It was a classic trap game, and Barrington fell into it.
The Broncos were coming off of three straight road wins, including a stunner over then-No. 3 Maine South. They were ranked as high as No. 2 in Chicagoland. They were playing their first home game in front of a packed house at Barrington Community Stadium. It was Senior Night.
But Barrington came out a little flat under the lights and Evanston made them pay. The Wildkits controlled the game from beginning to end and posted a 32-13 win to drop the Broncos to 3-1 on the season.
Here's what Chicago media had to say about the game:
How the other Bronco teams fared
Barrington split four games against Evanston over the weekend:
The JV Broncos edged Evanston 19-14 in the warm-up to the Varsity main event on Friday night to even their record at 2-2.
The Freshmen lost a heartbreaker to the Wildcats, 22-20, to fall to 2-2 on the year.
The Varsity Killer Bs beat Evanston 46-36 in a wild shootout to improve their record to 1-1.
E.J. Darlington returns the second-half kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown against Maine South.
There are wins. There are big wins. And then there is the kind of win that Barrington earned on Friday night.
The Broncos scored 16 unanswered points to stun No. 3 Maine South 26-23 in a thriller between Top 15 teams. It was the third straight road win for Barrington, which is now 3-0.
Barrington trailed 23-10 with 4:59 left in the third quarter when they sparked the rally to win the game. Will Hutchinson hit his second field goal and Adam Brokke fell on a botched punt snap in the end zone to pull the Broncos to within 23-20.
Then came the big strike: a 54-yard double-pass for a touchdown. QB Tommy Fitzpatrick threw a screen to WR EJ Darlington, who turned and fired a strike to a wide open Timmy Lowe for the score with just 2:58 left. The defense, led by Mark Di Iorio and Kevin Meckert, then held on for the win.
Darlington also had an 86-yard kickoff return for a TD to open the second half.
Here's what Chicago media had to say about Barrington's seismic win:
Chicago Tribune: Barrington rallies past Maine South behind Darlington's big day
CSN SportsNet Chicago: Video Highlights
How the other Bronco teams fared
The two other Barrington teams in action didn't fare as well against the Hawks:
JV Broncos get shut out: Barrington's sophomores (1-2) wound up on the wrong end of a 33-0 blowout loss.
Freshmen fall: The Freshman team (2-1) suffered its first loss of the season, 20-12.
Not even a weather delay could slow down Barrington.
Tommy Fitzpatrick threw for 172 yards and ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns as the Broncos rolled to a 37-0 win at Buffalo Grove.
Everyone got into the act for the Broncos:
Now 2-0 with two road wins, Barrington travels to Park Ridge to take on powerhouse Maine South next week.
Daily Herald story: Fitzpatrick, Barrington jolt Buffalo Grove
How the other Bronco teams fared:
Freshman improve to 2-0: Barrington's freshman team posted a 14-6 win over Buffalo Grove in the warmup to the Varsity game on Friday night.
Varsity B game cancelled: Barrington's Varsity B squad's scheduled matchup with Waubonsie Valley was cancelled on Saturday morning.
Sophomores roll to 2-0: Barrington's Junior Varsity thumped Buffalo Grove 42-13 to remain undefeated.
After Warren linebacker Cameron Trevithick returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown to open the third quarter, Barrington found itself trailing, 14-10, for the first time all night. The jam-packed home crowd was roaring.
With their backs against the wall, the Boncos responded in a big way, ripping off 21 unanswered points to win their season opener going away, 31-14, on Friday night.
Running back Michael Curran ran for three touchdowns and quarterback Tommy Fitzpatrick scampered for one to lead the Broncos, who also got a 26-yard field goal from Will Hutchinson.
Daily Herald story: Barrington pulls away at Warren
Here's how the other three Bronco teams fared in their season openers against Warren:
JV Broncos fall two points short: Unfortunately, the JV Broncos didn't open the season with a W, suffering a heart-wrenching 30-28 loss to Warren in the warm-up to the Varsity game.
Freshmen roll to win: The Freshmen got their Bronco careers off to a great start, posting an impressive 26-6 win over the Devils on Saturday morning.
Varsity B suffers setback: The Varsity B team got off to rough start in its 2018 campaign, falling to Warren 30-18 on Saturday.
Here’s an idea: only road games for Barrington from here on out. 😉
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