A Night of Historical “Firsts” for Red Raiders

The win last night versus Bridgewater-Raynham was just a tad more historically important than the continuation of a thus far unbeaten season.

- For the first time since the 1961 and 1962 seasons, Barnstable captured back-to-back league championship titles. John “Jack” Parker coached for three seasons (1961-63). Coach Chris Whidden now joins some pretty rare company. In addition to Parker, Whidden joins Barnstable High School Athletic Hall of Famers Leo Shields, Eliot MacSwan and William “Billy” Bangs as the only football coaches to win consecutive league championship titles since the program’s inception in 1893.

- Barnstable has attained a number one state ranking in all polls and has held onto it since defeating Everett High for the first time in school history back in September. The last and only other time Barnstable has ever been ranked number one in Massachusetts was in 1995 when it went 11-0.

- Contrary to published reports, Barnstable last defeated Bridgewater-Raynham on the road in 2002 when it went 9-3 and was Old Colony League champion under coach Spanky Demanche with captains Ryan Sifflard, Greg Hill and Bryan Sweeney.

- Nick Peabody’s 198 yards passing pushed him past the 2,000-yards passing mark with 2,047 yards passing thus far this year. He is only the second quarterback to eclipse that mark behind D.J. Crook who achieved it in 2010 and 2009.

- The last time Barnstable won eight (8) straight games in a season was 1995. Prior to that, Barnstable went 8-0-1 with a tie in 1987 under head coach Mark Titus before losing to Falmouth on Thanksgiving Day. Prior to those seasons, the last time Barnstable won eight straight games came in 1951 (9-0). In no other season in Barnstable’s 120 years of high school football has it won (or at least, not lost) eight consecutive games except in 2012, 1995, 1987 and 1951.

- Junior running back Hayden Murphy’s 101 yards rushing on 15 carries (which excluded a 17-yard run called back due to holding in the 4th quarter) was his first 100-yard rushing game of his career for BHS, although he’s had numerous games with 90-plus yards rushing and several 100-plus yard games of combined offensive yardage. Still, Murphy joined the rarest of Red Raider company: his father, James E. Murphy Jr., ran for 154 yards against Silver Lake on Sept. 27, 1980 making them the first father-son duo in Red Raider history to achieve that milestone.

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One thought on “A Night of Historical “Firsts” for Red Raiders

  1. Love the correction on the 2002 win at B-R, but please also note that we won eight in a row that year! We were 1-2 after back-to-back losses to Brockton and St. John’s Prep, then defeated New Bedford and went 7-0 in Old Colony League play for the rest of the regular season. Thanks for all the great work!

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