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PAWTUCKET â€“ In a contest that went down the final snap, Barrington High held on for a 19-13 non-league win against Tolman High Friday night at Max Read Field.
It was a game in which no lead was completely safe. The Tigers pulled ahead 13-12 with 1:03 left after Rodney Jean-Pierre plunged in from a yard out.
All the good vibrations running up and down the Tolman sideline quickly went out the window, as Barringtonâ€™s Adam Hadley took the ensuing kickoff 93 yards.
Facing a first-and-goal on the Tolman 7-yard-line with 45 ticks left, Barrington scored to go back in front when quarterback Jackson Ryan faked a handoff before making a beeline for the end zone. Just like that, the Tigers went from euphoria to desperation.
Out of timeouts, the Tigers got the ball back with 36 seconds flashing on the scoreboard. An incomplete pass by quarterback Luis Rodrigues was followed by an 11-yard completion that brought the Tolman offense near midfield. Barrington then turned up the defensive pressure, recording consecutive sacks to cap off a frantic finish.
â€śIn the crunch time we couldnâ€™t finish the deal,â€ť said Tolman head coach Dave Caito, obviously dejected in the fashion in which the game slipped through his clubâ€™s fingers.
Tolman proved to be the better team for much of the first half before getting on the scoreboard just prior to the halftime horn sounding. In a play that completely caught the Barrington secondary off guard, Rodrigues found Jason Maynard in the left corner of the end zone, the throw-and-catch covering 40 yards.
â€śThat was a hurry up offense and we had no timeouts left,â€ť noted Caito. â€śWe ran a crossing pattern and Rodrigues hit Maynard.â€ť
Andrew Soares, a former member of the schoolâ€™s boysâ€™ soccer team, drilled the extra point to put the Tigers up 7-6 at intermission.
Truth be told, Tolmanâ€™s late score was the product of a unit that spent much of the second quarter keeping Barringtonâ€™s offense stationed on the sideline. The quarter saw the Tigers snap the ball 18 times on offense while the Division I Eagles ran seven plays.
Trailing 6-0 as the second quarter begun, the Tigers marched from the Barrington 31 down to their own 31 before the drive fizzled out. William Brown recorded an interception, the Barrington senior stepping in front of Andre Gilbert.
A three-and-out by Barrington â€“ Tolmanâ€™s Sammy Shalan and Nathan Bannon teamed up for a sack that netted a 10-yard loss â€“ gave the home team excellent field position in which to work with. The Tigers started from the Eaglesâ€™ 26 after Barrington was forced to punt from the back line of the end zone.
Two completions from Rodrigues to Darion Stubbs, who was coming out of the backfield, gave the Tigers a first-and-goal at the Eaglesâ€™ 9. Tolman advanced to the 3-yard-line before turning the ball over on downs, with Rodrigues throwing an incomplete pass on fourth down.
Tolmanâ€™s defense held serve once again as Barrington punted the ball away after four plays. The Eagles, however, were able to force the Tigers to burn through all of their timeouts. Still, Tolman looked to make something happen with 27 seconds left.
A four-yard pass set up one final play, with Rodrigues firing a perfect spiral that landed in the hands of Maynard.
Barrington needed just two plays to put a dent on the scoreboard. After a successful blitz by Tolman that saw Eagles quarterback Jackson Ryan knocked back 10 yards, the Tigers opted to remain in heat-seeking mode. This time the all-out blitz was picked up as Barrington QB Jacob Simons calmly delivered the ball to William Brown, who sprinted down the far sideline for a 60-yard score.
Barrington reclaimed the lead early in the third quarter, as the Eagles converted a 30-yard pass play on third down and moved the ball even deeper into Tolman territory after the Tigers were called for pass interference, the infraction also coming on third down. Once again Barrington put the ball into the hands in one of its top playmakers as Brown took a short out from Ryan and ran 20 yards untouched to give the visitors a 12-7 lead.
Tolman countered with a lengthy drive of its own as accurate passing from Rodrigues and strong running from the teamâ€™s cadre of backs helped advance the action to the Barrington 3. A holding call and a personal foul knocked the Tigers back 20 yards, as the onetime promising drive died out at the Barrington 25.
The Tigers were out of timeouts when Stubbs pounced on a Barrington fumble with less than six minutes remaining. Runs by Stubbs helped keep the drive alive with Rodrigues converting a fourth-and-inches play that helped pave the way for Jean-Pierreâ€™s score.
Barrington 6-0-6-7 â€“19
Tolman 0-7-0-6 â€“ 13
B â€“ William Brown 60 pass from Jacob Simons (run failed)
T â€“ Jason Maynard 40 pass from Luis Rodrigues (Andrew Soares kick)
B â€“ Brown 20 pass from Jackson Ryan (pass failed).
T â€“ Rodney Jean-Pierre 1 run (pass failed).
B â€“ Ryan 7 run (John Meehan kick).