Raiders escape with win
HYANNIS - In a game filled with mistakes, penalties, and risky plays, Barnstable was able to hold on for a 28-26 win over Sandwich last night.
“The mistakes we made last week, we made again this week,’’ Barnstable coach Chris Whidden said. “I was hoping we learned from them and we didn’t. If we play like this next week we’re not going to be able to win against Everett.’’
Barnstable (2-1) had four costly penalties in the game and Sandwich had three - the last one a holding call that wiped out a tying 2-point conversion run with 2:31 left in the game.
Tony Tully ran in for the tying conversion, but the penalty forced a second attempt from the 12-yard line. Zach Wagner’s pass was intercepted by Jeremy Hatstat, allowing the Red Raiders to hang on to the lead.
Sandwich took momentum and a 14-7 lead into intermission, having slowed the potent Barnstable offense.
Sandwich (1-2) got on the board with a 4-yard TD by Wagner in the first quarter before Theo France answered with a 71-yard run in the second.
The Blue Knights’ answer to France’s score was a seven-minute, 15-play touchdown drive, capped off by Kyle Hein’s 1-yard run.
The second half was a different story for the Blue Knights. Sandwich might second-guess a decision by coach Bill Luette not to punt on fourth-and-inches at their 25-yard line with eight minutes left in the third quarter. Tully was stuffed at the line of scrimmage by Bryan Hardy, turning the ball over to Barnstable. Five plays later, quarterback D.J. Crook connected with Nick Peabody from the 13 to tie it at 14.
“If we make that play then it’s a great call, but we didn’t make the play so the call stinks,’’ Luette said. “I gave them a short field position and they went in on that. The first half they only had one big run, we shut them down.’’
Barnstable took the reins again a minute later after Tully fumbled and Jason Frieh recovered at the Sandwich 34. Crook hit Tedaro France with a 22-yard TD to take the lead.
Wagner scored for Sandwich with 6 seconds left in the quarter when he rushed in a 30-yard keeper, but the PAT was blocked by Frieh, leaving Barnstable ahead, 21-20. Barnstable extended its lead when Crook threw his third TD pass of the night, a 2-yarder to Tedaro France.