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Davidson, Barrington jolt Jacobs

Johnny Davidson made his first start at quarterback a memorable one for himself, and for Barrington.

The junior threw a 65-yard touchdown pass on his first varsity attempt. He went on to finish 12-of-15 for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns while rushing for another score as Barrington cruised past Jacobs 37-0 Friday night in season-opening play at Barrington.

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"It was a lot of fun" said Davidson, who threw a touchdown and rushed 12 yards for another in his first 31 seconds as a varsity quarterback. "Playing under the lights has always been a dream for me. It is great to play with my teammates."

Barrington coach Joe Sanchez said that he was not surprised as to how well Davidson looked Friday.

"I wasn't surprised at all," Sanchez said. "I thought he played a good game. We are going to go and watch the film and see the good things he did and what he can still work on? We have guys who can make explosive plays."

Barrington wasted little time thrilling their home fans.

After a defensive stop, Davidson threw a slip screen to Scotty Miller on the left side. After catching the ball, Miller made a defender miss and then the track star was off to the races, running untouched to make it 7-0 with 8:36 left in the first half.

"I was excited," said Miller, who had 4 catches for 90 yards. "I had Dylan Bingham and Seamus Moran blocking for me. It opened up and I just used my speed."

Barrington's Julius Smith set up the Broncos' next score with a fumble recovery at the Jacobs 26. Three-plays later, Davidson kept the ball around the left side and stretched into the end zone from 12 yards out to make it 14-0 with 8:05 left in the first quarter.

"It was the start I dreamed of," said Davidson.

The game also marked the return of Mitch Pfeiffer to the football field. A baseball standout, Pfeiffer said he missed the gridiron. He certainly made a huge splash with his return to it.

"I came to every game last year and I sat in the stands," said Pfeiffer, who had 3 receptions for 114 yards, with both catches turning into touchdowns. "I didn't want to be graduating for college and regretting that I never played again. These guys had something special going on and I didn't want to miss it."

Pfeiffer looked like he never missed a beat when he caught a 32-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-4 play. He followed with a spectacular 67-yard catch and run on a slip screen to the right, with Pfeiffer crossing the field to score on the far side of the field to make it 27-0 at the half.

Barrington's offensive line took over in the second half as the Broncos began to run the ball effectively. With Alex Serrano, Nick Bart, Mark Bach, Matt Robinson, Matt Reiser and Bobby Seibt pushing Jacobs off the ball, the Broncos were able to rush for 194 yards, 135 of which came in the second half.

Dumaso Mkwanananzi had a 9-yard touchdown run and Chase Lesniak booted 28-yard field gaol to close out the scoring.

"I was happy with the way we came out," Sanchez said. "Our kids built off it. We were able to seize it and I was pleased at our game."

While Sanchez was pleased, Jacobs coach Bill Mitz was disappointed in his team's play.

"It was a tough night for us," Mitz said. "We got some yardage, but just couldn't finish. But defensively we did not play very well."

Barrington's defense, led did a great job of containing Jacobs running back Josh Walker while forcing 3 turnovers. Jake Coon, Mark Bornhofen David Danhauer, Kyle Meckert, Cooper Van Kampen, Ryan Blair, Jason Harris, Smith and Travis Cysewski kept Walker, who finished with 109 yards on 21 carries, from breaking off any long runs.

"We were really locked in," said Coon, who had an interception. "We came up with a good game plan. Walker is a great back, but we were able to swarm to the ball and we had 11 guys flying to him."

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