BARRINGTON — As Barrington gets prepared to play in next weekend’s Mid-Suburban League football championship game, it will bring prep football aficionados a couple of interesting trivial twists.
First of all, it would be the Mid-Suburban League’s first gridiron title clash since 1974 when Schaumburg edged Hersey, 7-6, in what was titled the ‘MSL Super Bowl’.
That same year, the Broncos, under the guidance of head coach Bill Graham, won their seventh league title in 10 seasons as a member of the North Suburban Conference and advanced in the first IHSA state playoffs, going all the way to the Class 4A semifinals, going 11-1.
But prior to that Mid-Suburban title tilt, they had to complete their Mid-Suburban West slate versus a prideful flock of visiting Hawks from Hoffman Estates that they would need their final offensive series of half number one as well as their opening possession of half number two to find their way past Hoffman, 37-14, at Frederick/Motor Werks Auto Group Field to finish West play undefeated at 5-0.
They will play host next Friday to MSL East champ Prospect (5-0), which posted a 56-33 decision at Buffalo Grove to claim the East division berth.
“First off, credit to Tim (Hoffman Estates coach Heyse) and his staff. We knew that they would come in here and fight,” Barrington coach Joe Sanchez said. “So what they did in the beginning wasn’t a surprise. Our kids knew that we needed to stick to our plan and we did that. Our players kept our poise, our coaches kept our poise. To be able to finish off a 5-0 MSL West season is a credit to our coaches and a credit to our players.”
Hoffman Estates (2-3) had its offensive attack in full flight during the first 24 minutes of play, pulling even with Barrington late in the first half on a 65-yard strike by senior QB Joe Ayala to junior WR Jashawn Johnson that tied the host Broncos at 14 late in the first half before a 23-yard Ramiro Vences field goal gave Barrington a 17-14 lead at the break.
It would be on the Broncos’ first play from scrimmage that senior Jack Kapchek would make the game’s breakthrough play, taking the handoff from QB Peter Anderson 61 yards to pay dirt and a 24-14 lead that the Barrington defense made insurmountable as it pitched a second-half shutout.
“We came out (from halftime) where we talked about running a specific play,” Kapchek, who finished with a combined 127 yards rushing and receiving, said. “I just saw the alley way, I saw the run and just had to turn on the burners from there.”
Fellow senior Bronco runner Bryan Smith added 173 yards on 19 carries including a couple of TD receptions (4 and 15 yards) from Anderson in the victory.