Frieh’s 155 yards, three TDs lead way against Trojans

HYANNIS — Brian Frieh saw an opening down the near sideline, turned upfield and took off.

By the time the Bridgewater-Raynham defense caught up to him, Frieh was in the end zone and Barnstable was in position for its first win against the Trojans since 2013.

Frieh rushed for 155 yards and three touchdowns, and the Red Raiders beat the Trojans 35-29 in Friday’s Old Colony League game at W. Leo Shields Field.

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Barnstable (4-2, 1-0 OCL) plays at Dartmouth on Friday looking for its first OCL title since 2013.

“The kids, they played with raw emotion all week,” said Barnstable coach Ross Jatkola. “There’s been a different look in their eye all week, so to see them come out and do everything that they did, the emotion on the field was amazing.”

Bridgewater-Raynham (2-3, 1-1 OCL) dominated the third quarter, Anthony Morrison hitting Jeff Ciccio for a 13-yard touchdown to cap a drive that chewed up more than half the quarter. Will Lombard (74 rushing yards) ran in a 1-yard score to give the Trojans the 22-21 lead with 8:04 left in the fourth.

Barnstable answered with a critical 75-yard drive, helped out by a pass interference penalty on third down and a 22-yard run by Connor Baldasaro. Frieh eventually ran it in from 2 yards out to go back up 28-22.

B-R went with a trick play on its ensuing first down, Morrison pitching to Lombard and Lombard hanging behind the line for a halfback pass. Harrison Lanman read the pass downfield and intercepted it, and four plays later Frieh burst for a 44-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 35-22.

“He’s one of the toughest kids I know, and I’ve been playing hockey with him since I was 6,” Barnstable quarterback Matt Petercuskie said of Frieh. “He’s had that forever, and that really showed tonight, how tough of a runner he is, how tough of a guy he is.”

The Trojans wouldn’t go away, however, with Morrison running in a 17-yard touchdown with 1:07 to play. Barnstable went for it on fourth down on its final drive, but instead fumbled the handoff and B-R recovered at the Barnstable 45-yard line.

B-R got as close as the 31, but Barnstable defended back-to-back passes in the end zone to seal the win, the stadium bursting into cheers and applause as the entire team swarmed onto the field to celebrate.

Petercuskie and Baldasaro put their timing on display on the opening drive of the game. Petercuskie, facing second-and-11 from his own 43, aired a pass deep downfield to Baldasaro, who reached out and caught it with his arms outstretched for a 57-yard touchdown that, with Jonathan Silva’s extra point, made it 7-0 Red Raiders with 9:05 left in the first quarter.

B-R went back up on the ensuing drive on Morrison’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Ciccio and two-point pass to Austin Hartsell. But that 59-yard drive turned out to represent more than a third of the Trojans’ total yardage in the half, as Barnstable’s offense limited B-R to just 17 offensive plays.

The Red Raiders answered Morrison’s score with a critical 91-yard drive that chewed up more than six minutes of the half. Petercuskie scrambled for a first down on third-and-9 from his 10-yard line, and from there it was a steady mix of passes to Baldasaro, who had 134 receiving yards before halftime, and runs by Brian Frieh.

Frieh, who had 73 rushing yards in the first half, capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown to put Barnstable back up 14-8 with 10:46 left in the second quarter.

“When I took the job, everyone told me that Brian Frieh was the upcoming running back,” Jatkola said. “The offensive line coming together as a group has really helped him, and he’s running like a totally different person right now.”

Matthew Fredo stepped in front of a Morrison pass for an interception at the B-R 42 later in the second. Barnstable used the same playcalling mix to move all the way to the 1-yard line before Petercuskie ran it in for a 21-8 lead with 23 seconds left.