By Bill Esbrook
Daily Herald Correspondent
The Barrington offense was able to move the ball up and down the field on the ground and through the air Thursday night at Conant.
But it was the defense that set the tone for the Broncos in a 35-13 Mid-Suburban West win over the Cougars.
From the first Conant offensive play, a tackle for a 1-yard loss by Barrington defensive lineman Matt Kolder, the Broncos defense was up to the challenge.
Barrington built a 35-0 lead before Conant tallied twice late.
"They're a pretty complete team," said Cougars coach Bryan Stortz of the Broncos. "They're too good to make small mistakes against, which wind up looking big on the scoreboard."
Barrington scored 2 touchdowns in the first quarter, on a 63-yard run by senior Bryan Smith and then a 4-yard run from quarterback Peter Anderson.
In the second quarter, Conant took possession of the ball at its own 6-yard line and went on an extraordinary 27-play drive, but wound up turning the ball over on downs at the Barrington 11 thanks to some clutch plays on defense by the Broncos' Evan Roper and Evan Krueger.
"That drive was a testament to our kids' work ethic," Stortz said. "We unfortunately didn't get points, but we held the ball the entire quarter. I was proud of our kids on that drive."
Barrington went on to score three more times to put the game out of reach.
Smith ran in again for his second touchdown, this time from 4 yards away. Junior Ben Cocoma caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Anderson, who also hit Jack Serrano with a 22-yard touchdown strike to give the 3-0 Broncos a five-touchdown lead.
Conant countered thereafter with two rushing scores by Ryan Kutella, the initial one coming from 17 yards out, and then another from 6 yards away.
Senior linebacker Justice Cromwell made a big fourth-down stop for the Broncos in the final quarter, negating another Conant drive and stopping the Cougars from closing the gap any further.
Smith finished with 186 yards on the ground for the Broncos, while classmate Anderson threw for 150 yards.
The Cougars spread the ball around in the rushing game as Kutella led the way with 17 rushes for 93 yards; Dominick Minninni had 20 carries for 54 yards; and Giuseppe Dugo gained 40 yards on 13 carries.
"Our kids keep coming out and fighting," said Stortz, "and they continue to get better. I like the attitude of all our guys. It's not necessarily where it needs to be yet, but it's getting better every day."
- JV wins its 2nd game with a 30-8 win over Conant. The sophomore squad has scored at least 30 points in each of their first 3 games.
- Freshmen Red & White split a game with Stevenson, winning 13-0. Way to go, boys!
By Dick Quagliano
Daily Herald Correspondent
3/26/2021 10:54 PM
Barrington has been known for its solid quarterback play and toughness up front. Both were on huge display Friday night in Barrington's home opener as the Broncos rolled over Palatine 37-14 in the Mid-Suburban West.
Barrington quarterback Peter Anderson threw for 242 yards and 4 touchdowns while running for another.
"We got that all done together," said Anderson, whose scrambling enabled him to find some open receivers. "My boys up front did a great job for me again. And the defense helped out a lot by getting us the ball back."
Meanwhile the Broncos' offense piled up 463 yards behind the play of Logan Ambroz, Matt Blasius, Mark Gorbatenko, Cooper Slater and Adam Krieps. With them blocking up front Bryan Smith was able to rush for 105 yards on 9 carries and Jack Kapcheck had 82 yards on 13 carries.
"We knew it was going to be a physical week," Ambroz said. "They have a tough front. They are big, fast and strong. But our scout team gave us a good look all week and that helped."
"We gave up a big play early but our guys responded well after that," Barrington coach Joe Sanchez said. "I was proud of the way our offense executed the plan. "
Anderson had a huge first half for the Broncos. The senior threw for 199 yards and 3 touchdowns as Barrington took a 21-8 lead.
Palatine took an early 8-0 lead thanks to the Pecson brothers.
Tyler Pecson picked off a pass and returned it 31-yards to the Barrington 22. On the next play, Eric Pecson connected with Alex Clue for a 22-yard touchdown. Eric Pecson then tossed to Mitch Larkin after a bad snap on the conversion for the early lead.
Anderson and Barrington (2-0, 2-0) took over from there.
Anderson hooked up with Tommy Sweeney on a 25-yard touchdown pass. Anderson followed with a pair of touchdown passes of 30 and 8 yards to Jack Serrano to give the Broncos the lead at the break.
Anderson added a third-quarter 14-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Smith (7 catches, 91 yards) and then busted off a 30-yard scoring run as the Broncos pulled away. Ramiro Vences kicked a 19-yard field goal to make it 37-8.
Barrington's defense, led by Matt Kolder, Owen Powell, Justice Cromwell and Evan Roper, kept Palatine (1-1, 1-1) in check after the Pirates' first touchdown.
"On defense, our number one concern was (Jake) Bostick and all their skilled kids," Sanchez said. "To be able to limit them tonight after the explosion they had last week was real good."
Palatine added a late touchdown on a 6-yard pass from Eric Pecson to Bostick.
"We have some good boys and good players," Palatine coach Corey Olson said. "Some of them are playing both ways and it takes some time to get into that shape. They are fighting hard."
All Three Units Shine in Season Opener 34-6 Win
Everything was clicking for the Broncos in their season opener against the Saxons at Schaumburg H.S. The field goal unit got the Broncos on the board first with a 52-yd bomb by Vences off the crossbar and in and the good bounces kept coming.
The offense looked good on the ground and in the air thanks to solid play by the O-line. Peter Anderson went pretty much untouched through the contest, allowing him to complete passes to a bevy of receivers, with two big pass plays going to Junior WR Ben Cocoma, who scored the Broncos first touchdown catching a wide-open 26-yd lofted spiral from the Sr. QB.
The defense put a hurt on the Saxons, keeping them off the scoreboard until :20 left in the game. Until their final drive, the Saxons were held to just 5 first downs on 7 yds rushing. Senior inside linebackers, Evan Roper and Justice Cromwell, kept Schaumburg in check the entire game. Picks by Sr. Jackson Gehrisch on a textbook tip drill, and Jr. Phillip Chapa in the 4th quarter put an exclamation point on the squads' stellar performance.
The boys have Palatine in week 2. Have a great week of practice and let's go get another sweep.
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It was a case of deja vu for Barrington on Friday night. And not the good kind.
For the second year in a row, Fremd shut out Barrington to claim a MSL West win. What's more, the Vikings won by the identical score, 14-0, to hand the Broncos their second straight loss.
Fremd dominated on a cold, windy night with a punishing ground game, led by Brian Hardy's 168 rushing yards, Barrington, meanwhile, turned the ball over three times and could never get into a rhythm offensively. Quinn Ketel led the Broncos with 76 yards on 12 carries.
The Broncos (4-3, 1-2 MSL West) now need to win both of their remaining regular-season games, against Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg, to clinch a playoff bid.
Daily Herald: Fremd shuts out Barrington
How the other teams fared:
- The JV Broncos (7-0) preserved their undefeated record with a 28-16 whipping of Fremd.
- Freshmen Red (3-4) claimed their second straight win with an impressive 30-0 blanking of Fremd.
This MSL West Homecoming showdown came down to fourth-quarter, fourth-down plays. Conant converted its big one for the winning touchdown. Barrington failed to convert its two and lost.
Malik Frederick ran for 146 yards and a touchdown to lead the Cougars to a 21-14 win that snapped Barrington's four-game winning streak.
Barrington rolled the dice on a a fourth-and-2 at its own 45 with about nine minutes left and quarterback Tommy Fitzpatrick was stopped a yard short of the line to gain. Conant took over and drove to the Barrington 27. There, on a fourth-and-3, Cougar QB Giuseppe Dugo raced around the right end for a TD and a 21-14 lead.
The Broncos weren't done yet, however. They drove all the way to the Conant 6 in the closing minute, but Fitzpatrick's fourth-down pass sailed over E.J. Darlington's head with 30 seconds left.
The loss dropped Barrington to 4-2 (1-1 MSL West). Conant (6-0, 2-0) is now in the driver's seat in the conference.
Daily Herald: Conant knocks off Barrington to move to 6-0
Pioneer Press: Lukas Van Ness brings a different attitude to Barrington
How the other teams fared:
- The JV Broncos (6-0) are still perfect after a 35-20 win over Conant.
- Freshmen Red (2-4) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 22-6 victory over Conant.
- The Varsity Killer Bs (2-0-1) remained unbeaten with a wild 24-24 tie with Stevenson.
- The Freshman White team did not play.
It took about 18 hours over two days, but Barrington finally posted its fourth straight win, 24-7 over Palatine.
The Broncos (4-1) leaped out to a 14-0 lead on Friday night when the game was suspended due to weather with 10:44 left in the second quarter. Play resumed at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning and the Broncos completed the job.
Tommy Fitzpatrick threw touchdown passes -- one to Joey Gurskis on Friday and one to Matt Reedy on Saturday -- Quinn Ketel scored on a one-yard TD run and Ramiro Vences hit a 32-yard field goal to account for the Broncos' points. D
Defensively, Barrington got interceptions from Nick Barron, Luke Kozlowski and Johnny Podlesnik. The Pirates spoiled what would have been the Broncos third shutout of the season by scoring with just 2:37 left and the game already decided.
Next up: a Homecoming showdown with 5-0 Conant.
How the other teams fared against Palatine:
- JV (5-0) kept its perfect record intact with a 55-13 pasting of the Pirates.
- Freshman Red (1-4) dropped a 20-6 decision.
- Freshman White (1-2) claimed a 12-6 victory.
- Varsity B did not play.
EJ Darlington set the tone with a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown 13 seconds into the game and Barrington cruised from there to post a 41-15 road win over Glenbrook South.
The Broncos (3-1) built a 34-0 halftime lead as Quinn Ketel had two scoring runs and Ramiro Vences hit 47- and 44-yard field goals. John Podlesnik scored the last points of the half when scored on a 36-yard pick-six.
Daily Herald: Barrington, Fremd, Elk Grove, Prospect notch wins
How the other teams fared:
- The JV Broncos (4-0) drubbed Glenbrook South 32-14.
- Freshmen Red (1-3) got shut out by GBS, 22-0.
- The Varsity Killer Bs (2-0) posted a 18-8 victory over Libertyville.
- The Freshman White game vs. Glenbrook South was canceled due to weather.
Barrington's defense did it again. One week after blanking Buffalo Grove, the Broncos held New Trier scoreless for a 35-0 win on Friday night at BHS Stadium.
Lucas Kozlowski had two interceptions and Adam Brokke one to lead a Bronco defense that hasn't allowed a point in eight quarters. Meanwhile, Tommy Fitzpatrick threw for 168 yards and a touchdown and scored one on the ground to lead a Barrington attack that has scored 77 points over the last two weeks.
Barrington (2-1) next travels to Glenbrook South on Sept. 20 to take on the Titans.
Daily Herald: Barrington pitches second straight shutout
How the other teams fared:
- The JV Broncos (3-0) hammered New Trier 42-0.
- Freshmen Red (1-2) dropped a 35-12 decision to New Trier.
- Freshmen White (1-1) lost to NT 41-20.
- The Varsity Killer Bs were idle as their Saturday game against New Trier was cancelled..
Barrington has been playing football since 1924. Last Friday night, the Broncos won the 500th game in school history.
Barrington routed Buffalo Grove 42-0 for the milestone win on Friday night at Barrington Community Stadium. It took a week long than they would have liked, but the Broncos bounced back from a tough loss to Warren in the season opener to dominate the Bison from whistle to whistle.
Quarterback Tommy Fitzpatrick led the offense, going 11-for-15 passing for 211 yards and three touchdown passes, and he also added a rushing TD. The Broncos’ defense pitched a shutout while recording five sacks and an interception and holding BG to nine yards rushing.
Barrington hosts New Trier in its next game on Sept. 13 at 7:30 pm at Barrington Community Stadium.
GridIrons: Video Highlights
How the other teams fared:
- The JV Broncos (2-0) routed Palatine 42-7.
- Freshmen Red beat Buffalo Grove 38-26.
- Freshmen White play on Monday against Lake Park.
- The Varsity Killer Bs were idle.
Barrington's quest for the 500th win in program history will have to wait at least another week.
The Broncos lost their season opener, 16-6, on Friday night at Warren in a defensive slugfest.
Warren jumped out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead and the struggling Barrington offense didn't get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter, when QB Tommy Fitzpatrick hit WR E.J. Darlington for a 20-yard scoring strike.
Fitzpatrick threw for 219 yards, Darlington finished with seven catches for 101 yards and Quinn Ketel rushed for 81 yards to pace Barrington. Defensively, LB Dayven Shinhoster led Barrington with 12 tackles, while S Adam Brokke accounted for 11. Lukas Van Nell had three tackles for loss.
Barrington's next chance to join the 500-win club will be Friday night, Sept. 6, against Buffalo Grove at Barrington Stadium.
Daily Herald: Warren makes statement with win over Barrington
NBC Chicago: Video Highlights
How the other teams fared in their openers against Warren:
- The JV Broncos won a thriller, 13-7.
- The Freshmen Red team took one on the chin in a 34-0 loss.
- The Varsity Killer Bs destroyed the Devils, 38-0.
Halftime speech 🎤 “Let’s score more points!”. “OK Coach”. Anderson to Cocoma on a 40-yd TD toss. Broncos up 28-0.
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