The Barrington Broncos (8-1) are heading into the playoffs tied atop the Mid Suburban West Conference after a 41-0 victory over Hoffman Estates Friday night (2-7). Although the Broncos already had the playoffs secured, they came out fighting for a share of first place and for their teammates on Senior Night.
“Being a senior, you’re looking at it as this is the last time you’re going to play football," senior linebacker Colin Costagna said. "It’s something that I can’t really describe. I love the game of football and I know all the other guys on my team do.”
The Broncos started strong, building a 24-point lead in the first quarter. The offense saw great production in both the running and passing game. Nate King had his best game on varsity with nearly 100 yards on the ground and three touchdowns, while quarterback Daniel Kubiuk finished with more than 200 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
With the win, Barrington tied Schaumburg atop the Mid Suburban West Conference. Both teams finished confernece play at 4-1. It's the first time since 2004 the Broncos claimed a share of the title.
“This is something Barrington hasn’t done in a long time. We’re making history here,” Costagna said.
The Broncos will have a good deal of momentum on their side as they have won four straight games and two straight shutouts. But the players still feel they will need to kick it into another gear in order to make a deep run in the playoffs.
“I think we’ll definitely have to step up the intensity … I’m excited, can’t wait to start,” Kubiuk said.
“We want to continue to keep playing and that’s what we’re excited about,” head coach Joe Sanchez added.
The Broncos learned Saturday night that they earned a No. 2 seed in the Class 8A state playoffs and will host 15th-seeded Evanston this weekend.