The Dick’s Sporting Goods-sponsored Pop Warner Junior Pee Wees defeated the East Bay Warriors, 9-0, Saturday, Sept., 8 at Victory Field to even their record at 1-1 on the new season.
The Eagle defense carried the day, clamping down on East Bay with a strong pass rush and great coverage throughout the game.
Tackles Jon Adamson and Peter Burgess had several big tackles in the backfield to drive the tempo of the contest, and together registered a safety that turned momentum to the Eagles early. Cornerback Seth Mitchell made several textbook tackles, and one key hit that stopped a likely East Bay touchdown.
Defensive ends Foster Egan and Alexis Malnerich each had an excellent day, with multiple solo tackles and constant pressure on the quarterback. Slade Crane played tough for the Eagle "D", making a solo tackle in the backfield for a Warrior loss.
Linebacker Martin Agustin stuffed several runs and was perfect in pass protection, working with Safety Kyle Greenberg to hold the Warriors to zero completions. Tackles Sergio DaSilva and Jack Kelleher made sure no big gains were made up the middle. Linebacker Robert Cahill snagged an interception on the 2-yard line late in the game to seal the shutout victory.
Quarterback Nick Roach had another great game, running for long gains and completing two passes to running back and tight end Will Rywolt, who also had two receptions from Burgess.
Roach broke four tackles during a first down run that kept Barrington in control of the ball late in the game. These gains on the ground were made possible by solid "O" line blocking from Andrew Prete, Chase White, Ben Silva and Noah Werbel, and from the “Monster Offense”: center Matt Peecher, guards Logan Graham and Meredith Kaplan, tackles Tim Hoag and Crane, and tight ends Cahill and Marley Karnes. Center Hunter Norris was outstanding with shotgun snaps all day, allowing the offense the extra time to break for big plays.
Burgess, Malnerich and Greenberg all broke out for big rushing gains during the contest. Rywolt had several long runs for Barrington as well, capped by a 62-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
The Eagles travel to Fall River on Sunday, Sept. 16, to take on the Falcons at Durfee High School.
-- Todd Rywolt