Ross Jatkola Named as Barnstable High School Head Football Coach



Scott Thomas, Barnstable High School Athletic Director


April 12, 2018




Ross Jatkola

Ross Jatkola


It is with great excitement that Barnstable High School announces that Ross Jatkola has been selected as its new Head Football Coach. Coach Jatkola most recently served as the varsity offensive coordinator at Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, CT, where he also coached varsity girls’ basketball and track and field. Jatkola also has served as a history teacher during his two-year stint in Cheshire.

Prior to his time Cheshire, Jatkola was the head varsity football coach at Monomoy Regional High School in 2015 and a varsity assistant at Dennis Yarmouth from 2010-2015 winning a Super Bowl in 2011. He also spent two seasons as an assistant football coach at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island from 2007-2009.

A 2003 graduate of Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School, Jatkola was a 2 year starter at tight end at Division 1 SUNY Albany, graduating in 2007 from the University.

Coach Jatkola will be meeting with the returning players in the near future to introduce himself, discuss off season conditioning, and establish goals for the 2018 season.


Barnstable Football Honors the Memory of Officer Sean Gannon


Officer Sean Gannon, Yarmouth Police Department

Our Barnstable High School Red Raider Family was stunned, horrified and saddened to learn last night of the unexpected death in the line of duty of Yarmouth K-9 Police Officer Sean Gannon.

Officer Sean Gannon died as he lived — with his K-9 partner Nero at his side, protecting the citizens of Barnstable, Yarmouth, and the Cape Cod Community at large.

As we remember Officer Gannon, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, the Yarmouth Police Department, our Cape Cod Community, and all who loved him.



A Police Officer’s Prayer

Lord, I ask for courage~ 
Courage to face and conquer my own fears … 
Courage to take me where others will not go … 
I ask for strength~ 
Strength of body to protect others, 
and strength of spirit to lead others … 
I ask for dedication~ 
Dedication to my job, to do it well, 
Dedication to my community, to keep it safe … 
Give me, Lord, concern for those who trust me, 
and compassion for those who need me … 
And please, Lord, through it all, 
be at my side … 

– Author Unknown 


Meet Our Junior Red Raider Football Player and Cheerleader National Honor Society Members!



Barnstable High School Quarterback Club President Greg Dowling is privileged to announce that the following Red Raider student-athletes from our football and cheerleading squads were recently inducted into the National Honor Society.

Pride ~ Honor ~ Respect

Football – Craig Coombs
Football – Joe Yalmokas
Football – Liam Capra
Football – Matt Fredo
Football – Matt Petercuskie
Football – Matt Turner
Football – Max Farrar
Football – Myles Kristofferson
Football – Sean Dowling
Football – Trevor Blaze
Football – Zeb Tilton
Cheer – Emma Barrett 
Cheer – Kalyani Clarke 
Cheer – Taylor Harmon 

Congratulations, one and all! We are so proud of you!

Class of 2018 Red Raider Football Players — Lou Cocozza, Sam Rosen, and Josh von Staats — Heading to College Athletics




It was recently announced by Coach Christopher Whidden that the following Class of 2018 Red Raider football players have plans to play football at the collegiate level. Make us all proud, gentlemen!


















In Tribute to BHS Red Raider’s Football Team Manager and Mentor, “Coach Lee”


“We are not worthy of being a championship team unless we work hard to earn it.”  — Coach Lee


Coach Lee

Barnstable Red Raiders Manager, Mentor and Coach Lance Andrews-Rose (Photos Courtesy of Stacey Kennedy, Charlene Colon, and Hyannis Youth and Community Center)


Our Barnstable High School Red Raider Family was stunned and saddened to learn last night of the unexpected death due to sudden illness of our beloved manager, mentor, coach, and friend Lance Andrews-Rose, affectionately known to all as “Coach Lee”.

A steadfast, hardworking, and committed mentor of Barnstable youth throughout his managing and coaching career, Coach Lee was a man with a mission — to teach boys and young men the values of sportsmanship, teamwork, drive, passion, and commitment through excellence in athletics. In doing so, Coach Lee also unknowingly taught everyone he touched the potential giftedness in all people.

Beyond his contributions to Barnstable High School Football, Coach Lee was a manager and assistant coach of the Red Raider Lacrosse and Hockey teams. Through his exhaustive work ethic, Coach Lee also coached basketball at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. In short, Coach Lee committed his entire life to benefit the children of Barnstable.

In addition to Coach Lee’s exhaustive volunteerism, he was a valued and hardworking employee at the Veteran’s Affairs offices in Hyannis where he worked on the cleaning crew. Coach Lee took his job very seriously, recognizing the importance that the building be spotless for the benefit of our honored veterans served there.

As we remember Coach Lee, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and all who loved him. When we learn of support efforts to assist Coach Lee’s family and memorial information, we will be sure to pass it along.

2017 Quarterback Club Award Recipients


Captain Katelynn Tivey


Barnstable Quarterback Club President Greg Dowling announced the 2017 Barnstable High School recipients of the “Quarterback Club President’s Award” are Cheerleading Captain Katelynn Tivey and Football Captain and OCL All-Star Lou Cocozza.

This award is given annually to the player or cheerleader who best exemplifies team spirit and sportsmanship, embodying the principles of the QBC — volunteering their time and stepping up when needed for the good of the program and being a good teammate. 

Congratulations Katie and Lou!



Captain Lou Cocozza

2017 Red Raider Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleading Award Recipients


The Barnstable High School Red Raider Varsity Cheerleading Squad

Varsity Cheerleading Coach Rachel McDougall and Junior Varsity Coach Kylee Youmans announced the following 2017 Barnstable High School award recipients for excellence in cheerleading at the Annual Awards Banquet held on December 10th at the Knight’s Auditorium.



Most Deicated Award — Tia Noonan

  • This award is given annually to the most dedicated cheerleader on the Varisty Squad.

Most Improved — Aaliyah Roderick

  • This award is given annually to the cheerleader whose skills developed most markedly throughout the season.

Rookie of the Year — Samantha Vanlieu

  • This award is given annually to the squad’s most accomplished first-year cheerleader.

MVP (Most Valuable Cheerleader) — Emmé Capra

  • This award is given annually for excellence in cheerleading exemplary and essential to the overall performance of the squad.

 Coach’s Award — Tanaya Taylor

  • This award is given annually for excellence in cheerleading and squad leadership

Old Colony League Award for Sportsmanship in Cheerleading — Katelynn Tivey

  • This award is presented by the Old Colony League to a BHS Cheerleader in recognition of exemplary sportsmanship



The Barnstable High School Red Raider Junior Varsity Cheerleading Squad


Most improved — Caline Halbert

  • This award is given annually to the cheerleader whose skills developed most markedly throughout the season.

MVP (Most Valuable Cheerleader) — Asia Barbel

  • This award is given annually for excellence in cheerleading exemplary and essential to the overall performance of the squad.


2017 Red Raider Varsity Football Award and Lettermen Jacket Recipients


Sam Rosen upon being honored with the Kevin A. Houston Memorial Award


Coach Chris Whidden announced the following 2017 Barnstable High School award recipients for excellence in football at the Annual Awards Banquet held on December 10th at the Knight’s Auditorium. 


Heart & Drive Offensive Linemen of the Year – Lou Cocozza

  • This award is given annually to the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman

Red Raiders Coaches’ Award – Michael Turner

  • This award is given annually to the “unsung hero” of the Red Raider varsity team

Joseph Borsari Award – James Peabody

  • This award is given to the Red Raider football player who best exemplifies the level of dedication it requires to wear the Red & White

Ronald Hosie Sportsmanship Award – Ryan Welsh

  • Awarded annually to an individual player who best exemplifies the spirit and demeanor of good sportsmanship on and off the BHS gridiron

Raymond E. Hostetter Jr. Award – Matt Petercuskie

  • This award is given each year to the player who best demonstrates a superior level of competitiveness and leadership

BHS Football Raiders Club Award – Samuel Rosen

  • Each season, a select player is recognized for attaining a superior level of performance against their opponents during the football season

Jean G. Hinkle Memorial Athletic Award – Lou Cocozza

  • This award is given each year to the senior member of the football squad who during his high school career, has shown the finest school spirit, the most willing cooperation with coach and team, and the highest degree of sportsmanship both on and off the field

Kevin A. Houston Memorial Award – Samuel Rosen

  • A version of this award has been presented since 1959 to the Barnstable most valuable player in the Thanksgiving Day game versus Falmouth


Lettermen Jacket Recipients


Barnstable High School Varsity Football Team

Conner Baldasaro
Cory Wardwell
Matt Turner
Arzimut Anthony
Sean O’Connell
Colby Burke
Matt Fred
Devano Clarke
Felipe Silva
Devary Gray
Christian Fallen
Craig Coombs
Harry Lanman
Matt Finnegan
Juarez Stanley
Osmin Rodriguez
Declan Moriarty
Joe Yalmokas
Zack Decker

2017 Football and Cheerleading Season (Coach and Family Candids)

Fall 2017 was a fantastic season for the Barnstable High School Red Raiders Freshman Football, as well as our Junior Varsity and Varsity Football and Cheerleading Squads. Enjoy the following slideshow highlighting randomly ordered candid photos taken by coaches and families throughout the season. (Any omission of a submitted picture is not intentional.)

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Thanksgiving Day Highlights, Barnstable Turkey Day Players of the Game, and “The Season of Smashed Records”


Photography Courtesy of Sean Walsh

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Thanksgiving Day “Player of the Game”, Samuel Rosen

Overall Player of the Game: #8 SAM ROSEN, Wide Receiver/ Defensive Back 

“Sam Rosen collected 11 receptions for 144 yards and pulled down 3 touchdowns in his final Red Raider game and in the process set the all-time Barnstable High School single season receiving record for yards in one season with 1,225 yards and 93 receptions and 14 touchdowns (all new records).”


Offensive Player of the Game: #9 RYAN WELSH, Running Back

“Senior running back Ryan Welsh pulled in 2 catches for 100 yards including and 86-yard touchdown and added a rushing score. His 86-yard touchdown reception was the longest ever against Falmouth since 1895 and tied for 6th longest in school history.”


Defensive Player of the Game: #21 MICHAEL TURNER, Wide Receiver/ Defensive Back 

“Michael Turner collected 10 tackles (9 solo) in one of his best efforts of the season.”


Special Teams Player of the Game: #11 MATT FREDO, Wide Receiver/ Defensive Back 

“Matt Fredo had 10 total tackles on the day, including 8 solo.”



Though our Barnstable High School Red Raiders suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of the Falmouth High School Clippers, several football records dating back to 1893 were smashed this season. Players’ amazing team and individual accomplishments include…

1. Most points scored, single game, 102 (BHS vs. Pembroke)
2. Most yards receiving, season, Sam Rosen, 1,225
3. Most yards receiving, single game, Sam Rosen, 302
4. Most All-Purpose yards, game, Sam Rosen, 419 vs. Pembroke
5. Longest TD reception vs. Falmouth, 86 yards, Ryan Welsh (11-23-17)
6. Longest TD Pass vs. Falmouth, Matt Petercuskie, 86 yards (11-23-17)
7. Longest Interception return, Sam Rosen, 101 yards, vs. New Bedford
8. Longest two-point score, Sam Rosen, 101 yards vs. New Bedford
9. Longest Interception, Sam Rosen, 101 yards
10. Most Yards passed single game, Matt Petercuskie, 426 vs. Pembroke
11. Most Completions, Season, Matt Petercuskie, 214
12. Most TDs thrown single game, 7, Matt Petercuskie vs. Pembroke
13. Tied, Most TDs scored single game, Sam Rosen (5) vs. Pembroke
14. Most Yards Receiving vs. Falmouth, Sam Rosen, 144 yards (11-23-17)
15. Most receptions single game, Sam Rosen (18) vs. Dartmouth
16. Most Passing attempts, Season, Matt Petercuskie, 351
17. Most Interceptions single game, 3, TIED, Sam Rosen vs. New Bedford

Message of Appreciation

Our appreciation goes out to Sean Walsh, our outstanding team statistician, for his countless hours of volunteerism on behalf of the Barnstable High School football program!