Barrington Eagles turn offensive in Injury Fund clash


PORTSMOUTH — The Barrington High School football team scored touchdowns on four of six offensive possessions when it defeated Rogers 28-16 in the annual Injury Fund game Thursday night at Portsmouth High School.

Quarterback Jacob Simons threw three touchdown passes for the Division-One Eagles who totaled 214 yards of total offense in 22 plays from scrimmage against the Division-Three Vikings in the 24-minute game.

“I was happy the way we executed on offense. They looked pretty sharp,” Barrington coach Bill McCagney said. “I really don’t care about the score in a scrimmage but it was nice to win.”

John Meehan immediately got the Eagles into scoring position when he returned the opening kickoff 55 yards to the Rogers 27-yard line.

An incomplete pass was offset by four James Murphy runs to put the ball on the seven-yard line. Simons then rolled right and waited until the last second before he found Jack Kelly in the back of the end zone for the score. Meehan booted the extra point for a 7-0 Barrington lead.

The opening drive of the Vikings, who provided no rosters to the public address announcer or the media so their players were unknown to everyone except their own fans, stalled at their own 39.

Things apparently got worse when Rogers tried to punt the ball because the center snap sailed over the punters’ head. However, the punter chased down the rolling ball, sidestepped a pair of Barrington tacklers and heaved the ball downfield to a solo Rogers receiver who was behind everyone. He loped into the end zone to complete the 61-yard scoring play.

“We played tough defense,” McCagney said. “We gave up a couple cheap touchdowns. Well, the first one was cheap.”

Rogers actually took its only lead of the game at 8-7 when another high center snap on the point-after try led to a successful, scrambling two-point throw into the end zone.

Barrington marched down the field its next possession before its own high center snap led to a Vikings’ fumble recovery. But Rogers only had the ball for two plays, as Meehan reached in and stole the ball from a Vikings’ runner to gain it back for the Eagles.

Simons hit Sam Vetromile for a 29-yard gain and Murphy for a 23-yard hookup. JR Martin then burst through the middle, bumped off a couple of tacklers and romped to paydirt from 23 yards out for a 13-8 Barrington lead.

The Vikings, thanks to a Murphy sack on third down, were forced to punt the ball again. This time when the high snap was recovered by the Vikings’ punter, he ran and tried to punt the ball but it was blocked. A Rogers’ player picked it up and tried to run but he was pulled down at the Rogers’ 18-yard line.

Simons and Meehan combined on a touchdown pass the next play and Murphy ran for the two points to give the Eagles a 21-8 lead.

Two plays later Murphy stepped in front of a Rogers receiver and intercepted a slant pass. Simons went right back to the air and connected with Meehan for 13 yards. A pair of Barrington penalties just delayed the Simons-to-Meehan, 31-yard touchdown pass. Meehan’s kick made it 28-8.

Rogers scored on a 53-yard run its next series and got the two points to make it a 28-16 final.

“I thought we looked all right. Our guys were pumped up,” McCagney said. “The guys played with some emotion. That’s the important thing. I was real happy.”

Barrington plays at Westerly in a non-league game Friday, Sept. 7. The Eagles open Division-One play when they host Cranston West Friday, Sept. 14. Kickoff for both games is 7 p.m.


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