Barlow blows out Bend in front of packed house
|Bend Lava Bears|
Barlow didn't waste any time putting Bend away 34-8 in its season opener in front of a standing-room only crowd at its new campus stadium Friday night.
Barlow coach Terry Summerfield put the ball into the hands of senior QB Jaren Hunter, and he delivered by hitting all five passes in the team's opening drive, ending with a 23-yard touchdown strike to tight end Drake Payne.
The initial scoring drive was kept alive when Hunter sent a laser into double coverage for Payne to convert on 3rd-and-3 near midfield.
"We saw on film that they were letting underneath passes happen, so we knew we could hit those, as well as throws over the middle," Hunter said.
Next it was time for Barlow's defense to shine.
Nose guard Dawson Northrup wrecked Bend's first play when he shed his blocker at the snap and buried the ball carrier for a 2-yard loss. Several plays later, Northrup was in the backfield again, this time grabbing a fistful of QB Colt Musgrave's jersey. He held the Lava Bears signal caller in place long enough for teammates Carson Jensen and Payne to crash in and complete the sack.
After a Lava Bears' personal foul on the punt, Barlow took possession in Bend territory and found the end zone in a hurry.
Hunter fired a 22-yard strike down the middle to Durham Sundberg, then found tight end Jackson Kane with a 12-yard touchdown throw, and the Bruins were in command 13-0 late in the first quarter.
Hunter would find Sundberg twice in the end zone to grow the lead to 27-0 midway through the second quarter.
Barlow's home crowd filled the home side bleachers with hundreds of other fans wrapped around the end of the new track.
"The atmosphere was awesome — the stands were starting to fill an hour before the game," Hunter said.
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