Senior Night celebration: BHS wins big, 41-12

Football team thrills hometown fans, rolls over Pilgrim

By Josh Bickford
Posted 4/13/21

Everything went right for the Barrington High School football team on Friday night.

It was a home game.

It was Senior Night.

It was a big win.

The Eagles overpowered Pilgrim 41-12 in …

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Senior Night celebration: BHS wins big, 41-12

Football team thrills hometown fans, rolls over Pilgrim

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Everything went right for the Barrington High School football team on Friday night.

It was a home game.

It was Senior Night.

It was a big win.

The Eagles overpowered Pilgrim 41-12 in front of the home crowd (parents and siblings were allowed to attend the game, masked and socially distanced) and improved to 3-0 on the season.

“It was nice. There was a lot of electricity in the air,” said Barrington High School head coach Sandy Gorham. “They got to be in the blue uniforms at home. The cheerleaders put up posters.”

Cheerleaders and members of the football team arrived at Victory Field early on Friday to have their senior pictures taken with their parents. And prior to the kick-off, the seniors were announced.

“It was a great atmosphere,” Coach Gorham said.

The Eagles wasted no time asserting their dominance against Pilgrim. As the Patriots appeared determined to stop the Barrington run attack, quarterback Brigham Dunphy took to the air, connecting with Matt Daft on a 40-yard scoring play. Barrington’s offense continued to move the ball throughout the first half; the coach praised the play of his offensive line.

“The offensive line is key,” he said, giving credit to Evan Van Bree, Josh Nutter, Jack Kelleher, AJ Prete and Dan Lemos, as well as tight ends Noah Mincon and Tommy Rocha.

“They’ve been doing a great job,” Coach Gorham said. “Outside of Nutter, we’re not big. But they come off the ball. They’ve done a really nice job.

We went over the film… I praised them. They worked hard. They’re getting it.”

The Eagles built upon their lead with touchdown runs by Mark Bernardo and Luke Gorham, and a determined effort by Bryan Ivatts.

“He got hit two or three times and kept his balance,” the coach said. “That was one of the best runs.”

Meanwhile Cole Reed hauled in a touchdown pass from Dunphy, and Will Sanchez converted all of the extra point kicks.

As Barrington’s lead grew — they were up by nearly 30 points in the first half — coaches began substituting more players into the game. Coach Gorham said every single member of the varsity team played.

“I was really happy about that,” he added.

At Rogers on Friday

Barrington will travel to Newport on Friday night to play against 1-2 Rogers High School. Coach Gorham said his players should not be fooled by the Vikings’ record — he said they are well-coached and understand how to defend Barrington’s option offense.

“They’re tough, athletic kids,” Coach Gorham said. “We’ll have our hands full.”

Coach Gorham said he is emphasizing with his team the need to work hard preparing for each and every game, to understand that it is a short season and every match-up counts.

“Every game is a challenge,” he said. “We have a great opportunity here. We just have to seize it.”

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