After winning three straight to start the season, Barrington finds itself on a two-game losing streak after losing to Conant, 21-12, in the MSL West opener for both teams.
Barrington drew first blood on a 54-yard touchdown run by E.J. Darlington. But Conant would use its ball-control, double-wing offense to take control of the game.
The Cougars had 80- and 86-yard touchdown drives in the first half to take a 14-12 lead heading into the locker room. The only score in the second half was a Conant touchdown to cap a 19-play, 76-yard drive.
In all, Conant outgained Barrington 312-233 and had a 29:49 to 18:11 edge in time of possession.
Barrington (3-2) will regroup to take on Fremd on Sept. 29 for Homcoming.
How the other Bronco teams fared
The JV Broncos dropped to 2-3 on the season after dropping a hard-fought 12-7 decision to Conant in the warmup on Friday night.
The Freshmen snapped their two-game losing streak by thumping Conant 22-8 on Saturday morning to raise their record to 3-2.
The Varsity Killer Bs shut out Palatine 20-0 on the road on Saturday morning to improve their record to 2-1.
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.
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.
Uh. Oh. Polaski runs it in from 2 yards out to cap an 8+ minute drive and Conant takes a 21-12 lead with 11:10 left in the fourth. 😬
The JV Broncos lost to Conant tonight, 12-7. Go get em next week, fellas!
It’s halftime at Conant and we’ve got an old-fashioned slobber knocker going. Conant 14 Barrington 12 Welcome to MSL West football!
We got a good one going at Conant. Polaski throws a 9-yard TD pass with 10.4 seconds left in the half. Conant 14 Barrington 12
The Broncos answer the bell with a Michael Curran 3-yard TD run! 2-pt attempt failed. Barrington 12 Conant 7 3:07 left in 2Q
Conant answers with a Bradley Spates TD run. PAT is good. Conant 7 Barrington 6 7:41 left in 2Q
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