It was a record-setting day at the Falmouth High School All-Purpose Field on Thanksgiving Day, but it was one that the Clippers had hoped to prevent. Barnstable senior running back Eugene Jordan entered play in the 134th meeting between the rivals needing 306 yards to break the program’s single season rushing record. With a 316-yard performance, in which his team’s offensive line paved the way for chunk play after chunk play, Jordan eclipsed the record by 10-yards to lead Barnstable to a 42-7 holiday victory.

Barnstable tied the all-time series between the two teams, which dates back to 1895, at 63-63-8. On Thanksgiving Barnstable has a 46-43-4 advantage. The teams play in the 12th oldest rivalry in Massachusetts, and the 38th longest in the country. BHS finishes its season at 9-2, Falmouth ends the year at 5-6.

Jordan, an imposing runner that can run past, or over, defenses, finished his season with 1,860-yards.

While Barnstable’s running game was working all day long, the Clippers struggled to get much going offensively as the Barnstable defensive line won the line of scrimmage battles throughout the first half. BHS scored four touchdowns in the first half, to hold a 28-0 lead, while the Clippers managed just two first downs over the first two quarters of play.

Things went better for FHS in the second half, but the team struggled to get much traction going. A fumble recovery in the third quarter by Brady Garcia set up the team’s lone scoring drive. QB Aiden North found a cutting Colby Fender in the front of the end zone for a 21-yard scoring pass with 7:43 left to play in the third quarter, which cut the deficit to 28-7 at the time.

Barnstable answered right back by feeding Jordan on the ensuing possession, and it did not take long for him to get the four TD lead back for the Red Hawks. He ran in a sweep for a 19-yard score with 5:02 to play in the third to make it 35-7. The next time his team got the ball Coach Ross Jatkola knew that the senior was closing in on the record and told his offensive line that the record was theirs as well, if they went out and made it happen. Three plays later the Hawks had chewed up 58 yards, all on Jordan runs, and he set the record with a 16-yard run to the left, making it 42-7.

“We knew going into it that we had to stop Eugene Jordan, he’s an unbelievable running back. He broke the record today, and he deserves it. They’re great up front and they worked,” FHS Coach Joe Morency said. “I’m still proud of the way our kids finished the season. They didn’t give up.”

FHS was dealt a blow before the game even began. Senior Jared Lopes, who is a big part of the passing game as a wide receiver and also a key defensive back, injured his knee during warm-ups and could not play in the game. The senior watched the game from the sideline and was the last member of the team to leave the field, staring at the field while hunched over on a pair of crutches.

BHS got off to a quick start and never looked back. Jordan got it going from the start and needed just 1:59 to make it 7-0 with a two-yard run, which was set up by a burst of 43 to put the ball inside the 10. Later in the first quarter Gibson Guimond followed a 26-yard run by Jordan with a 12-yard sweep for a 14-0 lead with three minutes to play in the opening quarter. Guimond threw a 10-yard TD pass to Colin Fay early in the second and then a two-yard sweep by Ayden Edwards gave the visitors a 28-0 lead at the break.

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