The Dick’s Sporting Goods Junior Pee Wees of the Barrington Pop Warner league extended their win streak to four games on Saturday, Sept. 29, with a dominating 25-6 victory over the Middletown Islanders. The win brings the Eagles’ record to 4-1.
Barrington’s offense began the game slowly, with the Islanders holding tough on the Eagles’ normally effective sweep. A shift to inside runs opened up the game quickly, with QB Nick Roach hammering the ball up the middle for three touchdowns.
The great offensive line delivered fantastic drive blocking all game long. When it seemed that Middletown was going to shut down the Barrington attack, the Monster O squad of Marley Karnes, Meredith Kaplan, Sergio DaSilva, Center Matt Peecher, Robert Cahill, Jack Kelleher and Tim Hoag provided their trademark wedge for some long gains.
Tight end Foster Egan, tackle Ben Silva, guard Andrew Prete and reliable shotgun snapper Hunter Norris were consistently strong blocking against the Islanders defenders.
Fullbacks Kyle Greenberg and Lexi Malnerich pounded the ball between the tackles for many hard-fought 8 to 10 yard gains and key first downs. Jon Adamson added a TD with a dive up the gut to put the game out of reach for Middletown.
Peter Burgess had a phenomenal game in all aspects – nailing excellent kickoffs, breaking free for huge runs, throwing a complete pass, and making many important tackles. Seth Mitchell starred on both sides of the ball, with some great runs and clutch tackles for losses. Running back Zach Newberg ran great throughout the game, especially on a 200yard rush to the 1 yard line. RB Will Rywolt had another big day on the ground, with massive gains of 60 yards, 30 yards and several other key runs. He also played shut-down cornerback with a ton of tackles.
The Eagle defense held tough as usual under the direction of linebackers Martin Agustin, Malnerich and Roach. Tackles Noah Werbel, Chase White and Slade Crane blasted through the Middletown line and made great tackles. LB Greenberg added to his strong performance by chasing down a runner who broke free on a sweep to save a touchdown.
Barrington returns home to face the Fairhaven Blue Devils on Saturday, Oct. 6
-- Todd Rywolt