slade Crane and Chase White smashed into the Patriot backfield all game. Corners Mitchell and Rywolt contained the sweep, with Rywolt stripping the ball on one play for the turnover. Linebackers Martin Agustin, Newberg, Greenberg and Roach consistently stuffed the rush. Defensive end Foster Egan and tackle Adamson were unstoppable, slamming through the Portsmouth line for several solo tackles each.
The Eagles head to Middletown on Saturday, Sept. 29 to take on the Islanders.
Mitey Mite Blue
The Barrington Mitey Mite Blue Team rolled to victory for their second straight week. Their dominating defense stifled North Kingstown all day long and the defense tallied its third straight shutout, 21-0.
North’s first offensive possession was a three and out. Thomas McAdams and Brigham Dunphy made the key stop, stuffing a sweep for a loss of 6. The Eagle’s Wolf Pack offense did not waste any time. On the first offensive play, Thomas Rocha took a shot gun snap, swept right, picking up crushing hook blocks from Colin Phillips and Chris Sylveria and sped his way 45 yards down the sideline to the end zone. Ben Proulx rolled right on the conversion and finding receivers covered dashed for the end zone, converting the point for a 7-0 lead.
The defense continued to dominate. A big sack by David Raposa and Asher Kranowitz caused a fumble; Riley Green jumped on the loose ball. The Hog offense took possession; Luke Gorham broke a 25-yard run off-tackle to move into North territory. Bryan Ivatts contributed two hard runs for a first downs. An off-side penalty hindered the drive and then Dunphy was picked off on a pass intended for a briefly open Brenen Gazeryan.
The teams traded possessions and Ben Proulx just missed hitting Aiden Keenan on a pass down the middle as time ran out in the first half.
To open the second half, Gorham swept right end for a big gain, following the blocking of Noah Mincone. Then Dunphy took it up the middle, picked up a block by Luke Furnas, cut down the side line and was tripped up at the one. Gorham went off tackle for the score. Bryan Ivatts made a leaping catch for the conversion point, putting the Eagles up 14-0.
The defense continued to swarm North Kingstown.
Jack Kelty sacked the North quarterback for a big loss, and then on a sweep play, Dunphy stole the ball from the running back as he tackled him. The Eagles were back in business and put together runs behind the dominating blocking of Collin Jones and Raposa. Phillips ran inside for 9 and then Rocha went off-tackle behind Mike Zelzenik for 15.
The culminating play of the drive was when speedy Drake Van Ness bolted around the left end 25 yards on a reverse. Van Ness out-ran two defenders and then took a hit as he crossed the goalline. The versatile Asher Kranowitz, who played center, running back, defensive end and tackle, took a handoff up the middle and crashed in for the point after.
NK pressed on for a score but was thwarted by the Eagles defense.
Linebacker Noah Mincone made several stops and Gazeryan made some big plays from his cornerback position, knocking down two passes. Riley Green preserved the Eagle shutout when, on a boot, the NK quarterback broke down the left sideline and was headed for six. Greene showed great hustle and caught the sprinting ball carrier and pulled him down at the 20 and preserving the 21 point shutout.
The offensive line led by birthday boy, Thomas McAdams, was the key to victory. Rocha rushed for 80 yards and Gorham added another 50.
The Eagles dedicated the win to teammate Gavin Ouhrabaka, who was unable to play Sunday as he was busy getting 20 stitches. Get better soon.
The Eagles play Middletown next Saturday and hope to avenge their only loss of the season.