The 2013 IHSA 8A playoffs continue this week with No. 2 seed Barrington visiting No. 10 seed Warren on Saturday.
The Broncos (9-1) are coming off of a 23-8 victory over Evanston, while Warren (7-3) defeated Gelenbard South, 33-17. It will be a battle that is sure to test both defenses as these two teams have formidable offenses. Barrington has scored more than 30 points in five games this year, while Warren has scored more than 30 points in seven games.
Preparing for games in later rounds is always a challenge, but Barrington head coach Joe Sanchez says that the first game is the toughest.
“I’m proud of the kids. The first one as you find out is the hardest one,” Sanchez said. “Once you get the first one, then anything can happen.”
Barrington has allowed only eight points in its past three games, but knows it will be facing a difficult Warren offense led by senior quarterback Andrew Nickell, who threw for more than 400 yards last weekend. The Blue Devils will get to host this round two matchup, but the Broncos feel more than comfortable playing on opponents’ turf as they were on the road four of their first five games this year.
“It felt like we were always on the road this year, so our kids are used to it,” Sanchez said. “You’re going to have to win at least one playoff game on the road at some point, and these kids will be prepared for that.”
“We love it. We have no problem playing on the road,” linebacker Jake Coon said. “We like to bring the excitement to them and go into their house and take something away from them just like they try to do to us.”
Coon and the Bronco defense will have to continue their streak of dominance to propel Barrington into round three. The key this week will be to make the Blue Devils one dimensional early on as Warren has displayed a balanced offensive approach this season. Contrastingly, Barrington will look to get their run game going early in hopes of opening up big passing plays down the field, something this team has done well in recent games.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.