Senators start slow, roll past Pathfinder, 44-8
THORNDIKE — After consecutive crushing losses, Mahar Regional School and senior quarterback Logan Barrett would not be kept down.
The guest Senators soundly defeated Pathfinder Vocational High School, 44-8, in an independent tilt Friday night at St. Joseph’s Park.
While it’s no substitute for a playoff appearance, Mahar feels like they still have something to prove.
“When you lose, you’ve got to come back and play ten times harder” said Barrett.
Barrett backed up the talk by leading the way with four touchdown strikes, completing 5-of-7 passes on the night for 194 yards.
The night started slowly for the Senators, who found themselves down 2-0 on an early safety. After taking possession of the ball at their own 1, Barrett handed off to Malik Adams, who was unable to get out of the end zone.
Things remained quiet until the 3 minute, 53 second mark of the second quarter, when Mahar linebacker Aaron Briggs read the eyes of Pathfinder quarterback Mike Kryznowek, and returned a pass 37 yards for a 6-2 Senators lead. Barrett barreled into the end zone, and the Mahar lead was 8-2.
The quiet part of the night was done, as the pumped up Senators’ defense forced a three-and-out, and gave the offense the ball back with 2:10 to play. On the first and only play of the ensuing drive, Barrett found Malik Adams on a screen, which he took 39 yards to the house. Troix Adams ran the conversion in for a 16-2 Senator cushion.
The Senators were not done yet, and after the defense again held the Pioneers to just one set of downs, Barrett took the ball back at the Senators 46. It was like a case of deja-vu, as again it took the quarterback only one play to find the end zone, this time it was a long bomb over the Pathfinder defense into the hands of Angel Biegen for a 54-yard score.
Kryznowek would run the kickoff back 82 yards for a Pathfinder touchdown, but the two-point pass failed, and Mahar hit the break with a 24-8 lead, and all the momentum on its side.
The end of the third quarter looked a lot like the end of the first half, as the Senators again put up two quick scores. The first came after a sustained ten-play drive that started on their own 12 yard line, when Troix Adams scampered 15 yards for six. Biegen ran in the conversion, and it was 32-8. Pathfinder then fumbled the ball away on its next possession, and Barrett made them pay, hitting Troix Adams, once again on the first play of the drive, for a 16-yard touchdown to make it 38-8.
The Senators wrapped things up in the fourth with Barrett’s second hook-up with Biegen, this time a gorgeous 77-yard bomb that put the exclamation point on the night for the Senators.
“We were a bit down after last week,” said Mahar head coach Greg Scotland “but the kids are motivated to bounce back and finish the season off strong.”
For Barrett, the end of his high school career is in sight. There is no next year. He can’t afford to think of what was or what might have been. All he has are two more games, one at home next week against a yet-to -be-determined opponent, and again at home for the annual Turkey Day rivalry game against neighboring Athol High School. And he’ll focus on those, one at a time.
“It would mean a lot for us to win out and end the season with a winning record. That hasn’t happened since I’ve been here, and I want to go out on a high note.” said Barrett. “All I can say is we’re playing our best football right now, and are ready for anyone who is standing in our way.”