Barnstable (4-1) may very well be the best second half team in the state.
Down 20-7 at halftime and appearing to be unable to match Marshfield’s speed and size, the host Red Raiders dug down deep in the second half and once again blanked an opponent when it counted most. Barnstable outscored its guests in the second half, 22-0, and has allowed just one second half touchdown since opening day.
Senior co-captain Hayden Murphy tallied 190 all-purpose yards on the day, 116 of them rushing yards on 12 carries and 74 yards in the air. He scored two touchdowns – one a 40-yard rush late in the 4th quarter to seal the victory and a 58-yard reception in the second quarter that gave his Raiders hope.
Senior quarterback Kristian Lucashensky went 11-25 in the air for 190 yards and three touchdown passes (3 interceptions). Derek Estes and Mike Bilodeau each had touchdown receptions and Dereck Pacheco went 3-3 on PAT kicks. Junior wideout Bo Delaney collected his first-ever varsity two-point conversion on a nifty pass from Lucashensky.
Barnstable’s defense was stellar in the second half in spite of having been on the field for 74 plays throughout the game.