Barrington High School blasted by Bolts, 41-18

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Barrington High School fell to 1-1 in the state Division I football standings last weekend following a 41-18 road loss at Cranston High School East.

Head coach Bill McCagney said his team knew it was going to be a tough contest going in. McCagney said he believes the Thunderbolts are among the best four teams in Rhode Island, returning 11 defensive starters from last year along with seven starters on offense.

It didn’t take long for Cranston East to jump out to a lead over the Eagles. The score was 27-3 at the half and by the end of the game, Cranston East tallied four long touchdown passes.

The Eagles also lost a couple of starters to injury including quarterback Jacob Simons and tight end Sam Vetromile. McCagney said it appeared doubtful the two would be ready to go for a homecoming match-up with East Providence this Friday.

McCagney, however, said the game did have at least one bright spot. The Eagles came out strong in the second half, narrowing the margin to 10, before the Thunderbolts pulled away for keeps.

“They’re a good team. We knew going in we were going to have to play really well,” McCagney said.

With the team’s homecoming game this weekend, McCagney said his team is a little bit down coming off the loss and will have to shuffle some things around.

“We’re just going to try to control the ball, play tough defense and special teams and try to come out with a win,” he said.

Barrington High School will enter this weekend’s contest in fourth place.

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