The Dick’s Sporting Goods Junior Pee Wees extended their Barrington Pop Warner winning streak to three straight on Saturday Sept. 22, defeating the Portsmouth Patriots, 32-8. The win brings the Eagles’ record to 3-1.
Barrington dominated on both sides of the ball, scoring five touchdowns and stopping the Patriots attack in the backfield throughout the game. The scoring was well spread across the Eagles' excellent group of running backs.
Fullbacks Lexi Malnerich and Kyle Greenberg each drove the ball into the end zone with gutsy runs. Lightning quick halfback Zach Newberg added a 60-yard TD, and quarterback Nick Roach added two touchdowns as well – one for 40 yards and another for 20. Roach then completed an extra-point pass to receiver Peter Burgess, who had several long runs of his own on the day.
Wingbacks Seth Mitchell and Will Rywolt also rushed well, showing great moves in several runs over 20 yards.
This explosion of offense was made possible by outstanding blocking from the strong offensive line of center Hunter Norris and linemen Jon Adamson, Andrew Prete, Robert Cahill, Ben Silva and Jack Kelleher.
The “Monster Offense” line of Meredith Kaplan, Matt Peecher, Logan Graham, Timmy Hoag and Sergio DaSilva provided a sturdy wall, pushing the ball down field for an impressive early score.
The Eagle defense had what may be its most impressive outing of the season, allowing just one long play and holding Portsmouth to “4 and outs” on most possessions.
Defensive end Noah Werbel, and tackles Silva, Slade Crane and Chase White smashed into the Patriot backfield all game. Corners Mitchell and Rywolt contained the sweep, with Rywolt stripping the ball on one play for a turnover. Linebackers Martin Agustin, Newberg, Greenberg and Roach consistently stuffed the rush. Defensive end Foster Egan and tackle Adamson were unstoppable once again, slamming through the Portsmouth line for several solo tackles each.
The Eagles head to Middletown for their next game on Saturday, Sept. 29, to take on the Islanders.
-- Todd Rywolt