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

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

Thank you for your support of the Barnstable Red Raiders!!! GO BIG RED!!

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.

Red Raiders Lose OT Heartbreaker to BC High Eagles


It just wasn’t meant to be.

Tied 24-24 after regulation time, the host Barnstable High Red Raiders seemed poised to snap their two-game losing streak Friday night at W. Leo Shields Memorial Field in Hyannis. But thanks to Boston College High School senior captain Christian Dallas, that losing streak fell to three straight games – and four if you count last year’s MIAA Playoffs loss to Mansfield.

Not in a decade has Barnstable lost its first three games of the season (2005).

Down 14-0 in the second quarter, Barnstable first saw fullback Clyde Perry bust outside for a five-yard score, then tie the game, 14-14, after a Brener DeSouza kickoff fumble recovery that positioned the hosts on the BC High 23 yard-line. Junior quarterback Griffin Burke (14-33, 221 yards, 2 TDS, INT) found junior wideout Nathan Balthazard on 2nd and 10 for the game-tying score (Akeem McPherson PAT kick actually tied it).

Deadlocked at 14-14, BC High came out of the halftime lockerroom on fire, marching downfield to set up a 15-yard score from senior fullback Sam Friedman (2 TDs), followed by Jarod Mockus’ PAT kick to make it 21-14.

Still, Barnstable did not relent. With just under a minute to go in the 3rd quarter, Burke found junior wideout Eric Holzman in the corner of the end zone and BHS kicker McPherson’s PAT kick was good to tie it at 21-21 after three quarters of play. With just 5:38 left, Mockus nailed a 32-yard field goal to make it 24-21. With just 0:01.7 seconds left in the game, McPherson drilled a game-tying 25-yard field goal to make it 24-24. The game then went to overtime.

Winning the coin toss, BC High elected to play defense first and saw Burke’s first pass attempt from the 10-yard line go awry. On 2nd and goal, Burke dropped back to pass only to get hammered by junior linebacker Isaiah Miranda and as Burke’s arm motioned forward on the pass attempt, it popped into midair. Dallas caught the loose ball mid-stride and then bolted 87 yards for the walkoff victory.

Balthazard led the BHS receivers with four catches for 86 yards and a touchdown but BC High’s defense fully stopped Barnstable’s senior running back DeMichael Johnson who had 17 carries for just 29 yards. Eric Holzman had five receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown score as well.

Jack Pipatti, Colton Bergal, Henry O’Shaughnessy and Perry each had 10 tackles in the game for Barnstable.

BHS next faces Xaverian (#1 in the state) next Friday on the road.

– Photos and story by S.M. Walsh/

Red Raiders Fall to D-Y Dolphins in Season Opener, 36-21

1demichaeljohnsonThey gave it one heck of a try.

The Barnstable Red Raiders fell to the visiting Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins Friday night (Sept. 5) before a fairly large crowd, 36-21, but they did have their chances. Twice, the home team in Red & White came within one score of tying the Dolphins only to watch their hopes and efforts fall to the wayside with a variety of miscues and tough breaks.

Junior quarterback Griffin Burke turned things around after a rocky outset, going 8-22 for 174 yards and three touchdown passes, but an Andrew Jamiel 95-yard interception return for a touchdown took considerable wind from the Red Raiders’ sails in the early going. Two fumbles (DeMichael Johnson, Clyde Perry) also proved costly as the Dolphins recovered both times.

Senior Bo Delaney was a considerable bright spot, making just three catches for 109 yards. DeMichael Johnson, also a senior, collected 127 yards rushing on 19 carries and linebacker Colton Bergal was exceptional on defense. All totalled, Bergal had 16 tackles on the night, including nine solo hits. Both Jack Kennedy and Owen Murray had key sacks for losses and played well throughout the night. 

2014 Season Opener – Friday, September 5th = ESPN Game of the Week

The 2014 Red Raider Football Season opens on Friday, September 5th at 6pm at Barnstable High School.  The Raiders, ranked #23 in the Pre-Season polls,  will be hosting the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins, ranked #12 in the Pre- Season polls.  This Cape Rivalry match up always provides great football action and never disappoints!  Come out in BIG numbers, and wear your RED to support the Red Raiders!!

ESPN Boston will be highlighting and reporting on this game as their State-wide, game of the Week!  Show your Raider Pride!

2014 BHS Varsity Football Team Photo

Congratulations to Raider Seniors!

A big congratulations to all the Red Raider Seniors who graduated in June!  We  wish all the former Red Raider players the best of luck in their future endeavors.

We are proud to announce the following Red Raider Class of 2014 Graduates will continue playing football this Fall at the following schools:

Colby Blaze                          Harvard College

Hayden Murphy                  Princeton University

Billy Grimmer                      Springfield College

Dereck Pacheco                   Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Seamus Murray                   UMass

Micah Gregory                     Bryant University

Max Lambert                        Bridgeton Academy, Maine

Justus Chaffee                     Mt. Ida

Johnny Hardy                       Curry College

Best of Luck in college!  Be sure to follow the player’s seasons on line!


Parents, if you son has decided to suit up in college – please let us know so we can add their name to the list above.

Red Raider Annual Football Banquet to be Held on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013

Hello Red Raider Football/Cheerleading Parents & Guests:

All Red Raider football players, Cheerleaders, parents, & guests are cordially invited to the 2013 Red Raider Football & Cheerleading banquet being held on Sunday, December 8th at Barnstable High School. The banquet begins at 5 pm in the Knight Auditorium with dinner to follow in the Main cafeteria.

***Invitation is attached – please print out!

We encourage ALL players and parents to attend to help celebrate a terrific season of Barnstable football!

Cost: Players are free, and parents/guardians & guest are $5 each. Tickets can be bought at the door.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email, or call Gretchen Murphy at 774-487-7483. Thank you and see you on the 8th!
Click here to print out Banquet Invitation: 2013 Football Banquet Invite-1