After Barnstable came away with a thrilling come-from-behind victory against Bridgewater-Raynham last week to keep its league title dreams alive, the No. 6 Red Raiders cruised to a 41-6 victory over Dartmouth on Friday in Barnstable to clinch their third straight Old Colony League title.
Barnstable (6-1, 2-0) will begin the Division 2 South playoffs next week.
“This group of seniors have come so far since week one. It says a lot about the work they have put in to where they were to where they are now,” said Barnstable coach Chris Whidden. “Hopefully we continue to get better, hopefully we are beginning to peak, hopefully our best effort isn’t behind us, it’s ahead of us.”
After forcing a three and out on Dartmouth’s first possession, Barnstable drove 66 yards and Hayden Murphy (114 yards rushing) finished the drive with a 1-yard TD run.
On the ensuing kickoff the Indians fumbled and Johnny Hardy landed on it at the Dartmouth 20-yard line.
The Red Raiders capitalized on the turnover as Justus Chaffee ran for a 4-yard score, and just seven minutes into the game Barnstable was ahead, 14-0.
After Barnstable forced another three and out on the next Dartmouth possession, Murphy found the end zone again for a 3-yard TD.
With time winding down in the first half, Kristian Lucashensky found Colby Blaze down the middle for a 78-yard score to give Barnstable a 28-0 lead.
A Barnstable fumble on the second play of the third quarter led to a Dartmouth TD but Murphy responded on Barnstable’s next play from scrimmage. The senior running back took a handoff to the left side, found a hole, stiff-armed a defender, and cut back to the middle of the field before finding the end zone for a 73-yard score.
“The run that Hayden made will be on everybody’s highlight reel. The guys made great blocks down field and Hayden made kids miss. That’s a kid that can play football at the next level,” said Whidden.
Dedham 27, Brookline 20 — Mike Kadlick tossed two TDs for the Marauders (1-6).
Brighton 45, Madison Park 12 — Jalen Apperwhite was 9-for-14 passing for 203 yards and three touchdowns to power the Bengals (7-0).
North Reading 28, Pentucket 14 — CJ McCarthy rushed for 237 yards and three TDs to help the Hornets hand the Sachems their first loss.
Bishop Fenwick 42, Archbishop Williams 13 — Nick Bona threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns as the No. 17 Crusaders (7-0, 5-0) clinched the Catholic Central Large title.
Catholic Memorial 35, Malden Catholic 7 — Kevin Claflin threw two TD passes and also ran for two scores as the Knights (3-4) cruised.
Bedford 27, Boston Latin 7 — Olan Abner rushed 27 times for 219 yards and three TDs for the host Buccaneers (5-2).
Somerville 45, Medford 14 — Phoenix Huertas threw for four TDs and ran for another as he carried the Highlanders (2-5).
Mansfield 35, Franklin 13 — The third-ranked Hornets (8-0) were led by Kyle Wisnieski’s three touchdown passes.
Attleboro 19, King Philip 12 — Tim Walsh threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Bombardiers (6-1).
St. Sebastian’s 24, BB&N 14 — Kevin Ginns’s FG with less than two minutes left in regulation helped the Arrows (3-3) hand BB&N (5-1) its first loss.
Lowell 28, Andover 7 — Brian Dolan threw three TD passes — two to Keegan Latta — to lead the 14th-ranked Red Raiders.
Tewksbury 42, Dracut 21 — The No. 8 Redmen (7-0) blasted the host Middies (0-7) behind James Sullivan’s four rushing touchdowns.
Lawrence 21, Billerica 13 — Xavier Santiago racked up seven sacks for the Lancers (2-5).
Lexington 20, Arlington 7 — Jeff Costello threw three TD passes, all to Rhett Adley, and the Minutemen (3-4) stunned the No. 12 Spy Ponders (6-1).
Reading 32, Woburn 7 — D'Andrea Burcy ran for three TDs to propel the No. 15 Rockets (5-1).
Melrose 19, Stoneham 6 — Malik Garrett threw for a TD and rushed for another and the Red Raiders (6-1) clinched the Middlesex Small title.
Marblehead 41, Lynn English 14 — Brooks Tyrrell powered the Headers (6-1) with four rushing touchdowns.
Duxbury 27, Quincy 14 — Four players scored for the No. 7 Dragons, who clinched the Patriot Keegan title.
Greater New Bedford 35, Bourne 14 — The Bears (4-3, 2-0) clinched the South Coast Small championship.
Cohasset 42, Mashpee 0 — Cole Kissick rushed for three scores to give the Skippers (6-1, 4-0) the South Shore Small title.
Norton 29, Millis 6 — Led by Matt Hines (7 carries, 111 yards, two touchdowns), the Lancers (6-1, 4-0) clinched the Tri-Valley Small championship.
Dover-Sherborn 28, Ashland 25 — Joseph Kerkach hit a field goal to tie the game for the Clockers (3-4) with five minutes left, but the Raiders (4-1) prevailed when Chris Miner nailed a 26-yard FG in triple OT.