Barlow defense dominates in Sandy
Mount Hood Conference
SANDY — Barlow's football team ran its record to 5-1 after scoring a dominating 36-0 win at Sandy in Thursday's Mount Hood Conference opener.
The Bruins were in command 23-0 late in the third quarter when a play spilled out of bounds, crashing into a member of the chain crew. Paramedics were called to the field and after a lengthy delay the injured volunteer was carried off the field on a stretcher.
Play resumed with it being Sandy's ball on the midfield logo. The Pioneers tried to climb back into contention when QB Chet Chamberlain launched a deep ball on third-and-8. Barlow's Reece McKenzie was tight in coverage, never giving the receiver a chance to make a play on the ball which fell incomplete five yards away.
A Sandy punt gave possession back to Barlow to start the fourth quarter, and the Bruins drained almost five minutes off the clock with another touchdown march.
Facing third-and-4 early in the drive, Sandy's Gabe Wantowski closed in from the blind side on Barlow QB Jaren Hunter, reaching out to grab some jersey before Hunter broke away and escaped out the front of the pocket for a first down.
A few plays later, Hunter rolled to his right and fired a 45-yard completion to Carter Baggs. The duo connected again this time with Baggs being knocked out of bounds just short of the pylon.
The Bruins made good on the drive when Hunter surveyed the defense at the goal line, made a late adjustment and sent running back Andrew Collins over the left side for a touchdown plunge and a 30-0 lead.
The only thing left for Sandy was to put points on the board before time expired, but Barlow's Carson Jensen came up with a stop on fourth down near midfield to extinguish that hope.
Barlow's second unit had plenty of success on the game's final drive, which ended with back-up QB Cyle Calcagno taking a keeper 15 yards around the right side for the final points of the night.
Hunter completed almost 80% of his passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns with Josh Nomie being his biggest target with five catches for 90 yards.
Barlow's defense allowed only a handful of first downs, as Sandy was limited to 119 total yards.
"Our biggest advantage came from watching film and knowing what was coming based on what formation we were seeing," Barlow lineman Dawson Northrup said.
Barlow is No. 12 in the OSAA rankings — three spots back of league foe Central Catholic. Those teams meet in two weeks at Hillsboro Stadium.
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