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Sandy gives Barlow a fight

The Pioneers score 20 second quarter points but their comeback efforts fall short
by: Chris Krieger, Sandy quarterback A.J. Schnell hands off to running back Joe Mafara.

It looked like the Barlow Bruins were going to run roughshod over Sandy on Friday night, beginning the game with Jerell Ramos' 85-yard kickoff return for a score.

The Bruins even manufactured a 21-0 second quarter lead over the visiting Pioneers, thanks to 2 touchdown runs from fullback Josh McGraw.

But Sandy refused to back down.

Pioneer quarterback A.J. Schnell led a 74-yard drive in the second quarter that was capped by a 10-yard touchdown pass to fullback Chris Houle.

Houle, returning from a suspension the previous week, blasted into a defender on his way to the end zone.

Schnell guided Sandy to two more touchdowns before the half, but missed an extra point following Joe Mafara's 15-yard touchdown run, making the score Barlow 21, Sandy 20.

Ultimately, though, Sandy's comeback show would end there.

For the second week in a row, the Pioneers had difficulty with an opposing team's running game.

Malcolm Johnson scored Barlow's final touchdown on a 1-yard run with 3:32 remaining in the fourth quarter. The sophomore tailback ran for 191 of Barlow's 266 total rushing yards on the night.

His backfield mate, McGraw, finished with 18 yards on 5 carries, including the 2 first half touchdown runs.

Barlow quarterback Alex Hymel completed 8-of-11 passes for 104 yards with 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

An expanded version of this game recap will appear in The Sandy Post on Wednesday, Sept. 27