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

Red Raiders Wrap Up Season With Turkey Day Rout, 47-0

It wasn’t pretty, but in the 126th meeting between Barnstable and Falmouth, it still tasted oh-so-sweet for the visiting Red Raiders.

Barnstable scored early in the first quarter on a Colby Blaze 57-yard touchdown reception from Kristian Lucashensky (8-15, 213 yards, 3 TDs) and that would be all that the Red & White would need on Thanksgiving Day.

Barnstable led at the half, 34-0, and then taked on two scores from Justus Chaffee and a 30-yard fumble recovery returned by Blaze, his second of the day.

Other touchdowns were scored by Derek Estes (44-yard reception), Henry O’Shaughnessy, Mike Bilodeau and Hayden Murphy. Derek Pacheco tacked on five PAT kicks to round things off. Clyde Perry added an interception on defense.Image

Raiders Ready for Falmouth Tomorrow

Good Morning Raider Nation:

As you know mother nature is not on our side so the parade and pep rally have been cancelled.

We still have the Thanksgiving Game tomorrow at 10:00 AM in Falmouth. You can purchase your tickets at Butler’s.

Please visit for the history of Raider Football including stats and other information on Thanksgiving games! This site is amazing and should be viewed by each player from Freshman to Seniors!

To All My Seniors: Enjoy your practice, eating at the Roadhouse tonight, your players ceremony and especially THE GAME tomorrow. Make sure you thank your coaches and your family! I have watched many of you play for 11 seasons and thank you for an amazing roller coaster ride of my life! It’s hard to face that you’ll be playing your last game for Barnstable Raider Football but please know that you are all RAIDERS 4 LIFE!!!


Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade & Pep Rally CANCELLED

Due to predicted inclement weather tomorrow, Barnstable High School officials have asked The Quarterback Club to cancel tomorrow’s 65th Annual Parade and Pep Rally. We apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused. We reiterate, tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Pep Rally have been cancelled.

We hope to see everyone at the Annual Thanksgiving Day football game between our Red Raiders and the Falmouth Clippers! Kick off is at 10:00 am at Elmer “Guv” Fuller Field in Falmouth (behind the police station on Main Street). Don’t forget pregame tickets are on sale at Butler Sporting Goods!!!

Good luck Red Raiders…sink the Clippers and bring home the Selectman’s Cup…again!!


Due to the severe inclement rain and wind forecasted for tomorrow, the Barnstable
Quarterback Club regretfully has made a decision to cancel the Parade and Pep Rally
scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

We hope to see everyone at the Annual Thanksgiving Day football game between our Red Raiders and the Falmouth Clippers! Kick off is at 10:00 am at the Fuller Field in
Falmouth. Don’t forget pregame tickets are on sale at Butler’s!!!

Good luck Red Raiders…sink the Clippers and bring home the Selectman’s Cup…again!!

Red Raiders Getting Ready for Turkey Day

It’s almost time for the 65th Annual Parade and Pep Rally on Wednesday November 27 at 1:00 PM on Main Street, Hyannis!! Get your RED and WHITE on and get your float ready!!! If there is anyone who would like to enter a float, please contact me at by Monday, November 25.

If it Parade Time, then it’s time for the 118th Annual Barnstable Red Raiders VS Falmouth Clippers Turkey Day Game!!! Kickoff is at 10:00 AM at Falmouth at the Fuller Field. You can purchase your ticket at Butlers beginning today and here are the prices.

Student: $6
Adults: $8
Senior Citizens (62+): $6
Game Day tickets are $10

And don’t forget on Saturday, 11/23 Freshmen are playing @ 10:00am @ home VS Falmouth and JV are playing 12:00 pm @ home VS Falmouth!!!…

And tonight Football Moms are meeting at Columbos’ parking lot at 6:00 PM for the Main Street Stroll to hand out Parade and Pep Rally flyers!!!


Turkey Day Parade Next Wednesday !

The Quarterback Club is meeting on Tuesday, 11/19at 6:30 PM in the Senior Café. There are lots of things to do for the end of the season, including the parade, banquet and nomination committee. Please come join us, we would greatly appreciate your participation!This week (Saturday, November 23) Freshmen play 10:00 am @ home vs Falmouth and the JVs play 12:00 pm @ home vs Falmouth!!!

The Parade and Pep Rally are on Wednesday, 11/27 and the parade begins at 1:00 PM down Main Street. For all the info you need on the BIG PARADE & Pep Rally, 2Click here for the 2013 Parade Flyer !!

Varsity plays on Turkey Day at 10:00 AM at Falmouth!