Niro helps Barrington pass up Glenbrook South

By Bill Esbrook
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 9/15/2017 11:58 PM

Ray Niro got the job done through the air and on the ground Friday night for Barrington.

The Broncos senior quarterback threw 2 long touchdown passes and ran for a score as well as Barrington outlasted visiting Glenbrook South 45-24.

The home team scored a tough senior night victory against a Titans team that came in to the nonconference matchup undefeated.

"We all played for each other tonight," said Broncos wide receiver Johnny Gagne, who had one of the TD receptions. "It was all about brotherhood."

Barrington (4-0) won despite watching Glenbrook South retain possession of the ball for much of the game, including almost 19 minutes of the first half.

But the Titans couldn't turn that time advantage into many points as the Broncos' defense gave a gritty effort.

"That's what they (the Titans) do, they're set up to control the ball," said Barrington coach Joe Sanchez.

"We knew it would be a tough game tonight -- they came in here 3-0 for a reason. Their coaching staff has done a great job."

Barrington's first touchdown of the game came in the first quarter on a 71-yard bomb from Niro to Jake Parsons.

Then linebacker Jake Meyer helped lead a goal-line stand later in the stanza, as the Broncos stopped the Titans on fourth down deep in Barrington territory after a long Glenbrook South drive.

Barrington took a 14-10 lead in the first half on an 80-yard kickoff return for a TD by Alec Andrea, then the Broncos widened the margin.

Gagne made a terrific catch in the back of the end zone on a 49-yard strike to make the score 22-10 with 5 seconds left in the first half.

"Great pass by Ray Niro," said Gagne. "The ball was in the air a long time. I just had to keep focus on it."

Barrington running backs Ethan Glowacki and Michael Curran both scored on 2-yard runs in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Niro, who finished with 192 passing yards and 118 more rushing, scored the final Barrington touchdown, showing some nifty moves in the open field on a 35-yard TD run.

"Our guys did a great job of making things happen tonight," said Sanchez. "They found a way to get stops and get turnovers, and once they got the ball back, they made the most of their opportunities."

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