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Barnstable to Face Lincoln-Sudbury Tuesday in Playoffs

It's been eight long years or the equivalent of two high school generations since the Barnstable Red Raiders went to the postseason, but this Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 5:15 p.m., the Red & White will suit up in the MIAA Div. 1A playoffs versus the 10-1 Lincoln

The wait to get there has been nearly excruciating.

But on Tuesday, after an 8-year hiatus, the Barnstable High School football team will head to the MIAA Division 1A Playoffs with hope and a chance for a trip to the Super Bowl.

Barnstable (7-4) will face the 10-1 Lincoln-Sudbury Warriors on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 5:15 p.m. at Taunton High School, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced today.

The Red Raiders are, well, riding a red-hot three-game winning streak after eclipsing Falmouth on the road yesterday, Thanksgiving Day, 28-15. Since the Red Raiders topped the Bridgewater-Raynham Trojans two weeks ago for the Old Colony League championship title, it seems like the team has finally begun to come together in terms of self-confidence and a unified spirit.

Barnstable last went to the postseason in 2002 when the team went 9-3 under the direction of longtime head coach Paul "Spanky" Demanche. BHS fell to St. John's Prep at home, 42-6, in that affair, on a bone-chilling, five-degree evening. Barnstable has been to two Super Bowls (in 1995 and 1999) and won them both, defeating New Bedford in the vaunted 11-0 season (1995) and BC High in 1999.

This season had been somewhat in question after senior tri-captain D.J. Crook was sidelined due to a fractured thumb on his throwing hand against New Bedford, but by the looks of it, Crook appeared healthy and ready to re-take the quarterbacking reins with an 11-16, 194-yard, two-touchdown performance on Turkey Day.

But with Crook out for five games, junior Nick Peabody and sophomore Hayden Murphy stepped in at quarterback and paced the Red & White to the OCL champioinship title. It was a valiant, dual effort, indeed.

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