Evanston’s football program hasn’t started a season 4-0 since the 2003 campaign.
Barrington made sure it wouldn’t happen Friday night at Lazier Field.
The Mid-Suburban League powerhouse rolled up over 500 yards of total offense, scored on 4 of 5 possessions in the first half and breezed to a 35-7 victory in a battle of unbeaten teams.
The visiting Broncos reversed roles with an ETHS team that has typically applied a knockout punch in the first quarter of its three previous victories. Friday, Barrington scored twice in the first six minutes and dominated on both sides of the football all night.
Evanston’s only score came on a 34-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Drew Dawkins to sophomore Michael Axelrood on the opening drive of the second half. The hosts already trailed 28-0 at that point.
“Barrington is big and strong, and they dominated us up front right from that first drive,” admitted ETHS head coach Mike Burzawa. “There’s no doubt that they’re the most talented team I’ve seen so far. They came in here and took it to us tonight. It was all Barrington.”
Barrington powered past the Wildkits behind the 1-2 punch of quarterback Ray Niro and running back Logan Moews. Niro racked up a game-high 172 yards rushing on 14 carries — including TD runs of 1, 19 and 19 yards — and also passed for 124 yards. Moews added 136 yards on 21 attempts and scored twice.
For Evanston, junior fullback Ray Ridge paced the offense in his first varsity start with 71 yards on 8 attempts. Ridge burst 59 yards to put the Kits within striking range of a score midway through the fourth quarter, but the drive died at the Barrington 5-yard line.
Ben Easington added 67 yards on 11 carries for the Kits, who open Central Suburban League South division play next Friday night at arch-rival New Trier.