Barrington pulls away at Warren
A big third quarter was the difference as visiting Barrington pulled away from host Warren 31-14 in the opener for both teams Friday night in Gurnee.
The Broncos led 10-7 at halftime, but Warren ignited its packed house when senior defensive lineman Zack Pelland hurried Barrington junior quarterback Tommy Fitzgerald into throwing a pick into the hands of senior linebacker Cameron Trevithick, who rumbled 48 yards to the house and a 14-10 Blue Devil lead.
"The third was huge for us," said Barrington coach Joe Sanchez, whose troops take their 1-0 record to Buffalo Grove next week. "We were resilient and controlled the moment."
After the Warren fireworks, Barrington settled in, ripping off 21 unanswered points and the rest of the games scoring.
Fitzpatrick, in his first varsity start, responded immediately with a 12-yard scamper to give the Broncos the lead 17-14 with 5:30 left in the third.
Then, after a three-and-out by Warren, senior running back Michael Curran dashed in from 2 yards out and Barrington took control 24-14 with 1:30 left in the third.
Curran added another score in the fourth when he rumbled in from 10 yards for the final margin of victory.
"That's a really good team and classy program," said Devils coach Bryan McNulty of Barrington.
Warren (0-1) takes to the road when it travels to Glenbard North next Friday.
"We just need to clean up some things. The defense was great but got tired, and for his first varsity start, Phil (Hird) played with a lot of poise and heart."
Hird played most of the game while sharing playing time with junior signal-caller Thomas Kenney.
A 26-yard field goal by senior placekicker William Hutchinson coupled with a 6-yard run by Curran gave Barrington a 10-0 lead with 2:57 left in the half.
But Kenney tossed a beautiful timing pass to senior wideout Jonathan Rodriguez for a 10-yard score and Warren was alive 10-7 with 15 ticks left in the half.