BARRINGTON – The Barrington Broncos (5-1) will get to host consecutive games for the first time this season as they prepare to battle rival Conant. Barrington is coming off of a big conference victory after defeating Fremd at home this past Saturday.
Fremd brought an arsenal of running backs early and broke out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter. But the Broncos will have to focus on both the pass and run this week as Conant quarterback Bill Modelski has been lighting up scoreboards. Modelski’s success comes largely from the run game. Running back Elias Gardner has put up big numbers on the ground, keeping opposing defenses honest.
Last week, the Broncos had a more balanced attack. Quarterback Daniel Kubiuk executed the read-option well, and was able to see some success of his own in the run game. Kubiuk provided two scores on the ground with runs of 21 and 34 yards.
Barrington head coach Joe Sanchez said he is confident that his quarterback will continue to read defenses well and find success on the ground in the weeks to come.
“He knows what he needs to do,” Sanchez said. “Him becoming more of a run threat helps keep teams honest.”
Kubiuk has been one of many Broncos to run the football this year, with Dylan Abel finding the most success last week. Barrington hasn’t committed to one back yet this season, but the coaching staff remains dedicated to their running back by committee approach.
“We’re gonna need them all,” Sanchez said. “I don’t know that we have one guy that can tote the rock against any kind of defense for 35-40 times … You gotta have multiple guys that can do it, plus you give them a change of pace.”
Abel and fellow running backs Dumaso Mkwananzi and Nate King are expected to see a significant workload in practice this week. Barrington will look to establish the run early and build a lead early on, something the team has struggled to do in recent weeks. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Barrington.