Bartlett takes 2-touchdown lead on Larkin

 
By Allen Oshinski
Daily Herald Correspondent

Bartlett couldn't beat the weather. Even moving the starting time of the Hawks' game against Larkin up to 6 p.m. didn't work. A storm rolled in late in the third quarter, forcing the suspension of the festivities with Bartlett leading 22-7.

The game will resume Saturday at 5 p.m. with 1:23 left in the third quarter.

The weather came at a most inopportune time for Larkin, which was driving toward the end zone. Going up-tempo, the Royals had driven from their own 26-yard line to the Bartlett 9 when a rumble of thunder could be heard in the distance. The Royals tried to get lined up for 1 more play but couldn't get it off before the officials stopped play.

Prior to that, the teams played evenly except for about a 4-minute stretch of the second quarter. Already ahead 7-6, the Hawks took advantage of good field position following a short punt and drove 40 yards for a score. Jonah O'Brien's 20-yard pass to Tyler Rivelli finished it.

On its next play following the kickoff, Larkin tried a swing pass but Bartlett's Tony DeRosa jumped the route, snared the ball and took it 30 yards for a score.

In the first half, O'Brien completed 6 of 15 for 80 yards and the touchdown. His counterpart and fellow number 6, Jaxon Aubry, nearly matched him, completing 5 of 11 for 54 yards and a score of his own to favorite receiver Jahari Stubbs. Stubbs caught all 5 of Aubry's first-half completions.

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Bartlett's workhorse tailback, Nick Deckard, carried 16 times for 68 yards and a rushing score.

Deckard's 6-yard jaunt put the Hawks ahead halfway through the first quarter.

But the Royals answered immediately, taking the ensuing kickoff and driving 65 yards. Aubry's 17-yarder to Stubbs paid it off, with Stubbs hauling it in at the 4, juking a defender and racing in.

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