Saints down Barons in junior football thriller (Hamilton)

Win caps unbeaten season for east Mountain school

As junior football finals go, this one was a thriller. The Sherwood Saints edged the Barton Barons 20-14 in quadruple overtime at Sackville Hill Park last Friday to capture the Hamilton public high school junior football Division C championship and finish the season with six straight wins.


“Could you see a better game than that?” exclaimed a beaming Sherwood head coach Paul Woods following the win.

“It was amazing.” Amazing indeed, as both clubs put on an exhausting, intensity-filled show that included some big offensive plays and many huge defensive stands, especially in overtime, which thrilled the 200-300 supporters on the sideline.

Running back Jordan Thomas’ four-yard run to the end zone on Sherwood’s fourth possession of overtime turned out to be the winning score as the Barons were not able to answer the major.

“I saw a hole and I cut to the outside,” said Thomas, who was a constant ground threat for the Saints all season. “I was told to run where the daylight was.”

Following a scoreless first half during which Barton turned the ball over twice in Sherwood territory, the Barons scored their only major of regulation time in the third quarter when Jacob Rawn, on a reverse from Zack Krebs, scrambled 22 yards for a touchdown.

Ali Abdulziz kicked the single point convert.

Sherwood responded in the fourth quarter when quarterback Alex Szitas pitched the ball to Brandon Ames who fired a 23-yard pass to an open Brock Gurica in the Barton end zone. Liam Noble booted the single point convert.

Tied at seven the game went into overtime with each team getting the ball at the other’s 35-yard line. On Sherwood’s second possession, Josh Bainbridge ran three yards up the middle for a touchdown and Noble kicked the convert. Barton tied the game at 14 on their next possession when quarterback Matt Gill threw a 15-yard TD pass to Rawn.

Abdulziz kicked the convert.

“Our guys played hard, we just came up a bit short in overtime,” said Barons head coach Jeff Clark.

By Mark Newman, News Staff
Jun 10, 2010

Photo: Sherwood running back Josh Bainbridge tries to get past Barton defender Reshawn Robb in the public high school Division C junior football final at Sackville Hill Park last Friday. Sherwood won the game 20-14 after four rounds of overtime. MARK NEWMAN

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