Every game is 60 minutes. That is what Barrington head coach Joe Sanchez reminded his team at halftime Saturday as the Broncos trailed Warren, 10-7.
Barrington’s offense couldn’t seem to get much going as the Blue Devils defense was able to keep them in check and hold them to one score in the first 30 minutes. Barrington took the deficit as a challenge.
“We talked about two things all year, the words 'battle' and 'believe,' ” Sanchez said. “We talked about it at halftime. We talked about it before the game. That’s what they did, they believed that we could find a way to get this done and they were gonna battle and do whatever we could to do it. I’m proud of our kids for coming through tonight.”
The Broncos came into the second half prepared. Early in the third quarter, they capitalized as Dylan Bingham hauled in a pass from Dan Kubiuk and took it 66 yards to give Barrington the lead.
The passing game had its struggles throughout, but the consistent play of sophomore running back Nate King, who had more than 130 yards rushing, helped open up big plays down the field. King was able to secure numerous first downs, keeping the offense on the field, yet he says there are many who deserve the credit.
“There’s still a lot more to come, but I feel great," King said. "Thanks to our linemen for the great holes that we had today.”
The Broncos defense got after Warren quarterback Andrew Nickell all night, and also forced two impactful turnovers. This defensive squad may have given up more points than the past three games combined, but they held the high-octane Blue Devils to just one touchdown.
“On defense our motto is just swarm," senior linebacker Colin Costagna said. "Get to the ball every play, best effort. And that’s what we did.”
The Broncos won the second-round, Class 8A matchup, 21-13.
There are now just eight teams remaining in the Class 8A high school playoffs. Barrington hasn’t been to the state quarterfinals in five years. Needless to say, the coaches and players are excited to continue playing.
“It was a great win for our high school and for our community. We’re really excited to be back in the elite eight. We’re excited for the opportunity,” Sanchez said.
“It’s an incredible feeling, I’ve never felt this before,” Costagna added.
Barrington (10-1) heads back home to face Stevenson (9-2).