Red Raiders Avenged: Defeat L-S Warriors and Earn Trip to the EMass. Div. 1A Super Bowl!

History has an uncanny way of repeating itself.

Yes, Barnstable High won the 1999 Super Bowl versus BC High for its second such title in the span of five seasons, but it was in 1995 that the Red & White went 11-0 and captured the Div. 1A Super Bowl over New Bedford by a score of 11-0. And yes, that game was held where? At Taunton High School. Same field. Same record. One game to go for glory.

The number 11 seems to be lucky for the Red Raiders, who in 2012 are now 11-0, but it was not luck tonight that saw Barnstable avenge last year’s MIAA playoffs loss to Lincoln-Subdury. Tonight, Barnstable turned up its defense and turned its running attack on high speed as Barnstable defeated the Warriors on the same field as last year to the tune of a 28-7 whipping.

Thanks in large part to the offensive line led by senior center and captain Tom Grimmer, guards Chris Kennedy and Tom Harrington, and tackles Owen Murray and Allen Buckley. It was the offensive line that helped junior Hayden Murphy turn in his best varsity performance ever: 191 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns. It was the most yards rushed in a single playoff game in Red Raider history.

Defensively, the performance was equally impressive. Led by senior linebacker and captain Andrew Ellis and fellow senior captain Ryan Litchman, Barnstable’s defense offered the Warriors just 16 yards in the first half and barely over 100 yards for the entire game. Jason Frieh (8.0 tackles), Jon Eldredge (interception), Kevin Hardy (Interception) and Tedaro France were equally impressive. It was Eldredge’s interception that literally proved to be the straw that broke the Warriors’ collective backs as it came at the L-S 26-yard line and was sandwiched between two 3rd quarter scores.

Barnstable heads to Gillette Stadium Saturday, December 1, at 1:30 pm to face the Everett Crimson Tide. Everett’s sole loss this season came at the hands of… the Barnstable High School Red & White !


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