BARNESVILLE — After spotting visiting River View a quick 13-0 lead, the Barnesville High defense rose up and helped snap a three-game losing streak Friday with a 21-13 victory over the Black Bears at Shamrock Stadium.
"I just can't be more proud of a group of kids. We had three rough weeks, but we played some good competition," BHS first-year coach Blake Allen told reporters after the game. "We just didn't execute, but the attitudes never wavered. They've come to work every day in practice striving to get better. That showed tonight.
"We got down after they hit a couple of big plays early," Allen continued. "We knew they were going to throw everything they had at us. We weathered the storm.
"We're fighters and that's what I like," he added. "We've got young guys that like to fight."
Barnesville’s defensive effort was spearheaded by senior linebacker Brayden Reynolds, who was charted with nearly 20 tackles including four QB sacks - two late in the game to help preserve the victory. Freshman Ayden Hannahs also contributed big-time with three pass interceptions.
RJ Hammond helped River View (0-5) jump out to an early 13-0 lead, scoring on a 56-yard run and a 62-yard pass from QB Gannon Unger in the first quarter.
Barnesville (2-3) cut the deficit to 13-7 when QB Cade Hannahs hit Braydn Strous for an eight-yard TD strike, with Cade Stephens adding the point-after kick.
That's how things stayed throughout the second quarter and well into the third before the Shamrocks got even when Cade Hannahs found Caden Lake for a 13-yard TD connection,but the PAT kick was off the mark leaving the score deadlocked at 13-all with 4:11 remaining in round three.
Barnesville scored what proved to be the game-winning TD early in the fourth period, with Hannahs and Lake again teaming up, this time for a two-yard TD and then Hannahs, after bobbling the snap on the two-point conversion, found Strous for the bonus markers and a 21-13 upperhand.
Barnesville finished with 216 total yards, including 120 passing and 96 rushing. Cade Hannahs finished 14-of-20 passing and three TDs, with Lake landing four passes for 28 yards and two scores, and Hannahs also led the Shamrocks' ground game with 19 carries for 68 yards.
River View closed with 111 yards rushing and 103 passing for a net of 214. Unger went 3-of-14 through the air with three "picks" and Hammond's 61 yards on two rushes led the ground game.
During the evening, Barnesville paid tribute to one of its all-time best teams, the 1992 playoff squad which posted a 10-0 regular season and advanced to the OHSAA Division V state semifinals before falling to Cincinnati CAPE to end with a 12-1 mark.
NEXT — Barnesville treks to Steubenville to face Catholic Central on Saturday, with kick-off at Harding Stadium set for 7 p.m.