Red Raiders Manhandle Clippers in Turkey Day Tilt
Things were close in the early going in the 127th meeting between Falmouth and Barnstable, with the Red Raiders ahead by a slim margin at halftime 13-7, but then Barnstable took off running in the second half for a 39-14 finale.
In the first half, this one had all the makings of a classic.
Ahead just 7-0 in the first quarter, Barnstable found itself tied with guest Falmouth 7-7 after the Clippers' junior quarterback Jack O'Rourke found Darion Bartibogue in the end zone to make it 7-6. Falmouth kicker Billy Ellis's PAT kick made it an even 7-7 and fans on both sides had hope for a real barnburner, a hope that did not diminish by halftime with Barnstable leading by a slim 13-7 margin.
But when Barnstable senior captain and quarterback Nick Peabody (10-18, 155 yds.) found Dylan Morris for a six-yard touchdown to start the second half, hope began to fade quickly for the rough and tumble Clipper Eleven.
Morris's 13th touchdown reception of the season was shortly followed by a 27-yard touchdown reception from Tedaro France, a critical kickoff return fumble by Falmouth (caused by junior Derek Estes and recovered by Johnny Hardy), and an 11-yard touchdown run by France, again, his second.
Barnstable would get one more score from back-up quarterback Kristian Lucashensky, a 21-yard run, in the fourth quarter, before Falmouth would strike again. Falmouth quarterback O'Rourke (8-11, 123 yds., 2 TDs) found Blake Murphy for a 40-yard touchdown that made it 39-13, quickly followed by Ellis's second boot of the day to make it 39-14.
Barnstable also had touchdowns from Manny Perry and Peabody, while Falmouth received a yeoman's effort from running backs Ronnie Zampani (19 caries, 67 yards) and Devon Green (7 carries for 43 yards).