When Barnstable and Marshfield met in the regular season, the Red Raiders stormed back with 22 points in the second half for a comeback victory. There was less drama in the second matchup Friday night, thanks in part to four touchdowns by Hayden Murphy, as No. 6 Barnstable jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, beating the visiting Rams, 48-29, in a Division 2 South quarterfinal game.
The second-seeded Red Raiders (7-1) move on in the playoffs and will host a semifinal game next week. Marshfield (4-4) is knocked to the Division 2 South losers’ bracket.
On a gusty evening, Murphy led the Barnstable running attack, gaining 209 yards on the ground along with three touchdowns.
“We wanted to run the ball early and often on these guys because we knew we had a good matchup and the offensive line did a fantastic job,” Murphy said.
The 6-foot-2-inch senior also contributed his first career defensive touchdown in the win.
With the Red Raiders up, 6-0, in the first quarter, Marshfield quarterback Jack Masterson attempted a pass over the middle but Murphy cut off the route and sped 35 yards for a pick-6.
After a 2-point conversion Barnstable took a 14-0 lead just 2½ minutes into the game.
“The last two games we have came out of the gates fast and I think those were the only two games we won the first quarter,” said Barnstable coach Chris Whidden. “We are kind of going with the mantra now let’s start fast and pick up the pace.”
Murphy added a 7-yard score in the second quarter and a 1-yard TD plunge with six seconds remaining in the first half as Barnstable took a commanding 28-7 lead at the break.
His 1-yard TD run in the third quarter made it 41-7.
Justus Chaffee also rushed for 144 yards for Barnstable, including two 49-yard scores.
Division 1 North
Everett 39, Malden 6 — Isaiah Davis and Lukas Denis each had two touchdowns for the Crimson Tide (7-1).
Central Catholic 60, Lexington 28 — The running back tandem of Michael Balsamo (112 yards, 1 TD) and Markus Edmunds (114 yards, 3 TDs) led the way for the Raiders.
Acton-Boxborough 29, Methuen 6 — Will Tejada scored twice for the Colonials (7-1).
Division 2 North
Lincoln-Sudbury 33, Lynn Classical 22 — Senior Greg Roder led the Warriors (5-3) by running for two TDs.
Division 3 Northeast
Masconomet 30, Danvers 0 — Troy Bunker rushed for two scores and the Chieftains (5-3) blanked the Falcons (6-2).
Division 3 Northwest
Woburn 21, Wakefield 7 — Marvin Jean scored all three TDs for the Tanners.
Concord-Carlisle 29, Winchester 7 — Austin Hoey and Jeff Adegbe rushed for two TDs each to lead the Patriots.
Melrose 47, Burlington 28 — Malik Garrett connected with Eric Mercer for two TDs and also ran for two scores to spark the Red Raiders (7-1).
Division 4 North
Watertown 31, Triton 22 — Mike Petrillo ran for two touchdowns and Nick Giordano passed for two more to lift the Red Raiders.
Division 5 North
Bishop Fenwick 33, St. Mary’s 12 — Charlie Maistrellis ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns, Nick Bona threw for 174 yards, and the host Crusaders (8-0) cruised past St. Mary’s (4-4).
Division 1 South
Bridgewater-Raynham 41, Newton North 7 — Playing in his first varsity game in place of an injured teammate, sophomore Steve D’Emilia passed for 99 yards and two touchdowns to Ryan Martin.
Division 2 South
Mansfield 31, Wellesley 14 — Led by Christopher Buchanan (two touchdowns), the undefeated and No. 3 Hornets (8-0) raced past the Warriors.
Division 3 Southeast
Plymouth South 35, Sharon 7 — Dylan Oxsen rushed for 265 yards and four TDs to carry the host Panthers (6-1).
Plymouth North 34, Nauset 13 — The host Blue Eagles (6-2) beat their Atlantic Coast League rival Warriors for the second time to advance.
Division 3 Southwest
Hopkinton 26, Milton 22 — Drew Donohue won it with a 1-yard run with 12 seconds left.
North Attleborough 35, Walpole 7 — Jack Blase had 56 yards rushing and 74 receiving and scored two touchdowns for the Red Rocketeers.
Stoughton 14, Hingham 7 — The Black Knights stuffed the Harbormen’s attempt for the tying TD from the 1-yard line with two seconds left to preserve the win.
Division 4 South
Holliston 44, Scituate 39 — Zach Elkinson’s sixth touchdown of the night only went for 1 yard but it gave the Panthers the win over the Sailors.
North Reading 42, Winthrop 6 — Senior CJ McCarthy ran for 158 yards to go over 1,000 for the season, and scored three TDs to lead the Hornets.
Archbishop Williams 39, Fairhaven 20 — Kylan Philbert-Richardson exploded for 240 yards and three touchdowns for the Bishops.
Brockton 48, Brookline 6 — Jamal Williams had eight carries for 63 yards and two touchdowns for the host Boxers (4-4).