Owen Murray and Bo Delaney’s Accomplishments Highlighted by CapeCod.com!

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Seniors Owen Murray and Bo Delaney were recently highlighted for their outstanding accomplishments on and off the field in excellent articles written by Sean Walsh and published on CapeCod.com.  To learn more about the remarkable successes of these two young men, click on the links below! Congratulations gentlemen! We are proud of you!

Owen Murray, Senior — Captain, Offensive Tackle, Defensive Tackle

Murray Reaps Rewards of Stellar High School Career

Bo Delaney, Senior — Wide Receiver, Cornerback 

Delaney Commits to Play LAX at Lynchburg

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End of Season Banquet

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SAVE THE DATE!!! 

The  2014 Annual Red Raider Football Player and Cheerleading Annual Banquet is Fast Approaching!

When: December 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Where: The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Barnstable High School Knights Auditorium. A dinner will begin immediately thereafter in the Main Cafeteria!

Cost: $5 per person…..  Are you a football player, cheerleader or coach? If so, you are our honored guest, and there is no admission cost.

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Please consider bringing a donation along for TOYS FOR TOTS! (This is not required, but the QBC is collecting donations for this outstanding cause to benefit the children in need of Barnstable County.)

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Do you have some time to help decorate and set-up for the Awards Presentation and Dinner? Decoration of the cafeteria will begin at 1:00 PM and the Knights Auditorium at 3:00 PM. Please stop by and lend a hand.

BHS Red Raiders Keep the Selectman’s Cup Defeating Falmouth 34 – 27

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Sports journalist Sean Walsh shares a detailed analysis of the Barnstable High School Red Raider’s fifth consecutive Thanksgiving Day Game win over the Falmouth High School Clippers today at W. Leo Field’s Memorial Field. To read his excellent article and see several outstanding pictures of the game, click the link below.

Red Raiders Escape Clipper Comeback, 37 – 24

Sean Walsh also wrote a touching article about this morning’s retirement of Navy SEAL SOC Kevin Houston’s #46. To read the details of this emotional ceremony, click the link below.

An Emotional Homecoming: Late US Navy SEAL’s Red Raider Football Jersey Retired

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Navy SEAL SOC Kevin Houston’s Red Raider #46 Retired

Navy SEAL SOC Kevin Houston, Barnstable’s own national hero who was killed in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on August 6, 2011, received the honor of being the one and only Barnstable Red Raider athlete in any sport to date to have his number retired. The Number Retirement Ceremony was held this morning before the 88th Annual Thanksgiving Day game. Barnstable defeated Falmouth 34 to 27.

The following pictures of the Number Retirement Ceremony are provided courtesy of State Representative Brian Mannal and his wife Sara, both on hand to honor SOC Kevin Houston’s memory. The pictures are followed by a beautiful poem of thanksgiving composed by Janette Anderson, Gold Star Mother of Navy Seal SOC Kevin Houston.

Friends, family, and Red Raiders standing beside Kevin Houston's retired jersey.

Friends, family, and Red Raiders standing beside Kevin Houston’s retired jersey.

With respect BHS Red Raiders take a knee during the ceremony to retire Kevin Houston's high school jersey #46.

With pride, respect and honor,  BHS Red Raiders take a knee during the ceremony to retire Kevin Houston’s high school jersey #46.

State Representative Brian Mannal speaks in honor of Kevin Houston. As children, the two men were teammates with the Barnstable Silver Bullets.

State Representative Brian Mannal speaks in honor of Kevin Houston. As children, the two men were teammates with the Barnstable Silver Bullets.

Kevin Houston's former teammate and best friend Joe Kennedy formally announces the retirement of #46.

Kevin Houston’s former teammate and best friend Joe Kennedy formally announces the retirement of #46.

Jan Anderson hugs John Hardy after being presented with the actual jersey that her son wore as a Barnstable Red Raider. She also holds a flag gifted by the United States Senate through Senator Elizabeth Warren to honor her son. The flag was flown over United States Congress building.

Kevin Houston’s mother, Jan Anderson, hugs Quarterback Club President John Hardy after being presented with the actual jersey that her son wore as a Barnstable Red Raider. She also holds a flag gifted by the United States Senate through Senator Elizabeth Warren to honor her son. The flag was flown over the United States Congress building. Kevin’s Houston’s BHS Red Raider Head Football Coach, Paul “Spanky” Demanche, stands applauding in the background.

Jan Anderson graciously thanks Barnstable High School, the Barnstable Quarterback Club, and others for retiring her son's jersey on Thanksgiving Day.

Jan Anderson graciously thanks Barnstable High School, the Barnstable Quarterback Club, and others for retiring her son’s jersey on Thanksgiving Day.

Kevin Houston's wife, Meiling, and their three children stand proudly beside his retired #46 jersey that will be displayed prominently at Barnstable High School. Meiling was presented with a jersey and flowers at the ceremony in honor of her late husband's heroism.

Kevin Houston’s wife, Meiling, and their three children stand proudly beside his retired #46 jersey that will be displayed prominently at Barnstable High School. In honor of her late husband’s heroism, Meiling was presented with a #46 jersey and flowers at the ceremony.

Joe Kennedy, Jasen O'Neil, Justin Cazeault and Brian Mannal stand beside an amazing shadow box created by  Joe Kennedy to house Kevin Houston's retired jersey.

Joe Kennedy, Jasen O’Neil, Justin Cazeault and Brian Mannal stand beside an amazing shadow box created by Joe Kennedy to house Kevin Houston’s retired jersey.

Photography Courtesy of Sara Mannal

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“FLASHBACK”, by Janette Anderson, Gold Star Mother

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To the years of bleaching the socks and pants
To the hours of practice and coaches rants!
To scrubbing the jerseys with a brush,
And getting off Cape in a hurry and rush!
To the years of cheering til I lost my voice…hey, the kid was good; I had no choice!
From the young boy who found he was fleet of foot to the young man who defended his goal no matter what…
To the memories that lay on the fields of BHS, and to the goose poop that lays on the field at FHS…
To the huge flag that welcomed us as we returned home
Hungry, filthy and exhausted to the bone.
Silver Bullet Saturdays were the best!
BHS Fridays were better than ALL the rest!
Every moment spent in Kevin’s football “career”
Are DEFINITELY moments that I hold VERY dear.
Thank you QBC-you all rock!
Thank you Hall of Fame committee-a tremendous honor!
Proud Gold Star Mom,
Janette Anderson

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Navy Seal SOC Kevin Houston Red Raider Football Captain 1993 9/20/1978 to 8/6/2011 Killed in Action

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Red Raider Football Captain 1993
9/20/1978 to 8/6/2011
Killed in Action

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Rest in Peace, Navy SEAL SOC Kevin Houston

Barnstable High School Red Raiders Football Captain, 1993

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URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

by Robyn Kipnes, BHS Assistant Administrator

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The Barnstable Quarterback Club has decided due to the impending forecast, the annual parade on Main Street and Pep Rally on the Village Green set for tomorrow has been canceled. However, the Pep Rally will now move inside, @ the BHS Main Gym @ 1:00pm tomorrow (Wednesday). Hope you can be there to enjoy the rally, get into the spirit and cheer our Red Raiders on!

The annual Thanksgiving Day game between our Red Raiders and the Falmouth Clippers is scheduled for a 10:00am kick off on Thursday morning. At 9:30am, join us as the Jersey (#46) of former Navy Seal and BHS Graduate Kevin Houston is retired. As many of you know, Kevin lost his life in 2011 while serving overseas in Afghanistan. Help us Honor this Hero! Pre-sale Tickets are available at Butler Sporting Goods for $7 per ticket. ALL tickets for everyone on game day are $10.

Go Red Raiders!!! Sink the Clippers!!!
…and happy Thanksgiving to ALL!!!

CAPECOD.COM HIGHLIGHTS RED RAIDER THANKSGIVING EVENTS

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Capecod.com, the website highlighting local radio stations WQRC, WOCN, WKPE and WFCC, is heavily highlighting Thanksgiving Barnstable High School Red Raider Football, Cheerleader and Quarterback Club Events. Click the links below for some great information!

Time for a Pep Rally: Barnstable Events Abound During Thanksgiving Week

Late Navy SEAL’s Jersey to be Retired at Barnstable High

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Navy SEAL SOC Kevin Houston’s BHS Red Raider #46 to be Retired on Thanksgiving

Navy Seal SOC Kevin Houston Red Raider Football Captain 1993 9/20/1978 to 8/6/2011 Killed in Action

Navy SEAL SOC Kevin Houston
Red Raider Football Captain 1993
9/20/1978 to 8/6/2011
Killed in Action in Wardak Province, Aphganistan

The Barnstable Quarterback Club is proud to announce the first retirement of a Barnstable Red Raider football jersey. Come join us at the ceremony to retire our own #46, in honor of our late veteran and national hero who wore it … 1993 Red Raider football captain, SOC Kevin Houston.

The ceremony will take place at Barnstable High School at the W. Leo Shields Memorial Field before the 88th traditional Thanksgiving Day Game of the Barnstable High School Red Raiders versus Falmouth High School Clippers on Thursday, November 27 at 9:30 AM.

Red Raiders Roll Over Taunton Tigers

by Sean Walsh 

Wide Receiver and Cornerback Bo Delaney, Senior

Wide Receiver and Cornerback Bo Delaney, Senior

In less than two minutes, Barnstable showed it still has the potential to put up the numbers.

On just the second snap of the game, Junior quarterback Griffin Burke took off up the middle for a 63-yard touchdown to set the tone Friday night versus the visiting Taunton Tigers, en route to a 41-29 thrashing. On Taunton’s ensuing possession, it fumbled on its second snap of the game, Barnstable’s Jack Kennedy recovered the ball on the Taunton six-yard line and then Burke hit junior wideout Eric Holzman on a corner fade route to make it 13-0. Exactly 1:59 had elapsed in the 1st quarter.

While it was the coldest and least attended game of the season for the Red & White, the program’s victory was its second straight as it heads into a 12-day layoff before the vaunted Barnstable-Falmouth Thanksgiving Day Rivalry. Falmouth is 4-6 on the season. This Thanksgiving Day game will be prefaced by the 70th Annual Thanksgiving Day Football Parade and Pep Rally (Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1:00 pm) in Hyannis with Turkey Day kickoff at 10:00 am sharp at W. Leo Shields Memorial Field.

Burke went 13-20 in the air for 183 yards and two touchdown passes (one interception) and rushed for 92 yards on 10 carries. Junior running back Ryan Dauphinais carried the ball 14 times for 74 yards on the ground and one touchdown while senior running back DeMichael Johnson tallied just four carries for 86 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Bo Delaney did not score on the night but had four catches for 87 yards while Holzman had three receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown. Junior wide receiver Nathan Balthazard had three catches for 22 yards and a touchdown. Senior placekicker Akeem McPherson went 5-6 on the night for PATs.

Barnstable rode the momentum of Burke’s opening score straight into the second quarter as Johnson took his first of just four carries on the night 32 yards into the end zone, untouched. At the 9:53 mark of the 2nd quarter, Barnstable was rolling with a 20-0 lead. That momentum eroded slightly as the first half wound down when Taunton quarterback Ryan Leonard hit Ryan Sherafonte on a 25-yard touchdown pass that made it 20-7 (with the PAT kick).

But with just one second remaining on the clock for the first half, Barnstable rebuffed Taunton’s minimal surge when Dauphinais bolted into the end zone from the two-yard line to make it 27-7 at halftime.

Taunton scored on its first possession to open the second half when it switched running backs and power back Terrence Gibson loped 70 yards on the Tigers’ first offensive play to cut the score to 27-14.

A Burke interception in the red zone on Barnstable’s ensuing possession, though, was quickly forgotten when defensive lineman John Harrington scooped up a Taunton fumble at midfield. Burke took advantage of the turnover and orchestrated an 8-play drive to paydirt when he hit Balthazard from 10 yards out. Following McPherson’s PAT kick, the host Red Raiders led 34-14.

Game Notes: Burke’s 13-20/183-yard performance puts him at 90-192 on the season with 1,378 yards passing. He’s thrown for 14 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. His 1,378 yards passing places him fifth on the Red Raider all-time passing yards list for a single season for quarterbacks.

Red Raiders Snap Skid Over Durfee

By Sean Walsh

Quarterback Griffin Burke ( Junior)

Quarterback Griffin Burke ( Junior)

It did not look promising at the outset.

But down 13-0 in the first quarter after a pair of heart-rending fumbles, the never-say-die Barnstable High Red Raiders scored four unanswered touchdowns to snap the program’s 8-game losing streak and defeated the host BMC Durfee High School Hilltoppers, 28-13.

But that victory did not come easily.

Barnstable (1-8) turned the ball over five times in this affair, losing five fumbles in all, but its secondary tallied two interceptions. And in the end, at least on paper, the victory could be deemed junior quarterback Griffin Burke’s best output of the season. Burke went 13-20 in the air and passed for 212 yards and three touchdowns – one each to juniors Eric Holzman and Nathan Balthazard and one to sophomore Andrew Atsalis (his career first) – and also ran one of his own into paydirt from 46 yards out.

Burke’s wide receivers – Ryan Dauphinais, Bo Delaney, Eric Holzman, Balthazard and Atsalis – each accounted for either substantial yardage gains in key situations or exceptional receptions. Balthazard, who caught four passes for 72 yards and a TD, made an otherworldly 34-yard catch on a seemingly impossible 3rd and 35 situation. On 4th and 1 and down 13-7 on the Durfee 46, Burke then faked a handoff and tore up the middle for his longest career rush and career rushing touchdown.

Barnstable’s final score came on Atsalis’ first-ever varsity touchdown in the 4th quarter.

The Red Raiders’ Brener DeSouza and Tavian Miranda each collected key interceptions during the game.