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/Patch.com