Red Raiders Roll Over Clippers On Thanksgiving Day

Falmouth High junior running back Blake Murphy breaks through the Barnstable line during yesterday's Thanksgiving Day game for a nice gain in the first half. Murphy and the Clippers held their own for most of the first quarter, but the Red Raiders pulled away for a lopsided 47-0 win at Guv Fuller Field.
GENE M. MARCHAND/ENTERPRISE - Falmouth High junior running back Blake Murphy breaks through the Barnstable line during yesterday's Thanksgiving Day game for a nice gain in the first half. Murphy and the Clippers held their own for most of the first quarter, but the Red Raiders pulled away for a lopsided 47-0 win at Guv Fuller Field.

Barnstable High School continued its recent dominance in the annual Thanksgiving Day rivalry with Falmouth High yesterday morning with a lopsided victory at Guv Fuller Field. The Red Raiders (9-2) made it five years in a row that they’ve taken home the Selectman’s Trophy as quarterback Kristian Lucashensky threw for three first half touchdowns, leading the visitors to a 47-0 win.

Barnstable’s win ties the all-time series at 59 wins apiece, with eight ties. On Thanksgiving Day, BHS is 44-39-4.

Falmouth (1-9-1) held its own against their foes throughout most of the first quarter, but the game turned in a manner of minutes as what was just a 7-0 deficit quickly ballooned to 21-0, just like that. Lucashensky, whose wide receiver screen pass to Colby Blaze on the Raiders’ second offensive play went for a 57-yard scoring play, threw his second long TD pass of the first quarter with just 1:06 left in the period.

On third-and-20, from the Raiders’ own 44, Lucashensky hit Derek Estes in stride at the other 40-yard line and the senior did the rest of the work. It appeared that FHS would break the play up, as safety Tyler Brown was in position and broke on the ball. Brown slipped in the mud as he reached for the ball, and lost his footing, which gave Estes the room he needed to come up with the ball and take it the distance for a 56-yard TD with just over a minute left in the first quarter.

That was just one example of the Raiders coming through with big plays when they needed them most in the game. Falmouth’s defense did a great job of taking away the Raiders’ running game, holding the visitors to just 27-yards on the ground in the first half, but Lucashensky found ways to move the sticks on long third and fourth down situations.
“I was very proud that the kids were in the right places. I thought several times we got out-athleted, I know that’s not a word, but that’s what happened. I thought we were in the right places...I thought we were there.

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That second Barnstable TD was the beginning of the end for the Clippers, as the Red Raiders exploded for three third quarter scores to blow the contest open. The game turned for good on the Raiders’ third score, which Falmouth set up with a critical mistake. After a third down pass fell incomplete, the Clippers were forced to punt the ball from their own 21. A bad snap to punter Caleb Brown skipped on the ground. The senior attempted to rush his kick, with the Raiders flying at him, and the ball hit off the end of his foot and flew up over his head, towards the Clippers’ end zone. Barnstable’s Henry O’Shaughnessy picked up the ball at the two-yard line and carried it across for a touchdown. The PAT by Dereck Pacheco made it 21-0 just 15 seconds into the second quarter.

Falmouth made matters worse with a turnover on their next possession. A bad quarterback-running back exchange resulted in the ball hitting the ground, and Barsntable’s Chris Kennedy coming away with the pigskin at the Clippers’ 33. The FHS defense nearly held, but the breaks simply did not go their way on this day in any way. After stuffing BHS on the first three plays, the Clippers brought pressure that got to the quarterback on fourth-and-12. One of the FHS linemen got a hand on Lucashensky’s pass as it left the QB’s hand, forcing the heave straight up in the air, spinning end over end. The wobbler traveled about 30-yards high, and 20-yards forward where Blaze was able to lunge for it and come down with a first down grab that moved the chains to the Falmouth 15. Three plays later Hayden Murphy capped the drive with a six-yard run up the middle to extend the lead to 27-0 with 7:54 left to play in the first half.

Barnstable added a touchdown in the final minute of the first half to finish off the first 22 minutes up by 34 points. FHS turned it over on downs at their own 40 with 42 seconds left. Lucashensky hit Micah Gregory for a gain of 33 up the right sideline and then lobbed a jump ball to the corner of the end zone for Mike Bilodeau with 23 seconds left for the score.
In the second half, BHS went on to score two more times. Justus Chaffee punched in a 13-yard touchdown up the middle to cap off the visitors’ first possession of the third quarter to make it 41-0. Blaze then picked up a loose ball on defense and returned it 38-yards for the final score of the game with about six minutes left in the third.

The Clippers’ had two drives in the second half that came close to scoring, but they were kept out of the end zone. QB Jack O’Rourke hit Mike DiGiammarino for a gain of 37-yards on a quick hitch that the receiver busted up the sideline to the seven. Barnstable’s defense stiffened and kept the Clippers at bay from there. Late in the fourth quarter Ryan Rocci and Julian Somers broke a couple of big runs to get FHS to the edge of the red zone, but the drive fell short at the 21 when Barnstable stopped Rocci for a gain of seven on fourth-and-eight.

“We moved the ball at times better than we have all year,” Femino said. “We just couldn’t finish drives.”

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